There are several different types of underlayment Oklahoma City roofers use. The one you choose will depend largely on your home and your budget. Here are some things to keep in mind when making this important decision.
Underlayment Is Necessary
You cannot skip this step. Underlayment protects the roof deck from chemicals that can slowly leach out of shingles. It also provides an added layer of protection in case a storm should dislodge shingles and keeps the shingles from sticking when the wood roof is expanding or contracting with the weather. The fact is that no reputable roofing company in Oklahoma City would dream of skipping this vital step when it comes to installing a *new roof.
One type of underlayment is ice guard. It actually adheres to the roof and forms a waterproof seal that protects the roof deck from ice dams that can work their way under shingles. It’s required by code on the lower sections of a roof. This can be expensive, but it’s worth the extra money for the incredible protection it offers your home in the cold and unpredictable Oklahoma City winters.
Felt Above the ice guard, rolls of felt will be applied to the roof. Fifteen-pound weights are the industry standard across the country. It is lightweight, affordable and easy to work with when installing asphalt shingles.
Heavier 30 pound
Felt The only time 30-pound felt is really beneficial is if the house will not be shingled for several days. Experienced roofers know how to time the job so this won’t happen, but if you are really concerned about the strong storms blowing off shingles, then 30-pound felt is a better choice. It is more expensive, and it is also harder to work with.
This is a relative newcomer to the scene that has proven its worth in hurricane zones along the coast. This underlayment offers greater resistance to water and is the ideal choice for metal roofs because it won’t stick to metal. It is lightweight, UV resistant and safe to walk on. It is also impervious to the damaging work of insects, fungus and rot, so it’s also a great choice for any type of wood shingle roof.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., offers both felt and synthetic underlayment. The synthetic choice costs more, but, depending on the roof that is being installed, it might be the best choice. For more information on our company and our products, visit us on Facebook.