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In the Desert Southwest, spray foam roofing is a great solution for flat or low sloped roofs. But, the experts at Mikku and Sons Roofing (Phoenix roofing contractors since 2001 and extensively using spray foam) have found a lot myths and misconceptions about this roofing choice that a lot of their customers have been concerned about before taking advantage of this option.
In order to show consumers the value and versatility of spray foam, Mikku and Sons wants to shed light on several myths:
#1: SPF costs too much.
Spray foam roofing is very affordable compared to other options. The cost is about the same as a single layer of asphalt shingles. As a matter of fact, with the rising cost of oil, the expense of asphalt shingles (an oil-based product) is going up, while spray foam pricing has remained fairly constant.
#2: SPF isn’t durable.
Research has shown that properly applied roofing foam can last as long as 50 years when applied correctly and maintained by re-coating it on a regular basis. There are foam roofs that were applied over 40 years ago that are still holding up well.
#3: SPF is too toxic.
Spray polyurethane foam is just a type of plastic that has been altered slightly and has been used to make the millions of bottles that are used in the food manufacturing industry — bottles that are used for bottled water, soft drinks, ketchup, mustard, mayo and hundreds, maybe thousands of other products that are consumed in households throughout our country every day.
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#4: SPF isn’t a good insulator.
Foam roofing is a great option for insulating your property or business from heat, especially on flat or slightly sloped roofs. The closed cell structure gives SPF one of the highest R-Values (thermal resistance) of all roofing materials that can be used on your property, and it makes it very moisture resistant as well as being highly fire resistant, which is great for insurance rates.
#5: SPF is not energy efficient.
Texas A&M University studied the energy use of its campus buildings before and after they applied Spray foam on its building’s roofing systems. They studied more than eight million square feet of SPF roofing on their campus, and found that their energy savings completely paid for the expense of Texas A&M’s SPF roof systems in three to four years.
Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality Phoenix roof repair services and has been a Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001. If you’re looking for a professional, experienced roofing contractor to get good advice about how a spray foam roof could benefit your property, give us a call.
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Usually, a polyurethane foam roof costs about equal to a Built Up Roof (BUR) with underlying insulation. But, foam roofs are unique because they’re the only roof type that both insulates and protects against leaks with a single monolithic barrier.
There are a lot of flat roofing materials, but all are not equal in quality. An EPDM (rubber roof) or single ply roof, sealed either by tars or adhesives are not as high quality as a typical BUR roof. The reason is they usually last less than 10 years, while a higher quality BUR roof may last a lot more than 10 years. Usually, a BUR roof is built with a few semi-flexible membrane layers, and then water-proofed with water resistant modified bitumen.
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Remember, coal tars are a known carcinogen (not as severe as asbestos – otherwise, this would be more widely known). Modified bitumen, however, comes from oils, refined at much lower temperatures than coal tar, and is a much safer substance. The fluctuating prices in the cost of a barrel of oil gets passed on to the roofing industry. As the costs of asphalt roofing materials continue to increase, and the cost of a high quality polyurethane foam roof remains more steady, that makes SPF or foam roofing more affordable for consumers.
Cost, of course, can vary due to a lot of factors, like geographic location, and size and type of the project. Prices might be estimated anywhere between $3-$12 per square foot, and this can be effected by several other factors – the quality of the materials used, the labor costs to install these materials, and any associated warranty, contractor insurance, or bonding costs which will get passed on to the customer.
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Initial Cost Factors:
- Roof Size: for example, large projects are often cheaper per square foot due to installation efficiencies gained with economies of scale.
- Roof Penetrations and obstructions: if your roof has a lot of obstructions – skylights, pipes, and AC equipment for example, you can expect higher installation costs due to increased labor requirements.
- Materials Used: EPDM and Single ply roofs are cheaper materials that won’t last as long. Higher quality roofing such as polyurethane foam may cost a little more, but it will insulate more efficiently and could last the life of the building. In contrast, a roof, such as Tar & Gravel, with insulation will expense about the same as an SPF roof.
- Location: Is your property in a convenient local location, or will your contractor’s crews have to drive a significant distance to reach your property?
- Condition of Existing Substrate & Roof: Can the current roof membrane be re-used, or does it need to be torn off? Is asbestos or other harmful substances under your roof membrane that have to be dealt with? Is there dry-rot or other failing materials. Do drains, vents, skylights or other roof penetrations need to be replaced or repaired?
- Are you thinking of installing solar power or replace your vents & drains, etc? It’s a lot more cost effective to do all of this at once. What if if your solar power installers caused a leak in your roof, and neither contractor (roofing or solar) wanted to fix the issue because they each blamed the other. If you’re thinking of installing solar, now would be a good time to coordinate the two installations simultaneously.
Long Term Considerations
If you’re going to install a roof, it’s good to think about the long term cost impact. If you have decided to install a foam roof, the insulation factor can pay off big in the long run. Also, think about adding cool roof coatings; just by changing the color of a roof to something reflective can lower summer cooling bills by 30% or more. Medium Density Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Roofing conforms to a roofs corners and angles and usually has an R-Value around 6 to 8 per inch of thickness. In layman’s terms, one inch of foam is as effective as 6 to 8 inches of solid wood.
In reality, due to things like vapor trapping (foam forms a barrier), and the density of foam (it is light, but heavier than air–of course), foam can be 4 times more effective than fiberglass. If you have lived in an older, poorly insulated home, you know that heating and cooling bills can really get out of control with a poor insulation. This is just one final cost factor which should be considered when you’re comparing an insulated roof like SPF with other roofing materials, like EPDM, Single Ply, or BUR, with no insulation.
