The granules on your shingles play a very important role in your home's roofing system. By shading your home from damaging UV rays, shingle granules prolong the life of your roof. When the granules fall off the shingles and into the gutters, this could be a sign of bad things to come. Knowing how to recognize warning signs of a problem can help you protect your roof and avoid leaks.
What does it mean if you can see granules from your shingles in your gutters?
Shingles will naturally shed granules over a long period of time, so the presence of some granules in your gutters is nothing to be alarmed about. However, if the granules are falling off your shingles in large quantities, this could be a sign that your shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan.
How can you tell when there are too many granules falling off your shingles?
If the granules are found in your gutters only, then your shingles are probably in good shape. If the granules are found in the gutters, near the downspouts and on the ground around your house, this is a sign that your shingles are deteriorating.
Are there any other warning signs that your shingles are deteriorating?
If your shingles are deteriorating, you'll also notice these signs:
- Curling shingles
- Bald patches on your shingles
- Missing shingles
- Shingles found loose in the yard after a storm
If the shingles have deteriorated too much, you may also be able to find evidence of a roof leak. To check for this problem, go into your attic and look for signs of water damage on the under side of the roof. You may see dark spots in the wood and signs of mold or mildew. If it has rained recently, you may also be able to feel moisture in the wood when you touch it with your hands.
What should you do if you believe that your shingles are beginning to deteriorate?
If your shingles are beginning to deteriorate, contact a roofer for an inspection. Your roofer will be able to tell you whether or not your shingles are losing an abnormal amount of granules, and if they are, whether or not your shingles need to be replaced. In some cases, it could be that some simple roof repairs, instead of reshingling, will fix your problem. For a consultation and for help from a professional, contact a roofing company today.