The best part of spring is awakening to the sweet songs of birds as the sun rises over the horizon.  Birds are an essential part of our ecosystem.  Not only do they give bird watchers hours of enjoyment.  They also provide a musical for those who listen.  Birds teach us to dream about flight and freedom.  Additionally, they’re good for neighborhoods, keeping insects at bay and spreading seeds to promote the growth of trees and flowers.  But birds also bring challenges, especially when they start building roofing nests on your home!

Bergen County Stop Nesting on the Roof

Birds nesting on the roof lead to unsightly staining, but it can also be dangerous and damaging.  The good news is that a few simple roof maintenance tips can help you keep birds from nesting where you don’t want them.


Can Birds Really Damage Your Roof?

In a word, yes.  Birds can cause serious damage, particularly if you have birds that nest in the same location year after year.  Nests can easily block water flow, causing rainwater to back up in gutters and under the roofing substructure.  Their droppings are acidic and often damage asphalt shingles which is something no homeowner appreciates!


Have Your Roof Inspected Every Spring

First and most importantly, it’s a good idea to have your roofers inspect for damage and nest areas.  If you know that birds have been nesting there, a roofer’s nest removal plan may be in order.  Many residential roofing contractors can provide you with expert inspection services.  Just search for “roof inspectors near me” online.  Or you can get in touch with us at Deegan Roofing to schedule a free roof inspection and get started on regularly scheduled roof maintenance. Our assessment will help unearth any bird-related damage that needs to be addressed.


Tactics to help keep birds from nesting on your roof.

  • Check for Food

Birds nest on residential roofs for two reasons: easy access to food and protection from the elements.  One of the simplest things to do is to eliminate their food source.  No, that doesn’t mean you need to rip out your garden or cut down your fruit trees.  Installing bird netting over your garden area and around any fruit trees prevents birds from getting into the food supply.  This makes your property less appealing to feathered foragers.


  • Bird Stops and Nets

If you’ve got starlings or pigeons making their homes under roof tiles or in your eaves, it’s time to think about something like bird stops or bird nets on your home.  Bird netting sits just over the surface of your roof and prevents birds from getting to your roof in the first place.  Bird stops are installed at the front of the tiles to prevent small birds from turning the tiny space into a nesting spot.


  • Bird Spikes

Birds can and will make their nests in your gutters at the edges of the roof.  Bird spikes may be a solution to this challenge. The spikes don’t hurt the birds, but they are a good deterrent.  The spikes angle forward and backward, preventing birds from accessing a clear space for nesting.  They can still land and sit on the spikes, but they probably won’t stay long.


  • Car Ports or Porches

In Victorian times the underside of porches were painted sky blue.  Birds would not nest under the porches because they thought it was part of the sky.  This trick can be used to preserve the integrity of the underside of the roof, and to bring light to the area.


Bergen County Stop Nesting on the Roof


What If There’s an Active Nest?

If you have an active bird nest on the roof, leave it alone.  Don’t prevent the parents from accessing it and feeding their young.  Wait until the chicks have matured and the nest is empty.  Then you can remove it and start installing your preventative measures.  Not only is this the kinder approach, but many birds are protected under federal law, so it’s also the safest course of action.  A well-designed roofer’s nest control program may be in order and available in the New Jersey area.


Contact Us for a well-designed roofer’s nest control program

We can advise you if you need to remove your shingles or not.  We are family-owned and operated, Deegan Roofing Company has been installing and servicing residential and commercial roofing customers in the New Jersey area for over 30 years.  If you are concerned about your roof surviving the upcoming winter weather or are currently experiencing roofing problems, it’s never too late to contact Deegan Roofing to get your roof inspected before winter.  Website  Address345 Terrill Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 HoursOpen 8:30 AM ⋅ Closes 5:30 PM


Phone(908) 322-6405


Spring Roof Maintenance