Asphalt roofing shingles are the most widely used roofing materials in the United States today and it is no wonder, they are relatively inexpensive, widely available, and very easy to install. To say that they are popular is a huge understatement. In fact, asphalt shingles cover approximately 75% of homes in the US. Asphalt shingles, however, do come with their own set of different problems, and chief among them is shingle cracking and splitting. But what exactly is the difference between the two? Trusted residential and commercial roofing company Edward Klecka Construction Company explains.
Asphalt shingles are produced with volatiles which are chemicals with a low boiling point. They are added to the asphalt mix to make them flexible and waterproof. These volatiles, however, slowly evaporate over time. Constant exposure to extreme heat will also accelerate this natural process causing your shingles to crack.
If you notice an excessive amount of cracking in your roof due to age, then it is probably time to consider calling your trusted residential roofing company to discuss having your roof replaced.
Splitting or thermal splitting occurs due to changes in temperature. During warm days, your asphalt shingles will expand which causes the joints between them to decrease in size. Cold temperatures, on the other hand, have the opposite effect and will cause your asphalt shingles to shrink. This constant shrinking and expanding reduces the effectiveness of the adhesive strips and will cause your shingles to split, lowering their water and wind-resistance.
Edward Klecka Construction Company has been repairing and replacing roofs since 1984! If you are looking for a reputable and experienced roofing company, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. For roof concerns big or small, be sure to give us a call at (805) 633-4171 or fill out our contact form to speak to one of our experts