No felt under 5 yr old asphalt shingles

Old 01-31-05, 02:23 PM
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No felt under 5 yr old asphalt shingles

I am buying a house and the inspector pointed out that there is no roofing felt underlayment under the asphalt 5 yr old shingles. I am worried that this roof will be nothing but problems. They have to repair around vents since there is evidence of current leaking and entry sites. They are trying to say that they won't do anything about the lack of roofing felt since they said it wasn't a building code requirement 5 yrs ago. I am wondering about shingle manufacturer requirements. What would you suggest? Thanks a lot, Deb
Old 01-31-05, 02:39 PM
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All I can say have put a lot of shingles on with out felt and it works ok. Code down here now calls for 30lb felt now . Ring nail 12" on center.

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Once the shingles are on, especially after this long, no felt will not be much of a problem. Any problems would have been noticed by now.

Just keep an eye on the shingles for deterioration. If they deteriorate, then there is a little less protection underneath, but as long as the shingles are good, you shouldn't have a problem.
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That's just it, technically speaking, if the roofing is done correctly in the first place, there really is no need at all for felt paper. But if they're fixing problems already and the roof is only 5yrs old, I too might be a little worried!!

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