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Synthetic felt is a type of roofing material that goes underneath the shingles and above the deck boards.  Synthetic felt is stronger and less likely to rip than standard 15 lb felt.

Synthetic felt will be nailed using button caps just like standard felt.  So there is no difference in installation.

Roof Gets New Synthetic Felt

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    Why synthetic felt is not used at valleys on a roof

    Synthetic felt is great for the field of a roof meaning the straight portions.  It is not very useful for the valleys.  This is an area where we want to use Ice and water shield instead of synthetic felt.

     

    ice and water shield on a roof

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    This synthetic felt covers the roof much better than standard 15 lb felt

    white synthetic felt covering a roof Adding synthetic underlayment on a roof

    This felt is lapping over the hips and ridges.  The lines of this felt are very straight.  Plastic cap nails are used to hold the synthetic felt onto the roof.

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    How to install synthetic felt on a roof

    Here is a video explaining how to install synthetic felt on a roof.

     

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    What roofing felt is the best

    It is clear that the best roofing felt is a synthetic underlayment.  This is because of the ripstop performance for the synthetic.  Traditional felts like 15 lb and 30 lb felts can tear much easier as they are tar paper.

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    What is the difference between 15 lb and 30 lb felt

    A 15 lb felt will have a chance to be torn with 15 lbs of sheer is applied.  This can and usually occurs when workers are walking on a roof that has the felt applied.  This is why insurance companies have typically “Upgraded” the felt for steeper roofs to a 30 lb felt.  It requires approximately 30 lb of sheer to tear a 30 lb felt.  The felt is intended to be a second line of defense for the roof, but it is also a surface for the workers to walk on.  So the fact that 15 lb felt can tear easier on a roof than a 30 lb felt makes the heavier 30 lb felt a better underlayment to use on steeper roofs.  

    Synthetic underlayment typically comes in 1000 square feet quantities.  15 lb and 30 lb felts come in 400 square feet and 200 square feet r0les.

    Litespeed Construction still suggest getting synthetic felt over 30 lb felt for all roofs.

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    Is synthetic underlayment waterproof

    Synthetic felt is impermeable to water.  Therefore making it waterproof. 

    When a roof has been felted-in and the shingles have not been installed, the roof is considered to be dried in.  The felt is not a guarantee that the roof will not leak in the event of a rain, but it is possible to leave a roof felted-in with either a 15 lb felt 30 lb felt or a synthetic underlayment as the protection for many months. 

    Will underlayment stop the rain? Yes, Underlayment if it is installed correctly will stop the rain.  But we do not recommend this because it is possible for the underlayment to blow off of the roof.

    Synthetic felt is impermeable to water and can be used as a tarp for a roof.

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    How thick is synthetic underlayment compared to felt

    Synthetic underlayment is a very thin material.  It is much thinner than 15 lb felt.  The standard felt or tar papers can come all the way up to 90 lb felt type.  This is very thick tar paper or underlayment.  Much thicker than synthetic underlayment.

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