Roofing: It’s a tool we’ve used for hundreds and thousands of years as humans to protect ourselves, our families and our assets. Without roofs, we would be without protection. A roof is our first line of defense against the weather, harsh sun rays and cold, nighttime temperatures. With a roof, though, there are materials you may be curious about, including roofing felt and its real purpose. Is roofing felt really that important, or can you go without it?
What is roofing felt?
First off, let us give you the information you need to help you better understand the anatomy of your roof. Roofing felt is the underlayment of felt paper that is laid on top of your roof before the shingles being tacked onto the roof. As the warm air from your home rises through to the attic, the roofing felt helps to condense the underside of the shingle and keep the moisture that is in the air from the home out of the wood of which the roof is constructed. To put this into perspective, if our roofers were to apply a new set of shingles onto your roof without roofing felt, over time, your wood of your roof would be damaged from moisture. This only leads to you spending more money on a new roof every few years, if not sooner.
Roofing Felt’s Real Purpose
If you’re learning about roofing felt for the first time, you may have thought the purpose of the felt was to protect the roof from exterior damage from hail or heavy snow accumulation with a little extra padding. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Roofing felt helps to keep condensed moisture from the wood of the roof on your home. But this doesn’t mean a little extra protection from the elements isn’t warranted. You could look at roofing felt like an extra layer of protection, but that’s not it’s first duty.
Types of Roofing Felt
Yes, there are different types of roofing felt. There are more robust roofing felts available for use. If you’re curious as to what type of roofing felt your roof has installed on your home, you can give us a call, and we will schedule a time to come out and take a look. After all, we do provide our customers with free roof inspections. Regardless of what your roof has installed, there are a couple of different options of thickness available, including a 15 lb felt and a 30 lb felt. These details aren’t as important., however, but if you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to give us a shout!
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