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Old 08-01-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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Have a tin roof & squirrels are getting on porch


We have a tin roof and our back porch ceiling has the exposed rafter and tin roof. Squirrels have eaten through our screens and are nesting in the rafters. They are not actually inside the house itself. We are wondering about putting up plywood so the rafters are not exposed and they will have no way in. Was wondering about osb vs. plywood for this since it is an enclosed are that will not get wet. We are not doing this for cosmetic reasons so I really don't care about the look, just want the dang squirrels gone & this is the only access they have.

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Post a picture please so we can see what your seeing.

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Old 08-01-2013, 01:37 PM   #3
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I am at work so will have to wait till I get home. Basically it is just the overhang from the main portion of the house. the rafters are 2x8s that run down the length of the porch to the overhang. The covering is the tin roof. Where the porch meets the house it is solid with no openings. They are just getting into the spaces and mainly the metal fascia. The only access point thought is what we are wanting to cover with plywood.
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Wood products won't stop squirrels. Use tin.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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If the roofing over hangs the rafters enough you could add a fascia and soffits. Better look then just tacking on plywood.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:52 PM   #6
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I actually found a small once from facebook. You can see the rafters and the fascia. They are going up the screen over to the fascia which leads up the entire side of the house. We are wanting to put sheets up that would butt up against the tabby siding.
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another view of porch


I am trying to lighten them up so you can see. The part in the back that hangs down is actually a balcony on the top floor. you can kind of make out the large are of rafters in this one. I am not concerned with cosmetics as the plywood they used has the markings on it. I am just wondering if osb will hold up since it is cheaper. Rough estimate would be around 20 sheets to cover the area. The beams are all spaced about 14-16 inches apart and everything is flush and level.
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Another way would be to just add a ceiling.
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Wood products won't stop squirrels. Use tin.
Any wood with a corner they can get their teeth on barely slows them down. Instead of tin I use lead in 43 grain increments. I have heard cayenne pepper spread around will convince them to leave.
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I saw where lowes and home depot has 30 grade galvanized steel panels that are 26 inches x 12 feet. Since I already have the rafters do you think that would work to screw those in? it would also go with the tin roof and after measuring would be right around $200
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home now better pic of roof


here is a better picture of the roof. the box in the back is a balcony off the guest bedroom on the third floor. there is another one off the master right above where I am standing. you can see the rafters and tin roof. they are climbing up the screen and the opening above the tabby to the fascia is about 6 inches. I have actually rescued 2 babies last year that were left alone laying on the cold tin fascia with no bedding. like I said they are not in the actual house but we can hear them at night scratching around on the fascia since it is metal and backs up to our bedroom. this is the area we are wanting to block off.
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Re: Have a tin roof & squirrels are getting on porch


Since squirrels "need" to chew to keep their teeth short they would chew through any kind of wood to get to where they want. AND, they will continue to return to their place of shelter for their life (about 12 years). Once in your walls, they chew on everything including wiring which, of course, can be very, very, very dangerous. You might think the babies are cute and helpless but they are dangerous. You're best bet is to get them out from wherever they are and take steps to prevent them from re-entering. I've had squirrel problems (chewing through siding and getting into walls) and, once the squirrels were removed, professionals have used galvanized steel to prevent them re-entering. Good Luck

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