metal underlayment on ashpalt shingles

Ray Pethtel
I have an old house with ashphalt shingles. A contractor recommended "white metal roofing" directly over the shingles. I understand there should be an underlayment of some kind. Are underlayment always necessary? What underlayments are suitable?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
You will want to inquire both with the roofing manufacturer and check local building codes for the answer to this question, However, in most cases a layer of 30 pound felt, perhaps combined with a slip sheet OR simply a layer of a new synthetic underlayment will suffice. Also, ice and watershield is likely required on the roof perimeter and valleys in your area, per building code.
Eric Novotny
An informed customer is the Best Customer!
Is your current roof leaking? Did the contractor indicate why he wants to go overtop of the existing roof? While it is permissible, I always think that the investment in a metal roof deserves looking carefully at the roof deck. Most manufacturers will require some sort of slip layer if you are going directly over top. If you are going on battens you can usually do without. Check with the metal manufacturer for their specific guidelines and code as Todd mentioned.

If you would like to reply to this thread, please log in. If you do not have an Ask the Experts forum user account, create one here.

Find a Professional

Get Started Today

Take the first step to increasing the value of your home with a great looking, durable, fire resistant and energy efficient metal roof. Browse our list of qualified MRA Member Roofing Professionals in your area for a free consultation and estimate.