Roofing Repair | Felt vs. Synthetic


felt and synthetic underlayment

When in the process of replacing your shingles, one of the first thing to always have in the back of your mind is safety, and protection of your roof. Part of that is underlayment, which acts as secondary protection if water ever seeps through a shingle or two.

Roofing Shingles Underlayment

In almost every home throughout the states, there are two types of shingle underlayment used. Felt, being the most commonly used throughout the industry, and synthetic being the new guy in the arena. There are slight differences between the two. Both act as a protection barrier that help prevent water from getting into the plywood sheathing and ruining your roof. Home roofing contractors have been using felt for years and it’s still good for its intended purpose, but synthetic is just a bit better. Synthetic is better in that its stronger, and lighter than regular felt. Using synthetic lets you speed up the process of your roof repair by being extremely easy to work with. Our Albany roofers have had great experience using synthetic underlayment, it has better gripping technology which helps work flow more efficiently. Some problems with felt are, when not applied correctly cracks and potentially rot can occur. The synthetic being a bit more expensive than felt will not rot and will not crack. Choosing to go with synthetic can in the long run, save your money. At Home Evolution we always use Synthetic underlayment. That extra protection is worth it, for your home and for our contractors on the roof. We hope that this short blog will help guide you to choose, synthetic over felt on your new roof