The Right Synthetic Underlayment Saves Money and Time for Roofing Contractors

In today’s economy, every part of the roofing product is an opportunity to save time and money.  This is especially true when evaluating the type of underlayment to use and promote in your business.  Contractors can find distinctive advantages in using synthetic underlayments instead of traditional felt underlayment.  The technology behind synthetic roofing products continue to advance and have been developed to be stronger, more reliable and easier to use than traditional organic underlayments.

When looking at the advantages of synthetic underlayments there are many areas to review.  In fact, the market currently has a wide range of manufacturers and distributors making it crucial to understand what qualities save time and money for your roofing business.  The following five points will help you when choosing, utilizing and selling underlayments in your roofing systems.

  • 1. Size of the Roll – Synthetic underlayment is made of lighter material allowing for larger rolls, less laps and it is much easier to manipulate. On average, synthetic underlayment rolls have up to eight squares more than felt.  This leads to less rolls needed on a roof, saving time and money for the crews while also providing safety advantages for transporting the rolls to the roof.  Synthetics are easy to manipulate, install and maintain overall while offering overall value.UDL25roll
  • 2. Exposure and Strength – One of the greatest advantages of synthetic underlayments is their ability to withstand the elements. When trying to dry-in a roof they are perfect for getting a roof dried in and protected long before the final system is applied.  Synthetic underlayments can be twelve times stronger than #30 felt and can be exposed up to sixty days with no concerns of UV degradation or blow-off.  This provides the contractor with scheduling flexibility and the ability to juggle multiple projects, installing roofing tiles days, weeks or months later.
  • 3. Unique characteristics – Synthetic underlayments offer a strength to the roofing system that was not experienced with organic felts. They are able to offer protection from not only the elements but also help in hail resistance and in many cases fire protection.  These are key benefits in the selling process helping to get strong pricing on roofing jobs and in the end, it means less call backs for the contractor.

4. Safety and Productivity – As noted before, the weight alone offers safety and productivity advantages when using synthetic underlayment. Some of these products also provide advancedslip-resistant walking surfaces that help with footing and safety for the installation crew.  The ease of walking on the underlayment also creates a more productive work environment.


5. Longevity and Protection – Traditional felt products overtime would lose asphalt flexibility and become dry. When this happens, the felt is more likely to absorb water making it very susceptible to freeze thaw cycles.  Once cracks begin forming it is not just cold weather but ice and hail that have a very deteriorating effect.  Synthetic underlayments do not absorb water.  They are able to withstand freeze thaw cycles creating longevity for the roof and protection for the building.  As an added bonus, due to the lack of water penetration, synthetics are also inert to mold growth, again increasing longevity of the system. 


Save money and time with the right synthetic underlayment

These five points should be part of every decision-making process for creating dependable, time-saving roofing systems that will create positive customer testimonials and referrals.

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