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Most Ohio homes are outfitted with roofs made from asphalt shingles. Over time or due to other causes, some of the granules coating the exterior of each shingle may fall off. Knowing when missing granules are a cause for concern can help property owners arrange for prompt repairs from reliable local Toledo roofers.

In order to determine whether there are missing granules from an asphalt shingle roof, a homeowner can use a pair of binoculars while standing on the ground. While looking through the binoculars, the homeowners should carefully and slowly peruse the surface of the rooftop, including damage prone areas such as the valleys and the ridgeline. Another way to get a grasp on whether or not the shingles are wearing out is to look at the buildup in the gutters, as loose granules will often collect there.

As soon as a new roof is installed, some of the asphalt granules may become loose and fall off. The homeowner may find the granules as part of the debris in the rain gutters. A few loose granules just after a new roof is installed are to be expected and should not cause any alarm to the homeowner.

If the loss of granules is accompanied by other problems, such as curling or rotting, this does typically indicate that the roof has damage.

The roofers from Johnson Construction of Toledo would be happy to answer any questions you have about siding or roof repair.

Organic based shingles are especially prone to rotting in the humidity and when exposed to frequent rains or snowfall. In this situation, the homeowner should have the entire roof inspected by professionals.

Even if the roof is not composed of organic based shingles, the homeowner should be weary if the roof is more than 10 years old. A loss of granules on an aging roof may quickly lead to an escalation of problems, such as roof leaks or warping of the wooden substructure. Loose or missing granules on an old roof warrant a roof replacement in order to avoid serious structural damage to the residence.

Another time that loosened granules are a problem is in the aftermath of a severe weather event such as a hailstorm. The impact of hailstones on the asphalt shingles may cause the granules to fall off the shingles. When too many of the granules are absent from the surface of the shingles, the roof's waterproofing and wind proofing are compromised. Hail damage is one of the most common reasons for roofing replacement of newer roofs in Ohio.

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