Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials for residential homes. Not only are they very durable, but they are also easy to install compared to other types of roof tiles. However, during regular roof inspections, you may find granules in your gutters. This may be a sign that your roof is experiencing some underlying issues.  

What Are the Granules?

When asphalt shingles are manufactured, granules are pressed into the hot asphalt. These granules create the color of your shingles and protect your roof from constant exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. They are fire-resistant, and they play a major role in extending the lifespan of your roof. However, as time goes by, these granules become loose. They are eventually washed off from your roof and into the gutters. 

The granules are the little rocks you may see in your gutters as the roof ages. While losing granules over time is normal and nothing to be worried about, it may be a sign that you need a roof replacement soon. 

What Does It Mean if You Find Granules in Your Gutters?

If your roof is fairly new, it’s normal for your roof to lose some granules. Granules may come loose during packing, shipping or installation of the roof. For this reason, it’s common to see granules washing into the gutters and downspouts if you’ve just had a new roof installed. After heavy rainfall or hailstorms, you may also experience an influx of granules in your downspouts. This is also nothing to be worried about as it does not particularly mean that your roof is failing. 

However, if you are noticing large amounts of granules – to the point it may look like there is gravel in your gutters – your roofing system may be reaching the end of its lifespan. As such, it’s best to call in a professional roofer for an inspection. 

Losing some granules now and then is normal, but if you’re worried about the health of your roof, get in touch with our roofing experts at Tri-County Contracting. We offer quality services, including roof repair and more. Call us today at (262) 679-6100, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Waukesha, WI.