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Myths about SPF insulation - R&A Contracting

The 5 biggest myths about SPF exposes some of the worst assumptions and misunderstandings about SPF insulation. These are some of the most frequent, even laughable fallacies our R&A Contracting team hears on a regular basis. You can learn more about SPF insulation by connecting with a member of our team here.

5 biggest myths about SPF insulation – #3: SPF insulation doesn’t last long.

One of the biggest misconceptions about SPF insulation is thinking foam insulation has a short life-cycle. Study after study proves that SPF commercial roofing solutions often last 40 years or longer with regular maintenance. (Source) In 1975 the Physical Plant Department at the Texas A&M University first installed SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) solutions over several of its buildings, many of which are still in use today with zero signs of leakage. Texas A&M has since expanded its use of SPF solutions to now cover seven million square feet of roofing across its College Station campus. (Source)

What makes SPF so durable for such a long period of time? When SPF is installed via spray application, the liquid compound bonds to any surface and the foam cells begin expanding. SPF insulation in liquid form eventually expands up to thirty times its liquid density creating a monolithic membrane of insulation. SPF closed-cell insulation is highly resistant to moisture, air, and water, which extends its natural shelf life.

A final layer of protection in SPF roofing solutions is elastomeric coatings. R&A Contracting installs Thermo-Flex by Lapolla Industries as a UV acrylic coating. This preserves and protects SPF roofing solutions from the damaging effect of UV rays from the sun. With air- and moisture-tight protection plus UV defense coatings, SPF commercial roofing solutions have a virtually limitless life-cycle.

If you have a built-up roof (BUR) or commercial roof that leaks, SPF roofing solutions are fantastic ways to protect against further damage. Call R&A Contracting to learn more about SPF insulation. We’re St. Louis’ leader in commercial roofing and we’re here to serve you!

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO