Pros and Cons of Spray Foam Roofing
Spray foam roofing is fast becoming one of the best roofing choice for larger buildings
today. Spray foam is also the best choice when it comes to insulation choices also. By combining
both of these principles roofing and insulation it is no wonder why this type of roof is gaining
popularity. People are beginning to also look at this option to help them cut energy cost and save
on maintenance cost as well on their residential roofs as well. With the spray foam roof growing
in popularity we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages to help you understand
more about this type or roof.
Pros of a spray foam roof
Complete waterproofing: When a spray foam roofing is applied it is applied in a
monolithic style. This means it is spayed all at one time to prevent any seems.
This type of installation is completely waterproof. The need for flashing is also
eliminated around protrusions in the roof such as pipes, vents, and multilevel
roofs. Less flashing means less maintenance.
Complete air sealing: You do not get this from any other type of roofing product.
Spray foam will fill any voids and crevasses you may have in your roof to give
you a more uniform and finished look. The foam adheres to all of the surfaces and
seals off every crack in the roof surface giving you an unbeatable air leakage seal.
Excellent R-value: With an R-value of 7 per square inch an extra level of
insulation is obtained to help you cut cooling cost saving you energy and money.
Low Maintenance: A spray foam roof will stand up to harmful UV rays giving
you a lifetime of low maintenance roofing performance. The outside UV barrier will have to be replaced about every five years but that doesn’t take much effort at all.
Lowered cooling cost: The UV barrier on the spray foam is highly reflective
turning away most of the heat. With protective UV barrier combined with the
Insulation property you can expect a 40% to 50% reduction in energy cost.
Quick project completion: Many spray foam contractors can complete a normal
sized roof in one day. Imagine waterproofing, air sealing, and insulation all in one
Cons of spray foam roofing
Wrong information: Because spray foam roofing is growing in an alarming rate
some contractors are passing along information that is incorrect in order to
mislead the public to gain jobs.
Overspray: This needs to be prevented because once spray foam is hardened on
other objects it is just about impossible to remove.
Weather limitations: Limitations such as wind and rain should be considered
while applying spray foam.
There are a lot of advantages when you choose to go with a spray foam roof for your
building project. You do not have to take my word for it you can contact a spray foam
roof contractor and ask him any question you would like to ask about this type of roof.
Ask to see some buildings he has completed so you can get an idea of what a spray foam
roof really looks like.