Roof underlayment is crucially important to roofing, it’s a basic step in the process of building a reliable roof but nonetheless, important. Roofs are more than just shingles. Roofers refer to the layers below them as underlayment. Roof felt was originally meant to prevent the adhesive from contacting the roof’s base. However, it can do much more. Read on to learn more about this layer of the roof.

A roofing underlayment is a great way to protect your roof from water damage and prevent leaks. They provide a flat surface on which your shingles can rest. This prevents you from “picture framing”, which is when you can see the wood decking’s texture through the shingles. It is important that your roofer chooses the right underlayment. Building codes often require roofing felt. 

Roofing Felt

Roofing felt is the most basic type of roofing underlayment. This fabric-like material is made from wood cellulose, fiberglass, or polyester. To make it more durable and water-repellent, the fabric is soaked with asphalt. The weight of the roofing felt is determined by the thickness of the material. There are two main weights for roofing felt: 15 pounds and 30 pounds per 100 square feet. A roofer will typically choose 15-pound felt for high pitched roofs, and 30-pound felt for roofs that have a lower slope.

Synthetic Underlayment

Traditional roofing felt isn’t your only choice. Synthetic roofing underlayment products are now available from roofing manufacturers that do not have a fabric base. These materials have many advantages. These materials are more resistant to water. They are usually non-slip to make it easier for roofers to walk on them. They are attached to the roof with adhesive backing. This is similar to a thick sticker.

Although synthetic roofing underlays are more costly than roofing felt, they offer better protection and can be used in conjunction with better roofing systems. You may need to select a synthetic roofing underlayment to get the best warranty protection from your shingle maker.

Water and Ice Protector

Roofers must now apply a second layer, called ice and waterproof protector, to their roofing underlayments. This synthetic underlayment is made specifically for roof protection from water intrusion. This material resists moisture transmission and does not breathe.

This underlayment is not like roofing felt that is applied all over the roof. It is only installed at the edges and most vulnerable places of the roof. This includes valleys around chimneys, skylights, and dormers.

Although water protector is more popular in colder climates, it can also be used in dry areas. It is great protection against water intrusion of all kinds, especially in Florida, and can even replace any problems you might have with your shingles. It is often required by building codes.

What combination of underlayments works best for you? It all depends on the type of roof and shingles. Your roofer will help you select the right underlayment. Do you have questions about who to choose for the best roof services? Reggie Reed Roofing is a family-owned roofing company that is one of the best roof repair companies in Pinellas County. There are many services available that can be tailored to your needs such as Roof Installation, Roof Repair, Shingle Roofs, Tile Roofing, Flat/Low Slope Roofing, Metal Roofing, Emergency Roof Repair, Residential Roofing, Commercial Roofing We are proud to ensure you with the best possible St Petersburg roof repair. Reggie Reed Roofing only uses the best quality materials and skilled roofing contractors. You can count on our professional contractors to help you with any repair or restoration project.

From the initial inspection to fulfilling the basic requirements and finally to providing a free estimate for your entire project, we are always happy to help. We are here to assist you with all your roofing needs.  Contact us today, and we will send over a roofing expert to help you get your roofs done!