Foam Roofing System

We can usually avoid costly tear-offs in most cases. This is an ideal foam roofing system to restore and waterproof your commercial roof for years to come!

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Installing a spray polyurethane foam roofing system or repairing your existing SPF commercial roof has many huge benefits. With energy prices skyrocketing, every business owner is looking for ways to keep their energy costs lower. The foam roof insulation solution our contractors install will change your old roof from an energy-wasteful system into a clean “green” roofing system that will help keep energy costs down. In fact, the spray polyurethane foam roofing system can pay for itself in energy savings within seven years!

Sprayed polyurethane foam roofing systems have been engineered to provide a superior energy-efficient, long-lasting roof for any building. Foam roofing offers excellent insulation value and a smooth, durable, seam-free barrier against the elements when coated with Conklin coating systems. Foam is so lightweight – about eight ounces per square foot – it can be applied over most existing roof systems without exceeding the structural load capacity. Yet it’s amazingly strong, easily withstanding light foot traffic and other weight requirements. SPF has a long history in the roofing and coatings market, where SPF roofs have recorded service lives in excess of 40 years, performing in spite of nature’s highly destructive elements.

Conklin’s foam roofing systems have met the most stringent requirements for a variety of industry groups, such as Factory Mutual, Underwriters’ Laboratories, and are recognized by the International Conference of Building Officials. No matter what system you choose, Conklin and White Roofing Systems has you covered for years to come.

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Things You Need to Know About Sprayed Foam Roofing!

People have been using sprayed polyurethane foam for over 40 years as a roofing solution. Even though many scientists doubted it, the foam has proven to be a reliable, durable, and relatively cheap roofing and insulation material. Numerous studies showed the quality of this material, and nowadays, you can find 30-year-old foam roofs in perfect condition. And we believe they will continue to serve their purpose for many years to come.

What is Sprayed Polyurethane Foam

People have been using sprayed polyurethane foam for over 40 years as a roofing solution. Even though many scientists doubted it, the foam has proven to be a reliable, durable, and relatively cheap roofing and insulation material. Numerous studies showed the quality of this material, and nowadays, you can find 30-year-old foam roofs in perfect condition. And we believe they will continue to serve their purpose for many years to come.

Why is Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Better than Traditional Roofing Options?

There is a whole list of reasons why SPF is better in comparison to regular roofing materials. Here is a short summary:

The role of sprayed polyurethane foam in insulation

SPF had an R-value of 7.14 per thickness of 1 inch. This means that the thermal resistance is higher even when there is only a small amount of material used. While traditional roofing systems can often slip energy and waste it, foam roofing saves 30 % more energy. Because of the energy savings, you will be able to recover a starting expense in just five years or even less.

Where is SPF Used

As we said, sprayed polyurethane foam can be used on all kinds of surfaces. It is lightweight, easy to work with, and has amazing insulating properties. It is no wonder that it’s also used in the wine and oil industries.

How SPF Deals With Water

Sprayed Polyurethane Foam represents a perfect waterproof application. The foam is made of billions of cells, so it acts as a waterproof barrier. Moisture can’t enter any structure. Therefore, SPF blocks dew and prevents building deterioration. Even if the top coat of the roofing system gets damaged, there is still underlying foam that will prevent the moisture from coming in. New Orleans once suffered a severe hail storm in which the Superdome was damaged. Thousands of small cracks appeared in the top coat, but there was no leaking for another decade!

If your SPF roof suffers deep penetration through all the layers, it is still not a disaster. The water will be isolated only to the place where the membrane is damaged. Contractors love this roofing option because it is easy to fix, and repairs don’t compromise the quality of the entire roofing system.

Another often problem with traditional roofing systems is water ponding. The best thing about SPF is that it’s buildable. You can shape some areas to be thicker than others, so the problem of water accumulation is solved.

How Long Does a Foam Roof Last?

The lifespan of a foam roof can vary depending on various factors, such as installation quality, maintenance, and climate conditions. Generally, a well-installed and properly maintained foam roof can last between 20 to 30 years or even longer. Regular inspections, prompt repairs of any damages, and periodic recoating can help extend the lifespan of a foam roof.

Elastomeric Coatings

Sprayed Polyurethane Foam demands protection from UV lights and moisture. This is where the top coat plays a significant role. It protects and seals the foam from any damage. However, there are certain requirements for a top coat to be efficient.

Elastomeric: The coating must be elastic and able to stretch and return to its original shape. Elongation is the stretching of the top layer. This is necessary because the roof foam will expand and contract during the day, depending on the temperatures. The coat has to be able to elongate for a minimum of 100 %.

Strength: The coating has to be able to withstand the local weather conditions and any changes. Strength, especially tensile strength, is crucial. The perfect coating should not deform when force is applied to it.

Insulation Protection: The coating should protect the foam from vapor buildup, which could cause dew. Moisture vapor could weaken the insulating properties of the foam, so protection is necessary. We base the level of water permeability on the temperature and the climate that the roof is in.

A measure of the rate of movement of moisture vapor is called moisture vapor transmission. We divide ratings into two main categories. One of them is vapor retarders, and the other is breathers. Ratings are expressed in perms. So a rating of one perm means that it is a retarder. Breathers, on the other hand, allow a larger amount of moisture vapor.

Fire Safety: Based on how it passes the applicable code requirements for exterior and interior fire exposure, SPF ( both foam and the coating) can be rated Class A by ASTM E-108 or an equivalent testing method.

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A Word From Our Satisfied Clients

Anyone who has doubts whether a white roof coating makes a difference should have been in our building on a 100-degree summer day. Usually, the air conditioner struggles and it gets very hot in the shop. However, with our new white roof from Conklin, our air conditioners were cycling and customers and employees were commenting how nice it was in the building.

Roger L.

Last fall, we put on our thirteenth Conklin roof since 1983 and all are without a leak. This is a multimillion-dollar development: some of the condominiums sell for over $300,000. We can’t afford leaks. I would recommend this system to anyone with a flat roof that doesn’t want to be bothered with leaks.

Ken H.

Conklin’s spray foam roofing system minimized the messy tear-off and the high cost of material disposal at the local landfill. I’m happy with the successful roofing application and love the idea that I have the best and brightest roof in town

Tom Banks, developer of 85,000 square-foot retail shopping center and residential housing project in West Jefferson, NC

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