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Madison Roofing: Article About Roofing Felt and Exposure

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Shingled rooftops rely on properly installed roofing felt to protect the structure from any moisture damage. If any moisture penetrates shingle crevices, underlayment should direct that water into nearby gutter channels. Roofing felt can be exposed at certain points in its lifespan, however, such as during installation or after a severe weather event. Homeowners must contact Madison roofing professionals and secure their services for proper underlayment installation and repairs.

Contractors could be working on a rooftop during the summertime when a delay occurs. In this situation, roofers can leave secured roofing felt exposed for up to one month. Moderate weather and light winds allow the underlayment to remain in place with few problems. The only weathering concern in the summertime is sunlight radiation. Felt may curl and slightly harden under hot summer sunlight, so contractors will expedite this project to reduce any underlayment decline.

Contractors are normally concerned about any humid or moist conditions affecting exposed roofing felt. Ideally, felt shouldn't be dampened by any wet conditions, such as fog or mist. Damp roofing felt must completely dry before contractors install any shingles. If misty conditions are forecasted for an area, contractors will prioritize the installation to avoid further delays.

Experienced roofers usually keep an eye on local weather conditions, and they note when moderate to major storms are due to affect any projects.

The roofing contractors at Hustad Companies of Madison can assist you with any questions regarding residential roofing or windows.

Contractors use basic tarping techniques to cover exposed roofing felt if heavy rains are forecasted in the area. Typically, roofers strap tarps along a building's sides and secure the entire assembly across vulnerable rooftops. Rain pelts the tarps and swiftly flows off rooftops. Afterward, contractors remove all tarps and complete the project without any harm to the wood decking or roofing layers.

Alternatively, contractors can apply synthetic materials to rooftops instead of roofing felt. Synthetic underlayment consists of polymers, rubber and other materials to form a strong layer across the rooftop. Contractors can leave synthetic underlayment exposed for several months without any harm being done to wood decking below. However, synthetic materials must be properly installed to maintain their leak free design.

Contractors use several fastener types to secure roofing felt to wood decking. Plastic windstrips, for example, are often used on rooftops in windy locations. Homeowners should discuss all their fastener choices with contractors to select the right products for their application. Each home has unique aspects to their design and location, so residents must keep those in mind as contractors quote a project.

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