Roofing Felt

There is more than meets the eye when you are looking at the roof on your house.

We never take the shingles on our home for granite. They are attractive, colorful, and essential. They are dutiful, assuring us that they are protecting us and our home from all types of weather. They protect us from the heat, cold, rain, and the snow. They are our covering…our protector.

Though we may give those shingles credit for all they do, there is a little known secret that is not given the credit it deserves and most of the time is taken for granite. Roofing felt.

Sandwiched in between the decking and the shingles is a very important material… felt. There are generally two types of felt used in roofing. One, traditional felt, is made from taking heavy duty felt and saturating it with asphalt for waterproofing, which is often called “Tar Paper.”

The second is a synthetic underlayment made of polypropylene.  It boasts of being six times lighter and three times stronger than traditional felt. It is impervious to moisture and offers a higher degree of weather protection, which is why many roofers prefer it to “Tar Paper.”

Even though you cannot see the felt after the shingles have been installed it is hard at work providing a second barrier of protection for your home. Its main purpose is to protect your roof decking from any moisture that might somehow find its way underneath the shingles. The felt’s added protection assures the homeowner that the chances of water damage, mold, and wood decay are greatly minimized.

Roofing felt also prevents wood resin from bleeding through decking into the shingles causing ugly stains on your expensive shingles. It can not only become unsightly but it can also put your shingles at risk. No one wants to pay thousands of dollars for expensive shingles only to cause your home to be an eye sore for the entire neighborhood.

Many times during severe weather shingles may be blown off leaving the roofing felt exposed in the vacancy of the shingle. Because the roofing felt repels water, it can protect the roof decking and often the interior and the contents of the home from water damage, until the shingles can be replaced. It is a great backup for a potential disaster.

Felt enhances the overall appearance of your roof by providing a smooth surface for your shingles to be installed on. Your home should not only look good because of your roofing shingles but you should also have peace of mind knowing that that unseen layer of felt underneath those shingles has you covered.

So if you’ve never thought about the process of roofing, and the quality products designed to maximize the enjoyment of your home, now you know one of the little secrets of the unseen. Just think of it as a security blanket tucked in between your shingles and your decking.

I hope you haven’t “felt” like I’ve gone “over the top” on this article.

Marshall Texas History

Marshall, Texas was founded by cotton plantation owners.

Most of its wealth originally depended on the cotton fields and slave labor. Established in 1841, Marshall, Texas was the seat of Harrison County. It immediately became an important city, because it was the entryway to Texas. Multiple major stagecoach lines and one of the first railroad lines in Texas ran through Marshall. Because of the amount of traffic that ran through Marshall, many places of education were established here. There were many seminaries, teaching colleges, and incipient universities. This earned them the nickname, “the Athens of Texas,” due to its emphasis on high education. Marshall was the first city in Texas to have a telegraph; this particular one ran to New Orleans.

By 1860, Marshall was the fourth largest city in the state of Texas and was particularly known for being the seat of the richest county. However, this city was so wealthy because of the heavy emphasis on cotton plantations, worked by slaves. Because of this, much of the city was very anti-Union, though there were many who did fight on the side of the Union. Sam Houston refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, so Edward Clark-a resident of Marshall, Texas-took his place instead. Pendleton Murrah, the third governor of Texas, also lived in Marshall. The city became a major Confederate supply depot and the manufacture of gunpowder. It was also the seat of the Confederate civil authority.

Of course, though, the Confederate Army lost the war and was forced to disband. Quickly after the Civil War ended, the Reconstruction Era began. The Union forces moved into Marshall on June 17, 1865, and became an important city for them quickly. Marshall was home to one of the Freedman’s Bureau offices and it was a base for federal troops. A few years later in 1873, the Methodist Episcopal Church established Wiley College, to help educate freed slaves. Not everyone was a fan of the changes that went on in Marshall. Former Confederate General Walter P. Lane and his brother George Lane both founded the White Citizen’s Party. In an attempt to purify the city, the two formed a small militia and basically ran Unionists, Republicans, and many blacks out of the city. Even after this, many African Americans remained.

Marshall was one of the most progressive cities in Texas. Marshall was wealthy for a number of reasons, including its successful cotton plantations and the railroads to ship the products. Harrison County donated $300,000 and land to the Texas and Pacific Railroad, contingent on them building a station in Marshall, a little bit north of the downtown. With the new station came many stores and offices, and J. Weisman and Co., the first department store in Texas. One light bulb was installed in the Texas and Pacific Depot, and Marshall became the first city in Texas to have electricity.

Marshall, Texas continued to thrive and grow into what we know today!