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Having a roof over your head is considered one of the main requirements for human comfort. And most homeowners want to make sure that they choose the right roofing materials to keep their home safe and dry. And while most of the time we think of that in terms of shingles or metal or other final materials, there is another layer that’s equally if not more important. It’s essential that you use high quality underlayment for your roofing materials. Since you’re not an expert, how do you know what to choose? Before you call a contractor to discuss the options, it’s helpful to have a little understanding of what to choose.
One of the most popular products as an underlayment for your final roofing material is asphalt or felt. At its most basic, this product is felt soaked in asphalt and other water-resistant materials to be used under the shingles for your roofing. There’s a bit more science involved, but that’s the general idea. It helps protect the ceiling of your home from the elements that will come in contact with your roof.
There is nothing inherently wrong with using felt underlayment, though there are a variety of synthetic materials that are considered higher quality in various ways. However, especially if you’re on a budget, felt is still a good choice for many cases.
Using Synthetic Materials
If you do want to know what your other options are, it’s helpful to have a bit of a background before talking with an expert about installation. There are several on the market, but some of the more common include:
- Felt Buster
- Tiger Paw
- Deck Armor
While these materials are higher in cost than traditional felt, they do have advantages. They are exceptionally lightweight, which can be good in many applications. They are safer for roofers to walk on while installing the shingles. They can stand up to high winds even if the shingles are damaged or blow off in a storm. These materials are water- and vapor-resistant. They also tend to have fewer wrinkles, which can affect the overall life of the material and the roof installation. It’s also good to know that if you’re choosing a metal roof for your home, that these materials are specifically good for metal roofing.
To learn which ones are best for homes in the Twin Cities based on the roofing materials you choose, talk with a contractor that specializes in these types of installations. They can walk you thought the process, the pros and cons, and help you make a decision that fits with your home and budget.
Do you want to know more about synthetic underlayment? Contact the team at Core Exteriors today.