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Old 05-27-2010, 10:54 PM   #1
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I have one area along my roofline where the plywood is slightly warped therefore no longer even with the overhang/soffit area. Another two or three small areas where shingles just don't lay even and a small hole (about 2-3") that allows things to crawl into my attic.

I really need to reroof but waiting one more hurricane season to see what happens. BUT in the meantime I want to close these gaps. I had a squirrel or something get in during the winter and the occasional wood roach drops from the overhanging trees and finds it way in presumably through these gaps.

Steel wool? Any other ideas? Thanks

By the way, I just want to close these up for now. I can walk (or crawl) all around my attic and have not yet (knock on wood) seen any evidence of actual water damage..


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Can you use some metal screening (thinking hardware cloth) and expanding foam?


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Old 06-04-2010, 06:43 PM   #3
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Spray Great Stuff expanding foam into the gaps and allow to dry for a day and then use an abrasive sanding sponge to smooth it out and surface skim coat the exterior with a colored caulk, Vulkem from Tremco works good, with a matching color to the shingles or gutters.

I have repaired 1-2 foot diameter squirrel holes in wooden soffits that way with an additional backing for support.

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:00 PM   #4
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I'd hate to run into those squirrels in the attic!!! 2' diameter holes ............ Keep in mind rodents and bugs love the spray foam...... 1/4" hardware cloth as mentioned.

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