The Pros And Cons Of Spray Foam For Commercial Roofing

Spray foam roofing is a popular option for commercial roof installation. But is it the right choice for your business? Here are the major pros and cons of using spray foam as a commercial roofing product.


Easy Repairs/Refresh

One of the major benefits of choosing a spray foam roof for your business is the ease of repairs. When the roof begins to show signs of wear and tear, rather than reroofing the entire building, as might be necessary with other options like TPO, you can simply spray another coat of foam on top of the existing roof. This same method can be used to fix minor issues and problems.


Because the material is sprayed on as a liquid that then hardens into a rigid foam, there are no seams. Seams are common sources of leaks and problems in roofing. A lack of seams significantly reduces the common difficulties that arise with seamed roofing materials.

Energy Efficiency

Spray foam roofing has wonderful insulating qualities with a high R-value, the standard rating of thermal insulating efficiency. That means that it will keep your building warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also help improve energy use and therefore save energy costs.

Quick Installation

An experienced roofer can install a spray foam layer quickly and easily. That will help reduce your overall labor costs.


Another great reason to consider spray foam is that it has moisture-shedding properties and will keep your building dry.


Puncture Prone

Because this is a foam product, it can be susceptible to punctures. If your business is in an area with high winds and a lot of nearby vegetation, this can prove problematic. However, these punctures can be easily repaired if and when they happen.


Compared to other commercial roofing products, spray foam has a slightly higher price tag and that can turn business owners away from using this material.

Installation Requirements

Although installation is typically completed quickly and easily, it must be done under the right conditions. Weather conditions must be warm and dry with low winds. It can't be installed when conditions are wet or too cold. Any brisk windy conditions can result in overspray on nearby objects and structures. If these conditions aren't met on the day of your scheduled spray, it can cause frustration. For all these reasons, it should be installed by a roofer with extensive spray foam experience.

To learn more, contact a commercial roof installation service in your area.