Asphalt shingles have granules for added protection against the elements, especially the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The kind and quality of granules that shingles widely vary by manufacturer. After a roof install, it’s normal to see sediment loss because these are likely excess from manufacturing. However, excessive granule loss can be an indication that you need to contact your roofer.
Keep reading to learn what shingle granules can say about your roof and gutters.
Is Shingle Granule Loss a Concern?
You may notice some shingle granules fall off after a roof installation, repair, or cleaning. It’s not usually a cause of concern unless there is a buildup of granules with a thickness of 0.5 to two inches in your gutters. These granules, along with fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris, can clog your gutters. As a result, water will back up to your roof and overflow to the rest of your home’s exterior.
To prevent your gutters from clogging, make sure to have the system inspected and maintained regularly. Professional gutter cleaning can help extend the lifespan of your gutters. It can also help you avoid other issues, such as roof damage, foundation issues, and basement flooding.
When Is a Roof Replacement Necessary?
Significant granule loss can indicate that you need to replace your roof, especially if it is over 20 years old. You’ll know you need a roof replacement if the shingles have bald spots and sagging areas. Missing shingles, rust in flashings, and soil erosions are also common signs it’s time for a new roof.
For quality siding and roof installation services, turn to M & A Roof Home Improvement. We also offer gutter installation and cleaning. Call us at (757) 779-5244 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve clients in Williamsburg, VA, and nearby communities.