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:
- 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: We’ll next apply the high-quality, durable exterior coating that will protect the foam underneath. This creates a waterproof seal.
- 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.
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.
Churches and other religious buildings come in all shapes and sizes here in the Valley, and often have unique roofing needs that aren’t residential, but aren’t exactly the same as commercial buildings. At KY-KO Roofing, we specialize in the repair and installation of church roofs here in Phoenix.
From traditional churches with sloped roofs and high steeples to modern churches with a Southwest flair, our technicians are roofing installation experts. If you’re thinking about replacing or building a new church roof, let’s run through your (many) options.
The best place to start with your roofing repair or replacement project is by calling KY-KO for a free roof checkup. Contact our team today to see what we can do for your organization.
Best materials for a sloped roof
Asphalt shingles are suitable for churches with a sloping roof. These are very popular for churches with high steeples or unusual roofing shapes, mainly because their lightweight design means the roof doesn’t need too much support to hold their weight. This is in contrast, of course, to tile roofs.
Asphalt shingles are waterproof and help maintain the structural integrity of churches. Their versatility is what makes them popular for church roofs and residential roofs alike.
However, their one drawback is that they don’t last as long as tile.
Tiles are also a great choice for sloped church roofing. They are made from materials such as slate or terracotta. Just like on homes, tiles a popular choice here in Phoenix because they’re built to stand up to the sun, wind, and rain we get here in the Valley.
The downside of tile roofing is that tiles are heavy. Many church roofs just weren’t built to hold the weight of tile, which may limit your options to the two types of shingles.
Fiberglass shingles are another good choice for sloped church roofs. They are relatively inexpensive, yet durable. Each fiberglass shingle has a base layer consisting of reinforcing mat. The mat is joined with asphalt and mineral fillers that make it waterproof.
Best materials for flat church roofs
Modified bitumen roofing is ideal for churches with flat roofs or low-slope. The roof is made up of layers of bitumen (either coal tar or asphalt) and felt. The highly sticky and viscous Bitumen keeps water out of the surface, making it ideal for waterproofing.
Polyurethane foam is made of two components: polyol and isocyanate. The foam is sprayed directly on the surface of the church roof where it foams up and then solidifies, forming a protecting coating.
They are popular due to their great flexibility in being suitable for roofs with unusual shapes. (Read more on the benefits of foam roofing)
When Should You Replace the Church Roof?
A number of factors should be considered to know when to replace the church roofing. Some of the factors that you should consider include:
- Age of the roof
- The wear-and-tear on the roof
- The type of materials
As we mentioned before, the best place to start is by calling KY-KO Roofing for your free roof checkup. Our roofers can meet with you, look at your roof, and give you an honest assessment of any repair or installation needs.