While there are many ways to achieve a level of energy efficiency with your commercial roof, there's one way that may benefit you and your business more than others. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF), is a method that doesn't cost as much as a new roof and doesn't take as much time to implement as other methods.   

Keeping the Heat Out

One of the most effective ways of making your home more energy efficient is to keep the heat out. An SPF roof is one with a thermal blanket that protects your home from heat.

When the sun shines, UV rays hit your roof. As your roof grows hot, the heat pushes through into your attic. That in turn creates a pocket of heat that constantly fights against your inside temperature. Your HVAC system will work harder to keep a steady temperature.

If you don't stop this process, you will notice a sharp increase in your utility bill. Applying SPF as a roof or as an extra layer to roof will relieve your roof of the heat. Since there's typically a coating applied on top of the foam, it's possible to eliminate heat radiating down into your attic altogether.

It's this process of keeping the heat out that makes SPF energy efficient. In fact, one of the proofs of that efficiency is that it's possible to receive rebates for using it, much like other energy efficient products.

Keeping Your Older Roof

While it's possible to install a whole new SPF roofing system, it's not always necessary. Instead of discarding your old roof and sending it to take up space at a landfill, you can apply SPF over it. The SPF will bond with the substrate of your old roof, which will effectively turn it into a new roof.

One concern people have with SPF is the viability of the substance. It's important to remember that "foam" is a relative term here. Spray polyurethane foam is incredibly light but also incredibly strong. It can stand up to anything that any other roofing material can stand up to. And yes, you can walk on it.

Keeping that Repair Money with the Business

A professional can restore an SPF roof in only a short amount of time. SPF starts as a liquid mixture. That means that after the original installation, all it takes to repair the installation, if needed, is another coat over the problem area. After that, the elastomeric coating will receive some refreshing, and you're good to go.

SPF has proven itself as the roofing material of choice for many commercial buildings. However, it's not an option for all roofs. You should speak to an experienced roofing contractor about applying SPF to the roof of your property if you want to keep your current roof. Otherwise, you can inquire about a full SPF-based roofing solution. Contact a local outlet, such as Armstrong Installation Service, to see how they can best help fulfill your needs.