What Are the Benefits of Commercial Foam Roofing?

Why foam roofing is a great choice for your commercial structure

Many property owners might be unfamiliar with the term “foam roofing” and the benefits that come along with it. Formally called spray polyurethane foam roofing (SPF), this roofing system delivers a very unique combination of benefits for any commercial structure. This type of roofing is durable, lightweight and easily moldable. Unlike most competing roof membranes, foam roofing perfectly forms around pipes, vents, AC units and other roof penetrations, in a seamless and solid manner. Ideal foam roofing candidates include: office buildings, schools, hospitals, warehouses and retail stores. Let’s discuss the wide variety of its benefits below:

Leak Protection

Seams and penetrations are the main sources of leaks in roof systems, and foam eliminates this susceptibility for property owners. This roofing membrane creates a seamless and leak-proof barrier across the entire roof that both protects and helps retain indoor temperature conditions. This type of roofing doesn’t share the weaknesses of other roof systems whose seams and material layers help to hide problem areas. It’s perfect to protect commercial spaces like warehouses and retail stores from having product damaged by water.


Commercial foam roofs have cooling properties that use less energy than the average roof, and the installation process doesn’t create much waste. The materials used for SPF roofing systems are environmentally friendly by having:
• Zero Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP)
• Low in the Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS)
• Free from Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS)
• Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential (GWP)


These types of roofs deliver thermal, air and moisture barriers, helping businesses reduce energy expenses all while increasing interior comfort by cooling a building down. On top of their energy-efficient and money-saving properties, there is minimal stripping of the original roof, eliminating the need for costly roof tear-offs and surplus. To renew a commercial foam roof, all you have to do is power wash it, install new coating and granules, and you’re done. The foam never gets thrown away or removed, costing nearly a third of usual installations and replacements.

Low maintenance

SPF roofs are quickly and easily installed, usually with no interruption of the facility’s daily routine. If properly maintained, this foam roof can last over 50 years. In order to care for this roofing system, you only need to have it inspected semi-annually, in the spring and then once more in the fall. In the event where a silicone recoating is needed, there’s no tear-off of the existing materials; you just apply the new coat on top of the current system. Quick and easy!

If you’re interested in turning to foam roofing for your commercial structure, American Roofing & Waterproofing are the ones for the job. We specialize in spray polyurethane foam roofs and will give you quality at a cost that’s right for you. Book with us for your next commercial foam roofing project!

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