Energy-Efficient Insulation and Roofing Services

ROOFING

INDUSTRIAL SPRAY POLYURETHANE FOAM ROOFING

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SPF Roofing Systems provide many benefits to building owners; the two most prominent being waterproofing/leak prevention and high insulation value. Many additional benefits also exist such as superior compressive strength, light weight, self flashing, condensation control, durable and sustainable for the life of the structure.

Sprayed Polyurethane Foam is applied as a liquid using plural-component spray equipment to fill cracks and crevices. It then expands to approximately 30 times its original liquid volume to form a extremely dense, closed-cell monolithic seamlessly sealed roof surface. The Polyurethane Foam dries within seconds after being applied to the roof surface. Its expansion results in a weather tight roofing membrane that is fully adhered to the substrate. Because of polyurethane's light weight, it adds little additional weight to the system and is ideally suited to re-roofing applications. Polyurethane foam has a history of more than 40 years as a sustainable roofing medium. Polyurethane foam adds excellent above deck insulation value to the structure and utility bills can significantly reflect the difference.

BENEFITS OF SPF ROOF SYSTEMS

  • Leak free monolithic seal is completely waterproof
  • Self flashing, lightweight & highly durable
  • Highest insulation value provides energy savings
  • Withstands extreme weather, such as hail - insurance companies prefer SPF roofing in hail prone areas
  • Strong adhesion & wind uplift resistance - rated hurricane proof
  • Requires NO fasteners, which eliminates leaks and thermal bridging
  • UL & FM approved systems
  • Versatile, build in slope to drain on flat roofs
  • Ease of maintenance (Texas A&M reduced their maintenance crew from 32 to 3 after installing over 8 millions sf of SPF roofs

ROOF COATING

Protective Coatings for SPF roofs

SPF requires protection from the sun's ultra-violet radiation. This coating helps to protect the foam from the sun's UV rays.  Once the SPF has been applied to the proper thickness and finish specifications, a protective layer of elastomeric coating and granules is applied. This protective layer produces a durable weather resistant surface. An SPF roof is strong and sustainable, requiring minimal maintenance and provides exceptional leak-free service.

SPF ROOFING SAMPLE

Coatings are usually installed in two stages: a base coat and a final top coat.  Granules are often embedded into the final coat and offer added protection against mechanical and ultra-violet damage in the coating surface.  An SPF roof, like most other systems will expand and contract during different climate conditions. It is very important that the protective coating be able to expand and contract with the SPF, a characteristic know as elongation, to avoid serious damage such as cracks or delamination.  Your contractor can help you properly match the SPF and coating system for your project and climate. In time, these coatings, just like the paint on your house, can be cleaned and re-applied to keep your SPF roof system in peak performance for decades.

The most common types of cool roof coatings used over SPF are: acrylic, silicone and polyurea and are light or white in color.  Some contractors install a thin layer of granules spread over the foam, providing an even longer lasting system.  Coatings can be spray applied as a single or plural component system.  The various materials all have different physical properties and vary in cost.  Contact Smart Choice Insulation & Roofing, Inc. for more details.

COOL ROOFING

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COOL ROOFING

ENERGY STAR (DOE) qualified roof coating products reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings and can reduce energy bills by up to 50%.

The Cool Roof Program defines certain standards for solar reflectance, 3-year aged maintenance of reflectivity, and emissivity in roof coating systems. Reflectivity is the percentage of the sun's heat a roof keeps off a building and emissivity is the percentage of heat a roof lets out of a building.

Lighter colored roof coatings reflect the suns heat and UV rays and often lower the temperature of the roof by up to 100 degrees F.  

The most common cool roof coatings used over Sprayed Polyurethane Foam(SPF) and other roof deck surfaces are light/white colored.  The most common types are:

  • Acrylic
  • Silicone
  • Urethanes
  • Polyurea

During warmer summer months temperatures can reach 170 degrees F on a low slope black asphalt roof, and they can drop to -20 degrees F during the winter in northern and higher elevation regions.  Much of the heat generated by absorbing the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation transfers to the building interior, and can have significant adverse effects on energy consumption.  An SPF Roofing System can dramatically reduced this energy consumption - better for the environment and better for your wallet. Contact Smart Choice Insulation & Roofing, Inc. for more information.

INSULATION

THE SMART CHOICE: BENEFITS OF SPRAY FOAM INSULATION

If your job specifications call for the tightest, most efficient and comfortable structure possible then applying Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation is the answer. Let Smart Choice Insulation & Roofing, Inc. assist you in the details.

Considering the costs of energy to either heat or cool a structure the extra costs of adding Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) to any new project becomes insignificant as the ROI pays you back, typically in less than five years.

MAXIMIZED PERFORMANCE AND ENERGY SAVINGS

Creating an air barrier with Spray Polyurethane Foam is the smart choice for those concerned about energy efficiency and saving money.  By controlling air leakage, your home or building will perform 30-50% better than with traditional insulation methods.  Indoor temperatures stay constant allowing for decreased used of heating or air conditioning.  This translates to savings on utility bills and extends the life of your heating and cooling equipment by up to four times.  An added avenue to savings - when building a new home using SPF you can downsize your HVAC system and potentially use smaller framing lumber. Make sure to discuss this with your builder.

CLOSED CELL SPF

Unlike Fiberglass batts, cellulous or and other conventional insulation, the use of closed-cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) provides a complete air barrier plus up toR-7.4 per inch.  The closed-cell SPF is a Class 2 vapor retarder and does not absorb water. This feature prevents mold and mildew from taking hold in the assemblies.  As well as repelling moisture, SPF is not a food source for insects of vermin.  For the additional cost of using spray foam insulation you achieve a tight, draft-free structure that is much more efficient and costs less to heat and cool. In new construction, you can build with smaller lumber, thus saving even more money.

