Granule Loss On Shingles

Your home is your sanctuary and you should treat your home with care as it is going to protect you from the elements for decades to come. There’s a reason why a strong and secure home is called ‘a roof over your head’ and it’s because your roof will dictate the future of your home and its foundations. 

Roofs are generally designed to defend your home from a variety of different climates and most of the time, it’s the first and last line of defense against the forces of nature. However, if your roof is not properly maintained or even installed, this could lead to more problems than help in keeping your roof in good condition. 

Roofs will also have a life expectancy where it will depend on the roofing material that’s installed and properly your roof is being managed by your contractor. However, just like every other building material that we use for our home, roofs will eventually deteriorate after decades of being exposed to harsh conditions. One of the clearest forms of deterioration is by granule loss which is caused by weathering. 

But before we can look for a remedy to this problem, we have to first look into some questions that we have to answer. What usually causes granule loss? Should I replace my roof or repair it? 

Should I Replace My Roof?

If you are seeing damages that beyond your skills in maintaining and repairing your roof, the best course of action would be to replace your roof.  However, the process of replacing your roof can be a significant investment. Not only will you be spending a good amount of money that will reach 4 – 5 figures, but you’ll also be spending a week on average in replacing your roof. Before you’re going to replace your roof, it’s best that you contact your local roofing contractor to do an extensive inspection of your roof. 

One of the most prevalent questions that contractors get when homeowners see that there’s granule loss in their roof is “Should I be replacing my roof?”. There are some tell-tale signs on when you should replace your roof. A sagging roof is one of the clearest signs that you have to replace a roof. A sagging roof means that it is on the verge of collapsing and it will only take a few compromised wooden and steel beams for your roof to cave in. 

Another clear sign that you’ll need to replace your roof is when you see granule loss on the top layer of your shingles/roofing materials. In most cases, these granule losses are caused by the age of your roof. The roofing material that you will be using for your roof will determine the lifespan of your roof and when you will see granule loss. Other than having a sagging roof, having granule loss on your shingles is one of the main signs that you’ll need to replace your roof. 

How Do You Spot Granule Loss?

Spotting granule loss on your roof is relatively easy since your these granules are located at the top layer of your shingles. One way of checking for granule loss is simply looking at any granules that are missing on your shingles. If the layer below the top layer of the shingles is visible, then there’s a good chance that granule loss is happening. 

The biggest tell-tale sign is that if you’re living in an area with a good amount of precipitation, you can check your gutter and drainage systems for traces of granules and minerals. Rainwater and melted snow will eventually flow downwards towards your gutters and bring with them eroded granules from your shingles. You can also have a local roofing specialist look into your 

Preventive Measures

There’s a wide variety of materials that are available in your local builder’s depot. One way of preventing granule loss from forming on your roof is by effectively delaying deterioration from happening. Since age is the primary cause of granule loss, you can get a roofing material that has a long life expectancy. Roofing materials like architectural shingles have a lifespan of 25 – 35 years, while slate tile roofing can last up to 100 years. By getting the right materials, you are delaying the process of having to replace your roof due to granule loss. 

Each roofing material will have its own unique lifespan, so it’s best that you do your own research on what you can place on your roof with good longevity. Likewise, you can contact a manufacturer or your contractor on what you can use that has a good lifespan.