There’s nothing like a Florida rain, especially during storm season. To ensure your roof can survive the downpour, consider taking extra precautions, such as installing self-adhered roofing underlayment for heightened wind and leak protection.
What does it do?
Roofing underlayment provides a secondary leak barrier that binds to the decking of your home, essentially acting as an additional layer of protection in the instance your shingles blow off during severe weather conditions. If you’re experiencing heavy rain and strong winds following the loss of your shingles, the underlayment itself can keep your home safe until the storm subsides and the shingles are replaced.
How is it Installed?
Self-adhered roofing underlayment can be installed between your deck and a variety of roof assemblies including asphalt shingles, wood shakes and quarry slate. Depending on the size of your home, the installation time may vary, but it will typically take three to seven days to complete. The process involves dismantling the existing roof, adding an asphalt-based, self-healing surface in valleys and around any penetrations—such as chimneys—then covering the main roofing surface with synthetic underlayment and putting new shingles back on top.
Is it worth it?
Although it is a large undertaking, it is a recommended addition for all Florida homeowners as it not only acts as an extra safeguard for your roof, but it can also be a financial asset. In Florida, insurance companies are required to offer discounts to homeowners for protecting their homes against damage caused by windstorms. These discounts, known as wind mitigation credits, are given if homes can pass an inspection that examines eight key safety features, including secondary water resistance. The credit is good for five years and can save you hundreds of dollars annually on your insurance premium.
While saving a few hundred dollars on insurance premiums may not be reason enough to add the underlayment, if you are close to needing a major roof repair or replacement, the savings could make a huge difference in your decision.
Plus, the added benefits of the underlayment are well worth the initial investment in the long run.
If you are in the process of a re-roof and are considering installing self-adhered roofing underlayment, call Tadlock Roofing toll-free at 855-964-7663 to learn more about the process.