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Granule Loss: Is It Time to Replace Your Shingles?

Granule Loss: Is It Time to Replace Your Shingles?

All asphalt residential roofing systems shed granules to some degree. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand when granule loss is normal and when it becomes a cause for concern. Read on as Mascon Inc. sheds light on this matter.

What Is the Purpose of Granules?

Granules are designed to form a protective layer over asphalt shingles. As the roofing material is subjected to the elements, this protective layer wears off, resulting in granule loss. Over time, this protective layer will be completely worn down, exposing asphalt shingles to rain, snow, heat, hail and wind. When this happens, damage is imminent, resulting in leaks and other roofing issues.

When to Get a New Roof

You should consider getting a new roof when you observe granule loss so severe that you’re seeing bald sections on asphalt shingles. If the shingle substrate has been exposed, it’s time to call a roofing contractor and plan a roof replacement project.

Granule Loss: Other Reasons It Occurs

Aside from the natural weathering process asphalt shingles go through, granule loss may also be evident when your shingles have blisters. If your asphalt shingles are relatively new, cosmetic issues or manufacturing defects can be points highly susceptible to wear and tear. Your asphalt shingles can also lose granules when walked on during roofing maintenance.

If you’re seeing granules in your gutter troughs, it’s possible they’re from an older asphalt shingle roof that was replaced prior to your current roofing system. Granule loss can also occur with low-quality shingles, which you should avoid.

When it comes to roofing excellence, you can’t go wrong with MASCON INC. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (512) 376-5096 or fill out our contact form. Get a FREE quote today! We serve Austin, TX, and the surrounding communities.