Beneath the roofing system of any well-built home lies a layer found between the outer roofing material and the inner roofing insulation. It’s known as roofing underlayment, and, while it may look like an ordinary layer of sheathing, there’s more than meets the eye.
Why It’s Important
One of the main functions of roofing underlayment is to protect the roof along with the rest of your home from water damage. Its water-resistant properties prevent rain and other foreign elements from leaking into your home. It’s also useful when severe weather suddenly hits your area and damages your roof.
When making an emergency roof repair after a recent storm, underlayment can serve as a temporary barrier throughout the renovation process. Removing the old roof-covering material exposes the inner roof structure, so underlayment can be used to cover the exposed area to protect it from high winds, ultraviolet (UV) radiation and rain.
Common Types of Underlayment
Different types of underlayment are available on the market, and some work better than others depending on where you live. Here are some of the common types:
1. Non-Bitumen Synthetic
As one of the most common types of roofing underlayment, any professional roofer knows that this should be fully applied onto the roof for it to be effective. It has good water-resistant qualities and comes highly recommended as a cost-effective solution for most roof repair and replacement jobs.
2. Rubberized Asphalt
This material is a bit more premium compared to non-bitumen synthetic. It’s completely waterproof on one side and adhesive on the other side with a peel-off membrane for ease of application. Its rubber-like properties create an effective waterproof seal when it’s applied. While this material can be a bit more expensive, it can also be a good investment if you’re looking to save more down the road.
3. Asphalt-Saturated Felt
This is another readily available material that’s useful if your roof has experienced damage right after a severe storm and needs a temporary cover for the exposed areas. It’s water-resistant and flexible, which is why this material is still a popular and affordable choice.
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