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Water is hardly a roof's friend. It is the main natural element against which roofs stand, and it can insidiously attack any roof.

Falling as rain, hailstones, sleet, ice pellets or snow, water is a routine menace to roofs' integrity. Morris County roofers regularly see the damage water causes to area roofs.

Complete roof integrity is often challenged when rain falls. Rain finds tiny flaws in roofs and exploits them. Large leaks are easily noticed by most homeowners. Smaller rain damage takes trained eyes to discover.

Hail can certainly leave an impression on a roof. Any hailstone bigger than a pebble can dent an asphalt shingle. Large hailstones can harm all types of roofs and cause damage that leads to leaks.

Sleet, ice pellets or snow collecting on a roof poses multiple problems. Excessive weight from these types of frozen water can warp roofing materials and lead to flaws. In extreme cases, roofs collapse. Much more commonly, the process of melting and refreezing that follows winter storms results in ice forming along the colder parts of roofs and damming water behind it. Standing water is always bad for a roof's integrity. The weight of the water can create roof flaws and cause leaks.

Water often has cohorts to help it find its way under roofs.

The roofers from Peter W Smith Construction in Morris County NJ would be happy to answer any questions you have about siding repair or gutters.

One obvious teammate of water is wind. Severe storms peel shingles from roofs. Even a few missing shingles on an otherwise intact roof can lead to water penetrating that roof.

Leaves, pine needles and anything allowed to collect on and around a roof gives water chances to pool atop a house. Roof systems work best when they do not have to withstand uneven weight. Water weighing down part of a roof will slowly and negatively change the roof's ability to fully withstand the weather.

Animals inadvertently assist water at working its way through roofs. Nesting birds that build their homes on or near roofs can cause wear that enables leaks. Woodpeckers can break clay tiles. Some roofing materials slowly deteriorate under heavy bird droppings. Squirrels eat holes in roofs' weaker points to gain access to shelter and forage for items.

The best strategy against water's effect on roofs is to be proactive. Clear leaves and needles before they lead to water damage, or hire someone to do it. Schedule at least one professional roof inspection each year and after severe weather events.

With an eye on one's roof, water damage is an easy foe to neutralize.

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