Residential roofing is available in asphalt shingles, metal, and wood materials to protect your home from rain and weather. When you get ready to install roofing on your home, the first step is to install the underlayments. These are the materials that provide strength for the roof and protect against moisture. Today, there are a lot of solutions to upgrade the underlayments before you have a new roof installed. The following roof underlayment upgrades are some of the solutions you should consider for your residential roofing project:
Roof Decking and Insulation Improvements
Decades ago, the roof decking that was installed on homes was a wood plank material. The old wood decking was then improved with the invention of OSB and other plywood materials, which improved roof design and reduced costs. Today, there are even better roof decking products that can be used to improve the roof of your home. If you want an affordable solution that is much like plywood materials, there are foil-backed roof decking materials that can be used to improve the energy efficiency of your roof. Other modern roof decking materials can be used, which are rigid insulated sheathing materials that provide a better thermal barrier and are more resistant to water damage.
Rubber Reinforcements and Ice Barrier Systems
The modern roofing system you install on your home should include improvements in the right places. One of the solutions that you should invest in is an ice barrier to protect the roofing at the eaves from wear, leaks, and damage. In addition, rubber membrane flashing materials can be used for valleys and walls where excessive water runoff can create wear and leaks that cause damage to your home. These rubber reinforcements can be installed beneath conventional flashing and shingles to provide a layer of protection against leaks.
Synthetic Moisture Barriers With Sealing Properties
Before asphalt shingles are installed on a roof, asphalt paper is installed. The moisture barrier protects the roof from problems with condensation and minor leaks. Instead of using the conventional asphalt felt paper, there are synthetic products that are more durable and resistant to water damage. The synthetic roof underlayments also provide a better thermal barrier for your roof and have self-sealing properties to help stop leaks from causing serious damage to your home.
The right underlayment upgrades will help prevent leaks and moisture damage, as well as improve the energy performance of your new roof. You can contact a residential roofing contractor and talk to them about these underlayment upgrades.