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Quick Reference Product Guide

A convenient and informative guide to Tarco's comprehensive selection of quality roofing products.

Tarco is one of the largest independently owned manufacturers of residential roofing products and commercial roofing products in North America. A major producer of underlayments since 1978, Tarco offers traditional roll roofing as well as premium LeakBarrier® underlayments and other roofing materials. You can depend on Tarco for superior value, exceptional customer service and convenient on-time delivery.

Tarco offers traditional roll roofing as well as premium LeakBarrier® underlayments and other roofing materials such as Ice & Water Armor, Asphalt Saturated Organic Felts, Door & Window Tape, EasyStick Plus self-adhering cap sheet, EasyTorch APP membranes and ValleyFlash. Whether your primary roof will be shingle, tile, metal or membrane, Tarco makes a product that has been specially engineered and optimized for easy installation and superior performance.

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Since the sixties, “engineered polymers” have become a cornerstone of modern technology. “Synthetic underlayment” is made from polymers that are engineered and optimized for use as roofing underlayment.

The polymer is only the beginning. It is typically procured from a company that specializes in the production of engineered polymers. Engineered polymers are then delivered to the underlayment factory in the form of plastic pellets, which are fabricated into synthetic underlayment products.

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Premium underlayment products are especially attractive to contractors who install metal roofing, tile roofing and premium asphalt shingles (also known as designer or architectural shingles). For these roofing systems, there is an expectation that the primary roof may last for many decades.

For residential roofing, Tarco developed no less than twelve types of premium underlayment products for various applications as outlined in its Quick Reference Product Guide. This new category of underlayment is now well established among residential roofing contractors.

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The emergence of specialty underlayment for residential roofing applications developed over many years. Various modified bitumens were developed in Europe in the 1960s and eventually manufactured in the United States in the 1980s. Ray Johnson details this progress in his article, "History and Development of Modified Bitumen."

Initially, modified bitumen membranes were intended for commercial roofing systems but, by the turn of the century, premium underlayment products made from modified bitumen were offered to residential roofing contractors.

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