Roofing companies vs. trash pandas
Roofing companies can help at this time of year, when raccoons start trying to break into your attic. This isn’t just a problem in farmhouses and homes outside of town, but also in cities as big as Charlotte, NC or larger. Raccoons are especially a problem this time of year because at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, the female raccoons are looking for places to give birth and raise they’re young. They’re looking for a place that’s warm, safe from predators and close to a source of food. Raccoons that are already in the habit of raiding the trash for edible bits will happily take the next step of sneaking into a home, and prefer the spaces that humans don’t often go around in, such as the attic.
Raccoons are very smart, and their little hands are much stronger than they look. They can easily find a loose bit of flashing or a patched spot on your roof. And if there are no weak spots on your shingle roof, they’re quite capable of making one, prying shingles off or bending them aside until they can get through.
Once they’re inside, they’re a problem in exactly the ways you’d expect a wild animal in your home to be. They don’t chew through walls the way rats do, but they make nests out of papers, insulation, upholstery and whatever else they find. Their urine and feces, in addition to being unpleasant, also create a risk of disease for yourself and your family. Raccoon waste products can carry roundworm and some dangerous forms of bacteria. If you happen to find yourself confronting them, their bite carries the risk of rabies.
How roofing companies can help you
Roofing companies in Concord, NC can’t help you get the raccoons out of your house — you need animal control for that. You should also get some professional cleaners to get rid of all the raccoon waste in your attic before calling the roofers to repair the damage.
Your roofing company can’t make an ordinary asphalt shingle roof raccoon-proof, but they can make it a lot harder to get into by strengthening all the weak points. Remember, you’re not the only one in the neighborhood with an attic. A good, solid roof may encourage a busy female raccoon to look elsewhere.
Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the best roofers in Charlotte and Concord, NC, having won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte and an Owens Corning preferred contractor. They will plan their work schedule to suit your needs, and provide all the roofing materials themselves. If you’re looking through a list of roofing companies in Charlotte, NC, call today for a free estimate.