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Difference Between Asphalt Shingle Cracks and Splits

Asphalt shingles can suffer from wear over time. It can have cracks and splits that compromise its protective capabilities. Some homeowners often confuse these two types of roof damage, so here’s a brief explainer from trusted residential and flat roof contractors to clarify their differences.


Asphalt shingles are highly flexible and waterproof because of their volatiles. These chemicals protect the shingles from the sun’s heat. As long as they remain on the shingles, the roof will have adequate protection against heat damage.

Over time, volatiles added to the asphalt mix of your new construction roof installation will gradually evaporate. The asphalt shingles will start drying, cracking and shrinking under the sun’s heat.

Often, cracking indicates that the asphalt shingle is reaching the end of its lifespan. Cheap asphalt shingles with too much filler also crack faster than high-quality ones. That said, be sure to use high-quality asphalt shingles that won’t easily crack or break. Work with a certified roofer to ensure its proper installation.


Asphalt shingles will increase or decrease in size as temperatures change. Unfortunately, over time, shingle joints and the adhesives on the upper surface of the shingles weaken because of thermal movement, causing shingles to split.

Make sure to have your roof regularly inspected so that your roofer can spot early signs of deterioration. This will allow you to prevent bigger problems and prolong the lifespan of your roof.

Regular inspections and maintenance are crucial to keeping your roof in top condition. Next Level Roofers provides a range of residential roofing services to meet various needs. Our team is trained and equipped to perform tasks and deliver excellent workmanship. To request a consultation or quote, call us at (407) 237-7960 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in The Villages (Leesburg, Florida) and Sumter County.