At some point during your roof replacement consultation, your choice of contractor may mention the underlayment. This refers to a thin waterproof material that’s installed between the asphalt shingles and the roof decking. The underlayment serves as a secondary barrier that protects the inner layers of your roof system against water or moisture infiltration. You may be asked to decide on the underlayment for your new roof system, so make sure to read up on your options. Here’s a quick rundown:
This used to be the quintessential option for roofing underlayment before the advent of its synthetic counterpart. Asphalt-saturated is made of felt, which is similar to tar paper, but instead of tar as the water-resistant component, this option uses an asphalt layer.
- Should you pick this? While asphalt-saturated underlayment is already eclipsed by its counterparts in terms of water resistance and flexibility, it remains a viable option for many homeowners looking to keep their new roof untouched by moisture or water damage. It also doesn’t hurt that asphalt-saturated underlayment is more readily available and cost-effective.
Considered a direct upgrade to asphalt-saturated underlayment, synthetic is made tougher, more flexible and water-resistant. Don’t let its higher price discourage you as its improved performance more than makes up for the extra charge. Synthetic underlayment is generally made of woven polyethylene or polypropylene, allowing for improved durability and tear resistance.
- Should you choose this? If you want a higher quality underlayment than asphalt-saturated that is not as expensive as the truly premium option, rubberized asphalt, then you should definitely go for synthetic roofing underlayment. As a matter of fact, it may be the option that your roof contractor will likely recommend for your new roof system.
If you were curious about the most premium roofing underlayment available to you, then rubberized asphalt is definitely it. As its name implies, it’s made primarily of rubber polymers and asphalt, and then reinforced with other elements depending on the specific need. The variability allows for rubberized asphalt underlayment that’s designed for greater sound absorption, better waterproofing or enhanced impact resistance.
- Should you choose this? If its higher price doesn’t turn you off and budget is a non-issue, then you should consider rubberized asphalt. And if not? Then, you can always turn to Goodrich Roofing. We’ll be more than happy to help you explore your other options.
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