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Topic # 159846 14-Dec-2014 22:26
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Hi guys,

Just looking for a bit of quick advice from those with roofing experience. We had a small extension built on the house earlier in the year and am having trouble with sparrows nesting in the new roof. The birds are getting in under the ridge capping in the picture below, then between the sheets of roofing iron. They are actually nesting between the roofing paper and the iron rather than in the ceiling space.

As you can see from the picture, the capping on this corner isn't a particularly snug fit over the roofing iron, leaving the gap for the birds to get in. I'd appreciate views from those with experience in roofs whether this is an acceptable install, or whether I could potentially go back to my roofer and ask for them to rectify this under their warranty. If not, suggestions on how to keep them out also appreciated!

Thanks all.

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  Reply # 1197493 14-Dec-2014 23:04
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IMO it looks like the roofers need to fix that flashing so it fits over the top and laps over the end of the corrugated steel. There should never be gaps large enough for birds to get in under the roof cladding. If there are gaps they should be filled with netting. But I am not a roofing expert so you could talker to a professional roofer.

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  Reply # 1197500 14-Dec-2014 23:37
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Could you add another shot showing a wider angle ie more of the roof? I'm having trouble seeing the gutters as a horizontal reference but the ridge looking like it's the top based on the number of screws. Then there's what looks like white corro under the flashing that looks separate from the surface.

Regardless that detail looks poorly done

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  Reply # 1197520 15-Dec-2014 07:49
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Wow, what a terrible finish.  Get them back I reckon to finish the job properly.

Alternative as a handyman fix - you could bundle up some wire mesh and poke under there, or cut a profile of tin to match and rivet it along the front edges of the capping (basically extend what they have done on the point down each side for sufficient distance. 


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  Reply # 1197525 15-Dec-2014 07:58
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Bung: Could you add another shot showing a wider angle ie more of the roof? ...

Here's a quick shot of the roof on my way out the door. The bird corner is on the far right in the shot.

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  Reply # 1197548 15-Dec-2014 08:36
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If the birds are starlings, they are very determined, and will come back year after year. Best to get rid of them ASAP.

I've had good success squirting polyurethane foam in under the iron.

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