Two men spraying foam roofing on a flat metal roof in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Foam Roofing Advantages: The Benefits of Elastomeric Roof Coating

Do you think about foam roofing when considering options for your flat roof problems? If not, you should!

Out of all the roofing and coating combinations, foam and elastomeric roof coatings are extremely strong contenders and should seriously be taken into consideration the next time you’re in the market for new commercial roofing solutions.

Keep reading to learn all about foam roofing and the many benefits that come from having an elastomeric roof coating.  

White elastomeric roofing spray being applied by worker on Lake of the Ozarks commercial building.

What Is Foam Roofing?

For starters, it’s a spray polyurethane foam roofing system that is sprayed on as a liquid and hardens into a foam-forming a solid layer. Foam roofs are both durable and lightweight making it suitable for any climate.

The installation process includes applying a seamless layer of foam to the area, which provides the building with moisture protection. 

Foam roofing on its own, although strong, can deteriorate quickly and requires a UV protection to be applied immediately after its installation. This is where elastomeric roof coatings come into the picture. 

The elastomeric coating is 10 times thicker than paint, flexible, and waterproof. While it goes on like paint, its elastic properties make it chameleon-like allowing the roof to stretch in the heat and bounce back to its original shape without any damage. 

Are Foam Roofs Any Good?

This is actually a pretty frequently asked question. Yes, they are good. As a matter of fact, they’re so good that you can walk on them

The National Roofing Contractors Association states that foam roofing can sustain up to 50 pounds per square inch, which is significantly concentrated weight

In addition, not only can it support weight, but it’s durable enough that the pressure put on the foam from walking and normal wear and tear won’t cause any leaking. 

They are also cost-effective, in that after just five years you are guaranteed to have received a return on your investment.

Worker giving a thumbs-up while spraying elastomeric coating on a commercial roof

How Long Do They Last?

Foam roofing can last anywhere between 20-35 years with proper care and maintenance. Traditionally, the typical commercial roofing need is to remove and replace roofs after 15-20 years.

By adding an elastomeric coating over the top of your foam roof, it could allow the roof to last the lifetime of the building with regular inspections. 

Their longevity stems from many factors including: 

  • Energy efficiency – It absorbs heat from direct sunlight which means less of a need for indoor cooling. 
  • Protection – It combats weather-related issues such as snow, wind, and hail which normally wreaks havoc on roofs. 
  • Low Maintenance – Repairs can be made by simply reapplying the coating on the damaged spots only.
  • Sustainability – It reduces tear-offs, waste, and the amount of fossil fuels typically used in roofing.  

Final Points

Not only are they a good investment, but the combination of a foam roof and elastomeric coating can result in a beautiful, long-lasting building.  

So, the next time you’re searching for the best roofing option, remember what foam roofing and elastomeric roof coating produce together. The energy efficiency, protection, and low maintenance might just help you land on the best decision for your low-slope or flat roof. 

Quality over quantity should always be the goal and luckily with foam roofing and elastomeric roof coatings you don’t have to choose between the two.

Interested in roofing options for your home? Contact us for more information!

Two roofers spraying a large commercial metal roof with elastomeric coating.

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