Your roof’s shingles or metal panels protect your home from moisture and UV radiation. The problem is that some parts of your roof aren’t shielded from the elements. The underlayment helps here. It protects the deck, rafters, and trusses from decay while stabilizing the complete structure. To enhance its efficacy, a reputable roofing contractor installs it per the manufacturer’s specs.
It’s important to follow the proper procedure, including tearing off your old underlayment. Leaving your old underlayment and just covering it with your new shingles has bad consequences. As a trusted expert in roofing and window repair, Pruden Roofing shares some insight on why you’re better off with a total roof tear-off. Here’s what you need to know.
- Weight Issues – Roofing shingles are heavy enough on their own, but when you add in any mishaps like snow and ice buildup or water pooling, your roof may become considerably heavier. Your old underlayment might add to that weight, putting your roofing system’s integrity at risk.
- Warranty Issues – Another crucial reason to remove and replace your roof’s old underlayment is to protect your warranty. Warranties might help you pay for roof repairs, but certain shingle warranties are worthless if the shingles aren’t placed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Proper Inspection – During the replacement of your roof decking, it must be inspected by a residential roofing expert for any signs of wood decay or mold. Your roofing contractor will have to remove the old underlayment in order to achieve this. Any potential sources of damage can then be identified and rectified as soon as possible.
- Insurance Claims — If you file the necessary claims, your home’s insurance policy may be able to assist you to reclaim the money you lost during the roofing project. Most insurance companies, on the other hand, will only pay out if it can be proved that the project was completed correctly or that you were proactive in maintaining your roofing system.
Full Tear-Off and Replacement also lasts longer
Full roof replacements are strongly advised if there is more than one layer of shingles on the roof or if the roof deck and underlayment are problematic. Since your roof has damage and other issues, it needs to be completely removed and replaced.
Pruden Roofing is the company to call for all of your residential and commercial roofing needs. We are a family-owned and run business that specializes in residential roof installation and maintenance. To obtain a free quote, call us at (209) 989-1987 or complete our contact form.