Posted on: 25 March 2018
If you have a flat roof and need to replace the outer material, you need to choose a smart product. Flat roofs have to handle standing water, which can be very problematic if you don't have a waterproof material. This article explains what type of product you should look for if you are shopping for a flat roof waterproofing material, and why spray foam is a great modern choice.
Function over Aesthetics
When it comes to a flat roofing material, you should probably be more concerned with function over aesthetics. Most flat roofs are hardly ever seen. Even if you do have taller buildings around yours and people will be looking out their windows and seeing the top of your roof, it isn't a big factor. Customers won't be able to see your flat roof from the ground when they are looking at your building. Most people just have asphalt, vinyl, or fiber cement on top of the roof, and these are usually painted a solid color. A solid color roof might not be very stylish, but it is going to be functional and easy to take care of.
Spray foam is a newer roofing material that is extremely cost effective. Spray foam has a few key advantages over other similar products. First of all, it is very affordable and easy to apply. Professionals can apply spray foam onto just about any flat roof. You can cover and seal existing blemishes on your roof. Spray foam finish is relatively thick while also lightweight. It provides great protection and can be applied on top of just about any type of existing roof.
The foam is applied to the roof using large pneumatic sprayers. Professional roofers generally bring a large tank of the foam mixture to each job site, allowing them to spray large areas very quickly.
Once it dries, the spray foam is a slightly rubbery but hardy surface. It will not scratch or gouge easily. Also, it is very easy to paint. Most spray foam is naturally white. Many owners don't even bother painting it because white is the most energy efficient color, especially in hot, sunny climates. However, if you do want to paint your foam finish after it dries, it is very easy to do using traditional exterior paint. Spray foam is a very no-nonsense roof waterproofing material, and it is hard to beat when it comes to practicality and affordability.Share