What is Foam Roofing?
As a commercial building owner, you may be wondering when it is time to replace or refresh your roof. Usually, once a roof has reached the 8 year mark is when many would recommend replacing the roof. But is a full replacement necessary? If the roof decking is still in good condition, rather than replace your entire roof, a spray foam roof application may be the way to go. Spray foam roofing, also known as spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing, has been used for flat and commercial roofs for a while. It is a seamless and energy efficient option that many business owners choose. That being said, it is not always the best option, so when considering a spray foam roof, take into consideration the pros and cons. In fact, you can call Firehouse Roofing today at 972-737-1451, to discuss spray foam roofing in Rockwall and Dallas, TX.
Foam Roofing Pros and Cons
When looking into spray foam roofing, there are many pros and many cons. Deciding to apply this material to your commercial roof will ultimately come down to what you are wanting out of your roof. For some, the pros outweigh the cons significantly. The savings in energy bills are enough to also schedule regular inspections of their sears hvac system. But for others, the fact that they may feel limited in choosing a roofing contractor is enough to turn them away. Look over the pros and cons and when you’re ready, call Firehouse Roofing, Inc. at 972-737-1451 to discuss your options.
Spray Foam Pros
- Ease of Installation: Spray foam roofing can easily be applied over existing material, without disturbing the day-to-day activities of a business. Since the foam expands, it can easily take to any roofing design with no extensive effort put out.
- Energy Efficient: Spray from roofs are light in color, so they help to reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them. This means that your building will be cooler in the summer and, actually, warmer in the winter. Choices like this can help lower your energy bills overall.
- Easy Maintenance: Because of the lack of seams, spray foam roofing requires little maintenance. Your foam roof should still be inspected and receive regular maintenance, but as long as build up of water and debris is kept to a minimum, you really don’t need much maintenance.
- Seamless and Waterproof: Spray foaming is sprayed on in one, easy layer. This application eliminates the seams that can cause cracks, penetrations, leaks, and more. Most all spray foam roofing is also closed-cell foam, which means that it is essentially waterproof.
- Sustainable: Spray foaming can be applied directly over existing roofing material, so long as it is in good condition. This means there is less waste associated. The materials used to create spray foam roofing are also considered sustainable, so you really can go green with this roof.
Spray Foam Cons
- Not All Contractors Created Equal: A good spray foam roof requires proper installation from the beginning. While it doesn’t take an expert to apply the material, you do need a certain degree of technical knowledge and experience. For a quality spray foam roof in Rockwall and Dallas, TX, you can rely on Firehouse Roofing, Inc..
- Limited Installation Window: Spray foam roofing cannot be applied when there is ice, frost, surface moisture, or visible dampness. If any of this is present during the application, your roof will not be durable or efficient. The application will never affect your daily routines, but the weather will affect when you can actually get a new roof.
- Overspray Potential: With the spray application, there is a risk of wind or inexperienced roofers accidentally spraying foam onto surrounding cars and other surfaces. There is no health concern, but there is the concern about removal from surfaces that are not the roof.
- Maintenance is Still Needed: A spray foam roof is not indestructible and not unable to be damaged by things like rocks, hail, and more. Regular maintenance is still suggested and required to maintain the longevity of your spray foam roof.
- Accurate Repairs Needed: In order to make any repairs on a foam roofing, you need to contact a foam roofing company. Not just anyone can make the repairs. Incorrect patchwork or materials can actually lead to more problems. This is something that many commercial building owners find an excessive and unnecessary step.
Foam Roofing vs. TPO
While foam roofing and TPO are made from similar substances, there is a difference in the product and application. As mentioned, spray foam roofing is obviously sprayed on. Whereas TPO is typically sold in sheets, called membranes, that are chemically sealed to a roof.
One of the biggest differences, and sometimes the biggest catch for some, is the fact that TPO does still have seams. Now, those seams are sealed, but there is argument that they do pose a bigger risk than spray foam.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does it cost to foam a roof?
- It can cost between $6,000 and $7,200 to apply foam roofing for flat roofs.
- How long does spray foam roofing last?
- Depending on factors like maintenance, weather, exposure, and more, foam roofing can last up to 35 years, if not longer.
- Can you walk on a foam roof?
- Yes, you can. Spray foam roofing can actually withstand quite a bit of weight. It is all determined on the condition of the roof decking below.
- Is spray polyurethane foam waterproof?
- It depends on the thickness and density of the spray foam layer. Open-celled foam is not waterproof or water resistant. On the other hand, closed-cell foam is water resistant to a degree. Most spray foam roofing is closed-cell.
Reach Out to Firehouse Roofing, Inc. Today About Spray Foam Roofing
If you need a spray foam roofing application in Rockwall and Dallas, TX, look no further than Firehouse Roofing. We have plenty of experience and knowledge to properly install your roof. Call us at 972-737-1451 to schedule an appointment.