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Spray Foam Roofing Maintenance

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Summertime is a great time for roofing installation and maintenance. Both homeowners and commercial facility owners take advantage of the better weather to get their roofs repaired, restored or replaced. When it comes to fixing spray polyurethane foam roofs, or full replacement of existing roofs with a spray foam system, there are some important guidelines to remember.

Spray Foam Roofing Maintenance

Spray Polyurethane Foam on the Roof

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing is a high density, rigid and closed-cell spray foam which is applied over new and retrofit roofing substrates. SPF acts as a protective roofing layer, a thermal insulator, air barrier, vapor retarder, and a waterproofing solution. These systems are cost-efficient and can be applied to any shape and substrate in roofing. When applied professionally, spray foam roofing locks every portion of the roof into place and creates a monolithic membrane which eliminates the need for mechanical fasteners. The material is durable and lightweight while delivering a compressive strength of 40 to 60 pounds per inch.  As one of the most affordable roofing options, spray foam protects the structure from water intrusion, hail and wind uplift. It also acts as a high-performance insulator, preventing heat transfer through the roof deck, which minimizes the escape of conditioned air, resulting in reduced energy bills for the life of the roof.

Ideal Applications

Spray polyurethane foam systems are ideal for a wide range of commercial, agricultural, industrial and residential applications. It is especially useful when the roof is an unusual configuration or shape or when a sloped application is required for controlled drainage.
Because of its material characteristics and ability to adhere and seal during the application, spray foam works well in situations when the substrate includes numerous penetrations. The foam’s resiliency also makes it ideal for regions where significant rain or wind occurs.

Protective Coatings

Spray foam roofing must be coated once the installation of the SPF is complete. The elastomeric reflective roof coating serves as a protective barrier over the SPF to help maintain the integrity and improve the performance of the roof by protecting it from UV radiation and the elements.

Replacement vs. Restoration

Existing roofs in total disrepair require either total replacement or restoration. Two common factors, weight and cost, determine the choice made. Full replacement is cost-prohibitive which makes restoration a more appealing option. Because spray foam may be directly applied over an existing roof there is no need for removal, making it a cost-effective solution to the problem. It is lightweight and is thus ideal for structures unable to bear excessive loads.

Maintenance of Your SPF Roof

The roofing industry standards recommend that SPF systems undergo roof inspection two or more times per year. Gutters, scuppers, and drains should be reviewed during inspections to ensure dirt and debris are not restricting drainage and that there are no cracks in the coating.

Final thoughts

Rooftop units and penetrations also need to be checked to ensure flashings are all properly sealed to protect against weather. Condensation from HVAC units should be piped to drains, skylights should be checked for a proper seal, heater stacks must have rain caps and seams in the units should be sealed with caulk. The surface area of the roof system must be regularly inspected for damage caused by objects, vandalism, foot traffic, and blistering. Finally, inspection best practices call for a review of any defects potentially present in the roof, such as erosion of the coatings of the spray foam, moisture penetration, cracks or pinholes. Spray foam is a self-flashing membrane that is cost-effective and easily maintained. Repairs are generally easy, so long as you watch for are collecting debris, drainage issues, foot traffic damage, and the degradation of the reflective roof coating. With regular inspections and preventative maintenance, your roof will give you long life and return on your investment.

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Why Clay Roof Tile Is The Best For Hot Climate?

Clay roofing

Just as any other component of creating a home, roofing is also critical; perhaps it is more critical than many other components. And when you live in a hot area, choosing a roofing material can sometimes become very challenging. Once you have decided on the design, you should now begin thinking about the kind of roof you would like to have. In hot areas, clay tile roofs are one of the best choices. With these kinds of roofs, you will be in a position to maintain a cool temperature in your home or office. It does this by preventing the sunrays from heating your building and also helps in maintaining optimum temperature. 

Why Clay Roof Tile Is The Best For Hot Climate?

They are available in different colors as well as sizes. The most interesting thing about this material is that it can maintain its color for a period of up to 50 years. Clay tile roof can be easily customized. If you want your building to have a unique look, then this roofing material can help you achieve that. You can coat it in enamel to achieve various colors which can blend with your décor. Many people like this material because just as slate, it is environmentally friendly, you can easily recycle it. Apart from that, they are fire and weather resistant too. They help in reducing the risk of fire damage to your home. And in harsh weather conditions, they are less likely to deteriorate. Compared to other roof materials such as asphalt shingles, it lasts longer and it does not require a lot of maintenance, it is less likely to develop mildew or moss, and when these develop, they can be easily washed away. Should any part of the roof get damaged, you will only need to replace the affected clay, and your roof will be back to its normal form.

The clay roof can also sustain strong winds; as a homeowner, you should prefer a clay tile roof because of its resistance to harsh weather. When installed properly, it can sustain winds of up to 150 miles. It is a cost-effective choice when compared to asphalt shingles because it can last for a period between 50 to 100 years. If you are fond of architectural nuances, then this is the roof for you. It will not only add to the beauty of your building, but it will also provide you with a cool environment for you and your family in the summer heat. 

Contact us today and we’ll help you decide about your clay roofing options!

 

 

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