Roof Insulation is an essential element for your home to maintain ideal temperature levels in your home throughout the year. While all the thermal barriers are necessary elements, roof thermal barriers get a top spot today. Well, insulation is vital; no matter the place that it gets installed. For example, we can’t say this insulation is important than that, but since walls are the structural components of your home that contribute to the highest temperature gain/loss; we should give it an extra priority. Anyway, no homeowner can ignore any insulation today.
We don’t explain the importance of Roof Insulation today; we have covered that topic in our previous paragraphs. Pest infestation in insulation, which is a common insulation killer is our today’s topic; let’s get started! Pests are small creatures that can get through to your attic even through small gaps and openings. Roof structural damages are one common cause of pest infestations in the attic. Also, summer and spring are seasons when many pests get active in Australia. Anyway, those insects may not harm you, but they can cause damages to Roof Insulation, which is something that homeowners can’t afford today. In some cases, dangerous insects such as bees and wasps can get into your home’s attic.
Even though those dangerous insects may not cause damages to Roof Insulation, they prevent you from entering the attic and inspect thermal barriers for damages. So, indirectly; those insects cause damages to roof thermal barriers. Wildlife entering the attic is a nightmare. And, wildlife can cause severe damages to Roof Insulation, which is a fact. Again, structural damages on the roof may be the reason for rodents, bats, snakes, and other wildlife to enter your home’s attic or roof compartment. Rodents cause damages in two ways to those thermal barriers. Firstly, they attack those batts and cause damages, and their bodily-fluids get into insulation, causing water ingress. Homeowners fear entering the attic when wildlife is present; hence additional damages could occur as you don’t inspect Roof Insulation.
How to prevent this disaster? First of all, you should find the access points of insects and wildlife. As mentioned, it could be from the roof structural damages that these animals enter your attic. Anyway, we highly advise that you hire a home inspector to inspect those possible roof structural damages; you might miss a few as you don’t have a better understanding of it. What if insulation damaged already? Unfortunately, wildlife such as rodents and bats can cause severe damages to Roof Insulation to a point where you will have to replace those. Let the home inspector to asses the damage and suggest the best option for you. Make sure you inspect the roof for structural damages at least once a month. If you don’t prefer entering the attic during winter; do the inspection at least before the freezing season starts.
Also, make sure you focus on sounds that come from the attic. For example, it is a well-known fact that bats in the attic make disturbing noises; hence you will get to know about their presence in your attic. Anyway, don’t enter the attic yourself if you notice any signs of wildlife. Bats and other wildlife are disease-spreading sources; hence hand over the inspection task to expert inspectors in your city. Modern Roof Insulation resist pest attacks to a greater though!