Two common issues homeowners may experience with asphalt roofing are cracking and splitting. They may seem like mere cosmetic problems, but once neglected, they could eventually lead to severe problems that will expose your roof’s sheathing and make it more susceptible to water damage.
However, there is a crucial difference between shingle splitting and cracking. Read on as Hunterdon Roofing, Siding and Window Company shares more information in this post.
What Causes Shingle Cracking?
Organic or fiberglass shingles are made with volatiles, which are chemicals that make the shingles flexible and waterproof. Over time, these chemicals can evaporate, causing the shingles to shrink and crack. For relatively new shingles, cracking usually indicates a weak mat or poor-quality shingles. Excessive filler in the asphalt mix can also result in cracking.
What Causes Shingles to Split?
Temperature variations cause splitting to happen. During hot weather, for instance, shingles expand and the joints between them shrink. When the temperature dips, the shingles contract and the joints between them become larger. This constant thermal movement creates strain on the shingles and deteriorates the adhesives on the shingles, eventually leading to the formation of splits on the roof.
Regular inspections can help you detect these issues early and address them before they spiral out of control. Routine maintenance is also important because this enables you to keep your roof in good condition. Without roof inspections and maintenance, shingle cracking and splitting can turn into expensive repairs.
If you’re looking for roofing experts, Hunterdon Roofing, Siding and Window Company is a reliable contractor to work with. With our knowledge and skills, we’ll make sure your roof is durable, long-lasting and up to code. We’ll keep your home safe and beautiful for the years ahead! To request a free estimate, call us at (908) 735-0809 or complete our contact form.