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How Storms & Bad Weather Impact Your Roof

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How Storms & Bad Weather Damage Your Roof

Inclement weather can cause serious damage to your roof. Even if your home structure is built to handle extreme weather conditions, your roof may still be harmed. A bad storm can damage your roof in several ways––from your roof tiles to the inside of your home. Keep reading to find out the ways bad weather can impact your roof.

Wind Damage

Homeowners are often surprised to hear that wind can cause such significant damage to their homes. Many people think that inclement weather such as tornadoes are the only things that can damage shingles or dismantle tiles––but that’s simply not the case.  

Though tornadoes can demolish home structures, high winds also pose a hazard to your property and surrounding areas. When high winds hit a roof, shingles can loosen or fall off. If the wind speeds get too high, they can damage even the newest, most secure shingles on your roof. 

Other things like fallen objects like debris and downed power lines can also cause structural damage to your roof. 

Heavy Rainfall

If thunderstorms are pretty common in your area, heavy rain can wear down your shingles and weigh down your roof. Damage left behind from a storm can result in lost shingles and moisture inside of the underlayment of your roof. Prolonged water damage can penetrate the roof deck and eventually damage the integrity of the roof.

Even a small roof leak can lead to extensive, irreparable damage to your roof. Any leak your roof has needs to be checked by a roofing professional ASAP.  

Stress From Fallen Trees 

Inclement weather such as high winds or heavy rain can cause trees to break apart and blow away––adding more stress to your structure. Sometimes these items can cause shingles to break apart, causing damage to the roof tiles. If something larger like a log falls on your roof, it may cause a dent and other serious kind of damage.  

Inclement weather can be extremely threatening to your roof and home. If bad weather strikes your area, always check your roof afterward. Any damages that your roof has sustained will need to be fixed immediately to prevent further damage and higher repair costs down the road. 

For more information about roofing repair, contact us today.

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Benefits of Having an Inspection to Assess Storm Damage

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Roof Damage Inspection Benefits

Storm season is upon us in the Midwest, which means storm-damaged roofs. If you’ve lived in Michigan in the summer, then you know what to expect: thunderstorms, strong winds, and sometimes inclement weather. There are a lot of reasons to have a professional roof inspection after your home sustains significant storm damage. Not only is professional roof inspection crucial to helping your home maintain its value, it’s also important for making sure that your home is still safe.

Here are a few benefits to having a professional roof inspector assess your home for storm damage.


1. Early Detection of Damages

If your home has sustained storm damage, you’ll likely notice broken, cracked, or missing shingles. Even if these damages aren’t noticeable upon first glance, over time, they can subtly deteriorate your roof. Since professional roof inspectors are trained to spot impairments in roofing, they will be able to notice mild damage, and make repairs before it becomes a major disaster.


2. Early Detection of Leaks

As a homeowner, you know roof leaks can spell real signs of trouble for your home. Even seemingly mild leaks can cause significant damage to your home’s structure, as excess moisture over time can lead to warped framing––putting your home at risk. In addition, leaks in your roof can lead to rot, mold, and a variety of health concerns. Professional inspectors know where to look for leaks––big or small––and can help you find the weak point in your roof.


3. Stability Analysis

In addition to roof inspection, professional roof inspectors can also provide an overall stability analysis and assess the need for future roof repairs. Keeping a close eye on the structural stability of your home is a great way to make sure that your home is secure and safe for your family.


4. Assistance With Insurance Claim

Has your home faced severe damage due to a storm? If so, you need to make an insurance claim and hire a professional roof inspector to help with proper damage assessment. A professional roof inspector can provide you with a detailed report which can help speed up the insurance claim process.


5. Prevention of Costly Repairs

As noted before, any damage to your roof needs to be assessed immediately to prevent further damage and costly repairs. The longer you allow your roof problems to slide, the worse it will be when you end up having to pay for a total roof replacement.

A professional roof inspector can quickly assess roofing problems and make repairs before they become a larger issue. For more information about commercial roofing, or to speak to one of our roofing professionals, contact us!

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Frequently Asked Questions About a New Roof

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Roofing Questions & Answers

As a homeowner, you probably understand that regular roof maintenance is the best way to maintain your roof’s integrity and lifespan. And while roof replacement is one of the best things you can do for your home––you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Lucky for you, Energy Shield is here with the answers you’re looking for. With more than 40 years of quality commercial roofing under our belts, we know the answers to your roofing questions.


