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Selecting Underlayment For A Tile Roof

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For decades, asphalt singles were the most popular type of roofing material in the US. Now more people are turning toward tile roofing for its proven benefits and stylish appearance.

With tiles becoming the go-to option for businesses, architects, and homeowners, it’s important to consider what goes underneath these tiles to protect a roof from damage before deciding. That’s why the team at Tag & Stick wants to tell you about tile roof underlayment.

How Much Does Tile Roof Underlayment Cost?

How much it costs to install a tile roof underlayment will depend on the type of underlayment you select for your building.  Cost factors will vary with contractors but generally, the price of the material is consistent for each roofer.  The underlayment actually is a much lower cost than the coverings (Tile) so it is best not to skimp on the underlayment as the better the underlayment, the better the roof. The minimal increase in cost to get the best underlayment system is well worth it.

What Are The Different Underlayment Options For Tile Roofs?

Despite what you might believe, tile roofs have a few different underlayment options:

Asphalt Felt Underlayment

Interestingly, an asphalt felt underlayment improves the durability of a roof because it is made with a process that involves soaking a base material in asphalt to create a water-resistant barrier. This barrier protects a roof and roof tiles from deteriorating too quickly.

Yet even though an asphalt-felt underlayment improves a roof’s durability, it can tear easily if exposed to a cracked or broken tile shingle. This can expose the whole roof to water damage, mold, and mildew when leaks occur.

Synthetic Underlayment

Unlike asphalt tile roof underlayment, synthetic underlayment is more lightweight and has better resistance to fungal growth and moisture. Additionally, synthetic underlayment is made from durable polymers.

Since synthetic underlayment is manufactured from polymers, they are often stronger and can withstand extreme conditions like falling debris and hail. Although it’s a more expensive option, many choose it because it’s proven to last longer and protects a roof better.

Factors To Consider When Choosing An Underlayment

These are some of the most important factors to consider when selecting this roofing material:

Your Budget

In general, asphalt is a far less expensive underlayment option when compared to synthetic tile roof underlayment. However, although asphalt might be cheaper, it’ll likely cost you much more in the long run because it isn’t as protective as synthetic alternatives.

Climate And Weather Conditions

Asphalt is ideal for buildings in moderate climates. By contrast, synthetic underlayment is the best choice in areas where extreme weather occurs (hail, heat waves, snow, and ice).

Tile Underlayment Quality

Underlayment is a costly investment, so you must be careful that the underlayment you choose is sold by a reputable brand and is a high-quality product.

Additionally, you need to check the material composition and durability. To find out if it’s a quality underlayment, you can check customer reviews from other builders, architects, and homeowners who have used the tile underlayment for their projects.

Another indicator that an underlayment is likely worth investing in is if it comes with an industry-competitive warranty.

How Long Does Roof Underlayment Typically Last?

Traditional asphalt underlayment last about 15 years. If you have a tile roof underlayment like Tag & Stick installed properly by an expert professional service, it should last decades.

Tag & Stick Today For Your Tile Roof Underlayment Needs

If you’re interested in replacing or installing a tile roof underlayment, you should speak with the experts at Tag & Stick today. We have almost three decades of experience in synthetic underlayment and other roofing products. We are proud to have developed a unique underlayment system that gets the job done. Give us a call at 954-255-3107 to learn how we can help you.

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