The Difference Between Shingle Cracking and Splitting

Your asphalt shingle roofing sustains damage over time due to its constant exposure to the elements. High winds, for example,…
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Jacob Wadding

Your asphalt shingle roofing sustains damage over time due to its constant exposure to the elements. High winds, for example, can lift up the shingles or blow them off, while hailstones can damage them upon impact, leaving dents or knocking off their mineral granules. In some cases, the damage is represented by cracking and splitting–which may look similar but actually has a few differences. The roof replacement experts from ARCH Exteriors, LLC share what you need to know.

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Shingle Cracking

Asphalt shingles come with volatiles–chemicals with a low boiling point–which are added to the asphalt mix to make the material more flexible and waterproof. But because of evaporation, moisture, or just plain old age, the shingles gradually lose their volatiles. This causes drying and shrinking in the material. Eventually, the shingles will crack, making them more susceptible to water infiltration.

Another reason shingles crack is because of excess filler in the asphalt mix. You’ll know because the material will start randomly cracking even if they’re still relatively new. That’s why–if you’re investing in a roof replacement this season–you should choose only high-quality asphalt shingles from a trusted roofing company like ARCH Exteriors, LLC. We are an Owens Corning® Platinum Preferred Contractor, so you know the options we offer are always top-tier.

Shingle Splitting

This can occur when the asphalt shingles continuously expand and contract due to fluctuating temperatures. Called ‘thermal splitting’, it puts unnecessary stress on the adhesive strips of the material, not only causing them to lose their effectiveness, but making them more vulnerable to leaks and wind damage. When overlooked, split shingles can compromise your roof’s weather performance–enough so that roof replacement becomes more than a possibility.

ARCH Exteriors, LLC also offers exceptional roof repair and installation services. Look no further for high-quality and long-lasting shingle roofing systems that can keep your home dry and damage-free all year round. Call us today at (877) 214-2831 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve the areas in and around Ijamsville, MD. We’d love to hear from you!

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Your home is probably the most expensive thing you own. When you hire somebody to make improvements, you want high-quality work. In addition, you hope they’ll take the same care you would. You want someone with a good reputation, legitimate credentials, well established, using quality materials, and who charges a fair price. For over 11 years, I have worked hard to provide all of those benefits to my clients. One of the major reasons we have been able to do that is our ability to keep highly qualified personnel. Our workers are well trained, properly motivated, and managed professionally. I make certain that I convey measurable systems and procedures that our team understands and can readily follow.

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