Does Foam Roofing Make Sense For Your Home?

Foam roofing has been used for large industrial buildings, hospitals, and schools for several decades. However, this material is gaining new appreciation by homeowners looking to make their homes more energy-efficient and waterproof. If you're in the market for a new roof, take a little time to learn about this low-maintenance and energy-saving material.

What is foam roofing?

Foam roofing, unlike most other types of roofing, is blown into place using a high-powered extruder. The contractor first builds a frame and the polyurethane foam roofing is blown in to fill that frame. Like the foam insulation that comes in a spray can, this material expands when it mixes with the atmosphere, creating a smooth, seamless surface.

Benefits of choosing foam roof for your home

  1. It's completely waterproof. A foam roof has no seams where water can enter your home, like metal, asphalt shingle or cedar shingle roofs do. You never have to worry during a rainstorm with a foam roof. Foam roofing also eliminates the need for separate flashing material around chimneys or where different parts of the roof come together.
  2. It adds good insulation to the top of your home. Foam roofing adds an extra layer of insulation to the top of your home. This material has an R (insulation) value of up to 7, the highest type of insulation on the market.
  3. It requires little maintenance. A foam roof requires very little maintenance. You don't have to worry about shingles warping or splitting or blowing off in a wind storm. All you have to do to keep your foam roof looking sharp is to renew the very top layer of the coating every few years.
  4. It helps to save energy (and energy dollars). A foam roof is energy-efficient in a number of ways. In addition to its natural insulating properties, this type of roof automatically seals any gaps you might have between the roof line and the eaves and around chimneys and vents. What's more, a foam roof doesn't absorb the sun's heat as an asphalt shingle roof can, allowing your cooling system to work more efficiently during the hot weather months.

While foam roofing may not be the right choice for every home and every homeowner, this type of roof is water and air-tight, needs very little maintenance and can help reduce both your energy usage and your energy bills. It's certainly worth considering. Talk to a foam roof residential expert for more information.