Savings, performance, and durability, put spray foam roofing ahead of the pack
Choosing a new roofing system can feel like a complicated process. It doesn’t have to be. As the products and technology available in the roofing industry have evolved, there is one clear frontrunner that allows you to maximize savings and performance over the long term. That solution is a spray foam roofing system. Below we outline the advantages the system offers and why it’s a superior choice for your roofing needs.
10. Spray Foam Roofing is Energy Efficient
One of the main advantages to foam roofing is that it’s a great insulator. With an R value of around R-6 to R-7 per inch (compared to blown fiberglass with an R-Value of around R-2 to R-4 per inch) using foam roofing saves energy—which means you’ll save on substantially on both heating and cooling costs. In fact, it’s estimated that foam roofing can produce energy savings of 30% or more compared to alternate roofing systems. In about five years, it’s possible the roof will have paid for itself.
9. Fewer Leaks Means More Savings
Spray foam roofing systems leak less than a typical roof. Why? Foam roofing has no gaps. No seams. No overlapping components. It’s an impermeable surface sealed with a polymer membrane. Sound secure? That’s because it is. Fewer leaks mean fewer issues with repairs and water damage—and the costs associated with both.
8. Spray Foam Roofing Repairs Easily
No need to even call a professional when it come to small rooftop repairs. In the unfortunate event that your roof happens to get punctured or cut the damage can easily be fixed with a tube of polyurethane exterior caulking. Make sure the area is dry, fill it with caulking, smooth it out, and you’re done! Don’t waste time and money scheduling costly service and maintenance repairs like with other roofing systems—the roof can be easily fixed by anyone on your maintenance team!
7. It’s Natural Disaster Resistant
Usually roofing materials are the first to go in gale force winds. You’ve probably seen storm footage of metal roofing panels flapping loose in the wind or even becoming dangerous projectiles. A spray roof adheres seamlessly to the surface on which it’s applied. As a result, there are no shingles or metal panels to catch in the wind. Plus, it resists damage from debris that may make contact with the roof during the weather event. Finally, an intact roof will also reduce the risk of flooding damage to properties during a storm. With a foam roofing system, extreme weather events are less likely to damage your property—saving your time and money with the insurance companies.
6. Spray Foam Roofing Can Facilitate Drainage
As we all know, flat roofs can be problematic—they don’t drain properly after a heavy rain and in the winter they collect snow which can endanger the structure of the roof. Unlike traditional roofing systems, foam roofing can be applied in multiple layers and at varying thicknesses to support better drainage on flat or slightly-pitched surfaces. By applying the foam strategically to facilitate drainage you can reduce the issues associated with flat roofs.
5. Spray Foam Roofing is Easy and Safe to Walk On
Spray foam roofing is safe and durable. The resilient surface holds up well to all kind of foot traffic so you can maintain crucial access to all roof areas, vents, air conditioning units, and storage, as needed. Plus, with spray foam, there are no overlapping materials and tripping hazards common to other roofing systems. A smooth and even rooftop surface means rooftop access is safer and easier for everyone involved.
4. Less Waste = Better for the Environment
Other roofing systems end up in the landfill or at best at the recycling plant. Foam roofing systems have a smaller environmental footprint and create little to no waste. There is never any need to replace the roof entirely—just a periodic update of the final sealant layer and you’re good to go! No unnecessary waste, dust, and debris that comes with replacing a traditional roof.
3. Stops Ice Damming and Condensation
Metal buildings often suffer from two headache-inducing issues: ice damming and condensation. When a roof is poorly insulated, rising heat from inside the building causes rooftop snow to melt, which then runs until it refreezes. This cycle of freezing and refreezing causes ice buildup and lets water work its way into the seams and screw holes of the building, resulting in leaks. Because of the superior insulation offered by spray foam roofing, the rising heat never transfers to the snowy rooftop. The heat stays inside the building where it belongs.
2. It’s the Last Roofing System You’ll Ever Need
Spray foam roofing systems are long lasting, easily maintained, and cost effective to update. While other roofing systems deteriorate over time and require a complete replacement at the end of their lifespan, foam roofing systems only require a quick reapplication of the outer membrane every 20 or more years —at a cost of about half the original roof installation. Compare that to the cost involved in completely replacing an old system. Spray foam roofing is a long-term investment that ensures you won’t be wasting time and money with costly replacements down the line.
