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Can You Burn Roofing Felt?

Can You Burn Roofing Felt?

Although roofing felt can burn, no one likes to sit outside or hang their laundry out when bonfires are blazing. Worse, bonfires have been shown to have a negative impact on the health of youngsters, the elderly, and people who have respiratory issues like asthma. Smoke is carcinogenic because it contains toxic substances. Burning tires, rubber, roofing felt, vinyl, foam, paint, oil, painted wood, diesel, fuel, and anything else that produces black smoke is illegal.

Roofing Felt

Roofing felt, often known as tar paper, is a protective barrier typically placed between a home’s timber roof and the shingles or other roofing material. If shingles are blown off during a storm, weatherproof tar paper provides further protection. It is usually formed of fiberglass fleece saturated in bitumen, which gives it waterproof properties. In addition to fiberglass, polyester and recycled rags are also used. Finally, a waterproofing agent is used to make the material water-resistant in all circumstances.

Flooring Moisture Barrier

Most flooring manufacturers recommend laying down a moisture barrier when installing flooring on the ground (slab) floor or in a finished basement. While various materials are mainly designed for this purpose, some installers choose to use roofing felt when laying wood floors since it is less expensive and provides excellent moisture protection.

Vapor Concerns

The bituminous impregnating chemicals (tar and asphaltic bitumen) in roofing felt have sparked concerns about gasses rising into rooms. Wooden flooring, commonly installed immediately on top of the felt, will function as a vapor barrier. Roofing felt is not a carcinogen and is not considered harmful. The product is regarded as stable and nonreactive under typical use.

Asbestos Concerns

Asbestos formerly made up 15% of the material and was utilized to reinforce the textile’s fire resistance and capacity. In the 1980s, asbestos was phased out of manufacture. Make sure you get it from a reliable source such as Capstone Bros Contracting if you are utilizing roofing. Never use old felt ever again.

Flammability Concerns

Roofing felt is combustible because it is made with petroleum chemicals. During installation, no open fires or smoking should be present. The material will be safe from open flames once secured between the subfloor and the newly laid floor will pose no more of a fire risk than when used on a building’s roof.

Comparison of Roofing Felt & Tar Paper

To give an additional layer of roof protection under shingles, roofing felt, often known as tar paper, is injected with a petroleum-based solution. Although tar paper has long been the typical undercoating for shingles, synthetics are gaining popularity as an underlayment as of 2010.

  •         15 Pound Roofing Felt

Tar paper is available in two weights or thicknesses. 15-pound felt is the thinnest option. This translates to 15 pounds per 100 square feet of felt. Because of the weight of the tar paper, it is prone to tearing and creating holes around the roofing nails.

  •         30-Pound Felt

A 30-pound weight of roofing felt is heavier: 30 pounds per 100 square feet. It is less prone to tearing as a result of this. It is easier to put down on the roof sheathing than 15-pound and has fewer creases. It creates a more substantial barrier against water seeping between shingles or tiles.

  •         Synthetic Underlayment

Instead of fiberglass or polyester fleece, synthetic underlayment comprises polyethylene or polypropylene polymers. It forms a tight seal around your nails that does not rip. In contrast to traditional, tar-infused felt, which may create a vapor barrier and retain moisture between the shingles and sheathing, it allows the roof to “breathe.”


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