For many homeowners, the roofing system only consists of the shingles, gutters and, perhaps, the flashing membranes. Most are unaware of what lies underneath the covering – the underlayment. This roofing component is a hidden but integral part of the overall performance and longevity of a roof.
Today, we talk about the importance of roofing underlayment.
The underlayment is a waterproof or water-resistant barrier that is installed underneath all other roofing materials. Its main purpose is to add an extra layer of protection against weather conditions like moisture and rain. There are three types of roofing underlayment – asphalt-saturated, non-bitumen synthetic and rubberized asphalt.
Asphalt-saturated underlayment used to be the standard type of underlayment over a decade ago. When synthetic materials became commonplace in construction, it was soon replaced by other types of underlayment. Despite this, it is still a flexible and water-resistant felt that is readily available on the market, which usually makes it the most affordable type of underlayment that residential roof repair contractors can offer.
Non-Bitumen Synthetic Underlayment
Nowadays, non-bitumen synthetic underlayment is the most prevalent type of underlayment used in residential roofing. This material is essentially a direct upgrade to asphalt-saturated felt, though it offers significantly better resistance to water. Non-bitumen underlayment is also designed for full application on residential roofs, making it a cost-effective option for most residential owners.
Rubberized Asphalt Underlayment
If you are looking for premium underlayment, rubberized asphalt is the way to go. It offers all the benefits of other types of underlayment and more. Because it largely consists of asphalt and rubber polymer, rubberized asphalt is completely waterproof.
Hershey Exteriors, Inc is a certified residential roof installation contractor in Delaware. Our team also specializes in storm damage repair to restore homes and businesses. To get in touch with one of our specialists, call (302) 569-9039, or fill out our contact form.