1. Spray Foam Roofing Can Be Installed by Certified Professionals with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau
Choosing a roofing company requires just as much research as deciding what kind of system to install. You want to protect your investment by ensuring your roofing system is installed by reliable, trained professionals. Cozifoam Roof Armor Systems has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). Each member of our staff has passed the certification program offered by the SPFA. We offer a free estimate and our systems are guaranteed for ten years. But don’t just take our word for it—we have a host of positive testimonials from satisfied customers on our website. In fact, 70% of our business comes from referrals. So what are you waiting for? Call or e-mail us for a quote!
If you own a flat roof building in Alberta, commercial or residential, spring is the best time to re-evaluate your roofing system. A particularly cold winter, a heavy spring melt, or just old age are great reasons to consider re-roofing your building. Although there are several options for a flat roof building, a foam roof system is the best value and the best protection of the lot. Advances in technology with a spray foam roof also mean that it has only become stronger and smarter over the last thirty years. Traditional roof systems are outdated and outperformed, nearing obsolescence in comparison with a foam roof system.
Having a foam roofing system installed is relatively straightforward. First, the contractor will remove all of the debris, gravel, etc., from the existing roof, essentially scrubbing the roof clean. Any repairs to flashing, etc., are carried out before applying primer, if needed, to help the foam adhere to the roof. Then the foam is sprayed down. The foam density is carefully selected to be able to support foot traffic, and therefore maintenance access to air conditioning units and the like.
One of the beautiful things about foam is that as it expands it fills in gaps, cracks, and uneven areas on the roof. After the foam is down and has cured, the polymer membrane is applied. The membrane is thick and impermeable, waterproofing the entire roof and protecting it from the elements. As the polymer membrane is sprayed on as its own layer, it doesn’t have any seams or overlapping components. This means that the expansion and contraction that we see from the varied Alberta seasons are not a threat to your roof system. A foam roofing system is basically armour for the most vulnerable part of your building.
One of the biggest reasons for having a foam roof installed is the fact that it will be the last roof you will ever need. Although such a statement may sound like hyperbole, examining the facts of a foam roofing system show it to be true. Roofing issues such as leaks, sub-par insulation and general deterioration are all but negated with a foam roof system. Aside from being completely waterproof, one of the bigger advantages of foam roofing, especially in Alberta, is the added R-value; even our standard inch and a half of foam roofing can feel like an added R-40 to your building. This is a noticeable difference in both the summer and winter months and can make an otherwise intolerable warehouse or shop quite comfortable.
Environmentally, too, a foam roofing system makes the most sense. The polymer membrane that protects your foam insulation has a life-expectancy of over 20 years (and that’s 20 years of Alberta sun, Alberta snow, and everything in between). When it’s time to refresh your roof, a new membrane is simply re-applied over top of the old membrane. There is no ‘removal’ of old material. This process eliminates multiple trips to the dump, which significantly lowers the cost of the project both economically and environmentally. This last point is certainly something to keep in mind. Anyone, any company or individual, looking into building or renovating over the next decade has to factor in the federal and provincial changes to existing environmental standards. Just because a certain product was fine and allowed fifteen years ago, does not mean that is going to be acceptable today, or even five years from now.
Ironically, the biggest concerns regarding the quality of a foam roofing system are not with the product at all, but can be traced to the contractors hired to install the foam roof. Just because a contractor has done spray foam insulation, or has rented spray foam equipment, does not mean they are qualified to install a foam roof system. The spray insulation process is completely different from a foam roof process. This point is very important when selecting a foam roofing system for your building. Saving a few dollars at the outset with a contractor offering startlingly low estimates will more often than not result in higher costs to you down the road. Just because anyone can strap on a tool belt with a framing hammer and claim to be a carpenter, it is by no means true. The wrong contractor doing the wrong job will always result in flaws, and this will always negate the value inherent in a foam roofing system. Issues with drainage, surface preparation and applied consistency are all easily avoidable by hiring an expert.
Overall, the benefits of a foam roof system are overwhelmingly apparent: an impermeable roof membrane that eradicates leaks and other weather damage, the added R-value to your building, the environmentally low footprint, straightforward repair which doesn’t compromise structural integrity, and of course the low cost of instillation. So, if your flat roof building has been leaking all spring, your flat roof building has been cold all winter, or just needs to be replaced, hire an expert, and have a foam roof system installed.