3 Reasons Your Roof Needs Underlayment

The asphalt shingles are the most visible part of your roofing system–and the ones that take the brunt of weather damage–but you shouldn’t overlook the components right underneath them, as well. Take the roof underlayment, for example. It may not protect your home directly from the harsh elements, but this doesn’t make it any less important. The trusted expert in leaking roof repairs in the area, The Great American Roofing Company shares why your roof needs underlayment.

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  1. It helps keep your roof leak-free. The underlayment is a thin waterproof material installed between the roof deck and the asphalt shingles. Basically, it serves as a secondary barrier against water infiltration. If rainwater somehow slips through your asphalt shingles during a downpour, the roof underlayment is there to make sure it doesn’t go any further.

  2. The underlayment keeps your roof structure intact. The presence of mold and rot can lead to a damaged roof. That’s because the fungal growth resulting from a leak will wear away the roof deck, weakening the foundation where your asphalt shingle (and the nails holding them in place) are attached to. That’s where the underlayment comes in. It acts as a shield that protects the roof deck from water exposure, eliminating the potential for mold growth and rot.

  3. It allows for a longer-lasting roof. The underlayment helps prevent roof leaks, which in turn, lowers the possibility of mold and rot developing in the roof structure. By heading off these problems, the roof underlayment indirectly maintains the structural integrity of the system. This means longer lasting roof performance, and continuous and reliable weather protection for your home.

As a GAF® Certified Master Elite® roofing contractor, The Great American Roofing Company offers top-tier shingle roofing systems that have all the crucial components, including the underlayment, that make them sturdy, long-lasting, and leak-free. Our commitment to delivering only the highest quality products and services is one of the reasons we remain the area’s leading roofing expert. Call us today at (201) 825-2955 or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We proudly serve the areas in and around Upper Saddle River, NJ.