Birds are cute…until they make their home in your home’s roof.
Birds sometimes build their nests under roofing tiles, which can dislodge the tiles and allows leaks to happen. Let’s not even get into how their droppings can ruin the look of your home.
Anyway, let’s look at a few ways you can keep pesky birds from nesting under your tile roof.
1. Install Tile Roof Eave Closures
Eaves are the edges of the roof which overhang the face of a wall. Small gaps exist underneath tile roof eaves that birds can nestle in. To keep out the birds, you need eave closures—or what we call “Bird Stop”.
Current roof code requires bird stop on new roofs and replacement roofs if you’re completely changing out the tile. However, tile roof removal and replacement (R&R), where we remove your tile, replace your underlayment and then replace your existing tile is grandfathered from that requirement.
Why do you need “grandfathering” from such a useful feature you ask? Well, because the way the tile is installed on the roof to accommodate the bird stop requires a change to the eaves, and in the case of a stucco home, may require some stucco repairs. These are additional costs.
2. Use “Terror Eyes” to Scare Birds Away
Terror Eyes is a bright inflatable balloon that bounces from a spring and has holographic eyes that creates the illusion that the eyes are following pest birds. This movement—alongside its fierce features—scares birds off more effectively than a plastic owl.
While a plastic owl scares birds off for awhile, the birds will eventually come back because they’ll notice the owl never moves and get used to it being there, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
3. Use a Sound Deterrent
While you could just scream and wave your arms around every time birds are near, you won’t always be at home (and your voice and arms will get tired too, right?).
Enter BirdXPeller PRO. This sonic bird deterrent broadcasts a variety of naturally recorded bird distress calls and predator cries that confuse, frighten and disorient pest birds within the effective range.
4. Hang Reflective Tape from Nearby Trees
Hanging aluminum foil strips or reflective tape, like Irri-Tape, from trees near your roof will scare birds away in two ways:
- As sunlight reflects off the tape or foil, it’ll disorient and irritate pest birds.
- When the tape flaps in the wind, it’ll make a sharp, metallic clacking sound.
Make sure the strips are long enough to hang freely and blow in the breeze.
5. Replace Any Missing Tiles Promptly
Not only can missing tiles let birds easily nest in your roof, it allows the underlayment, the material that keeps out water, to quickly deteriorate.
If you see any missing tiles, get them replaced ASAP by a local Phoenix or Tucson roofing contractor. Our team of knowledgeable roofers at Lyons Roofing can provide the top-quality workmanship you need.