Roofing Paper

Shingles may be what is seen on the top of the roof of a home, but it is not the only thing that covers and protects the roof. There are many layers within the construction of a roof, including the underlayment. This is a paper layer that keeps the seams of the roof from leaking, helps protect the wood on the roof deck, and helps the top layer to adhere to the roof. There are three types of roofing paper: roofing felt, synthetic paper, and self-adhering paper. Middlesex County roofers will be able to help decide which type is best for each unique roof.

Roofing felt, or tarpaper, is the traditional underlayment used on house roofs. This paper is coated with a layer of fiberglass infused with asphalt or bituminous materials and helps create a bond with the shingles or other type of covering. This type of paper is so widely used because it’s one of the best for the sealing of cracks, seams and nail holes. It is the cheaper option of all the papers since it uses cheaper materials, but it is still very effective at waterproofing.

Synthetic roof paper is a newer product, but it is becoming more and more popular for use on roofs today. This type of paper is made up of long-lasting polymers that give it strength and longevity.

The roofing professionals at Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ can answer your questions regarding skylights or roof repairs.

It offers better a better waterproof barrier, and it is tear resistant and wrinkle-free. It also lays down more evenly, making it safer for workers to walk on it during installation. Due to the seal it creates, attics need to be properly vented in order to keep condensation from building up under the roof deck. This type of paper weighs less, comes in lighter colors keeping the roof cooler and is made in larger sheets to save time on installation. However, unlike felt, it is much more costly.

Self-adhering roofing paper is also called ice and water shield and is placed around the roofing deck for the first three feet away from the eaves and around vents, chimneys and skylights. These are the most common areas where rain and snow collect and create ice dams and water puddles, and the membranes are designed to protect the roof from such problems. This paper is thicker than the other types of underlayment and it is laid down as a first layer where it is needed with the other types of paper applied over the top of it. It peels and sticks to keep it firmly anchored to the roof but cannot be moved once it is laid. The roofers at Fortified Roofing in Middlesex County NJ can answer your questions regarding skylights or new roofs.

Roofing term explained by the experts at Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ:

Bituminous materials

Bituminous materials are the materials made of asphalt and tar. They are often used as waterproof sealants and binders to hold pavements together. For roofing materials, they do the same thing within roof paper and coverings like shingles.

The roofing professionals from Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ answer a common question:

Is it ever OK to install shingles over wet roofing paper?

For any roofing job, the best weather for working is sunny and dry days. Roofing felt can become wrinkled when it is wet. Due to this wrinkling, it is more apt to being damaged by a worker during the installation of the roof. To ease the worry of wrinkled paper, thicker felt or synthetic underlayment can be used when working in wet conditions. For low slope or flat roofs, working with wet roofing materials can lead to trapped moisture and blistering.

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