Hello, wonderful residents of Nashville and surrounding communities! Today we have something vital to share with you. We're talking about the 'Unsung Heroes' of every durable and long-lasting roof: Shingle Underlayments. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your roof or are just curious about roofing components, you won’t want to miss this one.
The Significance of Underlayments
Before we dive into the types, let's discuss the significance of underlayment in a roofing system. Underlayment acts as an extra layer of protection between your roofing shingles and the roof decking. The primary functions include:
- Water Resistance
- Vapor Barrier
- Added Insulation
- Structural Integrity
A Trip Down Memory Lane: Roofing Felts
Many years ago, roofing felts were the norm. Made from either paper or felt and saturated in asphalt, these traditional types did provide a basic level of protection against moisture. However, they have limitations, particularly when it comes to durability and long-term effectiveness. In a climate like Nashville's, with its hot summers and stormy seasons, you need something that can withstand the elements.
Why We Moved On: The Drawbacks
- Not Tear-Resistant
- Limited Moisture Barrier
- Doesn’t Stand Up Well to Wind
- Can Deteriorate Over Time
The New Kid on the Block: Synthetic Underlayments
Enter synthetic underlayments, made of woven polymers and designed to be incredibly lightweight, durable, and resistant to all sorts of atmospheric conditions. At Paragon Roofing, we exclusively install synthetic underlayments for several compelling reasons:
- Superior Strength
- Excellent Moisture Resistance
- Long-lasting Durability
- Better UV Protection
The Importance of Proper Installation
Now, let's get technical. The International Residential Code (IRC) requires underlayments to be fastened with plastic cap nails or cap staples. If you find a contractor suggesting staples, consider it a red flag. Shortcuts like these can lead to complications, such as leaks or even structural issues, down the line.
Ice and Water Shield: The Specialty Underlayment
Specific areas of your roof are more susceptible to leaks, like valleys, wall intersections, and penetrations. For these areas, an ice and water shield, also known as a leak barrier, is crucial. It’s not just about code compliance but about ensuring your home is secure from potential damage.
Where You Absolutely Need It
In Nashville and surrounding areas like Nolensville, Brentwood, and Franklin, the weather can vary greatly. From hot summers to cold winters and frequent storms, your roof goes through a lot. A robust underlayment system is not just an industry standard; it’s essential for the long-term health of your roof.
Why Choose Paragon Roofing
When you opt for Paragon Roofing, know that we follow the most stringent standards. We pride ourselves on our unrivaled workmanship and manufacturers’ warranties. Our focus is on ensuring every layer of your roof—from the shingles down to the underlayment—is designed to last.