Sometimes, it pays not to follow the crowd. This is especially true when it comes to residential roofing. So many homeowners are still opting for asphalt shingles, and while there is nothing inherently wrong with them, there are certainly newer, alternative roofing materials that can do a better job. One of these materials is spray foam roofing. Keep reading for a closer look at this option.
What is spray foam roofing?
You've probably seen spray foam before. You can buy a version of it in cans at the hardware store. This type is usually used as insulation around doors and windows. Perhaps you have also had spray foam applied to your attic or within your walls as an insulator. Spray foam roofing is not too different. The foam is just denser and has closed cells, so it does not absorb water.
Spray foam roofing starts off as two liquid components. Each component comes in a plastic drum. Your roofing contractor uses a special application tool that combines the liquids and sprays them onto your roof. When they come into contact with each other and the air, the substances expand into a dense foam that binds tightly to your roof's underlayment and forms a roof.
What are the benefits of spray foam roofing?
Spray foam roofing is really energy-efficient. It will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which will save you a bundle on energy costs. Spray foam roofing is also quite easy for roofing contractors to apply. They do not need to haul heavy shingles onto the roof, deal with sharp nails, or worry about flashing around vents since the spray foam seals completely around chimneys and other roof projections.
How long does spray foam roofing last?
The answer to this question is a little complicated. On one hand, spray foam roofing could be said to last forever, since you will never need to have the roof torn off and replaced. On the other hand, the roof does need to be maintained every couple of years. Areas where the foam is peeling will need to be patched up. This only takes an hour or two and does not cost nearly as much as having your home re-roofed.
As you can see, spray foam roofing is an efficient, affordable option. Contact a residential roofing contractor in your area to learn more about this bold new choice.