7 Common Problems & Solutions of SPF Roofing
As Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofing becomes more popular for commercial roofing, the benefits of installing a spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing system, rather than another roof type, are numerous in terms of installation, performance, cost, and longevity.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Roofing Systems are:
- Energy Efficient
- Environmentally Friendly
- Easy to Install
West Roofing Systems has installed all types of roofing, and none of them are without problems. Our Maintenance and Repair Service (M.a.R.S.) team follows up with our customers to keep their roofing systems in tip top shape.
These are a few common problems we see with SPF Roofing and how you can solve them:
1. Limited Installation Window
SPF Roofing is a spray installation, this application technique means that the SPF needs to be installed in specific weather conditions. The best weather conditions are warm and dry with minimal wind.
This means that you are at the mercy of Mother Nature to get your roof repaired or installed.
Solution: Contact your contractor before your area’s roofing season, that way you can schedule your installation early, and you have plenty of time to reschedule if the weather changes.
2. Finding the Right Contractor
As foam roofing gains popularity with commercial property, you want to make sure you find a reputable contractor. Unlike traditional roofing, installing an SPF roof requires knowledge of the chemicals and application techniques. Installation requires a high degree of technical expertise and experience.
Solution: Check to see if your potential contractors are certified and take part in industry organizations. The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has an ISO-17024 compliant certification program that has multiple levels, requires the contractor to pass an exam and meet the criteria for a certification. You can find a database of certified contractors online.
3. Overspray Potential
The spray application of SPF roofing means that the wind could carry to spray onto cars and other surfaces. While this does not pose a health concern, it is a concern for surrounding property.
Solution: There are multiple ways to prevent this from happening. Have a discussion with your contractor to ensure that they utilize industry best practices to prevent overspray. If it does happen, your contractor should cover cleanup costs.
4. Upfront Costs
For an average 20,000 sq. foot commercial roof, it will usually cost between $4.00 and $7.00 per square foot in materials and labor to install a typical SPF roofing system. Compared to other flat roofing systems, this upfront cost can be higher.
Solution: An SPF roof pays for itself quickly with energy savings and longevity of the roof. You can work with your contractor to calculate potential energy savings to make sure you installed the right thickness of SPF.
SPF roofing systems should be regularly inspected whether there is known damage or not–especially after severe weather events that could cause damage, such as hail storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Punctures and damage should be caught early to prevent leaking into the facility.
Solution: Most contractors have maintenance plans and warranties to keep your roofing system in decent shape. West Roofing System’s M.a.R.S. Program offers multiple packages to fit your needs.
SPF does not have as high of resistance to punctures or damage. An SPF roof has a top layer of silicone; in the event of severe weather, there is a chance for the roof to suffer from a puncture. Usually, this kind of damage can be found with regular inspections before leaking occurs.
Solution: You can contact your contractor for a repair. The repair needs to be made with silicone because conventional roofing repair materials do not adhere to the silicone coating. It’s best to keep up your roof warranty so that it will be covered.
7. Expired Warranty
When you install a new roofing system, its best to purchase a warranty. Most manufacturer warranties require the contractor to perform repairs for the first few years after the install.
Solution: With SPF roofing, you can renew your warranty by restoring your roof with a new coat of silicone.
No roofing system is immune to needing repairs, that’s why it’s important to keep up your warranty and work with contractors that you trust. Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing Systems are becoming the go-to roofing for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities that are looking for a sustainable, economically efficient option.
At West Roofing Systems, our goal is to get you a long lasting, durable roof that will protect your facility. That includes working with our award-winning team to choose the best roofing systems to meet your needs.
Author: Rufus West
Rufus West is a commercial roofing expert! You may see him on the West Roofing website and also on the West Roofing social media pages, giving fun facts and tips about the company and roofing industry.
Just like West Roofing System’s roof solutions, he isn’t bothered by water—it simply rolls off of his back!