what you need to know about replacing your roof

what you need to know about replacing your roof

Understanding Underlayment: What Are The Benefits For Your Roof

by Vanessa Lord

Roofing underlayment is the protective layer on your roof that is placed beneath your shingles or other roofing materials. As you plan to repair or replace your roof, you may want to consider adding new underlayment to your roof as well. Here are just a few of the benefits of roofing underlayment.

Protection During Roof Installation And Repairs

Underlayment provides a barrier between the elements in your home all year round, but it becomes particularly useful when you are repairing or replacing your roof's shingles. The underlayment provides a barrier that keeps water, wind and debris out of your home while your roof repairs are being performed. Keeping the roof deck dry and free from damage while installing your new roof is important, so talk to your roofer about whether or not it's time to install new underlayment when you are ready to install new roofing shingles.

Provides A Uniform Look For Your Shingles

Underlayment provides a smooth surface for your roofing shingles. Whether you choose felt or synthetic underlayment, this layer hides the look of any uneven areas of your roofing deck that could otherwise be more visible with the direct placement of your roofing shingles. The barrier helps to provide a more polished finishing touch to your roof when it is complete.

Weather Barrier

While your shingles and your roof are designed to provide protection from the elements, your underlayment offers an added layer of protection. In the event that strong winds blow off a few shingles, you can count on your underlayment to keep rain, snow and ice from penetrating the roofing deck and entering your home. This protective layer will stay working for you until the shingles are replaced or your roof is repaired by your roofing contractor. This extra layer between the roofing materials and the roof deck also helps to keep drafts and wind from entering your home, giving you a bit of added insulation for your roof.

It is important to remember that underlayment may be required for your roof. Depending on where you live, there may be local regulations that govern whether or not this protective layer is required and which type you'll need to use. You may also need to use underlayment to keep the warranty on your roofing shingles valid. Your roofer can help you to determine whether or not underlayment is required for your location, roof type and shingle warranty. Be sure to check out all the different options for roofing materials available to you, and ask your roofer if you have any questions about underlayment or any part of the roofing installation or repair processes.


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