You could sink your life’s savings and more into improving your home. These days, everyone has to have heated floors, high-end appliances, and imported furniture. What if you’re neglecting one of the most important parts of your home, though?
A surprising number of homeowners put time and money into every part of their house but the part they don’t see: their roof. A poor or outdated roof leaves you vulnerable to a wide range of damage to your home, not to mention making the house look dated.
If you’re realizing that it’s time for improvement, here’s why you should consider polyurethane foam roofing.
Benefits of Polyurethane Foam Roofing
You know all about shingles and metal roofing, but did you know sprayable polyurethane foam is a great choice too? Here’s why.
1. Built-In Insulation
When you think about spray foam for your house, you probably think about foam insulation. While polyurethane foam roofing is different from foam insulation, they do share the feature of being great insulation.
You can use sprayable polyurethane foam or SPF to add to your interior roof insulation. You’ll be able to enjoy lower energy bills without sacrificing being comfortable in your home.
2. Consistently High R-Values
Every insulating material has an R-value, which measures how well the material insulates. Even though insulation isn’t its only purpose, SPF is known for its high R-value.
In fact, it often takes less than five inches of polyurethane foam to reach an R-value of 30. In other words, you aren’t just adding insulation to your home. You’re adding insulation that’s surprisingly effective.
Without a doubt, every type of roofing has its pros and cons. As a homeowner, it can be frustrating to think you’ve made a decision and then discover that your chosen option isn’t available for your home.
Sprayable polyurethane foam is versatile enough that a professional can apply it to almost any substrate. No matter what type of roofing you already have, SPF is likely a way to fortify your roof and make it more energy efficient.
Repairing a roof is one of the most expensive repairs you can make to your house. It’s also not an easy DIY job because you need special equipment and knowledge to stay safe on your roof.
This is why so many homeowners are thrilled to learn how durable polyurethane foam roofing is.
The foam naturally adheres to the substrate beneath it. It behaves as if it’s one unified material with the substrate, so it doesn’t come off in high winds like other types of roofing.
Because of its binding power, your polyurethane roofing will even add structural integrity to your roof. It’s durable in its own right while making the rest of your roof stronger than it already was.
5. Moisture Protection
One of the most important functions your roof has is to seal out moisture. The smallest amount of leakage can lead to water damage, rotting wood, and household mold to name a few.
While insulation is the feature of sprayable polyurethane foam that most people know about, the material is also a powerful moisture barrier. The SPF creates a natural seal against rain and humidity, keeping your home fresh and damage-free.
6. Fire Protection
No matter how well you care for your home and look for risk factors, a house fire can happen to anyone. You can be as strict as you want about keeping fire hazards out of your home, but it isn’t fool-proof.
Your roof is a soft spot for fires. A wildfire can send embers into the air that reach your roof and start a fire. If nearby buildings or homes start on fire the same can happen, or your roof could ignite with a lightning strike.
Polyurethane foam is a natural protective barrier against fires. The material contains built-in fire retardants. This limits the risk that a fire will start on your roof and limits the spread of a fire as well.
We’d all love to say that you can’t put a price on a homeowner’s pride or on feeling like your home is protected. The fact is that we all have a budget, so cost is always a consideration.
When it comes down to it, polyurethane foam is a cost-effective roofing option. It’s less expensive than many other options that offer similar features.
Some options like single-ply membranes seem cheaper at first because they have lower upfront costs. In truth, they don’t last as long and they aren’t as effective. They end up costing more money over the life of the home.
In addition to the cost-effective material, installation is a more budget-friendly process with SPF. For a professional, the installation is quick and this translates to a lower cost for you.
8. Easy to Fix
As we mentioned above, sprayable polyurethane foam is a durable material so it’s rare to need repairs. If those occasions do arise, though, we have more good news for you.
SPF is quick and easy for a professional to repair. They can spray new foam on top of the old foam to fill in gaps and boost the material’s efficiency.
This holds true at the end of your SPF roof’s life too. Your roofer can spray a full new layer of foam on top of your aging roof. This simple process takes less out of your pocket than it would if the roofer had to remove your old roof first.
A few DIY projects around the house can be fun, like a new coffee table or a creative headboard. When it comes to your roof, though, you don’t want to mess around with lower-quality work.
Protecting Your Home from the Top Down
Sprayable polyurethane foam roofing has everything a homeowner needs for their roof. It makes your roof more durable, adds energy efficiency and comfort, and keeps your maintenance costs low.
To find out more about getting your own SPF roof, contact our foam roofing experts today.