Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!
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Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.

Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

Should You Choose Synthetic Underlayment Or Felt For Your Roofing Project?

Brian Riley

It's time to upgrade your roof, and like most homeowners, you are focused on whether to choose metal or asphalt roofing. However, there is another important decision that many homeowners overlook: Synthetic underlayment or felt underlayment? Synthetic materials and felt are the two most popular choices and there are several benefits to each.

Here are some simple tips to help you choose between synthetic underlayment or felt.

What Is the Importance of Underlayment?

Underlayment is typically installed under the ice and water shield and the shingles or metal roofing system. The product is stapled or nailed onto the roofing sheath, which is wood boards or particle boards, and adds another layer of protection against ice, wind, snow, rain, and hail. If the underlayment is not installed, it is more likely you will suffer a roof leak and damage to the wood sheath.

Benefits of Synthetic Underlayment

Synthetic underlayment has been available for several decades and is typically made from a combination of polymers, paper, foam, or other synthetic products. Synthetics are typically more expensive than felt underlayment. However, if you live in an area that is prone to rain, snow, and other inclement weather, synthetic underlayment is the better option because it is more moisture-resistant than felt.

The combination of different products means that synthetic underlayment is stronger, more resistant to tears and damage, and is typically easier to install. Synthetic underlayment is also lighter and easier to manage than felt. Rolls of synthetic underlayment are typically wider, meaning you will not require as much product to cover your roof.

Benefits of Felt Underlayment

One of the biggest benefits of felt underlayment is the price. Felt is typically much less expensive than synthetic underlayment. If you live in an arid environment where there is little rain or other moisture, felt is a great option that can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on the cost of your roof. Additionally, if you have a massive roofing project, felt might be your only option because of the price.

Felt is less resistant to moisture and will not withstand the elements as well as synthetic underlayment. Additionally, if you live in an area that is prone to high winds, you should opt for synthetic underlayment.

How Can You Choose?

Ultimately, your roofing contractor will discuss the pros and cons of both products and will help you decide which underlayment is best for your home and budget.

Underlayment is a vital component of a successful, strong roof. Contact a roofer to determine which product is right for you.