Tarco is a privately owned manufacturer of roofing underlayment, the material spread under shingle, tile, metal, or membrane roofing as an extra layer of weather protection. Founded in 1978, the company manufactures traditional roll roofing and premium Leak Barrier underlayment.
The Asphalt Saturated Organic Felt underlayment requires mechanical application and is used under shingles, cedar shakes, and mechanically attached tiles.
The Asphalt Saturated Base Sheets require a mechanical application, and according to Tarco, these organic sheets are made with high-quality asphalt and coated with a mineral release material. The sheets can be used as underlayment, eave and valley flashing, and as a vapor barrier in low slope installations.
The Asphalt Organic Tile Underlayment is made of organic mat and asphalt with a weather-resistant asphalt and mineral granule coating. Asphalt Organic Tile Underlayment is applied through hot mopping or cold process adhesive, and it is used under foam or mechanically attached tiles.
The Fiberglass Mineral Surface Roll Roofing is an asphalt-coated fiberglass underlayment that has a ceramic granular surface to protect against inclement weather and UV rays. It’s useful for low or steep slope surfaces and can be applied by hot-mopping or using cold process adhesive.
The EasyLay UDL 15 is a value-priced, synthetic roof underlayment. The EasyLay UDL 15 requires mechanical application and its textured fabric surface creates traction for installers.
The EasyLay UDL Basic has better weather resistance than the UDL 15, according to Tarco. As a polyolefin-based synthetic underlayment, it can be placed under shingles, cedar shakes, and mechanically attached tiles. It also has the adaptability to be used as a valley liner and is applicable to both low and steep sloped roofs. Additionally, it requires mechanical installation and is covered in textured fabric that allows for installers to easily walk on it.
The Easylay UDL 50 underlayment is made of a synthetic, multi-laminate membrane. It can be installed under shingles, cedar shakes, tiles (foam and mechanical installation), and metal roofing. According to Tarco, it has excellent long-term weather durability and can be used for roofs with steep slopes, gradual slopes, and as a valley liner. The Easylay UDL 50 underlayment requires mechanical installation and has an outer layer that provides installers with traction.
The MS300 underlayment is made of fiberglass and modified bituminous material. Its outer layer is covered in mineral granules to provide traction for installers. It can be installed under shingles, cedar shakes, and mechanically attached tiles. According to Tarco, the MS300 underlayment is an effective valley liner and is good for roofs with steep slopes. The MS300 is self-adhered to the roof.
The SS400 underlayment is made with modified bituminous material and strengthened with a layer of fiberglass. According to Tarco, it’s skid resistant and installed through self-adhesion. It can be placed under shingles, cedar shakes, and mechanically attached tiles. The SS400 underlayment is an effective valley liner and useful for steep slope roofs.
The PS200(MT) underlayment is made of premium SBS modified fiberglass and modified bituminous material. It’s designed to withstand high temperatures and is good for steep slope roofing applications. The PS200(MT) underlayment can be installed under shingles, cedar shakes, tiles (foam and mechanical installation), and metal roofing materials. It is applied to the roof through self-adhesion.
The PS200(MU) underlayment is made of fiberglass and modified bituminous material. This roofing product is also designed to withstand high temperatures and has a layer of polyolefinic film on the outer layer to provide traction for installers. It can be self-adhered under shingles, cedar shakes, mechanically attached tiles, and metal roofing (except for copper and zinc). It is designed for steep roofs.
According to Tarco, the NR600 Ultra underlayment is SBS modified and reinforced with highly durable polyester. It’s designed for high temperatures and has self-adhesive on the sides to create water-tight bonds between the neighboring rolls. The NR600 can be installed under foam-set and mechanically attached tiles, shingles, slate, and metal roofing. It can be self-adhered to roofs with both gradual and steep slopes.
The SA Shingle Starter underlayment is made of fiberglass and coated in asphalt. The outer layer is covered in ceramic granules to provide protection against UV rays and inclement weather. It can be self-adhered under shingles and cedar shakes and is designed for steep slope applications.
Tarco has been a producer of roof underlayments since 1978. It offers LeakBarrier® underlayments and other roofing materials. The company is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and claims to be one of the largest, independently owned manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products in North America.
Tarco does not provide contractor certification or training since their products are distributed through other roofing companies. You must contact those distribution companies to learn more about contractor training or certification.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council that awards buildings with points for having a sustainable design. Although Tarco roofing products are only a portion of a whole roofing system, some of their products qualify for LEED points and can contribute to LEED certification. These points were awarded to Tarco because of the percentage of recycled materials used in the manufacturing process and the proximity of the manufacturing plants to the actual roofing installation projects. The shorter the distance between the manufacturing plant and the installation project, the less fuel needed and fewer emissions released in the transportation of the materials. Because of this, LEED grants points to Tarco products that are distributed within 500 miles of where they were manufactured.
Some of the products sold by Tarco have differing warranties, but the company maintains that every product will be free from manufacturer's defects.