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What type of life should I expect from a SPF roof?

The age old question most building owners want to know!

Spray Polyurethane Foam roofing systems like those from Conklin have been researched many times and have proven to be a reliable roofing solution. In 1996 and 2003 SPFs were put to the test in six different climates and weather conditions. After witnessing results on over 300 roofs, it was clear that building owners can expect their roof to last for more than 30 years. It was also discovered that their properties changed very little which caused SPF roofing systems to become a widely popular choice.


SPF roofing systems  require semi-annual check ups and inspection after events that could harm them.  For safety, it is best to inspect them after every hailstorm, tornado or high wind. SPF is easy to fix since small damages like cracks or punctures can be taken care of by applying sealant. Even severe damage is not as problematic; you have to completely remove the damaged foam and apply a new layer of SPF and elastomeric coating. Recoating should be done regularly if you want to extend foam’s life expectancy. Best interval for recoating should be every 15 years.

Modern building industry wants to provide homeowners with long lasting and durable roofing solutions that don’t exclude energy efficiency but highly promote it. The desire to combine the best of both worlds brought significant attention to SPF roofing systems.  SPF roofing systems like those from Conklin are not completely innovative. On the contrary, they have been present in the roofing industry for over 40 years. Unfortunately, there is still a lot to discover about the proper installation and maintenance of the SPF roofing.

What is spray polyurethane foam roofing?

foam-3This unique roofing solution includes the application of foam together with an elastomeric coating for protection. The elastomeric coating can vary between acrylic, silicone and polyurethane one but aggregate can be used instead. The main purpose of the coating is to prevent powerful ultraviolet rays from harming the roof.
To achieve best results, roofers have to use proper equipment. Spray gun, an inevitable tool for SPF roofing, mixes a special liquid containing two main components and is used to apply the SPF to the roof.

In a matter of second, mixed and applied liquid forms a thick and stable foam that ties firmly to the roof surface after being sprayed. Contractors opt to apply the foam in ½-inch to 1½-inch so they could form the roof as they want by building up slope or insulation. SPF is completely water resistant thanks to the closed-cell structure, however, that doesn’t protect it from the UV rays which is why the elastomeric coating is a crucial part of this roofing system.

Coatings don’t just protect your roof from Sun but also improve the visual appeal of the SPF roof, provide the roof to meet flammability demands and ensure resistance to abrasion.

Where is Spray Foam used?

High-quality adhesion is one of the most important characteristics of the spray polyurethane foam roofing systems, especially those from Conklin. They work well with a broad range of substrates like the popular concrete, metal, and wood.

People often choose the SPF solution as a recover roof considering it is very lightweight and perfect for building a slope. However, caution is always necessary when choosing a roofing solution. A professional should evaluate the condition of your roof and decide whether or not it is suitable for SPF.

Are SPF roofing systems sustainable?

What is sustainability by definition? The Oak Ridge Laboratories defined green and energy efficient roofing systems like those that are long lasting, durable, low maintenance, promise particular energy savings and guarantee less waste.

Conklin’s Spray polyurethane foam roofings completely fit this idea as they truly reduce tear offs, waste and decrease amount of the fossil fuels used in roofing.Therefore, they are fantastic for fighting pollution or global warming since they exclude ozone-harming chemicals.

When it comes to savings; SPF is as effective as it can get. SPF’s energy conservation properties have been described and bolstered by trustworthy institutions such as Ford Motor Co. And Texas A&M. Unique installation technique and consistency of the foam provides the building with an efficient insulation layer applied over thermal bridges. SPFs are usually coated with reflective layers in a light color, so they also do not absorb big amounts of heat.