1. When Do I Need a New Roof?

new roof is a big investment and not one you should postpone. Since your roof is an important structure for your home, failure to replace your roof can result in costly home repairs from leaky shingles to structural damage. Here are a few signs it might be time to replace your roof:

  • You have broken, curled, or otherwise missing shingles.
  • You notice signs of roof rot.
  • You notice blistered shingles.
  • There are wet spots on your ceiling, in the attic, or your crawl spaces.
  • You find water backup in your eaves.

If you’re worried about your roof’s condition, hire one of our professional roofers to inspect your roof thoroughly for damage. We’ll offer honest advice about when you should invest in a new roof.


2. Which Roofing Company Is Right for Me?

If you do choose to replace your roof, you need to find a reliable roofing contractor company to assist you in the process. A new roof isn’t a small investment; the right contractor will supply you with a new roof that will last for decades without issue.

Next, take time to do your research before hiring the first roofing professional you find. Online reviews can be a helpful tool to locate local roofing professionals in your area.

Lastly, investigate the company itself. Look for any accreditations, testimonials, or galleries that might shed light on the company’s expertise, customer service, and skill.


3. What Roofing Options Are Available?

So much work goes into roof replacement. One question we always get asked is, “what roofing options are available?” There are a variety of new roofs to choose from to complement any style of home. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can select your material, color, and style. We offer metal roofing, forged iron, traditional shingles, and more in a variety of stunning colors and style options. Whatever style you choose, our team will make sure all installations are to your satisfaction.


4. How Can I Protect My New Roof?

As mentioned before, replacing your roof is an expensive investment. Weather conditions such as snow, wind, rain, and even the sun can destroy your roof. If you want to prolong the lifespan of your roof, we recommend our silicone roof coating solution.

Our silicone roof coating solution can withstand even the harshest weather conditions and UV rays. They won’t succumb to inclement weather, will never break-down, crack, peel, or chalk. It can withstand permanent ponding water and is extremely resistant to damaging mold and mildew.

Don’t risk damaging your new roof.


5. How Can I Prepare for New Roof Installation?

There are a few small steps you can take for a smooth roof installation process. First, remove loose items from your walls and shelves in your home. Sometimes, hammering on the roof can cause enough vibration to make unsecured items fall.

Clear your driveway and areas around your home. With roof installation, there is a chance that roofing materials can fall into the driveway. If you can, try to leave room for your contractor’s vehicle to pull into the driveway. This will make the process go much faster, and your contractor will thank you for it!

Lastly, sit back and enjoy your new roof. The bulk of the work is up to us.


6. How Long Will My New Roof Last?

Your roof’s lifespan depends on two important factors: your contractor and roofing materials. Typically, 20 years is an acceptable lifespan for a new roof. However, depending on the level of maintenance, your roof can last a lot longer or not as long.

At Energy Shield, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality commercial roofing systems. Contact us for more information or to inquire about a new roof installation.

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist

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Let’s be real, most of us don’t think twice about cleaning or even checking our roofs every season, unless, that is, we notice a leak. As convenient as it seems, putting off regular roof maintenance can decrease the lifespan of your roof.

Though winter feels like it will last forever––it won’t! This means you need to make a spring cleaning plan to ensure your roof lasts for seasons to come. Our roofing experts at Energy Shield are here to help with a spring roof maintenance checklist.

Clear Roof of Any Debris

Mold and mildew love wet, warm environments–––aka your roof. If your roof has a lot of debris on it, chances are, you have mold and mildew growing. If this is the case, your roof is at risk for damage. If you let the mold and mildew go for too long, you may have to replace your roof.

There are two ways you can go about removing roof debris. One is to rake off any loose debris by hand, and the other is to use a leaf blower. Brush away leaves, branches, and other debris accumulation, including debris in the gutters and downspouts as well as around the soffit and fascia.

If you cannot safely remove debris from your roof, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Wash Off Mold & Mildew

Mold and mildew can be very hazardous for your health and the health of your roof. Always check for signs of mold or mildew during the spring. Signs of mold growth can include spots that look like soot or black, green, brown, or even white spots. It can also appear accompanied by a musty odor or water problems.

Always make sure to discuss your options with a professional right away.

