While it’s true that a polyurethane spray roofing system requires a professional to apply and retouch for routine maintenance, it’s not true that it’s more expensive or less durable than other roofing systems. In today’s blog post, we’re going to discuss eight popular myths you may have heard about spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing systems. Silver Creek Commercial Roofing has been a trusted spray roofing system contractor for more than 15 years and has the expertise needed to accurately and professionally apply an SPF roof and help maintain it.
Myth #1: Polyurethane Spray Roofing System is a New Technology
The first myth we’re going to dismiss is that SPF roofing is a new roofing system. Polyurethane foam was first used in the early 1960s in refrigeration and industrial insulation. In the late 1960s, they began using polyurethane foam for roofing. Some of the first foam roofs are now around 50 years old and going strong.
Myth #2: SPF Roofing Systems Are Expensive
The second myth we’re going to debunk is that polyurethane spray roofing systems are expensive. They are similar in costs to a single-ply roof. There is also little maintenance needed, except for an occasional retouch making the lifetime costs of an SPF roof affordable. They can also help businesses save on energy costs.
Myth #3: Foam Roofing is Less Durable than Other Roofing Options
Foam roofing systems have already shown us their durability over the last 50 years, making this third myth false. As discussed, the earliest foam rooms are already 50 years old and still holding up. While roofs should be inspected twice a year for damage and after damaging storms, they are a durable roofing option.
Myth #4: You’re Unable to Walk across Spray Foam Roofing Systems
Many folks believe that you can’t walk on a polyurethane spray roofing system without causing damage. However, it’s simply not true. Use some common sense, though, and don’t step on an SPF roof with heels, cleats, or spiked boots, which can cause damage.
Myth #5: Polyurethane Foam Spray is Toxic
If this myth were true, Silver Creek Commercial Roofing wouldn’t use it. Polyurethane is just altered plastic with millions of tiny trapped air bubbles. The base material is the same substance used in most refrigerators, foam mattresses, and seat cushions. It is not toxic.
Myth #6: SPF Roofing is Not Environmentally Friendly or Sustainable.
A polyurethane spray roofing system is classified as a sustainable or green roofing system, based on the definition provided by the Oak Ridge National Laboratories at the 1996 Sustainable Low-Slope Roofing Seminar, according to Buildings.com. In addition, spray foam roofing systems have:
- Zero ozone depleting potential
- Low emission of volatile organic compounds
- No CFCs
- Ultra-low global warming potential
- No waste
Myth #7: The Installation Process is Difficult
The installation process is relatively simple. At Silver Creek Commercial Roofing, we use a four-step method to install an SPF roofing system. First, we clean your existing roof, and then we apply the base layer of polyurethane spray foam. Third, we add a layer of acrylic latex for added protection. Last, we use the final layer to provide a rigid, waterproof barrier. Schedule a free on-site inspection for more information on our easy installation process with minimal business interruption.
Myth #8: SPF Roofing is not a Great Insulator
The final myth we’re going to debunk is that SPF roofing isn’t an excellent insulator. A polyurethane spray roofing system has thermal, air, and moisture barriers to providing better insulation. The acrylic top coating resists UV light, protecting the foam and reducing heat absorption. It also reduces air leakage and heat transfer, which means energy savings for your business.
Silver Creek Commercial Roofing foam systems have an average R-value of 6.5 per 1-inch applied. This is double the R-value of your typical fiberglass batt insulation.
Contact Silver Creek Commercial Roofing Today
When it comes to spray roofing systems, you can trust the professional commercial roofing contractors of Silver Creek Commercial Roofing. Our family-owned business serves the Auburn, KY, and Nashville, TN areas and has the expertise to debunk any myths you may have heard about polyurethane foam spray. It’s an excellent option for commercial buildings that provides a durable, sustainable, and energy-efficient roofing solution. Contact us today to schedule an on-site inspection to evaluate your existing roof. We specialize in restoring aging roofing systems to extend their longevity and stop leaks. Let’s get your roofing problems resolved!