Are you using synthetic underlayments? If not, or if you’re not on a regular basis, then this article is for you.

There are many reasons why you would want to use synthetic underlayments. This article provides a recap.

Out of habit, may contractors have stayed with the selection of felt as an underlayment for decades in some cases. But there are four main reasons why so many contractors are now making the switch to synthetics.

  1. Improved Safety – Although nothing can replace the importance of proper fall protection, synthetic underlayments available on the market can provide a safer, slip-resistant surface allowing installers to move about the installation process more quickly and safely. Workers typically feel safer knowing that contractors will use materials to help keep them safe on the job.
  2. Synthetics are Tougher – It’s a simple fact that synthetic underlayments are much more tear resistant than felt. Less tears mean a more watertight roof system. The higher strength provided will mean less opportunity for tearing during fastener installation. All of the synthetic underlayments we offer at Tri County Metals are consider HT or High Temperature underlayments able to withstand temperatures in excess of 240℉which is idea for metal roofing applications.
  3. Faster to Install – The synthetic underlayments we offer at Tri County Metals all include the overlap and nail patters printed right on the product allowing for zero guess work and faster installation. Also, the synthetic underlayment product is lighter, wider, and comes in longer roll lengths than felt.
  4. Synthetics Repel Water – The role of underlayments is to be a secondary line of defense to avoid the potential of water infiltration. The mere fact that felt underlayments absorb water instead of repelling water, make synthetic udnerlayemnts which repel water an obvious choice. As you work with homeowners, this fact is a great selling point as you move to sell the customer a complete metal roofing package with all the proper features and accessories.

If you are new to synthetic underlayments, hopefully this brief overview will benefit your efforts through improved safety for your crew, a tougher product that is faster to install, and a true line of defense from water infiltration for your customers.