You've probably heard that when you start finding shingle granules in your gutters, it's a sign your roof is starting to deteriorate. This statement is true — but it's not very complete! It doesn't tell you what you should do or how to react to the presence of granules in your gutters. That's where this article comes in. Here are four steps to take once you start seeing shingle granules in your gutters.
1. Clean your gutters more often.
Once granules start coming off your shingles, they keep coming off until they're either gone completely or you have that roof removed. So, at the first sign of granules, increase the frequency of your gutter cleaning so you're always able to remove them before a clog occurs. This ensures that your gutters are still able to do their job of keeping water off your roof, which is more important now than ever since your shingles are somewhat compromised due to the loss of granules.
2. Trim back any trees that overhang the roof.
It's never a good idea to have trees overhanging your roof, but once your shingles start losing granules, it becomes even more important to trim those trees back. Branches can more easily scratch and damage shingles once the protective granules have worn away. Shade from the tree can also cause the shingles to deteriorate more quickly in the presence of any mold, moss, or algae that may be present.
3. Start saving for a new roof.
You may not need a new roof tomorrow, but since your shingles are losing granules, you will need a new roof soon. It might be a year from now, or it might be three — but it's unlikely your roof will last another 5 years now that it is losing granules. If you start setting money aside now, you'll be better financially prepared when you do learn you need a new roof.
4. Have a roofing contractor come take a look.
This is also a good time to have a roofing contractor come take a look at the roof. You don't specifically need to ask them for an estimate for a roof replacement, although you certainly can have them give you a quote while they are out. You do want to have them make sure you don't have any shingles that are so worn they're at risk of leaking, and you also want to ask them how long they think your roof will last. This allows you to plan, whether that means planning for a roof replacement two years from now, or making a couple of small repairs to gain you more time.
If you find granules in your gutters, that means it's time to take action. Protect your roof, and start making some plans for the future.
Reach out to a roofing service today for more information.Share
15 January 2021
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