One of the most common types of shingles used on roofs in the US is asphalt shingles. These shingles are made up of crushed rock, tar, fiber polymer layer and adhesives. All of these aspects of the shingle help to protect your home from the elements and water damage due to severe weather. When you start losing the granules on your shingles, it can mean trouble for your roof. Many homeowners don’t realize this is something they should be watching for. Nickerson Roofing is here to talk about granule loss, and what it means for your roof.
What Causes Granular Loss?
There are several different factors that can cause granular loss on your shingles. Following are some of the most common reasons:
– Defects: This is probably the least common cause of granular loss on shingles, but it is worth mentioning since it still happens. Sometimes the shingles of your roof are simply defective, and granules are falling off when they shouldn’t. The most common sign of this is blistering.
– Age: As your roof gets older, you will see more granular loss than you ever have before. The bond that holds the granules in place starts to degrade, and this allows the granules to start falling off.
– Storm Damage: Heavy storms and significant hail can cause granular loss and shingle damage as well. You should always have your roof inspected after a significant weather episode.
– Roof Cleaning: You should never attempt to clean your roof on your own. When you don’t use certain soft wash techniques, you can end up causing damage to your roof like granule loss. Never try to pressure wash your roof as it can cause significant damage.
– Poor Ventilation: Proper ventilation is a major component of a roof installation. Your roofing contractor should ensure there is enough ventilation that you don’t experience shingles getting too hot.
Can You Repair Granular Loss or Does Roof Need to Be Replaced?
If you are losing a significant number of granules and your roof is getting old, it could be a sign that you need to replace the roof. If you are concerned about the condition of your roof, you should call on a roofing company to come and do an inspection that will let you know whether or not your roof is in good shape. Even some roofs that aren’t that old can need a roof replacement if the shingles are showing too much wear and are falling apart. Granule loss is certainly something you should be watching and monitoring.
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If you are unsure about what condition your roof is in, you can rely on the pros at NNickerson Roofing to inspect your roof and let you know if the granule loss you are experiencing has left your roof susceptible to moisture problems. We know exactly what to look for and can give you our honest recommendation. If a roof replacement is what you need, we have you covered.