Spray Foam Protects Your Roof from Stormy Weather

Spray Foam Protects Your Roof from Stormy Weather
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    In many areas of the country, we are already in or about to enter storm season.

    Depending on the specific area, this could mean anything from hurricanes to blizzards.

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For homeowners, this would be a good time to start thinking about how well their home might stand up to a major storm. Unfortunately, many people don’t think about that until it’s too late and the severe weather has already struck. This is when they may find out the hard way that their roof wasn’t as strong as they may have hoped.

To avoid suffering storm-related property loss or damage, it’s important for property owners to do everything they can to help their home stand up to the formidable power of Mother Nature.
The roof is a good place to start, because of course it covers the entire rest of the structure. A weak or damaged roof can be extremely vulnerable to the elements, and can expose the entire home (and everything in it) to potential damage from water and wind.

Spray Foam Roofing

Spray foam is a popular roofing choice due in large part to its strength and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. While spray foam has been around for a long time, it has recently enjoyed a growing popularity thanks in large part to its insulating properties, which help reduce energy costs.

Pros and Cons

If you are considering spray foam for your roof, there are some major pros and cons you will want to consider.

Advantages

  • As mentioned above, one of the biggest benefits of spray foam is its valuable insulation properties. It is very energy efficient, and can result in ongoing, long-term savings in the form of lower utility costs.
  • Spray foam can help eliminate the need for a roof removal or replacement (although this depends on the condition of the existing roof). The spray foam—and a protective coating—is applied to the existing roofing structure, and adheres to a wide range of roofing materials including metal, wood, shingles, tile and concrete.
  • When properly applied, spray foam can provide a seamless weather-resistant and water-resistant membrane that can help keep the elements from damaging or entering the structure of the home. It also prevents air leakage, which allows for increased comfort and energy efficiency inside the home.
  • It can greatly improve a structure’s strength and durability. Spray foam is often applied to the underside of a roof deck to give it more strength and provide additional resistance to leaks and water damage.
  • Spray foam can squeeze into cracks and crevices, thus creating a solid barrier and fixing/preventing leaks or weak spots.

Possible Drawbacks

  • It’s important to find a qualified and experienced professional to handle this job. If spray foam is applied improperly or unevenly, you may experience leaks or other issues. Likewise, if the protective coating isn’t applied properly, the spray foam can degrade due to overheating, sun exposure or other problems.
  • Spray foam can only be applied under certain weather conditions. The application must occur while the temperature and humidity level are within a certain acceptable range.
  • Initially, spray foam can be more expensive than some other roofing material options. However, the savings from lower energy bills can help offset part (or perhaps all) of that cost in the long-term. Also, since spray foam is durable and tends to have a long lifespan, when averaged out on a yearly basis the cost may be more in line with alternative roofing materials.

Intech Equipment &Supply specializes in providing spray foam equipment and supplies to contractors across the U.S. and has served the commercial roofing and insulation industries since 1995.  

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