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Asphalt shingles remain the most prevalent residential roofing materials in the U.S. During manufacturing, they are embedded with granules for pigment and extra protection against the sun. Without them, your roof will not look as appealing and get exposed to harsh outdoor elements.  

Discover what these sediments tell about your roof and gutters here. 

Shingle Granules and Your Roof

After your roof installation or replacement, it’s normal to find granules on the ground and in your gutters. Don’t worry because these sediments are usually just excess from manufacturing. However, you should be concerned if there’s around half an inch of sediment that has accumulated in your gutters. 

Is your roof at least two decades old? If it has significantly lost shingles or has bald areas, sagging areas and corroded flashing, there’s a high chance it needs replacement. Other common signs you need a new roof include missing, damaged or loose shingles, damp spots on the roof and soil erosion. If you notice any of these issues, contact a professional immediately.  

What Do These Sediments Say About Your Gutters?

Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential in keeping your gutters in top shape and avoiding costly issues. Dried leaves, shingles granules and other debris can disrupt water flow, causing rainwater to go to places where it shouldn’t. If there are no indications of roof failure, granule loss could be a sign that your gutters aren’t aligned properly. Shingle sediments can also shed from the roof if you have undermaintained gutters. 

At Gutter HelmetĀ® Systems of Alabama, you can count on us for the best gutter covers. We install protection systems designed to prolong the life of your roof and gutters. Call us at (866) 598-7525, or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Chelsea, AL, and nearby communities.

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