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How to Choose the Right Underlayment for New Central Florida Roofs

How to Choose the Right Underlayment for New Central Florida Roofs

How to Choose the Right Underlayment for New Central Florida Roofs

One questions that many homeowners fret about when installing new roofs in Kissimmee, FL and other Central Florida locations is the right underlayment. Keeping in mind three big factors can help you arrive at the right choice. The first factor is the slope of the roof because, in Florida, state law dictates some of your choices depending on your roof’s pitch. Secondly, consider the type of roof to be installed because metal, tile, and asphalt require different underlayment in many cases. Of course, money is always an important factor that must be carefully considered.

Asphalt Felt Paper Underlayments

One of the cheapest choices is asphalt felt paper underlayments. Keep in mind that these can only withstand water pouring on them for a very short while before they fail, and the water is pouring into your home or business. Many options have additional protection built into them, and it is relatively easy to find non-slip options with ultra-violet protection built-in, which may extend the life of your roof. Choosing synthetic asphalt felt paper underlayments is usually a good choice if going this route because they last longer, are resistant to tears and offer better protection.

Modified Bitumen Membranes

These rubberized membranes typically come on a roll. They must be heated with a torch to be applied correctly. These membranes are typically used on flat roofs or roofs with a very low slope. They look very similar to asphalt shingles except that they come on a large roll. When applied by an experienced team, like those found at Century Roofing Specialists, they provide a complete roofing system adding an additional layer of protection between your home or business and the outside elements. Since these membranes are typically reinforced with polyester or fiberglass, they are also very resistant to tearing.

Synthetic Peel-And-Stick Membranes

Synthetic peel-and-stick membranes are usually made up of two different layers. The top layer is a synthetic polymer layer while the bottom layer is rubberized. These membranes are intended to be applied cold eliminating the need to use a torch or hot mop to apply them. While this type of underlayment was originally created to help people in Northern climates deal with snow and ice, they have quickly become a favorite of many Floridians because of their ability to handle driving rains and they handle most winds well. This type of membrane works very similar to duct tape since it sticks to almost any surface. The advantage is that its incredible strength keeps it stuck even in most storms helping to protect your home if the roof is damaged.

It is important that you talk to roofers about the underlayment that is right in your case. One of the best to contact for an expert opinion on roofs in Kissimmee is Century Roofing Specialists. Give them a call today at 407-393-8888.