Considering Foam Roofing? Make Sure You Know The Truth

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Spray foam roofs have been around for decades, but they're becoming increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to an increased interest in energy efficiency and sustainable building materials. The insulating effects of spray foam really can help keep energy bills down. However, a  lot of other facts that you think you know about foam roofs may be false. Before you have a foam roof installed, it's important that you know the truth.

You can walk on a spray foam roof.

Many people fear that they won't be able to walk on a spray foam roof to make repairs. Won't your show just go right through the foam? Luckily, this is a myth – you can walk on a spray foam roof as long as you wear shoes with soft soles that won't puncture the foam. Hopefully you didn't have plans of walking on the roof in high heels, anyways!

Spray foam roofs will last at least 20 years.

Don't shy away from spray foam because you're concerned about durability. It will actually last just as long as traditional asphalt roofing materials. If you live in an area with a mild climate, your roof may even last 50 years. Spray foam is made from a material called polyurethane, which is so tough that it's also used to make shoe soles and carpet padding.

Spray foam roofs do not present any health hazards.

It's a common myth that spray foam releases toxic compounds into indoor air. Thankfully, this myth is not true. Once spray foam is cured (which only takes a few days) it is chemically inert and does not release any compounds, toxic or otherwise, into the air. Follow your contractor's instructions to stay out of the building for a couple of days after the roof is installed, and you'll be just fine.

Your spray foam roof will repel water.

When most people think of foam, they think of an absorbent material. Thus, many people assume that a spray foam roof will absorb water, leading to issues like mold and rot. Spray foam is not like other kinds of foam. It has natural water-repelling properties and does not absorb even the slightest amount of moisture.

If you're looking for a way to make your building greener and more energy-efficient, a spray foam roof is a great choice. Don't let common myths about this style of roofing dissuade you. It's incredibly safe and efficient, and it will last for decades. Contact professionals, such as those from P Cooper Roofing, for any further assistance.

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