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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Sealing Your Roof Against Pests For A Sound Night's Rest

by Nicholas Jenkins

"A long winter's nap" is all you think about when night  falls in winter, but you find that you cannot sleep for all of the scratching and scuttling about in the attic over your head. Clearly, you have some sort of wildlife up there, but what exactly​ is it? Maybe it does not matter to you what critters are up there, but you do not want them up there all the same. You can prevent critters from roosting in your attic over the winter and get a better night's sleep if you seal the roof. Here is how to do just that.

Search For Roofers And Hire One

First and foremost, you will need a roofing contractor. These professionals will check out the seams, flashing, gutters, edges, and areas around chimneys to look for openings. Sometimes the animal pests get in via slatted grates and/or vents, and your roofer will check these areas too. Then the real work begins.

​Seal Off Vents And Slatted Grates

Your roofer will open up these areas, cut a fine wire mesh piece to fit the openings, screw the mesh tightly to the frame of the opening, and then reinstall the vents or grates. Now air can pass through, but mice and bugs or larger pests cannot enter your attic. If the animals are still in your attic, they cannot get out to get food and will subsequently die. 

Repair And Seal The Flashings

​The flashings are the areas around the parts of your roof where the shingles butt up to dormer windows, chimneys, and sections of the home that rise above a lower roof and have their own shingled roof above that. Bugs are most likely to get in here, although mice have been known to chew and squeeze through the flashings. To repair these, the roofer cuts pieces of bent sheet metal in a sort of long "L" shape. Then he/she secures them to the roof and the structures up against where the shingles meet the structures. After that, black, sticky roof patch or roof coating is used to cover the flashing and waterproof these areas. Nothing can get through here.

​Seal The Edges Of The Roof

You would be surprised how bugs and rodents are able to create openings in your roof by jumping or dropping from nearby tress and finding little places along the edges of your roof to chew their way through. It does not take much, when you consider how squirrels sit in the gutters and scratch and scuttle about that way. The roofer will repair any holes or openings he/she sees, and then seal them off with caulk, roofing patch, etc..

For more help, contact a company like Toth Roofing today.