How to prevent pests and rodents from damaging roof sarking
Pests and rodents can cause damage to roof sarking. Common issues related to pests and rodents:
- Burrowing: Pests and rodents can burrow into your home through your roof, creating holes and leaving your house susceptible to the elements.
- Damage to sarking: Pests such as rodents and birds can cause damage to the roof sarking.
- Infestation: Roof rats can infest your home and cause damage to your roof.
- Noise: If you hear noises in your roof, it could be a sign of a pest or rodent infestation.
Ways to prevent pest and rodent damage
- Seal up entry points: Seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter with silicone caulk to prevent rodents and pests from entering your home through the roof.
- Screen windows and vents: Be sure that all windows and vents are screened to prevent rodents and pests from entering your home through these openings.
- Trim branches: Trim branches that are close to your roof to prevent rodents and pests from using them as a bridge to enter your home.
- Avoid leaving pet food outside: Avoid leaving your pet’s food outside, as it can attract rodents and pests to your home.
- Use repellents: Certain smells that pests can’t stand can be used as repellents. For instance, mothballs are toxic to roof rats, as well as bats.
How often should roof sarking be inspected for pest damage
It is strongly recommended that a full pest inspection be undertaken every 12 months.
The frequency of inspections may need to be increased for roofs that are more exposed to pests and rodents, such as those with nearby trees or roof-mounted equipment. If there has been a previous infestation, the frequency of inspections should be reviewed after a period of no further infestation.
By inspecting roof sarking regularly, homeowners can identify and address any pest or rodent damage before it becomes a more significant issue.
What is roof sarking
Roof sarking is a strong and pliable membrane that is installed under tiled roofs and some metal roofs. It acts like a second skin, protecting the home from dust, moisture, and draughts. Roof sarking is typically made with a reflective foil layer on one or both sides, which helps reflect the sun’s radiant heat away from your home, improving the insulation of your home.
Sarking is classified as a type of insulation and will help increase the total R-Value of your home when installed properly. R-Value refers to how well the insulation resists the flow of heat. The higher the total R-Value, the better insulated your home is.
Scheduling a roof inspection
By following these tips, you can prevent pests and rodents from damaging your roof sarking and keep your home safe from infestations. Contact us today to schedule a roof inspection and protect your property from pests and rodents.