Evaluate Your Roof for Loose or Damaged Shingles

Weather like snow and ice are harsh on our roof’s shingles. Harsh weather conditions can force shingles to curl, separate in some cases, and completely tear off. We recommend going through your roof once after inclement weather has passed to see if any of the shingles are damaged. If you notice a problem, try to fix them as soon as possible to prevent further damage from water.

Remove Fallen Branches ASAP

Tree branches that have fallen due to inclement weather can pose a danger to your roof’s shingles. If you notice small branches on your roof, try to remove them as soon as possible to prevent further damage. However, for larger branches, you may need the help of a professional. Leaving large branches on your roof can make holes in your roof’s shingles and ultimately lead to a leak in your home.

Declutter the Gutters

Rainwater should flow and drain properly through the gutters and downspout system. If water isn’t flowing as it should, backups and overflows will occur––leaving clogged, messy gutters. There is also a chance that granules and other materials from your roof have spilled from the surface and into your gutters. It’s no doubt that cleaning your gutters will be a time-consuming activity. But failure to do so can cause flooding in your home, water damage, damage to your driveway, and more.

Examine the Attic

Though your attic isn’t outside, it is connected to your roof. Therefore things like mold and mildew can grow out of plain sight. Check your ceiling and attic for signs of water damage or mold. If you see any peculiar staining or smell an odor, it’s wise to call a professional to take care of the problem.

A professional can quickly assess the problem and make repairs quickly before it gets worse. For more information about commercial roofing or to receive a free commercial roofing quote, contact us!

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How Snow and Ice Affect Your Roof

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Winter comes quickly in Michigan. For those of us who are familiar, this means roads covered in ice, slushy snow days, and long dark winter nights. From shoveling snow day after day to driving on icy roads, snow can put a lot of stress on homeowners. But it can also put a lot of stress on your roof. In this blog, we’ll outline exactly how snow and ice affect your roof.

Ice Dams Can Cause Leaks

Ice dams start small but quickly become a big problem. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of your roof and prevents snow from melting and draining off the roof. The water that backs up can leak into a home and damage walls, ceilings, insulation, and more. If ice dams form, they can cause extensive damage to your roof. 

Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Nothing can destroy the integrity of your commercial flat roof more than the constant expansion and contraction from repeated freezing, thawing, and refreezing. As mentioned in a previous blog, when snow melts on a flat roof, it can pond. While some of that water will drain as intended, the rest can refreeze. Freeze-thaw cycles can cause damage to the roof as water leaks into cracks and crevices. Keep in mind; excess water can seep into electrical units, causing considerable amounts of damage to HVAC and other units.

Roofing Blisters

When moisture or air becomes trapped under the roofing material, roof blisters form. Most roof blisters start quite small but grow bigger over time as more blisters accumulate. Add in more moisture, which leads to further blistering, and before you know it, you have leaks and, in extreme cases, structural damage. 

Additional Weight

Snow is a seemingly-weightless powder, but don’t let it fool you. Excess accumulation of snow on your roof spells trouble and can result in costly damages over time. While this extra weight won’t cause your roof to cave in at any given moment, it may be adding stress, which can affect your roof’s lifespan. Icicles formed on your gutters can also contribute to this excess weight.

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Try to Avoid DIY Snow Removal

Heavy snowfall can cause severe roof damage if not properly removed. However, you should avoid trying to remove snow on your own to avoid puncturing shingles or damaging your roof’s waterproof membrane.

Instead, contact your local roof professional contractor to do the job for you. Call Energy Shield for a free estimate.

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How to Safely Remove Snow From Your Flat Roof

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Despite how whimsical and magical snowfall can be on a cold winter morning, it can spell trouble for your commercial flat roof. During the winter months, it’s important for business owners to safely remove excess snow accumulation to prevent further damage or destruction of their flat roof.

Why Is Regular Snow Removal Important?

While it’s true, some moisture will evaporate from your roof, regular snow removal is essential to preserving the integrity and life of your commercial flat roof. Too much snow accumulation can lead to ponding water and bowing. When unnecessary weight is placed on the roof, it can lead to leaks, damage to the structure, and in worst-case scenarios, the total collapse of the roof.

In addition to damages caused by snow accumulation, commercial flat roofs can also experience free-thaw. When free-thaw occurs, snow melts on the roof and seeps into cracks and crevices. Over time, the water re-freezes and expands, severely damaging the roof structure.

