You might be surprised to hear that your roof has felt on it.
Like many layers of the roof, your roofing felt is normally hidden beneath the shingles. It is often only visible during repair work or re-roofing jobs. Still, roofing felt plays a critical role on your roof, and if you’re a homeowner, it is valuable to understand what it is and what kind of choices you might need to make about it.
Underlayment is a thin, protective layer which is installed on the decking to start the roof.
Once, all underlayment was made of felt, so it was simply called roofing felt. Now there are other underlayment products, and “roofing felt” can now contain many more advanced materials and not just an organic base.
While you can still call it roofing felt, and many in the industry do, it is important to know that it is not just felt and that other types of underlayment, like ice and water shield, are still important.
Underlayment is an important part of any asphalt shingle roofing system. Here’s why:
There are three major kinds of roofing felt that you should choose.
Roofers will typically recommend 30 lbs. roofing felt to most homeowners, as it balances cost and durability well for most residential applications. However, there are reasons you might want to use other roofing felt.
Your options include:
You can ask us anything you need to know about roofing felt. When we say that we’re a top-quality home remodeling and roofing company that serves the North Shore and surrounding Chicagoland area, we back it up. We do more than simply cover the basics: we show up on time and nail it. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 847-768-6000 or visit our contact page.