Breathable Underlayment for Your Roof: What You Need to Know

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When you install a new roof, you want to make sure that it lasts for decades. To do this you must always hire experienced roofers with a reputation for excellent workmanship. You also need to make sure that the right materials are used. For example, roofs with breathable roof underlayments provide extra protection and peace of mind. Breathable underlayments are popular in Europe, but it’s a concept that’s becoming popular in American homes just in the past few years. If you’re installing a new roof, here’s what you need to know about breathable underlayments.

Why Is Roof Underlayment Important?

First, it’s important to understand the underlayment’s function. This material acts as membrane and is applied to the roof deck, the plywood part of your roof. It provides an extra layer of protection against water penetration.

Do All Roofs Need an Underlayment?

Homeowners looking to cut some costs question if breathable underlayment is necessary. While it’s not necessary on all roofs such as high-pitched roofs, it should always be applied to the roof deck on roofs with low-slopes. Also, if your home is an area that gets torrential rainfall or hurricanes several times a year, the underlayment is highly encouraged.

Is Underlayment Waterproof?

It’s important that homeowners understand the difference between waterproof and water resistant. Underlayment material is not 100% waterproof. Although it does a good job keeping water from puddling between the roof deck and the shingles, it’s not considered waterproof. If there is damage to the underlayment or it’s beginning to show signs of wear and tear, this affects the waterproof effectiveness.

Synthetic vs. Felt – Which One’s Better?

When selecting underlayment, you have the choice between synthetic or felt. Rely on your roofer’s expertise to help you select the right product. That being said, synthetic is the superior of the two products when talking about water-resistance and durability. When it’s installed correctly, it always delivers a higher level of protection than felt. Again, speak with your roofer to choose a product that fits your needs.

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Protect Your Investment

Roof replacement is an investment. According to Home Advisor, the average cost of a roof in Georgia, is $5,130 - $10,020. If you have a large home or choose materials other than asphalt shingles the cost can soar as high as $30,000. No matter what you end up paying for a new roof, it’s still a significant figure. You can’t possibly replace the roof every few years. That’s why it’s important to protect your investment.

Installing a breathable underlayment gives your roof the protection it needs to withstand wear and tear, the weather elements, and other problems. It protects the plywood from moisture and keeps your home from developing water leaks.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Local Roofer

When you’re ready to talk about roof installation, get in touch with reputable roofers in your area. Contact Findley Roofing at (770) 516-5806 for roof replacement in Atlanta and surrounding areas.

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