If you are installing a new roof, you will want to think carefully about all of the materials you should use. A new roof contains more than just shingles. For instance, you are also going to need to choose the right underlayment system. The underlayment is the layer that goes between your roof deck and the shingles. It is installed directly on top of the roof deck and is designed to act as another layer of protection for your home against the elements.

The two primary types of underlayment systems you can use on your roof are felt or synthetic systems. A synthetic system offers many specific benefits, which will be discussed below.

1. Very Durable

One of the biggest reasons to go with a synthetic underlayment system is because it is durable. The material doesn't tear as easily as felt. It can also be exposed to UV rays and even moisture for a while without being compromised. This material can withstand being the only protective element on your roof and still provide your roof with a high degree of protection.

In general, synthetic underlayments are designed to withstand what is known as boot traffic, so they should not get damaged while your contractor is walking on them during the installing process. This material can withstand being walked on during installation and still work great under your shingles for years to come.

2. Easy Installation

Next, synthetic roofing material is easy to install. It comes in wide and long rolls, making it easy for your roofing contractor to roll it out on your roof and install it simply. As the rolls themselves are wide and long, it generally only takes a few rolls to cover an average-sized roof, reducing the labor required to carry the material and install it. Felt roofing material comes in small rolls and generally requires more rolls and more work to install.

3. Safe to Work With

Synthetic underlayment is designed with worker safety in mind. The surface is made to be slip-resistant, making it easy for workers to walk on the material as they install the new roof. Many synthetic underlayments also map out where the fasteners should go, helping to simplify the installation process further and ensure the long-term safety of the material.

4. Highly Resistant to Moisture

The underlayment is designed to act as another layer of protection for your roof, which is it is important that the synthetic material is moisture-resistant. If moisture gets under your roofing shingles, the synthetic underlayment will act as another protective barrier and keep the moisture from damaging your roof decking and your home.

When choosing a synthetic underlayment system, be sure to research the specific manufacturer, as there is no standard way these systems are made. Your roofing contractor should be able to help you choose a system that is designed to be strong. To learn more, contact a company like JCA Construction.