Asphalt shingles are one of the top roofing options for many residential properties. They’re widely considered the direct upgrade from wood shingles thanks to their high weather tolerance and water-shedding capabilities.
Granules on asphalt shingles, however, aren’t a permanent fixture in the roof and can be lost over time and due to many factors. In this post, American Roofing Inc. explains what causes asphalt shingle loss.
The asphalt shingle will start to show wear as it ages. As it gets older, the surface naturally loses the granules that make up its first layer – often ending up in the gutters or simply falling off the edge of the roof.
This natural loss of granules can be due to a combination of weathering or the slow degradation of the roofing material. It can be tricky finding out if your roof is starting to lose its granules, and that’s why we recommend having a roofing contractor do timely inspection as your roof gets older.
While almost all kinds of inclement weather can speed up the process of granule loss, hail damage can cause severe loss due to pitting and physical damage to the shingles themselves. The fact that hail can reduce the operating life of the shingles only makes it worse.
Debris carried by wind can also cause granule loss on the asphalt shingles. When strong winds blow twigs and branches, they can scratch and tear at the roof surface, displacing the granules and even damaging the shingles themselves.
As your local roofing company, American Roofing Inc. will help you alleviate the negative effects of asphalt granule loss. Give us a call at (216) 307-3898 for more information and a free estimate on our services. We are a roofing contractor serving Cleveland, OH and other parts of Ohio.