The Benefits of Spray Foam Roofing

foam roofingHaving been around in the United States since the 1960s, spray foam roofing has emerged as a popular, energy-saving roofing solution for many building owners. Particularly, they have been of great value to building owners who had built-up roofing systems (BUR systems) or single-ply roof systems.

However, despite its reputation for being the leading commercial roof system on the market today, this roofing is regarded with suspicion by many building owners. That is understandable, given documented cases in which roof contractors failed to properly prep a rooftop for proper spray foam application. There are also cases in which another contractor-related problem arises: the roof contractor sometimes incorrectly applies the spray foam roof system’s surfacing layer, an elastomeric roof coating. For example, one of the most common improper applications of this roof system layer is the inconsistent application of the roof coating, or the application of it at differing levels of thickness across a rooftop.

Despite these troubles, we turn today to a notable case study (link) that shows the efficacy and benefits of this well-performing roof system.

Spray Foam Roofing in Action: Texas A&M University Case Study

One of the most well-known universities in the south, Texas A&M University is also one of the most recognizable institutions to benefit from this system. As of today, the university campus has over 7 million square feet of spray foam roofing. Back in the 1970s, the university had grown dissatisfied with the poor performances of their traditional tar and gravel BUR systems. These roofs were experiencing constant leaks after an average of 5 years of servicing. Additionally, the leak sources had proven excessively difficult to locate on each occasion of roof servicing. To quell this ongoing, costly headache, the university’s physical plant team began searching for answers.

That is when the physical plant team turned to spray foam systems; these systems stood out on account of their energy efficiency, easy installation, long life expectancy, and cost-efficiency. The systems were then installed over a number of buildings to stop the leaky troubles and expenses.

Almost 10 years later, efforts were taken to track the spray foam systems’ energy efficiency on 27 different on-campus buildings. The results were noteworthy, as they showed the university was able to recoup all costs of the roofing application through energy savings in an average of 4.5 years.

Building on the success stories of the spray foam applications over the BUR systems, Texas A&M University then had spray foam systems applied to its metal roofs. To this day, the university notes that the treated BUR roofs require little maintenance and upkeep and are still providing seamless, trouble-free protection. As for the treated metal roofs, on which the spray foam applications were done about 10 to 15 years ago, the university says these roofs perform as well as they did on their day of installation.

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Noting the impressive track record of Texas A&M University’s spray foam systems, we now consider the efficacy of Conklin’s own line of spray polyurethane foam roofing (SPF roofing). Putting it shortly, Conklin SPF roofing stands out from other roofing materials on multiple accounts:

  • Up to 30% cost savings on annual cooling costs
  • Huge energy savings in heating and cooling year-round
  • Industry’s only 18-year non-prorated warranty
  • Spray foam’s energy-saving properties backed by premium-grade elastomeric coating
  • Resistance against hurricane-force winds, bad hail, and other natural disasters
  • Savings on avoided roof replacement costs
  • Best roofing protection on the marketplace
  • Greatly reduced sound transmission

Should you be interested in discussing how a Conklin SPF roof system can save you money and trouble, please call us today at 800-670-5583.

Contractors who want to learn proper application and purchase the necessary equipment should reach out to our partner Intech Equipment & Supply at 706-474-1657. They are one of the premier spray foam equipment providers in the United States with 6 full-service branches across the country. Mention Choice Roof Contractor Group for special discounted pricing.

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Written by: Ian Myers
Ian Myers
Ian was the very first team member brought on by the original co-founders of the Choice Roof Contractor Group to assist with nationwide growth. Since then he has written 120+ blog posts and provided excellent support to the roofing contractors in the group. Through his multiple roles in the commercial roofing industry, he has gained tremendous knowledge in the sector.