Alternatives to Tile Roof Underlayment Alternatives to Tile Roof Underlayment

The underlayment for a tile roof is one of the most important decisions you will make before you install your roof. Tile is a frequently used roof material. It is enjoyed by many homeowners as it adds a sense of style and aesthetic appeal to the home. It really does help to boost your curb appeal and lends itself nicely to your landscaping design activities. The underlayment you use on your roof helps to direct the proper flow of water off and away from your roof and home and it helps to protect the roof decking. Here are several different alternatives to consider for your tile roof underlayment.

Asphalt Roof Underlayment

This is the most popular choice for tile roof underlayments. However, with the movement towards sustainable housing and the development of many different green initiatives, many builders and roofers are moving away from this type of tile roof underlayment material. It is still widely used and can be found in many homes. There are other alternatives to consider for a tile roof underlayment.

Synthetic Roof Underlayment

Synthetic underlayments are widely used when laying down a tile roof. It is usually made from a synthetic material such as a combination of fiberglass and polypropylene. It is better than an asphalt-based product and it performs well and weathers great during storms. Synthetic underlayments are primarily used when your roof is a sloping roof. This type of underlayment is usually moisture resistant and fairly hardy against other extreme weather conditions.

Peel-and-Stick Roof Underlayment

Self-adhesive roof underlayments are continuing to grow in popularity. This type of underlayment is very light and easy to apply. All you need to do is peel and stick it onto the roof's surface before you apply your tiles. The underlayment is generally a green product and does not have any asphalt made in it. It is usually a very strong product and is not slippery to walk on. Many of the peel and stick roof underlayments come with a warranty of at least 40 to 50 years in length. If you are putting on a new roof, this is a great option.

Vapor Barrier or Shield

If you live in an area that has high moisture or high humidity contents in the air, you may want to consider laying down an additional vapor barrier or shield as part of your tile roof underlayment. This component of your underlayment will help to quickly dry your roof and it will aid in the process of removing the water or rain runoff from the roof. It is a great underlayment that can be used in fairly flat and non-sloping roofs. Believe it or not, 40% of all damage to homes comes from a leaking roof. This type of underlayment is just one of the ways you can prevent costly repairs and the need for extra cleanup from water damage that has occured in the home.

 

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