When it comes to foam roofing, there are nearly as many myths about it as there are choices of foam material. Unfortunately, many of these misconceptions have developed due to not only misinformation, but confusion about the type of material that is used to create these roofs. Here's a look at a few common myths about foam roofing and the truth that every homeowner should know.
Myth: You Can't Keep Birds from Pecking Foam Roofing
If your roof is properly coated and sealed, there is little for a bird to peck at. The most common reason for birds to peck at foam roofing is because there is exposed foam due to roofing damage. Since foam is a good insulator, sometimes birds will peck at it to use some for nesting. If you're having trouble with birds pecking at your roof, it likely means that there's some exposed foam or an area where the coating has worn away from the surface. Call a local roofer to have the roof recoated and sealed to keep the birds at bay.
Myth: You Can't Walk on Foam Roofing
Many people believe that foam is too soft to walk on. After all, memory foam and other similar materials are very soft. The foam used for foam roofing is more durable, though, and it can hold up to roofers and homeowners walking on it when necessary. Just remember to wear shoes with soft soles, and don't walk on the roof much if it's already damaged. When you walk on the roof, take care not to puncture the foam with anything. Foam roofing is created from many closed cells, so it takes a hole that travels all the way through the roofing to cause a leak, but holes this deep will make your foam roof leak.
Myth: Foam Roofing is Porous and Soaks Up Water
The closed cells of a foam roof should prevent it from absorbing anything. If your roof is absorbing water, that's an indication that the material is wrong or a mistake was made in the application. With the right foam roofing application and a routine SPF-protection coating, your foam roof should be able to handle any kind of weather, including rain.
As you can see, there are many misconceptions surrounding foam roofing materials. If you're looking for something different for your roof, but have heard myths like these about foam roofing, understanding the truth can help you make an informed decision. Contact a business like Urethane Foam Consulting & Services if you have specific questions about foam roofing installation or repair.