Asphalt shingles are the most prevalent residential roofing option in the U.S. They are attractive, durable, versatile and cost-effective. With proper care, this material can last for decades. Unfortunately, issues can still arise after exposure to harsh weather conditions and outdoor elements.
Cracking and splitting are two of the most common issues in asphalt shingles. A trusted local roofing company explains the difference between these problems.
What Causes Shingles to Crack?
Volatiles are chemicals integrated into asphalt shingles for waterproofing and flexibility. Shingles can lose volatiles due to natural wear and tear, moisture, and evaporation. When this happens, asphalt will shrink, and cracks will start to develop on its surface.
If cracking occurs in newly installed asphalt shingles, it could be due to an unstable base or mat. This issue is also more likely to develop in poor-quality shingles. These are among the many reasons to only work with reliable roofers who use top-grade products from leading manufacturers. At Ken Morton & Sons LLC, we work with GAF to provide you with the best roofing products and services.
How Do Shingles Split?
Certain materials expand and contract with temperature changes. Asphalt shingles expand when it’s hot outside and contract when it’s cold. After some time, constant thermal movement will wear out the adhesive strips on the shingles’ upper surface. As a result, splits will develop on the surface of the roof. Regular roof inspections will help you spot these issues early and prevent extensive damage.
Prolong the life of your asphalt shingles by choosing a dependable contractor for their installation and maintenance. For superior residential roofing services, turn to Ken Morton & Sons LLC. We also specialize in siding replacement and repair. Call us at (856) 582-8800 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve clients in Pitman, NJ, and nearby communities.