Think of your roofing system as an onion. It has many different layers, and the hidden components are no less important than those that are visible. Take the underlayment, for instance. You’ll only see it twice during your roof’s life span — when it is being installed, and when it’s being removed as part of the roof replacement process. Every roofing system needs underlayment, and here’s why:
1. It prevents leaks. The underlayment is a thin, waterproof material installed between the asphalt shingles and roof decking. If water or moisture somehow gets past the asphalt shingles, the underlayment is there to stop it from going any farther. It’s basically a “wall” that protects your roofing system against possible leaks.
2. It keeps the roof structure intact. The underlayment helps keep water intrusion at bay, which means the roof structure — which is primarily built using wood or wood composites — won’t be exposed to excess moisture. This also means there’s less chance of mold and rot developing in the trusses and decking, ensuring the roof’s structural integrity will remain intact.
3. It extends your roof’s service life. By keeping leaks, mold and rot formation out of the picture, the underlayment helps prolong the life of your roofing system, allowing you to get the most out of its weather performance. The underlayment is available in several different types. You’ll need to consult a premier roofing contractor like Pro Quality Construction Inc. to help explore your options.
Types of Roof Underlayment
There’s asphalt-saturated underlayment, a classic choice that stays relevant because of its flexibility, water resistance and cost efficiency. You can also check out non-bitumen synthetic, which does everything that asphalt-saturated underlayment does, but only better. Non-bitumen synthetic is also more cost effective because it is applied to the entire roof system. And then there’s rubberized asphalt, which is several steps above the two previous options. It allows for a completely watertight roofing system thanks to its higher percentage of asphalt and rubber polymer.
Worry-Free Roofing Services in Central New Jersey
Whether you need professional roof installation or gutters replacement, Pro Quality Construction Inc. has got you covered. We’ll take the hassle out of your roof and gutter upgrades and provide only the best results. Schedule a roof evaluation by calling us at (844) 499-7878 or filling out this contact form. Our service areas include Hamilton and other communities in Central New Jersey.