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Sprayed On Polyurethane

If you’re looking for an affordable Energy Efficient Roof, Sprayed On Polyurethane or Foam Roofing is one very good option.

You can see Foam Roofing on both residential and commercial buildings. It is used most often on flat and low-sloped roofs where the roof is a bit hidden. It is possible to put it on a sloped roof, however, most people choose not to because of how it looks. Foam is certainly Energy Efficient but not necessarily the most attractive.


The material comes in two components that are put together right before application and sprayed on to the roof. Then usually an elastomeric coating is put over the top of the foam which provides protection from the sun and its harmful Ultra Violet rays.

Like any type of roofing, Polyurethane Spray Foam has its advantages and disadvantages that you will want to consider before deciding which roofing is right for you.

Advantages of Sprayed On Polyurethane:

Energy Efficient
This is what it’s all about! Foam roofing will save energy and money.

Much lighter than most other roofing.

Less Expensive Than Other Energy Efficient Roofing
If you’re looking for a more affordable roof, take a look at polyurethane spray foam.

No Seams Which is Where Most Leaks Occur
Because foam roofing is sprayed on, there are no seams. No seams means the roof is less likely to develop leaks.

Available In a Variety of Colors
If you have a strict Home Owners Association, you may still be able to findpolyurethane spray foam in an acceptable color.

Available in Energy Star

Disadvantages of Sprayed On Polyurethane:

Less Attractive Than Some Other Roofing
A properly applied foam roof should look nice and smooth, but still, there is nothing especially decorative to it. Many people prefer the look of tile or shingles but these types of roofing are not as Energy Efficient.

Not As Long Lasting
A properly applied foam roof can last 15 years, which is still quite a long time.

Requires Some Maintenance
As the top coat wears, the roof will need to be recoated.

Birds Sometimes Peck Holes in Foam
We’ve heard this from quite a few people. It could be that the birds are looking for nesting material or insects. Because the foam is softer, birds’ beaks can create holes.

Can Cause Overspray
Like painting, if the applicator is not careful, close objects may get sprayed. If you work with an experienced company, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Choosing the Right Energy Efficient Roofing

Our Energy Efficient Roof Page and free Checklist For Buying New Roofing have more information on getting estimates and then choosing the best roof for you. If you’re not sure that Foam Roofing is right for your home, you can also find out about different types of Energy Efficient Roofing options such as Metal Roofing.

A New Roof is a major home improvement and investment so it’s important to do some research in order to choose the best option for your home and family: one that will keep you safe and comfortable for years to come.

Updated: November 6, 2013 — 11:33 pm

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