Asphalt shingles continue to be among the most popular choice of roofing. Durable and long-lasting, this roofing material has been perfected over the years thanks to advancements in manufacturing. The use of granules, for one, keeps the shingles resistant to fire and ultraviolet rays. Without them, shingles become exposed to the elements, which then leads to their deterioration.
Shingle granules are often found on the ground and in gutters. You may be thinking, “Is this a cause for concern?” Feller Roofing of New Braunfels, your local roofing experts, is here to chime in.
Not Always An Indicator of Damage
The short answer? Not necessarily. Open a newly-purchased pack of shingles, and you’ll find a noticeable amount of granules on the packaging. Try to shake one or two gently, and they will still shed granules. This, however, doesn’t mean the material is rendered useless.
During the manufacturing process, up to 40% more granules than are required are applied. Residential roofing pros estimate that about 12 to 15% of the granule surface is not attached firmly into the material. These excess granules end up getting scattered during packaging, shipping and installation.
Things to Take Note Of
Note that asphalt shingle roofs are designed to weather. After the roofing material has been installed, you may find an abnormal amount of granules on your gutters, especially after a strong wind event or heavy rain. Although this is normal in a newly-installed roof, be aware that over time, the embedded granules will eventually lose their adhesion qualities.
Roofs that have significant years in their life span experience this, which means they must be replaced as soon as possible. To be sure, turn to a reliable roofing contractor like us. With Feller Roofing of New Braunfels, you get peace of mind knowing that your property is protected by the finest, most efficient and dependable roofing products and workmanship available.
Reach out to us if you are in need of roof repair or replacement. Call (830) 214-2400 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve residents of New Braunfels, TX.