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Atlas roof underlayment costs, pros and cons

Atlas roof underlayment comes in a wide range of styles to fit homes with asphalt shingles, clay tiles, slate or any other type of material.

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Atlas roof underlaymentReplacing the shingles on your roof without using an underlayment is like painting your house without using a coat of primer first. Atlas roof underlayment comes in a wide range of styles to fit homes with asphalt shingles, clay tiles, slate or any other type of material.

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When you install roofing underlayment, you add an extra dose of protection for your roof. Even the best shingles or tiles can have gaps that let water seep underneath and reach the top of the roof. Over time, this moisture can push through the roofing membrane, causing leaks in your home.

Atlas roof underlayment comes in five types:

    • Saturated organic felt.
    • High-performance engineered underlayment.
    • Peel-and-stick underlayment.
    • Synthetic underlayment.
    • Mineral surface rolls.

Each type comes in a large roll you can unroll on the roof, cut to fit any unusual angles, and easily attach to the roof.

With roofing prices ranging based on the size and shape of your roof, talk to your contractor about choosing a product that fits your budget.

Saturated felt is similar to roofing tarpaper. It has a high tear strength that can withstand high winds and other environmental factors. It won't curl up around the edges when you lay it on the roof.

The engineered roofing underlayment has a similar design, but Atlas uses glass fibers that increase the strength and durability of the material. This Atlas roof underlayment is resistant to wind and won't tear when your contractor walks on the roof.

Your roofing underlayment cost will likely rise if you opt for synthetic underlayment because the product is more expensive.

You might also notice your asphalt roofing cost going up when you use the peel-and-stick products. These products have an adhesive backing that makes installation easier, but your contractor might pay more for the product.

No matter which type of underlayment you choose for your residential roofing job, ask your contractor for a roofing estimate using each product. You might find you can afford a better quality underlayment than you thought possible. Factor in the roofing warranty that your contractor offers too, because this can offset the cost of your asphalt roofing job by reducing your out-of-pocket costs later.

You don't need to be an expert to understand how underlayment works. This material protects your roof by blocking the amount of water and moisture that seeps through your shingles. Use Reply! to compare Atlas products to those of other companies and to find qualified contractors who can give you an estimate and explain the job to you.

Atlas roof underlayment comes in versions suitable for asphalt shingles, slate tiles, ceramic tiles and other types of roofing materials. Whether you choose a peel-and-stick design or one of the other products, you'll find installation is easy.

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