3 Common Misconceptions About Using Spray Foam Roofing

When you own a roof that's flat or has a very low slope, spray foam roofing will be a great choice to give your building protection. However, many people have misconceptions about using spray foam roofing material that may cause them not to use it. Here are three of those misconceptions that you should know more about.

Misconception 1: Spray Foam Is A Poor Insulator

Since people are very familiar with traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingles, they may assume that these materials are the best for protecting a roof. The idea of spray foam may seem like a poor choice simply because of the name, causing people to think it doesn't provide great insulation.

The truth is that spray foam has a very high R-value when compared to other types of roofing material, which gives it excellent thermal resistance. This is because the material doesn't have a seam in it where cold air or moisture can get through to the roof deck.

Misconception 2: Spray Foam Is Very Expensive to Install

When looking into different roofing materials, it is normal to think that anything that sounds new and different is going to be more expensive than a traditional material. This is not true when it comes to spray foam roofing, which is very comparable in cost to materials like wood. That's because the installation of spray foam will be very simple with there being no need to haul heavy roofing materials onto a roof to get the job done. While the material itself may cost more, it balances out with lower labor costs by not pounding a ton of nails into the roof.

Misconception 3: Spray Foam Isn't Very Durable

You may have concerns about how long the spray foam material will last on a roof, with the misconception that spray foam will need premature replacement due to it being foam. One benefit of using spray foam roofing material is how long the material lasts, which can be about 30 years. Spray foam is capable of lasting so long because the foam bonds with the roof rather than simply being secured to it. There is less of a chance that the roofing material will get ripped off the roof due to strong winds or for water to find a way underneath it.

Still not convinced that you could benefit from using spray foam? Contact a local residential roofing contractor for more info.