Why are Florida business owners like yourself concerned about the adverse effects that moisture can have upon their business? First and most obvious is a concern for protecting your products and equipment from being damaged by moisture. Second is the time and bother of arranging to fix to a leaking roof. Worrying about whether every storm will be another logistical headache. Third is protecting the professional image of your business. A leaking roof and the odors of mold and mildew give the perception that your business chose to be located in a second-rate facility.
Polyurethane spray foam is a unique type of plastic. It has low density and weight, yet it provides excellent moisture protection. As a result, Spray Foam is the only product that FEMA recognizes as water proof! Closed cell spray foam is the only FEMA endorsed flood resistant insulation.
A properly applied spray foam roof will protect your roof against moisture penetration in 5 ways:
At AFU, sealing your roof from moisture is our first concern. We make sure your waterproof spray foam roofing system is applied correctly, the first time, so you are free to focus your time and energies on growing your business.
Spray foam is 96% effective insulation vs. 36% effective for the open cell insulation that is loosely sprayed into attic spaces. If energy conservation and reduced heating/cooling bills are important you, then a properly applied spray foam roofing system is the most energy efficient roofing system available. Another green aspect of a spray foam roofing system is that it often reduces landfill when the existing roof does not need to be torn off. That means no ugly garbage chute or garbage bin on your property during the application of your new roof.
More specifically, spray foam roofing and insulation are environmentally friendly because:
In Florida, business owners are concerned about the adverse effects on their building of high winds during major storms. The industry term for this is “lift”. Due to one entire monolithic seamless design. The closed cell spray foam adds structural strength by “glueing” a building together. That makes your building more resistant to racking events, such as hurricanes and high winds.
Multiple studies have shown that when Spray Foam is applied to the interior of the roof and to the interior walls of a structure, it can significantly increase the strength of that structure against high winds. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) examined buildings in Pascagoula, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. They found that buildings with spray foam kept the roofs intact and prevented moisture from entering the roofs of the buildings.
Because spray foam expands upon application, it adheres tightly to the prepared roofing surface. Other benefits of this tight adhesion are:
A spray foam roof only needs one coat in most cases. Because it is lightweight, often there is no need to tear out old surface. The reduced time in applying your spray foam roof means minimizing interruptions to your business.
Spray foam roofing is an economical choice is in both the short term and even more so in the long term. Every roofing situation is different because the costs of preparing the roof can vary: repairing leaks, venting or flashings. That as a given, Spray foam roofs start around $4.00 to $5.00 per square foot installed, but as mentioned above, they can cost as much as $6.00 to $7.00 per square foot.
The true cost comparison doesn’t end with the initial dollar amount. With the energy savings on your monthly heating and cooling bills, the return on investment with 3 lb. density foam is often less than five years. An additional factor that may decrease the time of your return on investment are energy incentives that may be available from your local power company.
Any type of roofing system needs maintenance. A properly applied spray foam roof is easily and economically maintained by re-coating every 10 – 15 years, depending on the type and thickness of coating used and factors specific to the roof (such as wind erosion effects, hail, foot traffic, abuse, etc.). By properly recoating the surface, your spray foam roof will last 30 years and longer. Eliminating the need for roof replacement every ten to fifteen years will save you significant money over the lifetime of your spray foam roof!
We offer 10, 15 and 20-year non-prorated warranties the roofing system, not just the materials. Many roofing companies imply their roof has a 10- or 20-year system warranty when in fact, they as a roofing contractor are responsible for their labor for 2 years or less! Please see the warranties section on the “Red Flags” page on this website for more details on misleading warranty claims.
Since you read this far, you may ask, is there a catch with spray foam roofing? The answer is yes. The catch is in the application of the spray foam. Spray foam roofing, like any other type of roofing, must be applied correctly. The surface must be clean, dry, and free of contaminants like oil.
Once the spray foam is properly applied, a protective top coat is applied on top of it. The spray foam is waterproof, but must be protected from the UV rays of the sun. The protective top coat must be able to stretch with the foam during the heat of the day. It must also be tough enough to withstand weather conditions and foot traffic.
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