Asphalt shingles are by far the most used roofing material in the United States, and for good reason. They are cost-effective, durable and energy-efficient. But as good as asphalt shingle roofing systems are, they do come with their own set of problems. One of the most common is granule loss. In today’s post, a trusted roof repair company explains what causes your shingles to shed their granules and whether or not you should have your shingles replaced when it occurs.
About Asphalt Shingle Granules
Mineral granules are embedded on the surface of asphalt roofing shingles to give them added durability. It helps protect your roof from excessive sun exposure, which can lead to serious issues and shorten the life of your roofing system. Granules also give your roof added fire resistance, adding another layer of protection to your home.
What Granule Loss Means for Your Roof
Granule loss can be caused by many things. As your roof ages, it is only natural for it to shed some granules. Heavy rain, hail or strong winds can hasten the process and necessitate a roof replacement if the problem is not addressed. After a severe weather event, you may find that you have a lot of shingle granules in your gutters or yard.
The good news is that granule loss doesn’t necessarily mean that your roof is in bad shape. A newly installed roof will naturally shed some granules due to handling so this is really no cause for concern. However, if your roof is getting on in years and there are a lot of “bald” spots on it, you should seriously consider having it replaced to avoid leaks caused by weakened shingles.
Barnett Roofing is one of the most trusted roofing contractors in Knoxville, TN. We offer a full range of residential roofing services including storm damage repair and insurance claims assistance. For all your roofing needs, be sure to give us a call at (865) 936-6959 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free appointment.