Felt underlayment

Old 02-22-01, 08:56 AM
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I had our new Home inspected and discovered that there is no felt underlayment under the shingles for about a foot length back from the eaves. The builder says it's OK. The inspector says it's not.

My question is: how far down to the edge does the felt layer have to extend? (All the way?)

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All the way down. The Inspector is right. Naughty builder.
Old 02-24-01, 09:34 AM
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Thank you for the response.

By the time, I got yr response, the brawl between the builder and the inspector got so much out of hand that I got the roofing company guy to take a look. He said (also gave it in writing) that the installation is to his satisfaction and would extend the labor warranty to 5 yrs. He said, the convention in these parts is to have the shingles installed upside down just near the eaves and not have the felt layer.

(These are fibreglass shingles BTW)


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I don't know where "these parts" are, but I have never heard of not beginning roofing felt all the way up from the edge under the starter course of shingles (AND prefereably with drip edge to boot under that).
Check with the manufacturer of your shingles. We had Celotex fiberglas architectural shingles installed on our A-frame, and they not only required felt from the edge, but also a layer of rolled roofing over that under the starter courses, five nails per shingle, etc. for their warranty.
Often, if the shingles are not installed exactly to manufacturer specs, it may void all or part of your warranty if you have damage.
And eaves are the most likely area to get damaged.
Jack (as usual, he's the pro here) and your inspector are right, or course.
Your builder and roofer must be doing it "their way" instead of the right way.
I would call them on it, after checking with the shingle manufacturer, and make them do it right. (Hope that you haven't paid them in full, yet.) I wouldn't accept that.
Good Luck!

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