Pros And Cons Of Foam Roof Coatings

Foam roof coatings have become increasingly popular throughout the states. Although it was initially popular with commercial roofing, it's now also being seen on the roofs of many residential buildings. Spray Polyurethane Foam, or SPF, is one of the most popular coatings used, and the thickness of the foam can vary from one to several inches. It all depends on the level of insulation needed.

However, as you rush to get this coating for your roof it's also important that you get to know just what advantages or disadvantages you may face in the process.

Advantages of Foam Roof Coatings

  1. Easy to Install: Foam coatings are easy to install when the contractor knows what they're doing. This can mean huge time and money savings and also means you don't have to interrupt everything else.    

  2. High energy efficiency: SPF keeps out heat in the summer thanks to its reflective surface. However, it also traps heat in the house during winter. This offers you energy savings no matter the season.

  3. Waterproof: Seams are one of the main reasons for leaky roofs. Spray foam has no seams and once it has adhered fully to the roof will ensure it's completely waterproof.

  4. Durability: If your roof is maintained properly, the spray foam can serve you for several decades. All that will be necessary will be an inspection every two years or so.

Disadvantages of Foam Roof Coatings

  1. Requires professional installation: You need a properly trained and experienced contractor to do this work. That's because mistakes can be easily made that can lower the effectiveness of the foam coating.    

  2. High initial cost: Although this will vary from one contractor to the next, you can expect to pay a significant amount for this coating. However, the energy savings, even in the short-term can be significant enough to offset this.     

  3. Difficult to remove: When you need to remove the foam coating from your roof, this can be quite a challenge, especially if the contractor doesn't have the necessary experience. Thus, you may have some high labor fees.     

Should You Go for It?

Without a doubt, the energy savings alone after getting a foam roof coating make it well worth the money. You'll want to ensure that you use the right roofing contractor. This will limit the possibility of making mistakes which can compromise the effectiveness of your roofing system. Check your contractor's credentials before you hire them.

Get in touch with a company like Altex Remodeling and Roofing to learn more.


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