Pros And Cons Of A Sprayed-On Roof For Your Commercial Building

Posted on: 25 October 2016

The first time you heard of a sprayed-on roofing system (you can choose SPF, which stands for Spray Polyurethane Foam, or a silicone option), you probably thought that it sounded like an original idea but not super reliable. However, it does have unique selling points that make it an ideal choice for certain commercial roofs, so you should consider it from all angles before simply dismissing it in favor of a type of roof that you know more about. Here are the pros and cons of this roofing type for your commercial building.

Pros

Seamlessness is a big benefit with this type of roof. Because it's sprayed on evenly over the whole surface, it doesn't have joins or overlapping shingles or any other weak spots where edges come together. Because joins and seams have prime vulnerability to leaks, this means your roof is less likely to develop leaking problems and require repairs. Another bonus is that your roof won't have overhang that can catch an updraft, which is especially important if you live in an area frequented by hurricanes, tornadoes, or other strong winds. In addition, sprayed-on roofs are eco-friendly because they're light in color, meaning that your building won't use as much energy on air conditioning. And the roof is fairly impervious; if your building isn't destroyed and you take good care of the roof, it could last indefinitely.

Cons

A high-quality sprayed-on system can actually be quite expensive, which makes sense when you realize that it's made out of a high-quality silicone material. In addition, one of the ways you're supposed to maintain your spray-coated roof is by "re-coating" it every few years, which sounds an awful lot like replacing the roofing material, doesn't it? Fortunately, the "re-coating" procedure is less invasive and much less expensive than the initial application and does not involve removing the coat of sprayed-on material that was initially applied. And while your roofing contractor may suggest that you get your roof "re-coated" after the first few years, that's just because it's important to give the roof a few years to settle in and then make sure it's in good shape for long-term use. After the first re-coating you probably won't need to worry about re-coatings more than once a decade or so.

These pros and cons show some of the ways that sprayed-on roofing systems are different from conventionally applied roofing materials. Although spray-coated roofing isn't for everyone, it's an exciting new paradigm that can change how you think about your commercial roofing systems. For more information, contact a company like East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC.

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