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5 benefits of foam roofing for residential and commercial roofs

Many homes and businesses here in the Valley and elsewhere in the United States feature foam roofs. Why? Well, it’s mainly because there are many benefits to foam roofing: foam roofs are incredibly durable, dependable, and relatively affordable to install, maintain, and repair. Foam roofing compares positively to other residential and commercial roofing choices, and it’s the superior flat roofing option. Finally, with rising energy costs and an increased emphasis on energy-efficient building design, foam roofs are incredibly efficient.

For both residential and commercial buildings, foam roofing has surged in popularity in recent years. In this article, we’ll review exactly why this is, and what the complete benefits of foam roofing are.

Interested in learning more about foam roofing for your home or business? You’re in the right place. Contact us at KY-KO Roofing for a free roof checkup. We’d love to talk to you more about foam roofs and your options for roof replacement.

What exactly is foam roofing?

Foam roofing consists of polyurethane foam and elastomeric coating. Polyurethane foam is a material with many uses. It’s used in foam roofs as a high-density insulation material. The elastomeric coating is a water-resistant membrane that is designed to effectively protect the roof against rain, water, and sun.

A seamless layer of foam is applied to the roof surface. This foam offers superior protection against moisture. There are several benefits of foam roofing for commercial and residential buildings.

What are the benefits of foam roofing?

Here are just some of the ways in which you can benefit from installing foam roofing on your roof.

1. Lower energy bills

One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it offers superior insulation properties. The suspended aluminum particles of the foam reflect UV rays. As a result, less heating is required to keep the house warm during the winters, and less cooling is needed in the summer to keep your home cool. This effectively reduces your home energy bills.

2. Waterproofing qualities

Another benefit of installing foam is that it offers unique waterproofing qualities. Polyurethane foam is one of the best insulators. The closed cell foam is the only insulating material that doesn’t soak up water. This makes foam roofing ideal for areas that receive high rainfall every year.

At first glance, it might not seem that Phoenix fits that description. However, consider our monsoon storms, which can drop a tremendous amount of rain in a matter of minutes. One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it’s waterproof against such torrential downpours like those seen during our Arizona monsoon season.

Foam is applied as a liquid that forms into a single monolithic membrane. This material covers the entire roof, and there are no joints or seams. Water gets in from the joints and seams of the ceiling. Therefore, foam roofing makes the roof effectively leakproof.

3. Flexible installation

Foam can be applied on both existing and new roofing projects. Moreover, it can be applied on different types of roofs, including domed, pitched, flat, wood, metal, and concrete roofing. Foam can also be applied on irregular-shaped roofs. It eliminates the need of costly tear-off in case of roof replacement.

4. Maintain structural integrity

Polyurethane foam has the ability to withstand the expansion and contraction of the structure. They can remain sealed to the roof for a very long time, protecting the roof from harsh weather conditions. Foam can easily withstand high winds, sunshine, rain, and other natural elements here in central Arizona without breaking down. Finally, foam roofs are fire resistant.

Here in the Valley, KY-KO is a leading roofing company. Call us to learn more about the benefits of foam roofing, especially here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Here in the Valley, KY-KO is a leading roofing company. Call us to learn more about the benefits of foam roofing, especially here in Phoenix, Arizona.

5. Foam roofing directs rain to the drain

One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it allows rainwater to slope down to the drains. This is made possible by adding a little thickness in low areas. In this way, “flat roof” is actually a bit of a misnomer: there’s a slight slope that allows rainwater to come off of the roof and get into the gutters.

Learn more about the benefits of foam roofing from the pros at KY-KO Roofing

KY-KO Roofing is a name associated with quality when it comes to roofing repair and installation in the Phoenix metro area. We have been serving our residential and commercial clients with great dedication and sincerity in the area for over two decades. Our expert roofers can take care of your roofing needs and answer your roofing questions.

If you have any other questions about foam roofs beyond the scope of this article, contact us. We’d love the opportunity to discuss roofing with you.

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.

What is the best roofing material for your home?

It’s a question that we see a lot when people are thinking about replacing their home’s roof: “What is the best roofing material for my home?”

Pictured: Roofers install a tile roof—one of the best roofing material options in Phoenix—on a home.As with most things, the answer is that it depends on a number of factors, including the age of your home, your HOA rules, city codes, and more. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the most popular roofing types, and then share some advice about how you can go about selecting the right one for your home.

Option #1: Clay tiles

Let’s start with Phoenix’s favorite roofing type: the clay tile. Ubiquitous in many Valley neighborhoods, clay tiles are known for their classic Southwest look and durability, but there’s still a few things you should know before you go about adding them to your roof.

The use of clay tiles is one of the oldest roofing techniques. They’re still in business because their styling features are unmatched and they are incredibly durable, lasting for decades. Even though clay tiles are mostly used in the architecture of ancient Europe and the Mediterranean region, they are equally feasible and aesthetically suitable for modern houses—especially here in Phoenix.

Here are a few things to keep in mind with tile roofing:

  • Clay roof tiles are suitable for houses in both wet and dry conditions.
  • They are fire-resistant and don’t favor insect growth
  • Due to their inherent thermal qualities, they are best for roofs for places with hot temperatures throughout the year.

Here are the primary disadvantages of tile roofing:

  • They’re heavy, which means your house and roof structure needs to have been built to support the weight.
  • They’re brittle, which means they can break and that a roofer can’t walk on them easily.
  • They cost of installing a tile roof can be higher than other kinds of roofing.

For more information, read our blog about why you should consider a tile roof. To learn more about tile roof installation, give our team a call for a free roof checkup!

Option #2: Asphalt shingles

Asphalt is the most-used roofing material in the United States, overall. The prevalence of asphalt shingles is due to the fact that they are inexpensive and easy to install. Asphalt shingles come in different colors and can be designed according to different aesthetic designs.

However there are two drawbacks of asphalt roofing.

  • They have shorter life span than other roofing materials, especially tile roofing
  • Asphalt shingles provide poor insulation

The many advantages of asphalt roofing triumph over these drawbacks to make it a suitable roofing option for households here in Phoenix. Debating between tile and shingle? Read our blog, then call our team.

Option #3: Foam roofing

They are also called polyurethane roofs and mostly used to cover flat roof structures. Foam roofs are elastomeric coated to get protection from all weather extremes.

Here are the advantages of spray foam roofs. You can also read about the advantages of foam roofing both residential and commercial buildings. Or, give our team a call, and we’d be happy to review what makes foam one of the best roofing material types for your home.

Option #4: Metal shingles

For their longevity and durability, metal shingles are arguably the best roofing material. The most common concern many people have regarding metal shingles is their quick-to-rust characteristic. But, these days, metal shingles are designed with rust-resistant capabilities.

Metal can prove to be the best roofing material option for the following purposes:

  • They are highly resistant to strong winds and the impact that comes with it. If you are living in an area that is subjected to hail and thunderstorms, metal shingles is the best roofing option for you.
  • Metal shingles are low-maintenance because unlike other roofing materials they don’t crack or rot. It is also very less likely that they will turn into an insect haven.
  • Since metal shingles can’t catch fire, you will have more peace of mind.

Due to its many inherent benefits, metal roofing will cost you more than other roofing materials. Call KY-KO Roofing to learn more.

 

 

Let KY-KO help you choose the best roofing material for your home

If your next renovation plan includes getting a new roof, KY-KO Roofing is your best bet in Phoenix to get professional roofing services. Call us at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.