What is the Purpose of Roof Felting?

Posted on: January 29th, 2018

While gathering info about your next roof installation, you may be wondering whether roof felting is a necessary step. You could attach shingles directly to the plywood wood roof deck, so why add another layer?

Roof felting provides an important protective layer to your roofing system, but it also makes the job safer for installers and improves the looks of your roof when everything is finished.

What Is Roof Felting?

Products referred to as roof felt or felt underlayment can be made of cellulose fibers or polyesters infused with asphalt. There are also tar paper products, and sometimes people call roof felt “tar paper” regardless of the material.

Roof felt products are sold in rolls. An adhesive side sticks to the roof deck or a waterproof membrane on top of the deck. The outer surface of the roof felt is like a sandpaper or carpet-like surface. Shingles or shake can be nailed directly on top of the felt.

Benefits of Roof Felt

Roof felt products were first invented to protect a home’s roof deck from rain during construction or roof replacement. Installation also goes much more smoothly with roof felt, because it’s safer to stand on than a plain plywood deck—especially for steep-sloped roofs.

After roof installation, roof felting provides many other benefits:

  • Moisture protection. Although roof felting is never 100% waterproof, it does help absorb and wick away some excess moisture. Without felt, it’s more likely that your attic insulation will get mildew or that the waterproof membrane will fail sooner.
  • Fire protection. Felting increases the fire safety rating of a roof system. It’s possible to achieve a Class A fire rating even if your preferred shingles are Class B, by adding quality roof felt.
  • Aesthetics. The rectangular lines of the wood panels below your roof’s shingles can sometimes show through over time. Felt smooths out the surface so your roofing looks more uniform.

In short, think of roof felting as a foolproof way to increase the longevity and performance of your Baltimore roof!

Roof Felting and Waterproof Membranes

Worried about moisture damage to the home? Roof waterproofing protects your attic insulation, exterior, foundation, and the rest of your home from mold and water damage.

You could add only the waterproof membrane to the roof deck, but then you’d be missing out on all the other benefits of a proper roof underlayment. The best roofing system consists of wood decking, a tight waterproof barrier, roof felt, and your choice of shingles, shake, or metal roofing.

Roofing Repair & Replacement in Baltimore

If you’ve already struggled with a leaky roof or you simply want the best roof replacement, talk to the best roofers in Baltimore! Park Heights Roofing can repair your roof or conduct a full re-roofing with the perfect roof felting products for your house in particular.

Contact us online or give us a call at (410) 358-1257 to request an inspection or estimate for roofing services in the Baltimore area.

Are Roofing Shingles Recyclable?

Posted on: January 26th, 2018

People have become much more conscious of green roofing in recent years. You can make your home more eco-friendly with a light-colored roof that reflects more light, by using reclaimed materials as roofing, or simply choosing a roofing shingles that are recyclable.

The most popular roofing material, asphalt shingles, is highly recyclable. You can also find asphalt shingles that contain up to 20% recycled content, and recycle them again when you replace the roof.

Recyclable Roofing Materials

If the time has come for re-roofing, you are probably wondering about how to dispose of old roofing and whether the debris can be recycled. Thankfully, there are many scrap yards and recycling centers in the Baltimore area that will accept roofing materials.

What Gets Made with Recycled Asphalt Shingles?

Several studies have found that asphalt is the most recycled material in the U.S. Not only do shingles get recycled, but construction companies can reuse asphalt that gets torn up from roads. When you recycle your asphalt roof, here’s what becomes of it:

  • Asphalt pavement: Roads get paved with a mix of gravel, sand, and asphalt. The recycled content lowers the cost of materials for taxpayers and reduces the environmental impact of development.
  • Pothole patching: Asphalt also makes a good filler material for paving holes in roads.
  • More shingles: New roofing can be made partially with recycled asphalt without sacrificing strength or durability.

How to Recycle Roofing Shingles

Park Heights Roofing recycles plenty of the debris created in the roofing replacement process. We can advise you about your options for going green and recycling the maximum amount of materials when you install a new roof.

While removing the roof, the shingles need to get separated from the underlayment and any other debris that may be mixed in. Nails and certain other small objects can be ignored, as the recycling plant has machinery to take care of that.

Eco-Friendly Roofing in Baltimore

Your next roof can be even greener. With a wide variety of options for energy-efficient roofing, you can do the environmentally friendly thing while getting the look you want for your Baltimore home.

Park Heights Roofing installs eco-friendly products such as solar reflective shingles, wood roofs fro responsible sources, and other materials that meet Energy Star standards and Cool Roof Rating Council guidelines.

If your roof has been damaged by weather or aging, a roof replacement can protect you from water damage and significantly improve your curb appeal.

Contact us to discuss recycled, recyclable, and eco-friendly roof replacement in the Baltimore area.