The discovery of tiny asphalt granules in your gutters and downspouts can be unsettling, and it definitely causes for alarm. Those little granules may not seem like much, but they play a powerful role in protecting your shingle roof from damaging UV rays from the sun that can dry out your shingles and cause them to crack. While replacing the damaged shingles is the only way to restore your roof’s integrity, there are some things you can do to keep your new roof from losing the granules again.
Trim Your Branches
Tall trees may provide shade that cools off your house, but those long branches can wave in the breeze and hit your roof. With each swipe of the branch in the wind, more granules will be removed. For this reason, you will want to make sure any overhanging branches are trimmed to at least three feet away from the house.
Practice Pest Control
Scampering squirrels and raccoons are more than just annoying. Their feet and claws can quickly tear up asphalt shingles and leave your roof vulnerable to leaks. To keep pests away, plan for seasonal inspections and pest prevention. Then, keep an eye out for nests or the sound of scratching so that you can handle a new infestation right away.
Get Regular Inspections
Typically, granule erosion occurs slowly over time, which means that getting your roof checked can help you prevent more serious damage. If it has been more than a year since your roof was inspected or you have noticed an increase in granules falling off, then contact us today so that we can help preserve your home.