If your home has an asphalt roof, you might notice some instances where your roof is losing its granules. Now, while this may be a sign of a major problem, it might be best that you thoroughly examine your roof and narrow down the possible causes before calling a professional.
- New Installation – If your roof is brand new and freshly installed, then granule loss is a normal occurrence. This is because the loose granules are merely excess or were loosened by the contractor during the installation. Either way, your roof should still be in perfect condition, and the granules will wash away eventually.
- Old Roof – On the other hand, if you know your roof has some years on it and is obviously nearing the end of its lifespan, then it’s natural for the granules to wash off. If this is the case, then it’s time to call your local roofers to replace the roof.
- Foot Traffic – During the installation, it’s unavoidable that your contractors will be walking on the roof for an amount of time. This loosens the asphalt. If there’s a significant amount of foot traffic, then you may see “bald” spots due to the lost granules.
- Hail Damage – Storm damage can cause your roofing system to lose its granules, especially hailstorms. In addition, weather can also damage the shingles and produce pitting and granule loss. Depending on the storm’s severity, your roof’s service life might be significantly shortened.
- Aging – Granule loss is normal for roofs that are aging normally. Due to the years of sun exposure and fluctuating weather, it’s expected that your roof will be losing some of its granules as the years pass by.
- Defects – Manufacturing defect is another potential cause of granule loss for your asphalt roofing. One way to tell your roof is defective is by spotting premature bald patches on roofs that are in the early years of its lifespan.
For the best results, turn to Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc., for your home improvement needs. We are your number one provider of roofing and storm damage repair services. Give us a call at (713) 244-5530, or fill out our contact form to get a no-cost estimate.