You might have heard that foam roofing is the “new” trend for homeowners. However, foam roofing has been around since the 1950s and has only improved since then. Stapleton Roofing, your trusted local roofers, is here to clarify some of these myths. Five common myths about foam roofing are that foam roofs aren’t durable, foam roofs absorb water, birds destroy foam roofing, foam roofing is expensive, and that roofing foam is mattress material. Don’t buy a myth, learn the truth about roofing foam. You may find that a foam roof is exactly what you want for your own home, and there are some surprising benefits about foam roofing that will prove these myths wrong!
Learn the Truth About Roofing Foam
Several myths have developed about foam roofing, a relatively new development in roofing technology. Some think that foam roofs aren’t durable, or that foam roofs absorb water. Some say foam roofing is expensive, or that birds destroy foam roofing. Others think roofing foam is mattress material, and not suitable as a roof over your home.
These myths don’t portray foam roofing accurately, and it pays to learn the truth about roofing foam. You may even discover you want a foam roof for your own home! If you are looking for a great, versatile roofing material to build a new roof or make some repairs, keep in mind the benefits of foam roofing.
Some homeowners are reluctant to trust in foam roofing at first, but those who take a closer look find out what a powerful roofing solution it can be! Saving you money, time, and effort you would have spent on your roof and home with other types of roofing, foam is one of the top roofing options in terms of cost-effectiveness and functionality. Here are several misconceptions that have held homeowners back from discovering foam roofing and its advantages:
Foam Roofs aren’t Durable
Some people think foam roofs aren’t durable because of their construction purely from foam, a substance that starts out as a liquid sprayed onto a roof surface as it’s applied. The reasoning behind this assumption isn’t hard to understand; you’d think that a lightweight material like foam wouldn’t be strong enough for a roof. However, in our 30 years of roofing, we have seen that foam holds well even after many years. It also minimizes the need for constant maintenance and doesn’t require the rigid, expensive supports of other roofing materials. Being a lightweight roofing material gives it an advantage, and it can bear so much weight, some people with flat foam roofing even use their rooftops for extra storage or living space!
Birds Destroy Foam Roofing
Even if you don’t have an irrational fear of birds like many people (I particularly fear storks, and the thought of one nesting on the rooftop terrifies me), the fear that birds destroy foam roofing and damage your home more so than they will other types of roofing is a common misconception. Unless your roof becomes exposed with several holes, birds won’t even bother it, especially if the roof has been properly installed by professionals. Be sure to ask for deterrents like our Quik-Shield® Roof coating. Thankfully, foam roofing is fairly easy to maintain and clean as compared to other roofing. Birds may have a comparable effect on most other types of roofing, but you will find it easier to manage with a flat foam roof, and bird damage is usually fairly minimal for residents in the southwest.
Roofing Foam Is Mattress Material
People usually see that foam is mattress material, assume that roofing foam must be just like having a mattress on their roof, and, as a result, they often forgo installing it. However, while our material is applied as a liquid, it is incredibly strong and durable. Contractors from trusted roofing companies have walked on top of this during installation. All you need is a pair of shoes that don’t penetrate the material, and your roofers can walk over it without a problem. We don’t recommend walking across a foam roof in high heels during application (in fact, we don’t recommend walking on any roof in heels).
Foam Roofs Absorb Water
People think foam roofs absorb water, but they perform quite the opposite function as a roofing material. Rather than acting like a sponge, our foam works better as a replacement for flashing. The material is closed-cell polyurethane foam, which is one of the best insulators in the business. Once installed, it covers up all joints and seams so you don’t need to worry about leaking whatsoever. You can also get a waterproof coating applied to your roof for additional protection against moisture. Foam roofing can even be used to seal and strengthen another type of roof, keeping it weatherproof and watertight if leaks have appeared and repairs are needed.
Foam Roofing is Expensive
Because it is such a recent development, some people assume foam roofing is expensive. You might be surprised to find out that foam roofing costs about the same as asphalt. With a seamless, waterproofing quality and durable material, homeowners like you end up with a better long-term roofing material in foam roofing than even in asphalt shingles. If you are an Arizona resident, this is a great advantage for you. Foam roofing can endure the rain of monsoon season, and the maintenance it requires is also relatively inexpensive. Here’s one more bonus myth debunked: people think that it’s difficult to maintain a foam roof. However, all you need to do is to contact us for optimal coating of the foam roof. It does not need to be frequently replaced like other types of roofing, and can be simply recoated when needed for many years before its lifespan is over.
Call Stapleton Roofing today at (602) 562-4991 or (602) 833-ROOF (7663) for professional roof replacement services. You can also fill out our contact form for a free estimate. Our experts are ready to serve clients in Peoria, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and nearby areas.