Why Choose FAST FELT® ?
The primary savings for the roofing contractor are the (1) ESTIMATED LOWER COST OF INSTALLATION ... and ... (2) INCREASED NAIL (PULL-THROUGH) RUPTURE STRENGTH OF FAST FELT® - ITS ABILITY TO REMAIN ON THE ROOF DECK DURING PERIODS OF HIGHER WIND, for instance, during the overnight period before installation of the asphalt shingles or other roofing system material.
Other important savings for the roofing contractor could be (3) INCREASED WORKER SAFETY / MORE SECURE FOOTING due to a felt underlayment which is more firmly secured to the roof deck and will be less likely to stretch and tear away from nails as the roofing crew walks on it ... and ... (4) RELIABLE / DEFINED NAILING PATTERN which is evidenced by the location of the Fast Felt® Tabs. A roofing contractor can get a lot of comfort knowing exactly how his crew is securing the felt to the roof deck. Additionally, the uniform nailing pattern which is exhibited at the completion of the underlayment installation is impressive to the homeowner, building owner or casual observer. Fast Felt® looks professionally installed with its obvious formal nailing pattern evident from the street level.
The Fast Felt® Tabs are a polymer nail reinforcement patch which has enough elastic properties to close up around the shank of the nail ... think of hole reinforcements for 8 1/2" by 11" paper sheets in a 3-ring binder. This is important for the many steps a roofer walks on the Fast Felt® underlayment, often on steep slopes and carrying heavier weights ... causing an increase in stress factors in the felt and around the shank of each nail.
Tar paper, in general, is the last line of defense against moisture penetrating the expensive wood roof deck and, then, ultimately into the home or building. Based upon tests performed, our Fast Felt® tar paper product is more likely to remain fixed to the roof deck than traditional tar paper affixed to a wood roof deck with “tin caps” and nails.
Using FAST FELT® tar paper results in comparable material costs, because there is no need to purchase (metal) tin caps. Based upon studies performed with various roofing contractors installing our Fast Felt® tar paper, it is estimated that a roofing contractor can materially reduce their installation labor costs both on and off of the roof. This labor savings would also include the roofing crew supervisor's time. For example, the instructions to the roofing installation crew would be to put a nail in each Fast Felt® tab. The supervisor can be assured that the felt underlayment is secured properly to the roof deck. In the case of a governmentally regulated area like Florida HVHZ areas (for example: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties), the supervisor is assurred that the regulated nailing pattern has been satisfied ... no $100 re-inspection fees, a significant annual savings for the average mid-size urban roofing contractor, when inspectors admit that most rejections are for the incorrect nail spacings of 12-inches on center.