Metal is one of today’s most popular roof replacement options. It’s a low-maintenance, durable, and strong material that comes in a wide range of color and style options. Moreover, you need to choose the right underlayment for this material to ensure the roofing system stays efficient.
Learn more about metal roofing underlayment from a leading home improvement contractor, Silver Leaf Contracting.
Ice Dam Prevention
Applying a layer of ice guard or ice and water shield can prevent ice dams. It should reach around two feet up the roof from the upper edge of the overhang. You can add an extra layer of ice guard if needed.
Like with shingle roofs, there are various underlayment options for metal roofing. A layer of felt or building paper will prevent leaks in the attic and provide added insulation. Your local building code may require a specific weight of felt paper. Metal roofing underlayment requires an extra slip sheet layer, which is usually a red rosin paper. It will prevent the metal from sticking to the felt paper during installation.
Another option is polymer underlayment sheets. They are thinner and easier to use than layers of tar paper and rosin paper. The sheets are durable, waterproof and slick enough to replace both underlayment layers.
Metal roofing underlayment installation is pretty straightforward. Your contractor will lay down strips of felt paper or polymer underlayment horizontally across the roof, overlapping the layers by at least four inches. They will staple each strip at the ends and generously overlap the underlayment where two parts of the roof meet in the valley.
Proper application of metal roof underlayment is essential in preventing leaks in the attic. Hire a reputable Silver Leaf Contracting for your roofing needs. We are one of the area’s most trusted metal and asphalt shingle roof companies. Call us at (330) 236-4010 or complete our online form to get a free quote.