Don’t Ignore This Red Flag: Granules From Your Roof

When a homeowner notices small bits of roofing material on the ground, it could be time to call in a professional roofer. Granules on a roof refer to the small, sand-like particles that are embedded in the surface of asphalt shingles. These granules are a key component of a roofing shingle and help protect the roof in many ways. 

If granules are found in places they shouldn't be, such as in gutters or on the ground, it could indicate potential problems with the roof. It would be appropriate to engage a roofing professional, such as a roofer or roofing contractor, to address issues related to roof granules.

How Your Roofer Can Help

A roofer can help with the following:

  • Assessing Roof Damage: A roofer can examine the condition of the roof and determine if the loss of granules is due to normal wear and tear or a more significant issue, such as shingle deterioration, storm damage, or improper installation. That will help the roofer estimate the cost of the job and the extent of the damage.
  • Identifying the Underlying Cause: The roofer can investigate the underlying cause of the granule loss. This could be due to factors such as age, weathering, hail damage, poor shingle quality, or improper ventilation. Identifying the cause is essential to determine the appropriate solution.
  • Repairing or Replacing Shingles: If the loss of granules is localized and not extensive, the roofer may be able to repair or replace individual damaged shingles. This can help restore the roof's integrity and prevent further granule loss. Repairing a section of your roof is a lot less expensive than a total reroofing job.
  • Roof Maintenance: The roofer can provide advice and recommendations for regular roof maintenance to prevent granule loss and prolong the life of the shingles. This may include routine inspections, cleaning, and addressing any underlying issues promptly.
  • Roof Replacement: In cases where the roof is significantly damaged or has reached the end of its lifespan, the roofer may recommend a roof replacement. This involves removing the existing shingles, addressing any underlying issues, and installing new shingles to ensure a durable and properly functioning roof.

It's important to consult with a qualified roofer to assess any issues related to roof granules and to determine the appropriate course of action. They have the expertise and knowledge to diagnose and address roofing problems effectively, helping to maintain the integrity of the roof and extend its lifespan. 

Contact a roofing contractor to learn more.