Granule loss on your roof is a common concern for homeowners, but the level of worry it should inspire depends on various factors. To determine if you should be concerned about granule loss from your roof, it’s essential to understand what roof granules are, the reasons behind their loss and the potential implications.
What Are Roof Granules?
Roof granules are small, gravel-like particles that cover the surface of asphalt shingles. They serve several critical functions. First, they provide protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause shingles to deteriorate over time. Second, they enhance the fire resistance of the roof. And lastly, granules help to make the shingles more durable.
Causes of Granule Loss
Granule loss can be attributed to the following factors:
- Normal Wear and Tear: Some granule loss is entirely normal as your roof ages. Over time, the elements, such as wind, rain, and sun, can gradually wear down the granules on your shingles.
- Severe Weather: Extreme weather events such as hailstorms can dislodge a significant number of granules in a short period. High winds and heavy rain can also contribute to granule loss.
- Poor-Quality Shingles: If your roof was initially installed with low-quality or defective shingles, you may experience granule loss more rapidly than with high-quality shingles.
- Improper Installation: Shingles that were not correctly installed can be more susceptible to granule loss. Incorrect nailing or inadequate sealing can contribute to this problem.
Should You Be Worried?
Some granule loss is normal, especially in the early stages of a roof’s life. If you notice occasional granules in your gutters or around your property, it might not be a cause for alarm.
However, if you observe a sudden and significant increase in granule loss or if your shingles appear to be significantly bald or discolored, it’s time to take action. Excessive granule loss can lead to accelerated shingle deterioration, which can result in water leaks, reduced energy efficiency and expensive roof repairs.
Regular maintenance and inspections by a roofing contractor can help you keep an eye on granule loss and address any issues promptly. They can assess the situation and provide recommendations for necessary repairs or a possible roof replacement.
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Our experienced team at Home Pro Exteriors, Inc. is always ready to inspect your roof and provide solutions for your roof problems. Call (845) 343-1777 or visit our contact page to schedule a consultation. We also provide window replacement services.