Asphalt shingle roof damage can be hard to identify, which is why you need pros with a keen understanding on this type of roofing material. Cracking and splitting, for instance, might seem like they’re one and the same upon first glance, but they are two entirely different forms of roof damage. Ken Morton & Sons LLC explains the differences between the two.
Volatiles, which are chemicals with a low boiling point, are added to the asphalt mix to give the shingles flexibility and waterproofing qualities. Aging as a result of long-term exposure to the elements, however, causes the asphalt shingles to lose volatiles. As this happens, the roofing materials dry, crack and shrink. The same thing can also happen to newly-installed shingles, especially ones with a weak base or those with excess filler material mixed with the asphalt. When investing in a roof replacement, make sure to choose high-quality materials to minimize the chances of cracking over the majority of their lifespan.
While cracking happens on the surface of your shingles, shingle splitting happens through the entire shingle. It occurs as a result of continuous expansion and contraction caused by fluctuating temperatures. Over time, the underlying joints between each shingle becomes stressed, reducing the sticking power of the adhesives. Splitting exposes the asphalt shingle roof to moisture damage and wind blow-offs.
How to Prevent Shingle Cracking and Splitting
Scheduling a thorough inspection with a professional roofer like Ken Morton & Sons LLC can help uncover shingle problems. If they do find signs of cracking or splitting, they may recommend either simple repairs or a complete replacement depending on the severity of the issue.
When you work with Ken Morton & Sons LLC, you get nothing but high-quality roofing products from GAF combined with superior workmanship. Call us now at (856) 582-8800 or fill out our contact form for a free quote. We serve clients in Woodstown, NJ, and surrounding areas.