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What is the process for installing foam roofing?

Foam roofing is a popular and relatively straightforward alternative to tile and shingle roofing here in the greater Phoenix metro area.

Take a drive throughout the Valley, and you’ll see hundreds of homes—and many more businesses!—with foam roofs.

There are many foam roofing benefits, including its energy-efficiency, durability, and longevity. In this blog, we’ll discuss the process for installing foam roofing, what foam roofing is made of, and how long it lasts.

Want to know if foam roofing is right for your home or business? Contact KY-KO Roofing for a roofing installation estimate! Just click the button below and fill out the form to schedule a free roofing checkup!

A KY-KO roofer applies a protective layer to this foam roof after completing a commercial roof repair.

Is a foam roof right for your home?

SPF roofing is increasingly popular here in the Valley. Here are just some of the factors that might make your home a perfect fit for foam:

Your home has a flat roof

Foam is perfect for homes with flat roofs—a common style here in the Phoenix metro. If your home has a flat roof, you should call us to learn more about foam roof installation or repair.

Your home cannot support the weight of tile

Foam is just as long-lasting as tile, but weighs far, far less. In fact, tile is so heavy that many roofs—unless originally built for it—are not made to support the weight.

You want to save energy

If you’re building an energy-efficient home, foam roofing is an ideal fit. The polyurethane foam layer—in addition to further insulation in your attic—prevents heat transfer, making your home that much more energy-efficient.

Have our team install your foam roof.

If our team has recommended moving forward with a foam roof, we’ll get started on installation. Generally, installation has four main areas:

Prepping your roof for the foam

We’ll either remove your old roof material or, in many cases of old foam or shingles, simply apply the foam layer over it, sealing it.

Applying the foam

This foam layer is sprayed onto your roof as a liquid. It quickly dries and solidifies, forming a solid, durable, and energy-efficient layer.

Applying the coating

Finally, as we do on every project, we’ll do a final quality assurance to make sure the roof is completely sealed and protected.

Quality assurance

We’ll next apply the high-quality, durable exterior coating that will protect the foam underneath. This creates a waterproof seal.

Two KY-KO Roofing vehicles park outside of this home in Phoenix, AZ before the start of a foam roofing project.

Foam Roof Layers

The foam roof has two primary layers. They’re applied in this order:

Polyurethane Foam

This is the primary material used to form the foam roof. This closed-cell, high-density insulation is adhered to the roof, forming a complete, tight seal against it.

This insulating foam helps prevent the movement of heat between your attic and the outside, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Elastomeric Coating

This coating goes over the polyurethane foam, completely sealing it from the outside. This coating is specially formulated to be waterproof and resist the constant bombardment of UV rays onto your roof.

There may be other coating options available, depending on the type of roof you have.

Maintaining your foam roof

Over time, it’s relatively easy and low cost to have this coating touched up by a professional roofer, allowing your roof to protect your home for years with no change in performance. We offer foam roof reseal services here in the Valley.

In total, a foam roof should last between 35 and 50 years, making it far more durable than shingle roofs and comparable to tile roofing.

Get started with our team.

Want to learn more about residential and commercial foam roofing? Our team is ready to help answer your questions and plan your roofing installation project.

To get started, click the button below and fill out the form. We’ll schedule a free roofing checkup with you at your home or business.