Your roof is one of the most crucial elements to your home. It provides overhead coverage from the elements, when properly ventilated it allows for climate control which ultimately lowers your heating and cooling costs, and in general, a well-maintained roof simply looks great. Given how much our roofs do for us, we should always be on the lookout for indicators of damage to catch problems before they get out of hand. A frequent problem is granule loss on shingled roofs. There are several ways that you can lose the mineral granules from your shingles such as:
- Foot Traffic: If you have recently had work done on your roof you may notice bald spots appearing wherever roofers walked. Losing granules through foot traffic is common, and provided the bald spots aren’t severe, and the roof is in good condition, it should not be cause for alarm.
- Weather Damage: When severe weather such as hail strikes your roof, there is a high possibility that the damage is substantial. The impact of hail or even a strong downpour has the capability to force the granules off your shingles, leaving behind the asphalt and reducing the lifespan of your roof.
- Normal Wear and Tear: External forces will always affect your roof, whether it be sun damage, standard weather impact, or even animals scurrying across your shingles. All of these forces will contribute to granule loss and weakening of the shingles themselves. Be sure to regularly inspect your roof to keep tabs on any damage incurred as it will compound over the years and could result in requiring replacement.
Identifying the End of Your Roof’s Life
It is difficult to know exactly when your roof needs to be replaced, but granule loss is a strong indicator. When your asphalt shingle roof is near the end, you can see that large portions of granules are washed away leaving behind substantial bald areas of nothing but the black shingle substrate. The more damaged your roof becomes, the more susceptible your home is to water leaking through and fluctuations in how well you maintain internal temperature.
If you are experiencing major granule loss and your roof is in dire need of repair, Noland’s Roofing has your roof covered. We are Select ShingleMaster™ Certified and intend on using our 20 years of experience to bring you the best service possible. Contact us at 352-242-4322 for free estimates and guaranteed pricing.