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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 – #5: SPF insulation isn’t as energy efficient as a BUR or panel roof.

The idea of using spray foam insulation to cover your commercial roof may raise some eyebrows. How can a foam roof solution protect your building’s interior from the sun’s heat induction? The energy efficiency of a roofing solution is determined by the R-value rating, the capacity of an insulation material to withstand heat flow. The higher an R-value rating, the better insulation capability.

SPF insulation carries the highest R-value rating of any commercial roofing solutions, including BURs or panel roofs. (Department of Energy) Spray foam, or “foam in place” insulation as it’s called by the Department of Energy, carries an R-value rating of 6.2 per inch of thickness. (DOE) SPF insulation also carries the most weather- and moisture-resistant capabilities out of any commercial roofing solutions. (Green Building Advisor)

R&A Contracting is a certified installer of Lapolla Industries’ FOAM-LOK SPF closed-cell solution. FOAM-LOK closed-cell SPF has an R-value rating of over 6.0 per inch. Closed-cell SPF insulation systems, when properly installed, provide energy savings of up to 45%. (Lapolla) We also install an elastomeric UV coating over FOAM-LOK that’s called Thermo-Flex, also from Lapolla Industries. This added protection helps reflect the sun’s harmful UV rays, protects your roof from shallow surface damage, and extends your roof’s life-cycle.

If you’re considering the cost of a new commercial roofing solution, consider SPF and its incredible durability. Call R&A Contracting today to learn more about how we’re using SPF to cover St. Louis for years to come!

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