Granules make your roofing shingles more durable and they also give the final product additional aesthetic appeal. Granular loss is a normal part of a roof’s lifespan, but does that mean you should replace your roof immediately? Roofing contractor Shelter Construction Services outlines all you need to know about granular loss on roofing shingles.
What Causes Granular Loss?
It is natural to lose granules on your asphalt shingles because of age, but there are other things that can cause granular loss too. These include heavy rain, hail, fallen branches, strong winds, and exceptionally intense hot and severe sun exposure. Technically, granule loss is the leading instigator of roof replacement, as it’s the heaviest and most prevalent symptom of a very aged roof. But there are things you need to consider before proceeding with a roof replacement.
How Can I Tell If My Shingles Are Losing Granules?
To identify granule loss, asphalt and metal roofing contractors advise walking around the perimeter of your home and examining the area. The biggest sign will be in your gutters, where the granules will accumulate. The regular flow of water through gutters rarely moves them, so granules tend to gather up and even clog gutters. You may also detect granular loss by simply looking up at your roof. If you notice spots that look bare or discolored, it’s time to call a roofer for an inspection.
Do I Need to Replace My Roof?
Granules help keep your roof durable, so without them, it’s easier for the natural elements to cause damage to the rest of your home. Granular loss to the point that the roofing shingle substrate has been exposed means accelerated roof deterioration, meaning you’ll need to hire a professional to help you determine if replacement is imminent.
Get in touch with Shelter Construction Services to help you make the right choice, whether it’s for asphalt shingle or slate roof replacement. Give us a call at (434) 724-8160 or fill out our contact form to set a consultation.