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Atlas Roofing underlayment pros, cons and costs

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When placed beneath a layer of asphalt roofing shingles, underlayment from Atlas roofing stops the water that seeps through the shingles themselves, preventing it from causing damage to the decking or the structure of the house.

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A number of Atlas roofing underlayment materials are available to increase protection from moisture when you are installing your asphalt roof shingles, whether it's a new installation or part of a roof repair project. Through Atlas, you can purchase:

    • Traditional asphalt-saturated-organic-felt underlayment. 
    • Easy to install peel-and-stick underlayment.
    • Engineered underlayment.
    • Synthetic underlayment.
    • Mineral surface rolls if you're installing slate tile rather than asphalt roofing.

The choice of underlayment is generally a matter of the level of moisture protection needed. Or in the case of the mineral surface rolls, the type of roofing material that you intend to use.

For most residential roofing installations, saturated-felt roof underlayment is the material of choice. The material consists of felt created with a heavy organic mat saturated in asphalt. When rolled onto a roof in an overlapping pattern, the felt creates a layer between the roof decking and the shingles.

Saturated felt is a traditional roofing material, so finding contractors with the knowledge to install it is easy, especially when using the listings available at Reply!

When a homeowner lives in a moisture-heavy region though, saturated felt may not be a sufficient barrier. For a heavier mat that's more likely to throw off greater amounts of moisture, the peel-and-stick underlayment is a better choice.

Peel and stick is not only thicker than the felt, but contains an adhesive layer of asphalt that provides additional water resistance. The adhesive also makes the product easier to install than other Atlas roofing underlayment materials.

The engineered and synthetic underlayments from Atlas are both special products. With the engineered underlayment, you'll be able to cover high slope roofs easily, directing the flow of water right off the roof before it can seep through to the structure below.

Synthetic underlayment is used when there may be a significant delay between installing the underlayment and installing the asphalt shingles. With the synthetic underlayment in place, your roof can be protected from most moisture while exposed and before the shingles can be set into place.

The mineral surface rolls extend the high quality of Atlas roofing underlayment into the slate tile world, providing a protective organic mat beneath the tiles. It is available in a variety of colors.

Before deciding on a particular underlayment, homeowners should be aware of the roofing cost of each type. A roofing contractor can provide you with a roofing estimate that takes into account both the underlayment roofing prices, as well as the cost of labor.

From there, you can make a choice based not only on roofing cost but also on your specific needs by region, shingle type or installation schedule. The contractor can then lay your Atlas roofing underlayment in place cleanly and precisely, ensuring that your roof meets the needs of local building codes and any roofing warranty that may be in place.

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