Foam roofing takes skill and requires a seasoned and professional installer to ensure the roofing membrane is prepared properly and that the foam is sprayed in a consistent and uniform manner. Spraying in swales and proper pitch is important for water shedding. A quality foam roof takes skill which requires practice. Don’t allow someone to practice on your roof. Always use a licensed roofing contractor, like Axis Roofing. We proudly serve Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler & Mesa, AZ. Click here to contact us today to get your foam roofing project started!
What are the typical concerns or problems with foam roofing?
Poor preparation and installation of the foam roofing material
Too much moisture in the roof or in the spray foam mixture when applying the foam to the roof
Foam blisters and fractures
Foam thickness inadequate
Poor water shedding capability
Mechanical damage caused by dropping tools or objects puncturing the foam membrane
Birds or other animals pecking on exposed foam
Lack of elastomeric coating, quality of the coating, and lack of routinely coating the foam roofing
Lack of maintenance and cleaning debris off the foam roofing
Sunshine, water, and debris are natural enemies of the foam roof.
What are the advantages of a foam roof?
A foam roof can be a great roofing system if installed properly and professionally. Maintenance is the key to your foam roof and its longevity. Your foam roof could last 30 to 40 years if properly maintained.
There are no seams or joints which eliminated water leaks unlike your traditional roofing materials.
It is flexible. Foam roofing can be sprayed onto almost any surface.
Light weight at only 50 lbs. per square. Foam roofing is much lighter than traditional roofing materials.
Thermal insulation value at an R-value of 6.6 per 1 inch of thickness.
Foam roofing has been proven to be long lasting, dependable, and affordable.
How do you inspect a foam roof?
Yes, you can walk on a foam roof with no problem. Make sure the roof is clean and free of debris to ensure you can perform a proper inspection. Use a moisture meter if and when needed.
Determine the condition of the elastomeric coating and its thickness.
Inspect the foam roofing for hail damage or wind driven debris damage.
Look for blisters and any delaminated areas in the coating.
Look for water stains, ponding water and the overall shedding ability of water off of the foam roofing.
Are areas of the foam exposed with a color of yellow/orange indication foam exposure.
Look for cracks, splits, or dents in the foam.
Confirm all flashings and terminations are sealed properly.
Look at roof mounted mechanicals such as ac units and heat pumps.
Take a core sample of the foam roof when needed to determine its thickness.
If scupper drains are present are they clear of debris and draining properly.
How do you repair foam roofs?
Foam roofing costs can vary due to many circumstances but on average a new foam roof installation would cost between $2.00 and $3.50 a square foot. Foam roofing repairs is difficult to estimate as all repairs are different in scope and time to complete the repair. Give us a call at Phoenix roofing and remodeling and we’d be happy to give you a free estimate.
Photos of Foam Roofs and Some Common Defects