Overcome Your Flat Roof Problems With Foam Roofing

Do you need to replace the roof of your home? Does your home have a flat or low-sloped roof? If your answer to these questions is affirmative, then you really should consider replacing your existing built-up roofing (BUR) system (e.g. tar and gravel) with Armstrong’s spray foam roofing to avoid common problems associated with your flat roof. Contrary to popular belief, foam roofing is neither more expensive nor less durable than BUR roofing systems. What’s more, foam roofing contractors like Armstrong Foam Roofing, with over 40 years of experience, can provide you with properly installed roofing. Armstrong experienced foam roofing contractors install every roofing system according to manufacturer instructions, with professional and well-maintained equipment under the correct weather conditions. As a result, your foam roof can last a lifetime. Can you say the same about tar and gravel BUR roofing? 

Flat Roof Problems and How Foam Roofing Can Help Your Overcome Them

We have a large number of homes and commercial buildings with flat roofs in the San Francisco Bay Area due to our mild climate and the rarity of snowfall. Flat roofs are also easier to build, require less material, and are much more affordable than sloping roofs. Unfortunately, a flat or low-sloped roof can have a number of significant problems that need to be addressed to avoid costly roof damage and poor energy efficiency.

Ponding and Leaks

Flat roofs are notorious for ponding and leak issues. Technically, your flat roof should not be entirely flat, it should have a slight slope to allow for water to run off towards your drainage system. However, if your roof is damaged or improperly constructed, water can begin gathering into small ponds. Ponding can result in serious problems, like roof leaks, especially if water stagnates on the surface of a roof for longer than 72 hours.

Armstrong’s SPF seamless foam roofing membrane can easily and effectively fill voids, holes, and low areas to enhance drainage and increase stability. Moreover, since foam adheres and seals effectively around difficult roof features such as skylight windows or circular exhaust vents, it provides excellent water resistance. After Armstrong installs your foam roofing system, you won’t have to worry about moisture issues or a leaky roof.

Energy Efficiency 

Flat roofs may be stylish, offer easier access, and are less costly to build than pitched roofs, but they can be less energy efficient. Today, we are looking for ways to cut our heating and cooling costs. This is difficult to achieve if your flat roofing system is tar and gravel. This is because these roofs are not very good at trapping heat within the home in winter and are not very effective at reflecting the sun’s heat during the hot summer months. 

The solution to this flat roof problem is replacing your BUR roof with Armstrong’s foam roofing. We have been helping San Francisco Bay Area homeowners reduce their heating and cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 40%. This can be achieved because foam roofing is the most energy-efficient material available for flat roofs. It is, in fact, over 500% more energy efficient than BUR roofs.

Cracking Or Stretching

a tar and gravel flat roof with visible seams

A flat BUR roof with visible seams

Another one of your flat roof BUR problems is associated with the fact that it is made up of layers and joints. Over time, due to pressure, expansion, and contraction, the joints and layers begin to crack, rip and come apart. These cracks can be penetrated by moisture and biological growth which can quickly damage the structure of your roof. 

Foam roofing can help you avoid these issues since it is monolithic (i.e. one layer). The single layer of foam eliminates any issues resulting from expansion and contraction that can permit water and microbes to seep in and damage your roof.

Punctures and Tears

Flat roofs are more vulnerable to punctures and roofs are prone to punctures or tears from foot traffic and storm damage. If you have a BUR roof, these issues can cause serious damage to your roofing system, especially when they haven’t been dealt with almost immediately. 

On the other hand, if you have a puncture on a foam roof, you don’t have to worry about it affecting your roofing system. This is due to the fact that foam roofing is formed from spray polyurethane foam which is closed-cell. This means that if water or anything else enters the punctured area, it will remain there. Unlike punctures in BUR roofing, the water is not able to travel horizontally and spread throughout your roofing system. What’s more, a puncture/damage can be easily repaired since it is localized and hasn’t spread to other parts of your roofing system.  

Contact San Francisco Bay Area’s Premier Foam Roofing Contractor

Armstrong Foam Roofing has been upgrading and protecting residential and commercial roofs in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1966. For over 40 years, we have provided superior foam roofing installations that can protect the roof of your home and business with minimal maintenance. You only have to recoat it approximately every 20 years to ensure it keeps performing like new for a lifetime.  

As a local family-owned business, our most important goal has always been to provide our customers with the best possible services and products. The reason we believe foam roofing is the only roofing system you should consider for your flat roof is that it offers you excellent waterproofing and insulation in one application! We have also developed an installation process that leaves nothing to chance and ensures excellent results. We truly believe in the performance of our foam roofing, that’s why we offer you 15-year warranties

Only trust the best, that’s why you should contact the experts at Armstrong Foam Roofing. We offer a no-obligation Satellite Roof Estimate and you can also arrange a remote free consultation, either by phone at 1-887-777-1234, via computer, Skype, or by email. Along with all the virtual ways we are providing estimates, we also offer at-home (outside) estimates for your convenience. To find out more about our foam roofing systems and our installation process, contact Armstrong Foam Roofing today.

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