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Roofing Materials Are Forever Evolving As Technology Continues to Improve

“As long as I have a roof over my head,” is the saying...

People always needed a roof over their heads, regardless of the era they lived in.

Over the last hundred years, roof materials have evolved. We‘re a long ways away from the early 1900’s when roofing felt paper was first introduced. Though, felt paper is still the automatic choice for a lot of roofing contractors today, because it's cheap, readily available and it's what most people are familiar with.

A very large and well known developer and home builder in New Jersey has growing concerns for a lot of buildings constructed 30+ years ago that are dealing with major attic ventilation issues today from an increase in humidity caused by modern living.

Major concerns include the increased production of water vapors from:

  • Spending more time inside than we used to.

  • Bathing/showering

  • Cooking

  • Talking

It’s now widely accepted, the importance of not restricting the breathability of structures with old school building materials.

The problem is, for years attention has been focused on the damage caused by everything other than the roofing performance.

Roofing felt, tar paper, ventilation issue, roof problems
Traditional felt can absorb moisture, causing severe wrinkling.

The modern developments in roofing materials have focused on performance, attention to detail, and energy efficiency. Ventilation is at the top of the list to help improve performance and maximize the lifetime of the roof shingles.

Residential buildings are using a synthetic roof underlayment, which is more breathable material that delivers long-term results and reduces labor. Recent studies have found that dampness and mold growth in the attic of residential homes has been caused by the use of impervious roof felt paper.

Roof mold, attic mold, ventilation, black mold

Synthetic roof underlayment isn’t a food source for mold and repels water for better leak protection.

Here Is Why Synthetic Makes Sense

Breathable Technology

  • Helps prevent inside moisture from becoming trapped within your roofing system — and possibly causing mold, mildew, and expensive structural damage.

Resists Wrinkling

  • Revolutionary technology does not absorb moisture and resists buckling, so your shingles will lie flat and uniform for a better looking roof.

Long Lasting Leak Protection

  • Unlike traditional felt, which can rot and become brittle, our synthetic will outlast your roofing shingles.


  • 600% stronger against tearing than traditional felt


  • Special slip-resistant material allows for safer installation, giving the homeowner peace of mind.

Don't Settle For Felt... Switch To Synthetic!!

When choosing roofing underlayment, do not just go with what you have always used. Take the extra time to make sure it is best for your individual project.

Synthetic underlayment will not rot, buckle or crack and provides slip resistance for workers on the roof deck.

A lot of roofing contractors under estimate how critical roofing underlayment is to a roofing project. Don't settle for felt... switch to synthetic.

If you are thinking about a residential roof replacement with a synthetic roof underlayment or just upgrading an older roof style in New Jersey– contact Grapevine Pro today at 732-335-7770 or click the link below. Learn what are the best materials for your home.

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