Don’t let your commercial flat roof become a pond! Most flat roofing options settle in time. They’re designed to be flat, but weather and age create dips that collect water. We all know that standing water can cause serious problems, especially if it’s allowed to collect in areas that are prone to leaks. Today we’re going to talk about the big differences between standard flat roofing and spray foam roofing, or SPF.
Other Flat Roofing Products vs. Spray Foam Roofing for Commercial Applications
Several products, including bitumen, thermoplastic olefin (TPO), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have been around for more than 30 years in the flat roofing game. Those products are generally applied in a single layer with seams that eventually allow water to penetrate and become leaks. SPF is sprayed into place. There are no seams or cracks when the process is complete. We follow up with a white topcoat that protects the foam from the sun’s UV rays and help add insulation value to the SPF roofing material.
Isn’t SPF Flat? How Does it Help Solve Other Flat Roof Problems?
SPF does appear to be a flat roof like many other types of flat roofing. Remember that water takes the path of least resistance. The other products we mentioned above give under pressure and weather changes over time. Dips form and water collects; it’s just the natural process of the lifespan of these products. SPF doesn’t give under the same pressure. The surface remains flat and is designed to move water toward the guttering where it is safely shed from the roof.
Is it Time to Replace Your Flat Roof?
10-15 years is the typical lifespan for most flat roof systems. An SPF roofing system will last up to 30 years with a proper inspection and maintenance schedule in place. Inspection is fairly simple. You just need to walk the area of the roof twice per year, making notes of any cracks or potential issues along the way. Our contractors can perform the inspection for you or with you if you’re unsure of what issues may be present.
Will a Spray Foam Roof Save You Money?
That depends on the type of roof you currently have and the amount of money you currently spend on repairs. If you’re spending $600 to $1,000 every few months on repairs, then yes, new roofing is on the horizon. If your existing roof is more than 10-15 years old, then yes, it may be time to start looking at other options.
Give Us a Call to Discuss Foam Roofing for Your Commercial Building
We’re more than happy to discuss your foam roofing needs. Give us a call and we’ll schedule an appointment to take a look at your existing roofing to see how we can help you. You can find a Conklin Foam Contractor near you here.