Amazing Facts About Raccoons In Your Asphalt Roofs

Have you ever thought about having Raccoons in your Asphalt roofs? Well, raccoons can be quite destructive and are one of the most prevalent rabies carriers in the United States. They’ve recently found that living around humans provides a greater food supply than surviving in the woods. They’ve made their way into metropolitan areas, inflicting damage to homes and Asphalt roofs. You’ve definitely heard or smelled something odd if you’re wondering if raccoons have taken up home in your Asphalt roof or attic. Once the raccoons have established themselves and you’ve had your roof, eaves, and soffits inspected, all doubt will vanish. They are highly bright creatures who enjoy putting puzzles together. If a raccoon family has decided to make your home their home, you must act quickly.

Raccoons are very adaptable animals that prefer to live in the wild, but as cunning opportunists, they can easily occupy areas, ruining your home and requiring Asphalt roof repairs during breeding season or when the weather becomes bad. When these cunning creatures gain access to your attic through holes or gaps in your Asphalt roof, they make themselves known in a variety of ways.

Like other roof-invading creatures, a raccoon only requires one access point that it can squeeze its way through in order to reside under your pleasant roof for the winter or to defend its babies. When it comes to home invasion, raccoons aren’t subtle; all they need is a hole in the roof the size of their heads, and they’re in. To keep these creatures at bay, regular roof repair is required. They can also get through cracks between the roof and the eaves. Your home will require roof repairs because to their agility and determination.

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Raccoon’s signs In Your House:

Noises on the roof, in the attic, or in the chimney are all common indications that raccoons are on your home. Raccoons are most likely to be found in your home if you find droppings, tracks, or evidence of feeding. They’re nocturnal, so you’ll usually see them out at night, especially near food sources like the garden.

Damage they can cause by invading your Asphalt Roofs:

Raccoons will build an entry point to your Asphalt roofs or through your attic if it does not exist. They are not afraid to rip holes in your roof in order to gain access. Raccoons can get entry in a variety of ways, including:


  • Leave the vent hole open. Check for screen covering on ventilation panels. This permits air to flow through the roof while preventing invaders from entering your property.


  • Eaves are open. Your home may appear secure, but all it takes is one small space for a raccoon to stick its paw in and widen the gap. To find a warm, safe spot to birth their offspring, they will tear into eaves and trim molding.


  • Broken soffit vent. Raccoons will break the soffit vents off your house with their paws, making a direct access door to your attic.


  • Tear shingles apart. Raccoons may target weak points in a typical Asphalt roof and rip right through the shingles causing much bigger problems with asphalt roofs. They can rip huge holes in your roof, causing water damage, electrical damage, and other problems. In a raccoon-prone location, replacing traditional shingles with asphalt shingle roofing may help prevent reentry.


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[This is damage from a long term leak]

What To Do:

Take immediate action after you or a roofing specialist has established that raccoons are residing under your roof. Female raccoons seek out safe havens where they can rear their young in comfort. You should not confront a raccoon that may be harboring rabies on your own. Furthermore, any flaws or gaps in your roof must be addressed immediately.

Fortunately, EcoShield Roofing is a Winston roofing company that has dealt with raccoon roof incursions before. Here are other things you should do:

  • Inspection

Inspection is the starting point in any home invasion. Take a cautious search around your house and attic if you suspect a furry invader. A raccoon attacking your home is almost always a mother looking for a safe spot to raise her babies. Look in the attic for a raccoon nest and waste. Raccoons may inflict a lot of damage in a short amount of time.

  • Clean Up Your Backyard

Raccoons came looking for food and for a safe place. Raccoons are notorious for robbing trash cans. The masked invader will most likely search through your trash in quest of anything edible because the smell of food leftovers is irresistible. Garbage cans should be stored in a shed or garage. To keep the smell of food hidden, close the lid tightly. Although a locking garbage can may appear to be a good idea, raccoons enjoy a good challenge and can usually find out how to open it. Remove any limbs that are forming a bridge to your roof.

Raccoons are excellent climbers, and they will use trees to gain access to your roof. It’s difficult to get them out of your attic once they’ve gotten in. Most pest management professionals recommend collecting the babies in a pillowcase and putting them as bait outside the house to trap the mother.

EcoShield Roofing specializes in roof replacements and repair for metal and shingle roofs. We are a roofing business with all the correct credentials and the required local and state licenses to get your job done right. 

We also offer roof repair and gutter installation to ensure that your roof continues to work properly for years to come. To get started on your new roof, schedule a free estimate now!

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Author: William Sessions

William Sessions started a roofing business in 2018 with a mission to create high-quality roofs for Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. He did jobs for Safeco, Liberty Mutual, All-State, and Nationwide for two years. In that experience, he learned how to properly inspect for Hail, Wind and other damages to shingles that would impact insurance claims. After that, he started his own family business and proudly served roofing service in North Carolina. He leverages his roofing knowledge and provides useful insights through blogs on