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Raleigh Roofing: Article About Different Types Of Underlayment

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Roof underlayment is the first layer of protection directly below the shingles. It helps prevent any water that has gone through the shingles from causing any more damage. Typically called felt paper, underlayment can be made to provide a number of different benefits. It might be difficult for homeowners to choose an underlayment that is right for their needs. By learning the basics of the various types of underlayment, homeowners can make an informed decision so that a Raleigh roofing company can begin installation.

The most widely used type of underlayment for homes is asphalt saturated felt paper. It can be made of a fiberglass substrate or natural cellulose. The latter is more common. It comes in varying thicknesses to provide different levels of protection. A 30 pound underlayment is the most effective as it is thicker and provides more protection. One of the biggest disadvantages to asphalt felt is that it will become more fragile if exposed to heat and UV rays. The volatile compounds in the felt will dissipate, making the felt disintegrate.

Rubberized asphalt underlayment is manufactured to have more features. It includes a peel and stick adhesive on one side, making installation a breeze.

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It is also self sealing due to its rubbery nature. It will wrap itself around nails to create an airtight seal. The surface of the underlayment is coated with polyethylene to make it resistant to tough weather conditions. It may also have a polymer film to provide moisture resistance. Rubberized asphalt underlayment can be used on roofs that are exposed to high temperatures, such as metal roofs. It can actually withstand temperatures of 250 degrees Fahrenheit without degrading in quality.

Non bitumen synthetic underlayment is made from polypropylene and polyethylene, which are synthetic polymers used in a variety of different products. This type of underlayment is generally considered a moisture barrier because it can't absorb moisture. It is also very resistant to UV damage, unlike other types of underlayment. However, homeowners who have non bitumen synthetic underlayment installed have faced numerous problems in the past. This type of underlayment often doesn't meet building codes and can void the warranty of roofing materials if installed.

Roofing underlayment is an important part of the overall roof system. It helps provide protection against weather conditions and extends a roof's life. With a basic understanding of underlayment, homeowners can effectively choose a product that works with their home and provides them with the most protection.

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