Asphalt shingles are still a popular choice for roofing. They’re a viable solution for numerous roof requirements due to their durability and versatility. However, just like other roofing materials, there are some common problems with asphalt shingles, one of which is shingle granule loss.
Have you ever wondered what granules–tiny little rocks–in your gutters indicate? What effect do these have on your system? In this article, a roofing contractor from Glam Roofing & Contracting, LLC enlightens you by explaining more about these sediments.
What Are Shingle Granules?
Asphalt shingles have mineral granules embedded in their outside surface. These provide the shingles with color and protect them from the sun’s UV rays. They strengthen and protect your roof and, simply put, prolong the life of asphalt shingles.
With sufficient granule coverage, your system can tolerate year-round exposure to the elements These protecting particles wear off over time. The rain washes them away, and most end up in your gutters.
What Do Shingle Granules in the Gutters Indicate?
- It may signal a need for gutter cleaning. Roofing granules generally end up in the gutters. If the granules inside have collected to a thickness of 0.5 to 2 inches, you shouldn’t ignore them. With the accumulation of leaves and other loose material in the gutters, a blockage is possible, which will compromise the system’s drainage effectiveness. Gutter cleaning and maintenance may already be required.
- Your roof has been hit by hail. Hailstones can cause roof damage. They can also cause dents and splits in your shingles, depending on the size and speed of the hail. They can remove mineral granules from roofing materials, as well, exposing the substrate to the elements. Prompt hail damage inspections and roof repair can help mitigate this problem.
- Your roof has been walked on. It’s inevitable that your roof will be walked on during installation and repair. When the roofing crew walks on it, they may knock granules off of the material, which then get washed into the gutters. The shingles aren’t usually damaged, however. Your roof should be good if you keep foot traffic minimal.
- Your roof is nearing the end of its life. Excess granule loss may indicate that your roofing system is already past its prime. Check the condition of your roofing shingles. If they’re looking worn or “bald”, it might be time to get a roof replacement.
Unexpected roof damage might put your house at risk, but Glam Roofing and Contracting can help you stay safe by providing emergency roof repair services. Allow our responsive team to go to work if the state of your roof is a concern. To restore your roof, we have high-quality products and reasonable options.
Give us a call at (678) 809-2316 or fill out our contact form for prompt, reliable service.