From pigeons and seagulls to magpies, they all have one thing in common, the ability to spread disease and cause damage to your property. Unfortunately roofs are one of the main areas that they tend to take a shine to first, and they'll almost always return to your property if it's made easy for them, and if they begin to build a nest. There's often no real reason why birds like a specific roof to another, it may be how the wind blows, the light or how the surface feels, it really could be for any number of reasons. Not only are birds carriers of diseases, having a lot of birds on your roof who are continually there can cause extensive roof damage, leading to financial problems. Some of the problems that can occur include gutter blockages caused by nesting birds, chimney blockages, gutter damage and in the worst case a water damaged roof that can cause a whole load of other problems. But it's not just the typical trio of birds that we should fear, even those cute ones that you may put out feed for can still cause damage, so we have put together some of our top tips to help prepare you for unexpected repairs and prevent birds from flocking to your roof in the first place.
Remove The Obvious
If you're naturally a bird lover the first thing you're going to have to consider is removing any form of bird feed from your garden. This may be attracting the wrong type of bird and possible other rodents to your property such as squirrels. If you do want to continue leaving out food, make sure it is kept in a bird feeder (not thrown on the ground) and placed high up in a tree away from your house. It's worth moving this around your garden regularly so birds don't get used to the routine.
Take Away Their Nests
Birds need somewhere safe and warm to sit, so by removing their nests they're unlikely to stay for long and will soon move on to somewhere else. By covering the roof or fences in sharp spikes the birds won't want to come anywhere near the surrounding area.
Anti-Pigeon & Bird spikes are a great way to deter birds from roosting on your roof, it's a good idea to place these where the birds nest if they are already nesting on your roof. There are a few different varieties of spikes, yet they all do the same job of effectively keeping birds away, and they blend in well to the property so they don't cause an unnecessary eye sore. Armatool spikes are incredibly easy to install and are a cost effective method for keeping pests at bay, they can be installed at the eaves and window recesses too.
Creating a slippery surface means that the birds aren't able to get a good enough grip of the area to land, and stay put. You can buy bird slopes which can be attached to the areas of the home that are susceptible to birds, this slope will keep them from being able to sit down and rest. You can also apply a special bird gel that won't harm the animals in any way, but when it dries it will leave behind a tacky and very sticky mess that birds hate, once they feel it on their claws they won't come back to the area.
For those times that all else fails, you can count on bird spiders to creep out birds and scare them away rather quickly. Contrary to the name, they aren't real spiders, these are devices that can be attached to roof flashing and are made from very thin pieces of metal. These move with the wind and reflect light so they look real, they're guaranteed to scare all types of bird away once they are confronted by one.
Never Use Lethal Methods
As a general rule of thumb, never use lethal methods to get rid of the birds surrounding your property, this will only deal with your current problem of birds, and it doesn't provide a long term solution to the problem. The key to deterring birds from your roof is providing an unappealing property whether that is with spikes, slippery surfaces or with a special spray, this will keep the birds at bay for good.
With this host of solutions to deter birds from your roof of balconies, you should form a long lasting barrier to help save the cost and headache of many costly roofing repairs! Look out for our future blog posts over on over on our Facebook page, Twitter and Google +.