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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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Underlayment product selection is influenced by many factors. Primary roof covering, substrate type, roof design criteria, building codes, material cost, labor cost savings, life cycle expectations, walkability, exposure rating, warranties, climate and customer preference, to name a few, can all factor into the choice of underlayment.

To place these various factors into perspective, a good place to begin is a glance backwards at the history of traditional asphalt-saturated organic felt. That will help us to appreciate from a marketing perspective the entries of alternatives into the residential roofing industry. The new entries include premium self-adhering and synthetic underlayment products. The successful introduction of these new product categories into the residential roofing market is a remarkable story.

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The textile industry has been making fabrics from polymers for more than fifty years; as a result, the processes and equipment are highly evolved.

A fiber of continuous length is typically referred to as a “filament.” With modern equipment it is possible to convert a thousand pounds of polymers into filaments without a single break occurring. In the textile industry, molten polypropylene (PP) passes through an adapter into a die that has a pattern of holes in it. The liquid polymer being forced through these holes solidifies in a short distance, typically about 100 centimeters or 40 inches (one meter), and it can be further stretched or treated before winding onto spindles.

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When it comes to selecting a roofing underlayment, homeowners are mainly concerned with the tradeoffs between performance and cost. An underlayment is not going to be visible so aesthetics plays no role in selecting an underlayment.

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