While they are relatively new on the roofing market (developed in the late 60’s-early 70’s), spray foam roofs have earned themselves quite a reputation with the roofing community as a system that will last a very long time and provide great protection. There are detractors who say that foam is a poor product and they have seen many bad roofs, but they are only partially right. We’ll discuss this later. For now, let’s look at the basics of spray foam.
A Quick Overview of Spray Foam Roofs
For anyone that doesn’t know much about spray foam roofs, the following paragraph will be very informative. To learn even more, visit here.
Sprayed Polyurethane Foam has been used on roofs for about 50 years now, and it has grown in popularity consistently during that time. To understand spray foam roofs, you really only need to know a few things: 1. It is spray-applied to something else. Foam can’t exist on the roof on its own. It either needs the old roof deck, or a new deck built for the foam. These decks don’t have to be a full roof, they just need to support the foam. 2. It is foam, but not like you’re thinking. You’re probably picturing a sponge or egg crate, but spray foam isn’t like that. This is closed-cell foam that is extremely durable, capable of holding up a car without flexing.
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The Benefits of Spray Foam Roofs
There are countless benefits to spray foam roofs, which we have discussed in detail here. Below are three of the biggest benefits you need to know about.
It lasts a long time. Spray foam is about as permanent a roofing solution as you can find. With proper coating and maintenance, it’s not unreasonable to expect your spray foam roof to last for the life of your building.
It’s an amazing insulator. Spray foam is the best insulating roofing material available today. When you put it on, your building will stay the temperature you want it to, with less energy required.
It’s a quickly installed product. Spray foam doesn’t require your existing roof be torn out to install the new foam roof, which saves you a lot of time as well as money.
The Key to Spray Foam Roofs: Finding a Good Contractor
As we said at the beginning, many people aren’t fond of spray foam roofs because they say it’s a bad material as evidenced by the bad roofs they’ve seen. To that, we say it’s not the material, it’s the contractor. If someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing just gets up on a roof and tries to spray foam to make a buck, yeah, the roof will look bad. But this is the case with any roofing material. If they don’t care and are only in it for the money, of course the end product won’t look good. To get a great spray foam roof, you have to find a great spray foam contractor.
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