Why is a Roof Underlayment Important?

Let’s start with the basics, what is roof underlayment? Roofing underlayment is a water-resistant or waterproof barrier material that is installed directly onto your roof deck. At Roof Right, the Maryland roofing experts we always recommend roofing underlayment. So why is a roof underlayment important?

Well let’s look at the three main types of roofing underlayment:

  • Asphalt-saturated felt
  • Synthetic Underlayment
  • Rubberized asphalt underlayment

Asphalt-saturated felt

Asphalt-saturated felt was the standard in the industry until about 15 years ago, which saw the rise of synthetic products gaining popularity.

This is commonly referred to as “felt paper,” or “tar paper,” common roofing felt is made of blends of cellulose (natural plant fibers), polyester, bitumen, or asphalt. Felt paper is applied through the entire roof deck.

Synthetic Underlayment

This style of underlayment is the preferred option amongst most roofing professionals today. Synthetic underlayment is saturated in asphalt but the addition of fiberglass gives these products tear resistance as well as stability.

It is designed for application across the entire roof deck.

Rubberized Asphalt

This is the most expensive of the three because it has higher percentages of asphalt and rubber polymers, which makes it waterproof.

Rubberized asphalt underlayment usually has a sticky back with a protective membrane that is removed prior to installation. This creates the waterproof seal between the underlayment and a clean roof deck.

Why do you need it?

  • It is a moisture barrier

Underlayment provides your roof with an extra layer of protection that shingles alone can’t match. Shingles overlap and aren’t sealed at all corners; they can be lifted by strong winds. This makes them vulnerable to tear-off or infiltration by wind-driven rain. Shingles can also become brittle with age. The heat of an unventilated attic can cook the shingles as well.

  • Water resistance

Water-resistant underlayment is enough for the surfaces of most roofs. It provides the protection that your roof will need during and after installation. Even without the extra protection from shingles, a superior product can withstand extreme weather conditions.

About Roof Right

At Roof Right we have realized customer service and trust are poorly lacking in the roofing industry. That is why our roofing company takes pride in our exceptional service which includes showing up when we say we will, providing a thorough 17-point inspection, listening to you so we can make a quick and thorough diagnosis of your roofing problem, and cleaning up after ourselves as we work. In addition to offering residential roofing services and roof repairs in Maryland. Roof Right is proud to offer the following services:

Roofing & Gutter Maintenance – Your roof, just like your car, should get routine inspections. Your roof gets more abuse from the elements than any other part of your home and preventative maintenance is a key element to a longer service life. Protect your home with the Roof Right Shield Program. Every year, our expert roofers will climb up on your roof and into your attic to ensure that your roof is providing you with the maximum protection for your home. Learn more about roofing & gutter maintenance

Skylights & Solatubes – Brighten your home with natural sunlight with skylights & solatubes installed by the team at Roof RightSunlight in your home can transform a dark room into one that is bright and full of natural light. It can also highlight textures, and bring out the vibrant colors of your furniture. And that is a beautiful thing! Skylights allow you to light your home for free during the day using natural sunlight. That means you can spend less on electricity and more on you! Roof Right offers a complete system of skylight products for any kind of roof. Learn more about skylights & solatubes.

Gutters – Installing a new seamless gutter system is one of the most critical aspects of all home repairs. Improving the drainage around the home can have a significant impact on the stability of the foundation and the life of your home. Roof Right installs gutters and gutter guards that will efficiently channel water away from your home. Learn more about gutters

Siding – Looking to add curb appeal along with improving your homes energy efficiency? No paint. No stain. No hassles. Vinyl siding delivers strength, durability, and beauty of real wood with a variety of design options and multiple color options. Based on an average size home, repainting can cost thousands of dollars every few years. Vinyl siding never needs painting, caulking or patching because, unlike wood, it won’t crack, peel, rot or split. Roof Right carries siding from the best manufacturers in the industry, including Mastic, CertainTeedJames Hardie. Learn more about siding

Windows – Reduce your energy bills & increase the curb appeal of your home with energy efficient windows installed by Roof Right!  There are hundreds of vinyl window brands on the market today – but they are not all created equal. Many ordinary vinyl windows are designed only for low cost, not for value. We install top-of-the-line, energy efficient windows for long-lasting great looks. We carry a wide selection of energy efficient products from trusted manufacturers. Learn more about windows

Doors – Roof Right and ProVia® are dedicated to making entry doors the professional way. ProVia entry doors are energy efficient, built to quality standards and gives you many choices to entry-level doors that are sold through box stores. Roof Right installers have attended entry systems and storm door training with ProVia®. We have software that will allow you to build your new entry door on our computer so you can see the many different options and price ranges available. ProVia® builds their doors with care in every detail. They don’t cut corners and pay attention to the smallest details. The replacement doors can be customized to your individual taste and style. They are an industry leader in building residential doors. Learn more about doors

Decks & Patios –  We can help you design a deck for your home that can bring you many years of enjoyment and improve your home’s value. Let us guide you through the design and construction of your dream deck. From designing the deck for your needs and budget, to getting all the necessary permits, we will make the construction process as pleasant as possible. Choose Roof Right to build a custom deck that will increase your living space and become your favorite relaxation and entertaining spot. Learn more about decks & patios