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The Great Debate

Felt Vs. Synthetic Underlayment

A new roof installation consists of a whole lot more than just shingles. There are many other materials and processes that need to be considered. Today at Chase Construction North West Inc., we will be highlighting a vital component of a roofing system, roofing underlayment. This underlayment refers to a layer of material added between your roof deck and the shingles. There are three key roles this barrier plays. First, it acts as an additional layer, to deem your roof  impervious to water. Secondly, it prevents Malarkey roofing Underlayment Chase Construction North West Inc.shingles from seeping chemicals onto your roof deck and thirdly, it provides an extra layer of protection against heat and sound wave penetration. There are two common types of roofing underlayment- felt and synthetic. The better choice is a common topic of debate in the roofing industry but after reading the following, hopefully you will be able to take a stance of your own!

Pros & Cons of Synthetic Underlayment 

Synthetic underlayment materials typically include fiberglass, polyester, polyethylene and polypropylene. These materials offer these distinct advantages:

-They are lightweight and able to provide the assurance of a great water barrier while not bogging down the roof with too much extra weight.

-This type of underlayment is comparatively small and easy to install.

-Tends to have a longer lifetime, as the raw materials it is composed of tend to degrade at slower rates than felt.

-It is extremely durable.

The only drawback of synthetic underlayment is the significantly higher cost when compared to felt counterparts.


Pros & Cons of Felt Underlayment

Felt underlayment is usually the go to choice for those working with budgetary constraints. It bodes well when considering the price however. Especially if you’re planning to install yourself, it is key to consider the following drawbacks of using felt over synthetic underlayment.

-Felt wights as much as six times more than its synthetic counterpart

-The material is much more labor intensive to install.

-Given its great weight and often slippery surface, it isn’t considered as safe as synthetics.

-It tends to degrade more quickly than synthetic underpayment products.

However, these drawbacks shouldn’t mean that you cut felt underlayment from consideration. Felt provides an excellent seepage barrier, especially when applied in thicker layers. It also offers comprehensive and excellent performance at a low price.

Though it is clear that synthetics offer clear and distinctive advantages over felt, there are certain instances where felt can do a great job without breaking the bank.

About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we’d love to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of any materials you are interested in. Our team is highly trained and knowledgable and always willing to help! We value honesty and professionalism and have been in business for over 13 years. Our estimates are thorough and free and we’d love to do one for you today Puget Sound! We specialize in all types of roofing, whether residential or commercial. We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West Inc. today at 253-445-8950 or fill out our free estimate form!

TigerPaw™ Roof Deck Protection

Superior Roof Deck Protection

When it comes to the most important part of your home in terms of safety, protection measures should be as comprehensive as possible. Here at Chase Construction North West Chase Construction GAF TigerPawInc., we not only ensure a proper roof installation, but also guarantee that additional accessories will be accurately utilized. GAF’s TigerPaw™  roof deck protection is a product that both beautifies and protects your roof, which is why we use it each time we install a GAF brand shingle system. It adds a critical extra layer of protection between your shingles and roof deck, the benefits of which are numerous.

Homeowner Value

The extra layer that GAF’s Tiger Paw™ provides unsurpassed value to the homeowner. Most importantly, it assists in preventing wind-driven rain or water from other sources from infiltrating the area under your shingles. This occurrence can not only cause damage Chase Construction GAF TigerPawto your roof structure, but the inside of your home as well. Most roofing felt (or underlayment) is designed with the prevention of this in mind, but TigerPaw™ specifically provides longer-lasting leak protection than conventional felts. In fact, TigerPaw’s special moisture-control design helps remove nearly twice as much damaging moisture from your roof deck as the leading synthetic non-breathable underlayment. Unlike conventional felts that can disintegrate over time, TigerPaw’s non-asphaltic, polypropylene construction allows for long-lasting performance. The aesthetics of your roof are improved due to the technology in the product that allows it to resist wrinkling and buckling that can “telegraph” through your roof shingles and detract from the finished appearance of your roof. The product also helps your shingles lay flat and uniform, leading to a better-looking finished roof. 

