I have a small section at a corner of my roof where the plywood has come lose and a gap has appeared. It is on a part of the roof that is not easy to see, and unfortunately some birds have started nesting inside, and we can hear the pecking near our ceiling. Obviously I'll have to find a way to get the birds out, but is it possible to repair something like this without tearing the entire section of roof off?

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  • Not really. For one thing, you don't know how much sheathing needs to be replaced.
    – isherwood
    May 20, 2016 at 17:07

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Check with your local/state laws about moving birds/wildlife first. I know in my area its illegal to move bats during certain times of year. Now birds aren't bats but bats also make noises that could sound like a bird to an untrained ear. Even if its birds, a lot of birds are protected here in the US so similar laws may apply. For bats they make 1 way doors that you attach to allow them exit but not come back in. Put it there for a while to let all the critters out and then remove it in favor of a permanent fix.

Next, if you are looking for a quick fix that should last until the next time you replace the roof, you could always use some spray foam. They make it in all sorts of colors or you can paint it to be the least obvious.

However, you really need to find the source of the leak that caused the plywood to rot and the curling in the first place, or else you will likely end up with just a bigger mess to deal with.

  • It's definitely starlings, I've seen them flying in. I will make sure the birds are unharmed, if I need to I'll hire someone to come out before/during the repair process to handle them. I have a roofer coming out today to look at it, I'm hoping he'll be able to tell me more about the underlying issues. I'll update with more info for future visitors to this question.
    – Elden Abob
    May 23, 2016 at 14:52

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