Some roofing components are not quite as visible as the asphalt shingles, but this doesn’t make them any less important. This is especially true for the underlayment, which is sandwiched between the decking and the shingles, so you don’t see it at all. But when your roofing system has underlayment, it has a better chance of staying in good condition.
What Makes the Roof Underlayment Important?
The underlayment refers to the thin, water-resistant material installed between the decking, which is part of the roof structure, and the asphalt shingles, which take the brunt of damage caused by inclement weather. Basically, the underlayment serves as an additional layer of protection against leaks. In cases where rainwater and moisture somehow got past the asphalt shingles, the underlayment is there to ensure they won’t go any further into your property. By doing so, it helps keep your roof structure safe and intact against possible water damage.
The underlayment is available in different types, and each one has its pros and cons. You’ll need to consult a trusted roofing contractor like AQ Roofing LLC to determine which underlayment will best suit your needs.
Which Underlayment Works Best for You?
The underlayment comes in different types. There’s asphalt-saturated underlayment, which used to be the go-to choice before synthetic materials became commonplace. Still, it remains a solid choice because of its flexibility, water resistance and cost efficiency. There’s also non-bitumen synthetic, widely considered to be several steps above asphalt-saturated underlayment. It offers greater water resistance and flexibility, and is designed for full application on the entire roof system, making it more cost-effective.
But if you’d rather get the premium choice, go for rubberized asphalt. It delivers better protection than its two counterparts combined, allowing for a completely watertight roofing system. This is all thanks to its higher percentage of asphalt and rubber polymer. A rubberized asphalt underlayment may be costlier, but its superior performance makes up for it.
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Aside from storm damage restoration, AQ Roofing LLC also specializes in residential roof installation. Expect only top-tier results when you choose us for the job. We proudly serve Sherwood and Little Rock, plus other areas in Central Arkansas. Call us today at (501) 951-1683, or fill out this contact form to schedule a roof evaluation. We’d love to hear from you!