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Spray foam roofing has gained popularity in recent years thanks to the many advantages it offers for roofs with little to no slope. At Action 1 Roofing, we’re here to help you learn more about spray foam and how it works. We have years of experience working with contractors who specialize in virtually every type of roofing material available. It’s this experience that has given us the knowledge we need to help our customers achieve the look and protection they desire on their roofs.

Spray foam is made of polyurethane foam and is sprayed onto a roof as a liquid. Once it is exposed to the air, it becomes a foam consistency that expands and spreads evenly along the surface of the roof. As it sits, it will eventually solidify and achieve a hardened surface. It’s the go-to choice for most commercial buildings, although it’s common on multi-family properties and buildings with low slopes as well.

Foam Roofing Installation & Replacement

The installation of a spray foam roof begins with preparing the existing roof. Fortunately, this does not require tearing the roof down to the studs. Instead, it simply requires cleaning off debris and fixing any damage that exists. Once this is done, the roofer can spray the foam strategically over the entire surface of the roof. Once the foam is released, it will expand to roughly 20x its size and expand to cover the entire surface. Once this has set and hardened, the roof will be finished and capable of providing excellent protection to the structure below.

 

If you’re replacing your roof before having spray foam applied, the process will begin by removing the existing roof and repairing any damage. From there, the roofer will apply the spray foam to the deck until the entire surface is covered. Once the foam is hardened and set, it will be safe to walk on and can provide protection to the structure.

Benefits of Spray Foam Roofing Systems

Our team at Action 1 Roofing has worked with many customers who have had spray foam roofs installed on their large commercial structures and multi-family homes. We know how beneficial they can be for a multitude of reasons. To learn more about why we work with these so frequently, check out the information below.

Simple Installation
Installing a spray foam roof is less labor-intensive than installing other materials, largely because it can be applied to the existing roof. The foam can conform to any shape or size of roof as it expands, which will mean a custom fit no matter the size of your structure.
Simple Maintenance
When the maintenance on a spray roof is done, it generally involves a new coating of the spray foam in areas that have been damaged by the weather. Fortunately, regular maintenance can reduce the need for major repairs throughout the year, which can ultimately save you time and money.
Affordable
When compared to other materials, especially on a large commercial space, spray foam is far more affordable.
Improved Energy Efficiency
The top coating of a spray foam roof will protect the foam from the UV rays of the sun. This can help make the building more energy-efficient throughout the year.
Longevity
Spray foam roofing can last up to 30 years when it’s cared for properly. However, longevity can largely depend on the weather conditions where you live and how often you have maintenance done.
Waterproof
Since spray foam expands before it sets, it is able to fill in every nook and cranny of the roof to create a waterproof seal. This can even fill in existing cracks to minimize the risk of leaks in the future.

Foam Roof Repair

While spray foam roofs are incredibly durable thanks to being thick and seamless, they can get damaged over time. If this happens, the good news is that repairs are not difficult. Once the problem area is targeted, your roofer can come in and spray a fresh new coat in that area. This will fill in the open area to create a tight seal once again. In most situations, repairs do not take long and will result in your roof being structurally sound once again.

Some of the most common reasons for a spray foam roof to be repaired include: birds pecking on the material, waiting too long to coat the foam with a UV protective layer, sun exposure, extreme temperatures/bad weather, and improper installation.

Why Choose Coating & Recoating a Foam Roof?

Many property owners choose to coat their existing roof with spray foam because it’s durable, easy to apply, affordable, and doesn’t require any major construction. Once the foam has finished setting, it will provide excellent protection from rain, snow, wind, and heat. There are also top coats that can be applied to provide extra UV protection and enhance the energy-efficiency of the roof. It’s a budget-friendly choice for those who want a roof that doesn’t require a large investment or constant repairs.

Foam roof recoating can be done in situations where there is damage to the top layer. However, the roof must first be cleaned with either a leaf blower or a pressure washer. Debris, dirt, oil, and grease must be completely removed to ensure the new coating will adhere properly. Once that is done, roofers can re-coat the spray foam roof to create a more secure top layer.

How Long Does a Spray Foam Roof Last?

In general, spray foam roofs will last up to 30 years with proper care and maintenance. However, some building owners have been able to extend the life of their roof up to 40 years because they live in areas where temperatures are less extreme and bad weather conditions rarely come around. If you want your spray foam roof to last as long as possible, then have maintenance done regularly. When repairs are needed, take care of them immediately to restore the integrity of the roof quickly.

What Does Foam Roofing Cost?

The final price of a spray foam roof will depend on the size of your building and whether or not repairs need to be done first. However, the average price for installation is between $4.00 and $7.00 per square foot. It’s important to pay a roofer a fair price to ensure they have the experience and knowledge that’s necessary to get the job done. If you have over 20,000 square feet to cover or need particularly thick spray foam applied, then expect to pay toward the higher end of the price range.

Although it can be tempting to purchase spray foam materials to apply it on your own, this is not recommended. At Action 1 Roofing, we know it’s crucial to work with a trained professional who has experience with the installation of spray foam roofing. With this, they will apply evenly and properly so the surface is even. If you have questions or would like to learn more, we’re here to help.

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