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Roof Felting 101: Info & Tips from JC Home Roofs and Sidings June 16, 2015

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Roof Felting 101: Info & Tips from JC Home Roofs and Sidings, Queens, New York

Roof felting, also often mistakenly referred to as tar paper, has actually been in use for hundreds of years, and was originally designed to temporarily keep a roof waterproof after the shingles were removed. This allowed a family to replace the roof of a house over a period of several days – something that most people no longer do themselves! In the New York City area, JC Home Roofs and Siding is the go-to residential roofing contractor for all roof installations and siding needs.


The company also still works with roof felting, but not because they expect the work to take a long time! Rather, roof felt/tar paper layed over a roof will not only provide a solid barrier to moisture between wood decking and new shingles (thereby preventing rot and mildew) but can also reduce the likelihood of workers slipping while on the job. Using roof felt can also increase the fire rating of a roof system, so it’s worth noting on home insurance policies. During roof installations or repairs, roof felt is layed over the edges of a roof and held in place with a series of parallel rows of staples on the top and bottom.

Roof felt is a waterproof fiberglass material impregnated with an asphaltic compound (as opposed to tar paper which is impregnated with tar), and can be used both as a permanent material and as temporary roofing. JC Home Roofs and Siding has over 30 years of experience providing quality roofing and siding in the New York City area; call them at (718) 350-5271 for a free consultation or with questions about residential roofing. 

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