Even if you haven’t lived here your entire life, you know life in the Southwest isn’t comparable to any other area of the country.
That includes the methods used to build homes and maintain them.
For example, you won’t find many other parts of the country where flat and low-slope roofs are the norm.
With so many flat roof systems, you’ll also notice a large number of homes and businesses with spray foam roofing.
It’s an excellent roofing option for flat and low-slope roofs.
If you’re considering a foam roof replacement, we know you have questions.
In today’s post, we look at 5 of the top benefits of installing a foam roof.
Take a minute and learn more about this fantastic option for a new roof or maybe you’re just replacing your old foam roof and can become reacquainted with the benefits of this style roof.
1. Durability Equals Longevity
Let’s face it—replacing a roof is a major investment in your home and one most homeowners don’t take lightly.
You want a roof to stand up to whatever the environment throws at it.
Here in the Southwest, that means extreme heat from the sun and at certain times of the year, along with heavy rains, haboobs and dust storms.
The sole purpose of your roof is to protect you and your home from the elements.
Choose a strong roof and one that offers the longest lifespan.
If you pay attention to maintenance, a foam roof should withstand Arizona’s hot climate with no problem.
The foam also withstands monsoon season moisture and the flying debris from the occasional haboob.
This isn’t the same foam you’ll find in chair and sofa cushions.
Polyurethane foam not only handles a person sitting on it—although we wonder why you’d want to—but it handles foot traffic too.
That feature will come into play when your roofing contractor performs inspections or needs to recaulk or recoat.
If you clean and recoat the roof every 5-10 years, you’ll do your part to make sure it stays in tip-top condition.
As far as weather, the material is so durable it can bear the brunt of the unique climate of the Southwest for decades to come.
Routine maintenance, the quick attention to repairs, and a high-quality roof should give you multiple decades of useful life from this type of roof.
2. R-Value and Your Foam Roof
Another thing Arizona homeowners consider when installing a new roof is insulation. Unlike our neighbors in colder climates, the focus isn’t as much on heating as it is cooling.
That said, even with the mild winters, people do still need to heat their homes.
Then, come April when temperatures begin to soar, and right on through the summer months with triple-digit heat, it’s the AC that gets a workout.
Roof insulation plays a significant role in energy efficiency.
Foam roofing makes the ideal insulator for your home and can greatly reduce cooling and heating costs.
The measurement to pay attention to when considering a foam roof is the R-value.
R-value measures how well insulation resists heat.
The higher the R-value, the more heat the insulation can resist.
Exact R-values vary depending on the manufacturer, but most foam roofs have an R-value of between 6.2 and 6.5.
Choose a foam roof and you’ll invest in a roofing solution that uses less material and gives you more heat resistance than any other roofing insulation available.
Most spray foam roofs pay for themselves in roughly 5-8 years based on energy savings alone.
3. Fire-Resistant and Waterproof
If you have one, you certainly need the other—just not on your roof.
Two features of foam roofs make them waterproof.
First, they’re seamless making it nearly impossible for moisture to seep through to the roof deck.
Second, the foam material seals tight around roof vents and pipes, ensuring you won’t have water damage during the heavy storms of the monsoon season.
Another benefit you and your city code enforcement professional will appreciate focuses on fire-resistance.
Notice we said fire-resistance, not fireproof.
All homes are susceptible to fire but homes in the Southwest face unique danger due to the climate and the risk of wildfires.
The roof is a prime target because of wildfire embers. Even lightning strikes can ignite a fire on the roof.
Polyurethane foam creates a protective barrier against fire, no matter the origin.
Manufactured with fire retardants, this type of roofing material limits your fire risk.
It also minimizes the spread of fire should one get started.
4. The Eco-Friendly Roofing Solution
As mentioned earlier in this post, a foam roof can reduce your heating and cooling costs.
In the Arizona heat, a foam roof may lower roof temperature up to 100 degrees because it reflects the heat from the sun.
You use less energy, especially for cooling, which reduces your carbon footprint.
Another benefit of foam roofs for environmentally conscious homeowners impacts air quality.
Poor air quality contributes to poor health due to the inhalation of dust and mold.
Foam roofing materials don’t contain clumps or fibers, meaning less chance of infiltration of dust and other fine particles, including mold.
5. A Cost-Effective Roof Option
Who doesn’t want to save money on home improvement projects? Installing a foam roof may mean significant cost savings over other roofing options. Here’s why:
- Minimal Tear-Off
- Less Labor
- Less Maintenance
While you may save on the initial installation, you’ll also save on the overall costs of maintenance and roof repair.
Add in your energy savings, and a foam roof makes an excellent investment in your home.
Ready to Schedule Your Foam Roof Replacement?
As you can see, out of the many options available for a new roof, choosing foam comes with multiple benefits.
You’ll save money and at the same time, enjoy the protection of a durable, safe, energy-efficient, eco-friendly covering over your home.
If you’re ready to start your foam roof replacement project, contact us today.
We’ve taken care of roofs for thousands of people and businesses across our community. We’d love to take care of yours too!