Asphalt shingles remain the most popular residential roofing option in the U.S. They come in a wide selection of colors and styles. These shingles embedded with granules, which is its most visible part. Granules are not just there to make your roof more appealing but also give it protection against the elements. 

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Keep on reading to learn more about the importance of these granules from local roofing experts

What Are Asphalt Roofing Granules?

Granules are extracted from crushed hard rock with specific properties. Manufacturers embed the granules in their natural stone-colored state to the areas of the shingle that are not exposed to your eyes. Through ceramic firing, the shingles are given long-lasting colors, which is what you see on the surface of your roof. 

Some asphalt shingles feature algae-resistant granules that help prevent discoloration brought about by blue-green algae. Then there are also reflective granules, which aids in improving your home’s energy efficiency. These shingles have special reflective granules that increase the solar heat reflectivity of the roof. In some parts of the country, these reflective shingles are code-mandated. 

What Do They Do for Your Roof?

Asphalt shingle granules can help you save on roof repair costs. These granules are what give shingles their ability to shed water. They also offer high resistance to ultraviolet rays and fire. 

If you noticed that your roof is losing a significant amount of granules, it’s best to contact a local roofing professional. Your roof will not be able to withstand heat, sunlight, and water without the shingle granules. You should also get a roof inspection after a storm or high winds. Another thing you can do to avoid premature shingle granule loss is to trim down trees surrounding your home. 

For your roof replacement and storm damage repair needs, turn to Meredith Home Improvements. Call us at (412) 831-9991 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.