Shingles have come a long way over the years in terms of quality and design. One of the major improvements has been the introduction of granules which help protect shingles from the elements. So what happens when you start losing roof granules? Here’s what you need to know about granule loss and how it can affect your roof.
The first thing that you should know is that losing granules is not a reason to panic by any means. Whether you’re losing granules here and there or if you’ve found that your gutter was clogged from being chuck full with them, don’t panic.
Granules help make shingles more resistant to fire and other elemental forces. Since your roof is directly exposed to the elements every single day 24/7, some granule loss is to be expected. It’s perfectly natural for granules to fall off over time.
One thing you should check before taking any further action is whether the granules have been falling off naturally or is the loss was caused by some other type of damage to your roof. For example, your roof may have been damaged by a hail storm in which case you will have to get it repaired regardless.
When to Take Action
While you shouldn’t worry about the gradual loss of granules from your roof, you should start to worry when you’re experiencing a rapid and widespread loss of granules on an older roof. The age of your roof is a big factor here. If you are losing a lot of granules on a newer roof, it’s not going to be that big of a problem, at least not for a number of years. Most roofs should last about 20 years before needing to be replaced. Of course, factors like storm damage come into play and can end up making it necessary to replace your roof earlier.
However, if your roof is old, weathered, and is losing granules rapidly, you should definitely consider getting it repaired.
Depending on exactly how old your roof is, you may have to have all the shingles replaced. It’s a big investment, but in the end, you can’t beat having a nice solid roof over your head.
A Word of Advice, Don’t Fix it by Yourself
We all like to think of ourselves as the world’s greatest handyman, and most of us also know that we secretly aren’t all that handy when it comes down to it. You don’t want your wife yelling at you for getting it all wrong by trying to save a little money and doing it yourself. Let’s face it, no couch is comfortable enough to sleep on for that long.
Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do what needs to be done. In this case, you need to call a contractor that can repair your roof efficiently and conservatively.
Call Pyramid Roofing
When you need your roof repaired in Kansas City, call Pyramid Roofing. Our reputation is as solid as the roofs we’ve worked on. You don’t’ need just any contractor, you need the right contractor, that’s us!