Why Is Roofing Felt Important?

Roofing feltRoofing felt, also known as tar paper or underlayment, is a bit of a mystery in that there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding it. In order to get an honest understanding of roofing felt on the role it plays in roofing so you can make sure your roof is as perfect as it can be, read on.


Roofing Felt has been in existence for well over a century. Its original purpose was to temporarily waterproof a roof after the shingles had been removed. Back before roof contractors were common, if you owned a home you would have to perform this grueling and dangerous work yourself. Roofing felt made it easier to repair a roof, as it gave a family more flexibility. Rather than having to repair the roof instantly in order to avoid leaking and water damage, a family could use roofing felt to allow them a break in between removing shingles and re-roofing. It was not until shingle manufacturers began to market roofing felt like an essential component of any strong roof in order to boost sales that it became more. Since then innovations made by manufacturers have led to roofing felt, offering homes numerous benefits.


Modern roofing felt does offer several benefits to your roof. These include that roofing felt temporarily dries in roof and that it creates a safer non-slip environment for those working on your roof. It can also increase the fire rating of your roof system and provides a moisture barrier between wood decking and shingles. It will not serve as long term leak protection, however, as once shingles are installed on top of it it becomes riddled with thousands of holes.

Need roof repair or have questions about roofing felt?  Piney Orchard Roofing can help!

From our responsive, personal service to our precision estimating technology, everything we do at Piney Orchard Roofing is designed to make your roof repair as easy, affordable, and painless as possible. Moss will be gone faster than you can imagine when you work with Piney Orchard.

We offer a 5-year labor warranty on complete roof replacements – five times the industry standard – combined with a lifetime material warranty on select products. We serve the following Maryland communities: Odenton, Crofton, Gambrills, Severna Park, Annapolis, Arnold, Severn, Millersville, Davidsonville, Crownsville, Riva, Edgewater, and more.

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