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How could applying a thin coat of acrylic or spray foam on a commercial roof actually reduce energy costs? You may be surprised.

The headache and hassle of replacing or repairing a commercial roof is enough to make any business owner go crazy. Adding a roof coating system, like SPF with an acrylic UV coating, can make a significant difference in how your roof responds to environmental and temperature changes.

Metal panel or built-up roofs are vulnerable to penetration from high winds, hail storms, or organic material, like tree branches. Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roof coatings, such as FOAM-LOK, are applied in liquid format with a natural adhesion included in their dual-compound composite. The spray experiences a chemical reaction upon contact and begins its rapid expansion process.

When the SPF roof coating hardens, the end results is a seamless covering over any substrate. The closed-cell construct of the SPF covering prevents UV rays to radiate through the foam and into the building’s interior. This reduces heat transfer, which means less energy wasted each month.

Adding on an acrylic coating, like Thermo-Flex from Lapolla Industries, gives even more added protection against heat transfer. The acrylic base creates a natural reflectivity to bounce the sun’s UV rays off the roofing surface with limited heat absorption.

SPF roofing solutions are also excellent solutions for commercial low-grade roofs to help prevent ponding. Standing water on a commercial surface can elevate in temperature through heat transfer from the sun. This can cause areas of water to become hot spots that negatively effect the roof surface.

Roof coatings are designed to protect the strength and longevity of your roof. With regular maintenance, a proven roof coating solution, like SPF, can often have an indefinite life-cycle. Now is your chance to invest in your roof’s future. Don’t settle for cheap and quick ‘fixes’ that will still result in repairs. Make the choice to install SPF and UV coating roof solutions to protect your building 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