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Can Spray Foam Save Me Money On Costly Roofing Repairs?By admin
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
If there is anything that strikes fear into the heart of any homeowner it would be a leaky roof. The knowledge that this is a costly and difficult thing to put right and one that might involve the replacement of the entire roof is enough to give nightmares.
Your roof is the most important structural element of your home – it literally protects you from the elements, therefore knowing you have options that might be cheaper and better than costly roof repairs might just offer some relief.
While extremes of weather may be more common in other parts of the world, here in the UK we do see high winds, snow, heavy rain and hail from time to time.
These types of weather events can seriously damage your roof and even lead to additional interior damage as well. Many builders now create roofs that are designed to withstand more extreme weather and in the US and Canada, spray foam is used as a strengthening tool to give homeowners peace of mind.
Leaking Roof: What Problems Does It Cause?
You might think that the odd drip of rain that enters through your roof is nothing much to worry about, but water can have a huge effect on your home. You might see the following problems due to water getting into your loft via a roof that needs to be repaired:
● Rotting timbers due to them being constantly wet. This can lead to huge repair bills and even structural damage to the walls, upper floors and the roof itself.
● Damage to the electrical systems in your loft. Many lighting and socket systems are run via the loft area and if these get wet it could cause them to short out or even cause an electrical fire.
● Damage to items stored in the loft. This can result in insurance claims and will just be annoying.
● Condensation causing mould. Even a small amount of water getting into the loft will cause condensation as the temperature increases. This will cause mould and will be smelly.
● Frozen water pipes. If your pipework becomes wet or it becomes very cold in your loft due to holes in the roof, you could find that your water pipes become frozen. This can lead to water escape that can cause all kinds of damage to your home and is the cause of insurance claims mounting to many thousands of pounds.
Spray foam insulation is sprayed onto the underside of the roofing tiles where it adheres to the surface and can stay put for upwards of 30 years. It is usually an open cell material that contains air pockets that allow the material to breathe
Is It Costly To Fix?
The costs associated with roof repairs can vary. You might expect to pay a few hundred pounds to have a few tiles replaced, one or two thousand to repair soffits and worryingly, up to £10,000 to add a new roof to an average sized home.
The costs can also depend on the type of roofing material you already have, with slate tiles being the most costly and the hardest to replace due to their fragile nature. You might also fall prey to cowboy builders who can make your roof worse than it was before they started.
But it isn’t just the financial cost that you need to worry about. Fixing any part of your exterior roof is usually going to require an expert who will need to be in a harness or even full scaffolding to keep the workers safe.
This is costly and inconvenient. Add to this the hassle of having parts of your roof exposed to the elements and in the case of a full roof replacement, a tarpaulin or similar protecting your home for at least a few days.
The Spray Foam Alternative
Avoiding the cost and the hassle of fixing or replacing your roof could be well worth it and one way to do this is by using spray foam insulation. It is likely to save you money – but not just from protecting your roof from damage.
You are also getting the benefits of the insulation itself, and the fact it can be applied without the need for exterior climbing equipment or scaffolding.
Spray foam insulation is sprayed onto the underside of the roofing tiles where it adheres to the surface and can stay put for upwards of 30 years. It is usually an open cell material that contains air pockets that allow the material to breathe.
This makes it an excellent insulation material for lofts as it stops cold air from getting in, but also allows warm air to leave the home, not trapping it and causing condensation and other issues.
The spray foam can also add a structural element to the tile, filling any holes or cracks and giving it more strength – reducing the chance of future damage.
While it is difficult to compare the costs of roof replacement or repair and spray foam directly as it depends on the extent of the roof damage, it is clear that in the long run you can expect that your roof will last longer and you will experience the benefits of better insulation-definitely a win-win situation!
Spray Foam: Perfect For Roof Restoration
● Spray foam is a flexible material that can be used on all kinds of roof structures including almost all types of tiles. Even if the roof has an unusual shape, it can still be protected right from the smallest of corners to the easy to reach middle sections.
● Spray foam is entirely waterproof and will not allow any water to penetrate the loft area. Even if water does come through or between broken tiles, it can’t make its way to the loft itself. Any water that is trapped between the foam and the tile will quickly dry out due to the breathable nature of the spray foam.
● Spray foam is applied to your roof via your loft. This can save so much in terms of time and money compared to exterior roof replacement or repair. It is entirely safe, there is no need for ladders or scaffolding, your roof will not need to be lifted or exposed and spray foam can be applied in just one day.
● Spray foam is known to be one of the very best insulation materials available. With just 100mm of the product sprayed onto the underside of the roof, you will get the same thermal benefit as 270mm of mineral wool insulation applied to the floor of your loft. This is a great way to save energy.
● Spray foam will help you to save money on your energy bills as well as saving money on your roof repairs. You can save a few hundred pounds per year by having good loft insulation and even more if you add in wall cavity insulation too. Spray foam is one of the best ways to do this.
While it is difficult to compare the costs of roof replacement or repair and spray foam directly as it depends on the extent of the roof damage, it is clear that in the long run you can expect that your roof will last longer and you will experience the benefits of better insulation. That is a win win.
Spray foam may not be suitable for the repair of full missing tiles, large holes or broken tiles, but it can help with small cracks, liften tiles, old tiles and places where the structure is starting to fail.
While there will come a time when your roof will need to be replaced, you can extend the life of the roof by adding an extra layer of protection in the form of spray foam.
You will appreciate the fact that you have longer to save for the roof you really want and that you will not have any of the other problems of a leaky roof while you are waiting. Perfect!
Ready to take your roof restoration efforts to the next level? Spray foam offers substantial structural support-and a vast range of benefits besides. Take the first step to ensuring your roof’s resilience today calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!
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