There are so many different ways to put a roof on a house or building now that some roofers are beginning to specialize in certain roofing materials and approaches. One of those newer options that has everyone buzzing is foam roofing. The name implies a material that cannot possibly be effective for preventing water damage, yet there it is. Undoubtedly, you want to know a lot more about this interesting roofing option, and you have a lot of questions. Many of the questions you probably have are answered below.
How Can Foam Work as a Roofing Material?
What is surprising is that the foam is not exposed to the elements at all. The foam roofing is actually the layer beneath protective coatings of a polyurethane spray foam/plastic. There is a thick layer of cushiony foam, which is then covered by the spray foam that hardens into a protective sort of shell, which is then covered by a white, almost plastic-like tarp. It is very easy to walk on, and if anyone on the roof slips and falls, the foam roof cushions and breaks the fall. Absorption of water is null because of the protective layers over the actual foam layer.
Why Would Anyone Want a Foam Roof?
Well, not just anyone would want a foam roof. In general, foam roofs are not currently applied to residential properties. It is reserved for commercial flat roofs, such as those found on large office buildings or big box grocery stores. Foam roofing is cheap, much cheaper than concrete, it is not as heavy nor as difficult to apply and install, and it insulates several times better than the traditional concrete/cement roofs used on commercial buildings.
Is It Safe for the Environment?
It is absolutely safe for the environment. In fact, a foam roof is touted as a "green" roofing approach because of the energy-saving properties, and little maintenance is required. Less maintenance on your roof means less electricity used, less resource materials needed for repairing a roof, and less fossil fuels consumed by construction trucks that would otherwise have to show up ever ten to twenty years to fix the roof. Instead, the foam roof lasts well beyond twenty years, and as long as the plastic-like coating remains intact and in good shape, you never have to replace the roof ever again. That is a massive savings in future costs on the building and for the environment.
Contact a company, like Durafoam Roofing LLC , for more help.