Installation Benefits

GAF’s TigerPaw roof deck protection offers many points of value to the installers as well. This relays benefits back onto the customer as it more surely insures against errors in installation. TigerPaw’s specially designed surface is safer for workers to walk on and provides excellent roof walkability. Its’ anti-skid back coating helps to improve walkability, while also helping to keep the roll stationary during installation. The material is stronger, Chase Construction TigerPawproviding at least 600% (7 times) greater tear strength than standard #30 felt and the up to 129% higher nail pull-through strength helps to keep the product in place. The light gray rather than black surface is also cooler to handle in the hot weather when most roofs are being installed. Though TigerPaw™ is recommended for us in asphaltic shingle roof systems, the benefits still shine through in non-asphaltic systems such as slate, wood, metal or tile.

 About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we provide the most value to our customers by using the best products and processes. We make sure to explain the benefits each product brings to the roofing structure so you feel comfortable and knowledgable about every step in your roof repair or complete reroof. Chase Construction is the one to trust for your residential re-roofs, flat commercial roofs and repairs. We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. Thank you for considering us for your next project!

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Why Use A Synthetic Underlayment On Your New Roof?

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140 roofing squares of Tigerpaw synthetic underlayment was used as part of a complete roofing system on Calvary Community Church in Sumner, Washington.

There are many components to a roofing system. A complete roofing system includes field shingles, starter shingles, hip and ridge shingles, underlayment, leak barrier, pipe boots and proper ventilation. There are many different options for each of these key components of the roofing system. Roofing underlayment is critical to the roofing systems longevity and overall effectiveness, and is especially critical in areas like Tacoma, Puyallup and Seattle Washington where we get a lot of rain.

Chase Construction NW Inc. has installed virtually every type of roofing underlayment on the market in Tacoma, Seattle, Puyallup and the surrounding Puget Sound cities. After our many years of experience we have found our favorite underlayment, GAF’s Tigerpaw Synthetic underlayment. Tigerpaw Synthetic underlayment is not only superior for its application on the roof, but its much easier on our installers as well. Here are some of the features of the new underlayment.

• Safer for Installers: It’s specially designed surface helps provide excellent walkability for installers versus conventional felts, or typical synthetic underlayment’s.

• Special Moisture Control Design: This helps remove nearly twice as much damaging moisture from your roof deck as the leading synthetic non-breathable underlayment.*As per ASTM D570-modified.

• Stronger: The synthetic non-woven construction provides at least 600%, or at least 7 x’s greater tear strength than standard #30 felt.

• Lightweight: At 40 lbs. per roll, it’s approximately 33% lighter that a roll of #30 felt.

• Installs Faster: The 10 square, 48” wide roll installs up to 33% faster than conventional felts.

• Roll Length: 250 feet; Roll Width: 48”; Total Area: 10 squares (1,000 sq. ft.); Roll Weight: 40 lbs.

Check out the photos below to view Tigerpaw Synthetic roofing underlayment of jobs that we have performed in the Puget Sound area.

A quality roofer in Tacoma, Puyallup and Seattle will always use a roofing underlayment on your home when performing a re-roof. Do not settle for a fly-by-night roofer re-using the old underlayment in your new roof system, or cutting corners by not using underlayment at all.

Make sure you verify your contractors credentials before you hire or sign a contract to verify that they are a safe choice for your project. Please read How to safely hire a roofing contractor for some critical information that can help you make a safe choice, and avoid becoming a victim in the world of crooked contractors.

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The Sumner re-roof was easy to perform with increased walkability due to the Tigerpaw synthetic roofing underlayment.

Tigerpaw on a shake tear-off in Maple Valley, Washington Re-roofed with GAF Grand Sequoia.


The Tigerpaw looks great and created a safe working environment for our roofing technicians.

Photographer for bottom two photos: Barbara Retelle