Shingle Granule Loss: What Does It Say About Your Roof?

Asphalt shingles come with a protective layer of mineral granules that allow them to withstand the harshest weather conditions. But there may be instances where the material will lose its granules, and you’ll know this because of the little rock granules, or sediment, building up inside your gutter system. So, what exactly does this say about your roof’s condition? 

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  • Your roof has experienced foot traffic. There’s no getting around it: your roof will experience some traffic when it’s being installed or repaired. As the roofing crew walks across its surface, they may loosen the granules from the material, and, when it rains, the sediment gets washed down and ends up inside the gutters. But this doesn’t always mean the shingles have been damaged. Your roof should be fine as long as you limit the traffic there. 
  • Your roof has sustained hail damage. The fact is that hailstones can damage your shingles upon impact, not only creating dents and cracks in the material, but knocking the granules off them as well. When this happens, the shingles become more susceptible to weather damage since the loss of granules has exposed their substrate. Prompt hail damage inspections and repairs can help mitigate this issue.
  • Your roof is nearing the end of its service life. Excess granule loss may indicate your roofing system is already past its prime. Check the condition of your roofing shingles. When they are already looking worn or “bald”, it might be time to get a roof replacement.

What to Do About Excess Granule Loss

You only need to turn to a reliable roof installation services expert, The Roofing Company. Our trained and experienced team can take a closer look at your roof’s overall condition to accurately determine the cause of granule loss in your shingles. If the reason turns out to be old age, we may suggest getting a new roof for your home. This way, you can get ahead of any damage that may result from eventual roof failure.

Look no further than The Roofing Company for the highest quality solutions to your roofing needs. Call us today at (970) 887-0104, or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We serve Aspen, CO, and the surrounding areas.