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Important facts about underlay for your roofing system

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Every homeowner wants maximum performance from their roofing system, but it takes a few elements to make up a great roofing system and one of them is the product you use to lay down underneath the shingles. It is the barrier that will keep water and ice at bay and it is important to have the best product available. It prevents the damage water can cause and when leaks start you know you have a 911 type problem on your roof. The underlay or underlayment for shingles is crucial to the success that your roofing system will enjoy repelling water or keeping ice from penetrating your roof. But what is underlayment and how does it work. If you have had a carpet installed in your home then you understand what underlayment is in a sense. On your roof, it is the material that is in between the decking and the final layer of your roof like shingles. Having great shingles, and a quality flashing installation is important for a roofing system; the underlayment can make the biggest difference to a roofing system installation. It prevents moisture infiltration and in turn protects the structure of the roof by keeping the trusses and beams dry. In the past, the roofing industry has used an asphalt-coated underlayment system to keep water out, but new products have been introduced that work better for you home. Rubberized asphalt and fibreglass are two products that have advanced roofing technology and they perform better than the old asphalt underlayment that was used for many years. Installing a quality underlayment will prevent heat leaks and heat penetration along with repelling adverse weather from your home. To get the right product for the right application, call us at AM Roofing Solutions to guide you through this important process to protect your roof and extend the life of your roof with the right decision.  The new underlayment products are made of rubber/asphalt, plastic polymers, fibreglass and synthetic materials for best results. The necessity of quality underlayment can’t be discounted as it will reduce maintenance and repair costs. When you choose our company for your roofing work, we want to make you aware of the fact that we install the best products on the market and they come from Owens Corning. Owens Corning invented fibreglass over 70-years ago and they have been an industry leader in roofing materials products for all those years. We have been working with Owens Corning for many years and as a result of quality workmanship, they have certified us as a Platinum Preferred Contractor for all their products, one of the only accreditations in Canada.


Owens Corning underlayment, the best in ice and water barriers


•    The Weatherlock, flexible, self-sealing ice and water barrier extends excellent protection for decking and prevents water’s entry through the thaw-freeze process we know as winter. It will adhere to odd shapes and is made of a pliable poly material. Creates a second line of defense for a roofing system and is excellent protection for valleys and roof penetrations like skylights. It comes with a strong adhesive function and prevents water from migrating into your attic. It is made to be slip-resistant and will install tightly around nails to prevent openings for water to leak in.

•    Weatherlock mat, a self-sealing waterproof barrier is excellent for installation around chimneys, eavestroughs, vents, and skylights. It is a crucial element for a roofing system and protects against shingle blow-offs and extreme weather events that can plague your roofing system. It can be quickly installed, is lightweight and slip-resistant for crews installing the underlayment.

•    Weatherlock G, granulated self-sealing ice, and water barrier can be installed around skylights, chimney vents, and eavestroughs to prevent water penetration on a roofing system. Many times it is installed in the valleys of a roofing system and adds an extra layer of protection at this vulnerable area of your roofing system. It is self-adhesive, is pliable – won’t crack on installation – granulates surface for safe installation and it improves seals between courses.

To get the total package for your roofing system, contact us for all the help you need determining your roofing needs. As a company that has more than 60-years service in the roofing industry, we will install your new barrier and when we complete the roofing work we will leave a homeowner with a 10-year warranty for labour.

Don’t hesitate to make contact with our office for all the advice you want when purchasing a new roofing system. We will come to your home to provide a free roof inspection, a no-cost meeting, and free estimate when you call us at AM Roofing Solutions today at 1.877.281.6900.  

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