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Follow these tips to protect the integrity of your roof from harsh winter weather.

  • Assess the Surrounding Area. Before you start the removal process, you will first want to assess the surrounding area. Remove any objects from around the building that could be damaged from falling snow and ice. If working in an area with heavy foot traffic, put out caution signs and cones to mark off areas where people shouldn’t walk. This will prevent unnecessary injuries.
  • Remove Excess Snow If Possible. After you safety-proof your area, you’ll want to grab a shovel and remove as much excess snow as possible. Find a reliable position on the roof that allows you to maneuver snow in an easy fashion. Use your shovel to evenly clear excess snow, without digging into the roof. This will help protect the outer layer of the roof from damage.
  • Use a Snow Rake to Remove Any Additional Snow. After you’ve removed excess snow accumulation from the roof, you will want to use a broom or a snow rake to remove any additional snow from the roof’s surface. Sweep the roof evenly to avoid one side of the roof holding more weight than the other. Again, avoid digging into the roof; this will prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Apply De-Icing Spray. If your roof has snow and ice accumulation, you might want to consider applying a de-icing spray to prevent future snow build-up on your roof. Always consult with a roofing professional before spraying a new product on your roof’s membrane.
  • Remove Debris From Gutters and Drain Spouts. In addition to clearing snow accumulation off of the surface of your commercial flat roof, it is also important to remove snow, ice build-up, and debris from gutters and drain spouts. As the snow melts, it will need to have a clear path to drain off of the roof to prevent ponding and leaks.

Signs Your Flat Roof Needs Immediate Attention

If you notice any of these signs, notify your roofing company ASAP:

  • Leaking
  • Extreme icicle formation on the roof
  • Broken ceiling tiles
  • Buckling walls or beams

The integrity of your roof is important, especially during harsh winter months. Our roofing professionals at Energy Shield have the combined knowledge and tools to help winter-proof your roof. Contact us today!

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Roofing Material Comparisons

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Besides major remodeling projects such as kitchen or bathroom renovation, new roofing is one of the most expensive home improvement “repairs” that a homeowner ever faces. As with most home improvement choices, homeowners have to choose between quality and expense. With roofing, material quality is usually directly related to how long you can expect your roof to hold up.  

But let’s face it, it doesn’t make sense to scrounge up pocket change for a roof that isn’t going to hold up when inclement weather or heavy snowfall strikes. And since installing a new roof is one of the most expensive home improvements you’ll make, you want to make sure that your investment is a good one. After all, a cheap roof is no bargain if you have to replace it every eight years.  

Here, we’ve outlined roofing material comparisons to help you choose the best roofing material for your roof. 

Composite Asphalt Shingle Roof

As one of the most popular roofing materials, composite shingle roofing is found on more than 80 percent of all homes. Composite shingles use either an organic or fiberglass base that is saturated with asphalt, coated on the bottom side with quartz or ceramic granules. These roofs are relatively low cost, easy to install, and have a decent lifespan. 

Average Lifespan

Composite asphalt shingle roofs can be expected to last 15 to 40 years, depending on the quality of the materials chosen. In some instances, shingle roofs may even last as long as 50 years. Most shingle roofing manufacturers offer a range of products in different weights and life expectancies. Preserve the lifespan of asphalt shingle roofs by avoiding cheap shingles and avoid walking on them. Never power wash an asphalt shingle roof. 

Average Value

On average, asphalt shingle roofs cost around $5 per square foot to install, though the labor costs vary from region to region. Assuming that a 2,000 square foot house has a roof square footage of around 2,200 square feet, that roof averages about $12,000 for professional installation. Factor in that the roof will probably be replaced at least three to four times, and you’re looking at about $30,000 to $40,000 over 100 years.  

Since you’re less likely to live in a home for that time period, an asphalt shingle roof is a great price point for most homeowners.

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Standing-Seam Metal Roof

Standing-seam metal roofing is a concealed fastener roofing system that features vertical or trapezoidal legs with flat space in between. This increasingly popular type of roofing material is made from large steel panels, although copper and zinc are also used. These roofs are virtually maintenance-free and very durable.

