The Difference Between Shingle Cracking and Splitting

Suffering from Shingle cracking and splitting? It’s important to learn the difference between the two. This will help you properly address the issue with your roof. In this post, the reliable commercial roofing contractor Sully Jones Roofing explains the difference between cracking and splitting shingles.

The Difference Between Shingle Cracking and Splitting

Cracked Shingles

Your roof shingles are guaranteed to be durable. They are manufactured to be flexible and waterproof by mixing asphalt with volatile chemicals. However, the loss of these volatile chemicals will cause your shingles to crack. Losing volatile chemicals in your shingles can be caused by extreme heat or moisture. Over time, the shingles can also gradually lose volatiles.

The hotter the temperature is, the more vulnerable your shingles are to cracking. Extreme heat is one of your shingles’ worst enemies. Meanwhile, if your shingles are made of fiberglass or organic, the cracking may be caused by aging. Low-quality shingles are also more prone to crack prematurely.

Cracked shingles are more susceptible to water damage. It’s important to hire a reliable roof repair professional. Roofing professionals use high-quality shingles and can help you properly maintain your roof.

Split Shingles

Split shingles are caused by adverse changes in temperature. Under temperature’s extreme highs and lows, shingles tend to expand and contract. They expand when it’s hot and shrink when it’s cold. The joints of your shingles are also affected. The joints shrink in the heat and expand in the cold. This stresses the bridging shingles.

Too much stress on the joints affects the shingle’s adhesive strips, causing them to split. Split shingles are bad for your roofing system. They cause leakage and may weaken your roof’s wind resistance. During abrupt weather changes, always check your roof for split shingles.

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