TYPICAL CC-SPF FOAM INSTALLATION ASSEMBLIES ARE BELOW:

Walls: 2x6 with 3" Closed Cell foam = Approx R-21

  Walls: 2x6 with 6" Closed Cell foam = Approx R-41

  Walls: 2x4 with 3.5" of Closed Cell foam - Approx R-24

  Ceilings: 8" Closed Cell foam = Approx R-54

  Ceilings: 10" Closed Cell foam = Approx R-68

OPEN CELL SPF INSULATION

Enjoy more privacy and quiet using open-cell spray foam, a low density foam meant for use in interior walls and between floors that allows enough absorption to provide sound attenuation in a variety of applications.  Low density, open-cell foam is the ideal solution for home theater and media rooms, playrooms and home offices or to block sound from plumbing.  It is also an excellent choice for any buildings that feature shared walls such as apartments, condos and commercial spaces.  A specially designed spray applied foam, combines a sound barrier with spray foam insulation that features an approximate R-value of 4.45 per inch, achieves a Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of 35 at three inches thickness and conforms to ASTM E-8 as a Class 2 material for flame and smoke.

HEALTHY LIVING

HEALTHY LIVING

AIR POLLUTION - ONE OF THE FIVE MOST URGENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 

During the 1990's the EPA rated air pollution as one of the five most urgent environmental issues, accounting for over $1 billion in direct health case costs annually.  The culprit is improper ventilation and poor building practices.  According to the  American Lung Association, in excess of 40% of American households have at least one person suffering from asthma or allergies making the quality of indoor air crucial to their good health.  Properly insulating a home can have a positive impact on the quality of indoor air.

BETTER AIR QUALITY

Improving indoor air quality is a goal of many homeowners, especially for those suffering from allergies,

asthma, or other respiratory problems.  Smart Choice Insulation and Roofing, Inc., offers the ability to 

completely air seal the building envelope in new construction.  By eliminating random air leakage, the penetration of dust, allergens, and pollutants can be significantly reduced.  It allows you to develop a controlled indoor environment so you can design your heating and cooling equipment to maximize air quality.  

Fresher air will help ensure a better night's sleep and you won't have to open your windows to achieve it.  Humidity can be better controlled so you can eliminate the health concerns about molds and mildews.

A QUIETER HOME

The unique air sealing qualities of spray foam will have a significant effect on reducing the sound penetrating your home. It's a real advantage if you live near a busy street or airport. Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is also ideal for sound proofing interior walls in your media room, bedroom, or washroom. SPF is also especially beneficial around plumbing stacks and laundry rooms to reduce the sound of water rushing to drainage below.

THE DURABLE, SAFE & GREEN CHOICE

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is an inert plastic; it does not shrink, sag, settle, slip, turn to dust or decline in R-value over time. It offers no food value to bacteria, fungus, termites, carpenter ants or rodents.  It has been used successfully in residential and commercial buildings across North America and other countries for over 40 years and has been evaluated and approved for use in both the United States and Canada.  Because SPF roofing systems adhere directly to your roofs substrate, in most cases there is no need for tear-off, keeping your old roof out of our already over burdened landfills.

ENERGY SAVINGS

HEALTHY LIVING

AIR POLLUTION - ONE OF THE FIVE MOST URGENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES 

During the 1990's the EPA rated air pollution as one of the five most urgent environmental issues, accounting for over $1 billion in direct health case costs annually.  The culprit is improper ventilation and poor building practices.  According to the  American Lung Association, in excess of 40% of American households have at least one person suffering from asthma or allergies making the quality of indoor air crucial to their good health.  Properly insulating a home can have a positive impact on the quality of indoor air.

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INCREASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND LOWER ENERGY BILLS WITH SPF

An ideal insulation system not only provides resistance to heat flow (R-Value) but also controls air movement and limits moisture migration.  Some home owners have reported savings of 50% or more compared to conventional insulation systems such as fiberglass. With fewer gaps and voids, Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation provides an effective air seal.  It has been estimated that 40% of the heating and air conditioning lost from a home or commercial building comes from cracks around windows, doors, wall outlets and joints in exterior walls

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Hot air rises. In hot climates, this phenomenon can make summer living on upper floors almost unbearable. In cold climates, warm, moist air from the living space of the house travels upwards through gaps, cracks and holes into the attic space. There it can meet cold air and even colder surfaces, where it can condense and cause premature building deterioration, mold and rot. Warm attics can also melt the bottom layer of snow on a roof, causing the water to run into the gutters where it can refreeze causing ice dams. Shingles get lifted, energy is wasted and so is the building owner's money.

Closed-cell, spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation in the attic or on the ceiling stops this uncontrolled air leakage to give you better control over indoor temperatures, eliminate ice damming and keep energy costs under control. Self-adhering, closed-cell polyurethane foam conforms to any shape, will not shrink or sag over time and creates a seamless, air-and water-impermeable barrier that separates conditioned living space from unconditioned attic space.

Use Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation to prevent cold floors above basements,

which never seem to be well insulated. All that cold air transfers through the floor above and stays there, drawing warmth away from the heated spaces and reducing the sense of comfort for the occupants. It is well established that even if the air temperature in a structure is warm, standing on a cold floor will leave people feeling chilly and uncomfortable. Using SPF disconnects the floors from all that cold air underneath. And SPF provides superior performance over conventional insulation such as fiberglass batts - a mere 2" application of SPF between the floor joists allows floors to warm up. Contact Smart Choice Insulation & Roofing, Inc. for more info!