Weather in Delaware is anything but predictable. Moisture in the form of snow, hail and hurricanes can give your roof a beating.
Roofing that is inspected yearly and kept up with regular maintenance and repairs will usually make it through the wet season just fine. Added insurance, however, is always a good thing. Thus, the importance of applying a roofing underlayment in new roof installations.
The Application of Underlayments in Roofing Installations
Underlayment is just a fancy term for the layer of sub-roofing material that is put on the structure of your home before the roofing materials, i.e. shingles, shakes, tiles, are laid. The underlayment creates an added barrier to protect the roof structure from moisture, and in some cases, fire. Both water and fire damage can lead to unsightly destruction of your roof and costly repairs to the exterior and interior of your home.
The two most common types of underlayment used in roofing today are felt and synthetic, both materials having specific advantages and drawbacks.
Felt paper is the most commonly used underlayment with new roof installations. The main advantage of using felt paper is that it’s an inexpensive option. However, felt paper cannot be left exposed to the elements for very long before it wrinkles and traps condensation between the roof structure and the backside of the paper.
More costly underlayments include a variety of synthetics such as:
These roofing materials protect against water damage but also tear- and heat-resistant. Some synthetic underlayments can be left open to the elements for up to six months, in case your roofs installation is delayed for any reason.
Proper Roofing Installation Is Key To A Long Lasting Roof
Ask your Delaware roofing contractor about the underlayment he uses to protect your roof, and request that a certain type of material be used if you have a preference. Remember, investing in quality materials is a smart move in the long term so do your research upfront and get your roof installed the right way!
If you’re looking for a contractor with shingle roofing installation expertise, consider All Roofing Solutions, a family owned & operated Wilmington DE roofing contractor with over 15 years of experience. We are fully licensed and insured to do roofing & siding work in Delaware.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. We offer Free Estimates and honest service, never take shortcuts, and ensure every step is done right!