Many people are largely unfamiliar with underlayment, but they should be because it’s one of the single most important materials protecting your roof. When it comes time to replace a roof or if your roof has been damaged, you will want to know more about underlayment. Here’s what you need to know!

What Exactly Is Roofing Underlayment

When thinking about a roof, most people picture shingles or tiles, but few typically think of underlayment, which is a protective layer that’s applied directly to your roof underneath the shingles. Underlayment is water-resistant, making it a vital line of defense between water from rain or snow and the interior of your home.

Because it’s underneath the shingles, underlayment doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s actually quite important, especially if you want your roof to last for a long time!

When having their roof replaced, most people ask a lot of questions about shingles, but they should also be asking about the underlayment. That’s because even if you have expensive high-quality shingles, your roof won’t last as long as it should if the underlayment is poorly made.

What to Know About the Material

Underlayment comes in a variety of materials that have their own sets of pros and cons.

First, there’s rubberized asphalt which is arguably the best and most reliable material for underlayment. While more expensive than other materials, it is completely waterproof and exhibits exceptional quality. Essentially, if you are planning on living in the same home for many years, you will want your underlayment to be made with rubberized asphalt.

Next, we have Asphalt-saturated felt which is used to be much more popular before the advent of synthetics. Also known as tar paper and felt paper, it resists water by saturating the asphalt.

Finally, there’s synthetic underlayment which has quickly become the most popular material. Consisting of an asphalt-saturated basemat mixed with fiberglass, this stuff is tough! It can withstand the weather and is generally considered to be a good value.

Leave it to the Professionals

While tearing off your shingles and running new underlayment might sound like a great project, it’s not. Mistakes can be made and those mistakes can be costly, do the smart thing and call a professional. Trying to install new underlayment on your own is more trouble than it’s worth. Get in touch with Pyramid Roofing and kick back with a beer while we do all the work instead.

Why Choose Pyramid Roofing?

If you live in Kansas City and need a new roof, you need Pyramid Roofing! We’ve been in business since 1992. Pyramid Roofing is known for competitive pricing, excellent service, superior workmanship, and fast accommodations. We are certified and have professional roof inspectors on our staff so we can respond to the roofing emergencies that larger companies can’t get to in time.

One of the best things about Pyramid Roofing that separates us from our competitors is that we respect our customers and never try to upsell by confusing them with contracting jargon. You can count on us, to be honest and always sell you exactly what you need and nothing more.