One of the most important features of your roofing materials is what you do not see when the roofing job has been finished. The hidden layer of protection that your roof needs is synthetic roofing underlayment. Significantly maximize the functional life of the roof and make the job an easier one, regardless of the shingle type, by using this kind of roofing material instead of the traditional felt paper.
There are lots of pluses to using this new material. The synthetic material does not tear nor rip like paper paper does. Studies have shown that synthetic underlayment, because of its composition, is significantly more resistant to ripping and tear than melt – as much as 20 times more resistant!
In addition, some roofing materials combine more smoothly with synthetic than with felt. Felt often adheres to metal roofing panels, for example – especially during hot, humid or wet weather – making the process of laying down this traditional protection a cumbersome one.
Synthetic roofing underlayment, again due to its composition, lays flat and does not curl or wrinkle as felt often. More and more roofing contractors are switching to the synthetic material and will attest to the fact that it is easier to work with, saves time, and offers better overall protection.
As roofing installation can be a hazardous process, contractors and DIYers alike are always looking for ways to improve work place safety. Synthetic roofing underlayment wins out in this category as well. Many a tale has been told of roofers slipping and falling on the old felt paper. The newer synthetic counterpart to felt significantly reduces that danger element.
Unlike felt, synthetic paper will not absorb moisture and therefore will not decompose as fast. A further advantage to synthetic underlayment is its resistance to erosion, infestation and fungus. Felt, on the other hand, is often an attractive nesting place for insects, and can be further decayed by their activity.
So whether you are a qualified hand person or a roofing contractor, make it easier on yourself and switch to synthetic. Protect your roof and protect yourself in the process – use synthetic roofing underlayment for your next roofing project.