If you live by the ocean, you probably deal with seagulls on a daily basis. While they may be enjoyable to watch, they can wreak havoc on your home – especially your roof. Seagulls will eat just about anything, which makes their droppings highly acidic. Another reason for the acidity is that birds don't pee. They actually excrete high concentrations of uric acid with their droppings, which is why bird droppings are white. When seagull droppings are allowed to remain on your roof for too long, the acidity in the droppings can cause your roofing material to deteriorate. Here are four simple steps you can take to prevent seagulls from ruining your roof and causing a need for roof repair.
Keep it Sticky
If you keep finding seagulls roosting on your roof, you need to get rid of them. One simple solution is to apply a sticky coating of bird repellent. Bird repellent can be applied to any surface where seagull roosting has become a problem, especially along the edges of your roof, or around the chimney.
Reach for the Netting
Another simple way to keep seagulls off your roof is to install netting. This method is particularly beneficial if you have a tile roof. The spaces between tiles – especially around the eaves of your home – make the perfect location for seagulls and other birds to build nests. Unfortunately, once they start building nests, it can be difficult to get rid of them. You can deter them by installing netting around the eaves of your home. The netting will block off the access that the birds have to your tile, which will keep them from nesting. If they don't have anywhere to nest on your home, they will move on.
Give it a Wash
While bird repellent and netting will keep the birds from roosting on your roof, those methods won't prevent the fly-over bombings. If you live by the ocean, you're bound to attract some seagull droppings. When you do, it's important that you wash your roof as soon as possible. This will prevent the droppings from drying on the roof and causing damage.
The simplest way to wash droppings off your roof is with a garden hose and a high pressure nozzle. Before you begin cleaning your roof, be sure you're wearing slip-resistant shoes. They'll help keep you steady on your feet when the roof gets wet. Use a ladder to climb on your roof. Stand at the top of your roof and use the high pressure nozzle to wash your roof. Standing at the top of your roof will allow all the droppings to get washed down to the ground.
Seagulls can destroy your roof. If you're having trouble keeping them away from your roof, use the tips provided above to help protect your roof. If you discover serious damage caused by gull droppings, be sure to contact a roofing contractor. They'll be able to take care of the necessary repairs for you.