Average Lifespan

Standing-seam metal roofs have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years, but information about longevity is still being gathered. In optimal circumstances, metal roofs may last up to 75 years. If you want to prolong your roof’s lifespan, regularly check to ensure that fasteners and sealants haven’t failed, and inspect your roof for distressed, bent, or slipped panels.

Average Value

Costs for standing-seam metal roofs average about $10 per square foot for steel or aluminum, $13 per square foot for zinc, and $18 per square foot for copper. For a 2,000 square foot house with 2,200 in a sloped roof area, average national costs for a steel panel roof are about $22,000.
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Clay or Cement Tile Roofs

Clay tile roofs are very popular in the Southwest but can found anywhere in the country. These specific roofs have incredible strength and durability––thanks to clay and ceramic terracotta materials. These roofs are made up of individual tiles aligned in overlapping layers over the roof surface.  

This may very well be the only roof your home ever needs.  

Average Lifespan

Unlike traditional roofs with shingles or wood, clay tile roofs are less likely to slough off of mineral grains, as with composite shingles. Rather, cracking is what can doom tile roofs. Avoid walking on your tile roof as much as possible to prevent damage. 

Average Value

Costs for clay or cement tile roofs vary considerably. For instance, concrete tiles can cost around $10 per square foot installed; terra cotta can range from $15 to $20 per square foot installed; ceramic tile, from $20 to $30 per square foot, installed. However, since this roof will very likely last a century, costs in today’s dollars would remain $44,000 over 100 years.
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Slate Roof

Slate is another version of a stone roof, but rather being made from molded clays or concrete, these roofs are covered with actual stone hewn from rock mined from quarries. For those concerned with their budget, slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials but the most durable of all. When properly maintained, slate can potentially last the lifetime of your home. 

Average Lifespan

This roof is extremely durable, so you can expect it to easily last up to 100 years or more. If you want to extend the life of your slate roof, immediately replace any broken tiles you find. Make sure that all flashings are correctly installed and in good working order.

Average Value

There is a large variation in costs for a slate roof, which can range from around $10 per square foot to as high as $75 per square foot. If we assume an average home installation cost of $30 per square foot, then a 2,000 square foot home can cost roughly $60,000 to roof with slate.
Roofing Material - Slate Roof

For more information or to schedule a roofing consultation, contact Energy Shield.

How Snow and Ice Dams Damage Your Roof

How Snow and Ice Impact Your Roof

By Informational

It is no mystery that certain weather conditions can destroy your roof, and snow and ice are no exception.

When you have a standard dark-colored, mechanically fastened roof with board insulation, warmed air from the inside of your building leaves through its cracks, holes, and seams. When snow melts around those areas, here come the ice dams and one leaky roof.

We all know that heat rises. When the heated air from the inside of your building starts to rise towards its snow-covered roof, that snow is going to begin melting. The snowmelt migrates to other parts of the roof where it starts to freeze again, creating an ice buildup, or ice dam, around the cracks and seams. It then forms a valley for water to sit and collect, and this water will eventually start leaking through the roof, causing further damage.

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How Snow and Ice Dams Damage Your Roof

Consider protecting your investment with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and/or a silicone roof coating solution. Not only will it insulate your building, it will prevent your current roof, whatever the type, from succumbing to the harsh environment it is exposed to day after winter day. Any existing holes and open seams will be filled, which will create a seamless air barrier to stop the snowmelt. If no warm air can escape, then no snow can be melted. Also, ice dams will not be able form if there are no open seams, and leaks will become a thing of the past.

Stopping air loss through the roof will also stop wear and tear on your HVAC system. All in all, you will be giving your roof a lifetime of snow and water damage, and corrosion protection, which can make your energy bills go down. And imagine saving even more money by avoiding a costly roof tear-off! Keep the warm air inside of your building every winter.

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EPDM Roofing 101

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What is EPDM roofing?

EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, is a synthetic rubber roofing overlay material. It is typically used on flat or low-slope commercial roof systems. It is important to note that this synthetic rubber should not be used in conjunction with other roofing materials containing aluminum, asphalt, and cement. These will cause further damage and eventually the roof will need to be completely replaced.

Before new EPDM roofing installation begins, the current roof must be completely leveled and free of existing coverings and damage. It then needs to be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Your roofing professional will measure your roof to determine how much material will need to be used. The amount of EPDM needed must cover the entire roof as well as provide a bit of overhang. EPDM is then applied in sheets and mechanically fastened at the seams. PVC membrane, modified bitumen, and built-up roofing are other roof types that are similar in this way, as they are also mechanically fastened.

