As a homeowner, the last thing you probably expect to experience is problems with woodpeckers and your gutters. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence, and understanding why it happens and what you can do about it may just save your sanity. After all, the sound of a woodpecker banging on your gutters is likely to carry throughout your entire house, so the sooner you can address it, the better. Here's what you need to know about protecting your gutters from woodpecker damage and noise.
Why Would Woodpeckers Care About Gutters? They Aren't Wood!
You might think that woodpeckers only bang on wood, since that's where they find their food sources. However, they will actually peck at most any kind of material in some instances. In fact, sometimes, the more noise it makes, the better.
One of the reasons that woodpeckers may be pecking at your gutters is in the search for a mate. Especially in the early spring, they find ways to make as much noise while pecking as possible, because it will draw a mate to them.
In addition, they will often peck at your gutters as a territorial claim. If they are looking to nest near your house, they will make their presence known to other woodpeckers and birds in the area by choosing something loud to peck on.
How Can You Stop Woodpeckers From Banging On Your Gutters?
There are a few things that you can do discourage a woodpecker from continuing to bang on your gutters. One of the easiest is to attract them to something else away from your home. Woodpeckers like suet, so putting a suet feeder in a tree away from your house may actually help to distract them and discourage their attack on your gutters.
If the woodpecker is persistent, you can monitor where they are banging and then make an attempt to deaden the sound. Add some foam or other insulation outside of your gutters, and even a thin layer inside, if necessary. Talk with a gutter company about this first, though. That way, you don't put anything inside the gutters that will hinder the flow of water away from your home.
Your home's gutters are not impervious to damage from a woodpecker's beak. That makes it important that you discourage them from pecking at your gutters as much as possible. With these tips, you can not only understand why this happens, but also take steps to protect your gutters from any damage. Contact a company, like Hogan Roofing, for more help in protecting your roof.