Foam roofing is a great choice here in Arizona for covering a flat roof due to its great insulating factors and its great looks. If you need help deciding whether a foam roof is right for you, please give us, Mikku and Sons Roofing LLC, a call at 623-465-1068. We’re a foam roofing installation contractor and can lay out all your options, helping you choose the one that fits your budget and your property.
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Polyurethane spray foam roofing has been used for a long time, but has recently become much more popular. If your old roof needs to be replaced, switching to foam could make sense in a lot of ways. Here are five strong reasons why foam roofs are a good choice.
1 – Provides a Very Tight, Waterproof Seal
Foam roofs don’t have seams, and form a tight, even seal around vents, pipes and chimneys, which provides a sturdy, waterproof seal that reduces the odds of moisture getting into seams and between cracks in openings. Because of this, one of the most important foam roof advantages is the fact that it provides better leak protection than other roofing. Foam also doesn’t contract and expand over time, which means the tight seal won’t break either.
2 – Better Insulation Quality
Spray foam is an excellent insulator that can greatly lower your heating and cooling expenses. Since it has no seams, heat can’t easily escape from your property during the winter. Also, because this roofing material is white means it will stay cooler in the summer too.
Foam also insulates well against outside noise, which means your home will be mare quiet and calm inside after having Mikku and Sons Roofing add this material to the surface of your roof. This is a big advantage if you live in a highly trafficed area or, if maybe you currently have a metal roof, which transmits a lot of sound.
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3 – Durability
Foam roofs don’t ever wear out, provided you are maintaining it correctly. Ideally, the roof should be re-coated after five years to keep it in top shape. After the first re-coating, you’ll only need to have this service repeated once every twenty years. As long as you follow the recommended maintenance routine, you shouldn’t have any problems with your roof at all.
Not only do foam roofs last longer than other roofing systems, but they are also rugged and sturdy enough to walk on. Which means you won’t have to worry about safety whenever it’s time to clean the roof or have someone perform repairs.
4 – Its Environmentally Friendly
Spray foam can be installed directly over the top of other roofing materials, which could mean eliminating the need to rip them off the roof and dispose of them in a landfill. Also, since foam roofs last so long, you won’t have to worry about adding to landfill waste at a later time either. And, one last thing regarding the environment, the foam used in foam roofing is non-toxic and doesn’t produce any harmful fumes, making it safe to be inside using your your home while the work is going on up on the roof.
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5 – Its More Attractive
Your roof shouldn’t be just for protection, but also add to the beauty and curb appeal of your property as well. Foam roofs are attractive, and work well with homes of all styles and construction types. White foam matches well with any exterior siding, but, you can also have foam tinted beige, tan or light gray if that would match your property better. One big advantage of white foam, however, is the fact that it doesn’t fade when exposed to UV rays, so your roof will continue to look like new much longer than tinted ones.
At Mikku and Sons Roofing, we would like to point out to you that there are many other foam roof advantages in addition to the ones we’ve listed here. To find out more about them, give us a call at (623) 465-1068 or request an estimate through our website today.
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If you have a foam roof, you have the best type of flat roof your property could have. They have a lot of great advantages:
1 – It has a tight waterproof seal
2 – It has superior Insulation qualities
3 – Its very durable
4 – Its environmentally friendly
5 – Its attractive
More than likely it was this list of advantages that convinced you to choose a foam roof originally. But, just like any other type of roof, foam roofs also need to be properly maintained.
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These tips for should make this an easier task for property owners:
Make Sure to Keep it Clean
Every roof needs to be kept clean, so this should go without saying. Every year, you should go up and take a look for yourself to see whether any obvious maintenance is needed. If you can, though, you should go up on your roof once every season just to be careful. It’s also a good idea to check the roof after any major monsoon storm, just to make sure nothing got blown on top of it or damaged anything. The good news is that the cleaning can probably be done by you yourself. Clearing bird’s nests, leaves, tree branches and other debris can easily be done by hand and will help protect your foam roof.
One thing a foam roof won’t attract is pests like rodents and insects, so you won’t have to worry that cleaning it also means you’ll have to deal with these little nuisances.
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Check for Color and Texture Issues
When you’re up on your roof, check to see if any areas look like they’re beginning to get discolored discolored. You should also check the texture. This is why you want to do more than just cleaning to properly maintain your foam roof. You should walk over the whole structure to make sure it still has a texture that looks something like an orange peel. Anything else should make you concerned. Typical problem signs are textures that might resemble popcorn of scrambled eggs, strangely enough. Either one is probably a sure indication that your foam roof has been damaged in some way.
Obviously, if you notice that the roof is being exposed in any way or its showing signs of deterioration beyond the texture issues we just spoke about, you definitely have a problem.
Remove Any Objects You Don’t Need
Some property owners put furniture and other such things on the surface of their foam roof. While this might be a good way to take in a view, keep in mind that these unnecessary items could also damage the very material you’re depending on to keep your property watertight. Putting it bluntly, the less you use the roof as a platform, the less the foam is likely to need expensive repairs or more than normal maintenance.
Don’t Re-coat the Roof Yourself
Foam roof maintenance is something that can be handled by the property owner, but re-coating the roof most definitely is not. The process may look simple and easy, but it involves a specific and critical form of cleaning using the correct materials in specified amounts. If you decide to try re-coating the roof on your own, you’’re going be inviting more expensive problems in the future. You should leave repairs and re-coating to qualified professional flat roofing contractors.
Far a certified, professional foam roofing contractor, call Mikku and Sons Roofing and Repair at (623) 465-1068 for a free estimate on any of your foam roofing needs.