Is it time to start thinking about getting a new roof? Many roofing companies offer “Foam Roofing.” This may or may not be the best roofing material for your home but it is one of the roofing options available. A new foam roof can be an excellent investment, and has many benefits to homes, especially in the hot desert of Arizona. In this article, we will be explaining some basic information, and benefits of foam roofing to help you decide if this material is the right one to use for your next roof.
Is foam roofing an option for your home?
Foam roofing is typically found on flat roofs, but can be applied to almost any kind of roof. Foam would be perfect for a roof with unusual configurations since the “spray technique” can be easily applied to difficult to reach areas.
Foam roofing is excellent in hotter climates, such as Phoenix, AZ, because it is more energy efficient than most other types of roofing. Within the first month, you could notice a difference in your cooling costs, especially during the hot summer months.
The cost of a foam roof is known to be slightly higher than other roofing materials; but the quality of the foam roof, and the savings that are recovered from lowering the energy bills, make the foam roof more than worth the little extra cost. Remember, you get what you pay for!
What is foam roofing anyway?
Polyurethane Foam has been used for insulation purposes for 45+ years. It is made from a combination of Isocyanat and Polyol. They are mixed through the sprayer and applied to roofing as a liquid. The foam is extremely dynamic making it an available option for any type of roof or surface. After the foam is applied, it begins to bubble up and expand, reaching into and sealing all of the cracks and crevices in your roof.
The application of the foam is seamless. Most leaky roofs are caused from joints and seams of traditional roofing, which is a non-issue when it comes to foam. The foam will create a seal wherever it is applied not only blocking out water, but oxygen as well.
After the spray foam is applied, a durable outer layer is administered to keep the foam protected from the elements. Even if the outer-layer becomes damaged, the foam seal will remain intact.
Benefits of Foam Roofing
One of the biggest benefits of foam roofing is the energy savings. Since the Polyurethane material is a thermal insulator, it can drastically improve air conditioning consumption in your home. A foam roof has been shown to cut cooling costs by 30%.
The cost can be slightly more expensive than a traditional roof; but with the energy savings, the foam roof has been known to pay for itself over a time-span of just 5 years.
There is no need to budget roofing repair costs every few years. You will find repairs on a foam roof will not be needed often. If a repair is needed, the process is extremely simple and at a low cost.
Heavy roofing material causes more stress on your home. Foam roofing is relatively light-weight in comparison to traditional roofs.
Believe it or not, there are structures that have maintained their original foam roofing for decades! The life-span of a foam roof is significantly longer than a traditional roof, only adding to its overall value.
Foam Roofing Process
Another great bonus about foam roofing is the quick application. In order for the roofing to be applied, it requires a professional roofing company that has experience in Spray Foam application. Once you have found the right company, the technicians will come out to do an evaluation of your roof to make sure that spray foam roofing is actually the best option for your home.
The application process takes place by spraying the foam directly onto the roof. Initially, the polyurethane is in a liquid form; but in just a few seconds, it expands to 30 times its liquid size, closing the membrane cells in the foam, and creating a tight bond to your roof.
Lastly the roofing technicians will apply a base coat over the foam that will harden and protect the foam from the elements.
For residential properties, depending on the configuration and complexity of the roof itself, you can expect the foam roof to be completed within 1-3 days.
Taking Care of a Foam Roof
Even though a foam roof is extremely durable, there are precautions to take, as you would with any type of roofing material to make sure it is not damaged.
- You can walk on the roof, but wear soft soled shoes to avoid penetrating the foam’s barrier.
- Avoid putting heavy equipment or furniture on the roof’s surface.
- Keep it clean of dirt, debris, leaves, etc.
- Do a quick inspection of your roof after major storms to look for cracks or distress.
Finding the Right Company
For the foam roofing to be applied correctly and consistently, it is important to have experienced and trained roofing specialists that will be administering the foam roofing. They need to have a special eye to identify whether or not the foam is being applied correctly. To make sure your foam roofing investment does not go to waste, make sure you find the best roofing company that will focus on the craftsmanship of their work. Do research and find a company that meets the following criteria:
- Experience: An experienced company is one that focuses on quality. Look for a roofing company that has been in business for several years.
- Satisfied customers: Look at reviews to see how past customers have felt about this company.
- Guarantees: It is always important to find a roofing company that will guarantee their service to ensure you get the highest quality.
If you would like more information on foam roofing, or would like to schedule an inspection of your roof to see if it would be a candidate for foam roofing, give us a call at KY-KO Roofing, where we are “Crazy about Quality!”