Why choose asphalt shingles? They are the leading roofing material in the United States. You’ll find that you can get a range of different types of asphalt shingle roofing systems across the US.
People love them because they’re highly affordable, easy to install, and available in many styles and colors. They allow homeowners to style their homes according to their personal aesthetic preferences without breaking the bank.
One of the standout features of asphalt shingle roofing is its fiberglass base, making this excellent roofing material even more durable. The fiberglass base is covered with a thin coat of asphalt and granules to provide it with extra strength and longevity against UV rays, weakening its structure over time.
However, one of the first signs of a deteriorating asphalt roof is granular loss. If you think that your roof is experiencing significant granular loss, keep reading as we detail the signs as well as the causes of this common roofing problem.
How To Tell That You’re Losing Granules
If you’ve noticed that your roof is looking a little bare or that some areas of your roof are a little duller than the rest, this may be due to granular loss.
Another sign that your losing fiberglass granules is an accumulation of the material in your gutter system or on the floor just below your roof.
Causes of Granule Loss
Excess Foot Traffic
If you have people constantly walking on your roof, they will eventually wear away at the asphalt granules. Construction boots tend to have quite an intense grip and weight, which causes significant friction and physical damage to roofs. Over time this excessive foot traffic will lead to the granules of your shingles breaking off.
During intense weather conditions, your roof takes quite a beating from elements such as high wind speeds, hail, heavy rains, and more. If you’ve experienced a bit of severe weather recently, you can expect some granule loss to occur.
An Old Roof
You know it’s time to replace your asphalt shingle roofing system when you notice a significant amount of granules on the ground and in your gutters. As these roofs age, they lose their structural integrity, making them more susceptible to shedding their granules.
Over the years, your roof has had to deal with overexposure to UV rays, physical damage, and simple wear and tear. If only a small area of your roof has shed its granules, replacing those shingles should be easy and affordable. However, if the problem has spread throughout your roofing system, it may be time for a roof replacement.
For more information about the health of your asphalt shingle roofing system, give Advantage Remodeling a call today!