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 Valley. There are many benefits to this roofing material. 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? Contact KY-KO Roofing for a roofing installation estimate!

#1. Find out if a foam roof is right for your home

Foam 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.

If you need a new roof, start by contacting KY-KO to schedule a free roofing estimate. We’ll provide you with more information and advice about what kind of roof will best fit your home.

#2. The KY-KO roofing team installs your foam roof

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Applying the coating: We’ll next apply the high-quality, durable exterior coating that will protect the foam underneath. This creates a waterproof seal.
  4. Quality assurance: Finally, as we do on every project, we’ll do a final quality assurance to make sure the roof is completely sealed and protected.

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

A. 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.

B. 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.

#3. Your new roof needs just minimal maintenance

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.

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

Learn more about foam roofing from KY-KO!

If you want to know more about foam roofing, contact our team. We provide free roof installation estimates.

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