Should you be worried about your asphalt shingle roofing losing granules? In general, you should expect a certain degree of granule loss during the course of an asphalt shingle roof’s lifespan. Wouldn’t granule loss leave your roof more vulnerable? After all, aren’t the granules embedded in the shingles supposed to protect them from ultraviolet (UV) rays? There are circumstances wherein it’s valid to worry and when it’s not.
Why Minor Granule Loss Is Not a Cause for Concern
Manufacturers have already taken into account the expected granule loss into account. They embedded up to 40% more granules in their asphalt shingles to make sure they can withstand UV rays even if they lose a few granules.
When You Should Be Worried About Granule Loss
Under what circumstance would granule loss be a cause for concern? When granule loss becomes so extensive that bald patches start to appear on your roof or when you notice granules accumulating in your gutters. If these warning signs start to appear, you might need to consult your local roofing company about a roof replacement soon.
The Causes of Granule Loss
What are the usual culprits behind extensive granule loss?
- Age – Over time, the granules’ adhesion to the shingles weakens. So, the extent of granule loss increases as your roof ages. To keep track of your roof’s remaining lifespan, it’d be a good idea to keep a roofing file containing important roofing info, such as the date of the roof installation and the warranty details.
- Installation errors – What if your asphalt roof lost a lot of granules even if it was just installed? Installation errors might be to blame here. It’s important that you vet a roofer before hiring a contractor to make sure the person is qualified for the job.
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