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Pros of EPDM Roofing

The extreme durability of EPDM is a unique selling point. Not only that, but it is sold in a variety of lengths and widths. When an EPDM roof is expertly installed, maintained, and repaired by a professional, it may protect your commercial building for years and years.

EPDM roofs are also one of the least expensive roof types to install and repair. EPDM comes in either black or white sheets, so you may also be able to reduce your energy bills just by choosing the correct color dependent on the weather in the region your commercial building is located.

Cons of EPDM Roofing

Seeing as that EPDM roofs are mechanically fastened, they are not as airtight. This means that they offer significantly less protection than seamless roof types do.

Mechanically fastened holes and seams will expand and contract under normal weather conditions. The now bigger holes, cracks, and seams let water in and can destroy your roofing substrate. Air also escapes through these cracks, holes, and seams. Your HVAC system must then work harder to compensate for the air loss, which will end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Lastly, EPDM is derived from oil and natural gas. If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, EPDM may not be at the top of your shopping list.

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In Closing

Given its extreme durability, EPDM may be a good option for your commercial flat or low-slope roof. We highly encourage you to contact a roofing expert to handle the job of installing, maintaining, and repairing your EDPM roof.

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A Guide to Spray Foam & Foamed-in-Place Insulation Types

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A Guide to Spray Foam & Foamed-in-Place Insulation Types

What is spray foam insulation?

Spray foam insulation comes in many types. From cementitious, a magnesium oxide cement-based foamed-in-place insulation material with a texture most have to referred to as shaving cream-like, to spray polyurethane foam (SPF), which is what we here at Energy Shield are experts in, to tripolymer, a water-soluble foam that is injected into cavities.

Spray foams are dense, pollution-free insulators with an airtight, lightweight, and seamless application. Some types, like SPF, may also be waterproof. Spray foam is fluid-applied, typically with either a small handheld sprayer or a pressurized sprayer depending on the size of the project. It then expands and hardens on contact with the surface, and cures to form an airtight chemical bond. Everything sprayed or fluid-applied is a better insulator naturally.

Aside from strengthening your building, spray foam is low maintenance, stops other problems from arising, and reduces construction waste. Spray foam will not sink, sag, or settle, and does not wear down the structure. It is also safe for application over fireproofing materials. Over the last 35 years, it has undergone many tests to conform to the standards for non-combustibility, and it keeps passing.

With a spray foam insulation solution, the cold and heat from inside and outside will not expand and contract your roofing substrate and will keep the air-conditioned or heated air you pay for inside of your building. This also means that any wood in its surrounding vicinity will not rot, split, or warp. Oftentimes, certain spray foams are used in conjunction with a roof coating, such as our silicone roof coating solution, to form the primary protective roof covering.

Spray foam is incredibly strong with an R-Value greater than any other insulation type on the market. The R-Value is the measurement of insulation strength, or how much heat the insulation will let flow through it. Depending on the thickness of your wall structure and the foam density, our closed-cell SPF’s R-Values here at Energy Shield are between R-6 and R-6.5 per inch. In comparison, fiberglass batts and blankets have an R-Value of 3.0 to 4.0 per inch. In general, closed-cell spray foam is the superior insulation material for keeping the weather, water, air, and even the bugs and mold out.


The list of commercial and industrial spray foam applications is long. It is quite versatile and has many different applications, from commercial and industrial buildings (interior and exterior walls) to refrigerated trucks and vans to water storage tanks and duct work. Spray foam can be applied to any commercial or industrial construction material, such as concrete block, concrete, brick, steel, wood, laminates, and even exterior sheathing boards.

It can be used for virtually any insulation need, including digesters, freezers and coolers, conveyor tubes, separation insulation between heated and unheated areas of your building, and even coatings for below-grade pipes, vaults, and manholes.

Spray foam is an excellent option for acoustical insulation projects as well with its impeccable sound-insulating properties. Not only that, but it is mold, pest, and pollutant-resistant, making it a smart insulation choice for your project whether it involves your home, commercial or industrial building, or refrigerated truck or van.

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Energy & Cost-Saving Benefits

As cold or hot air enters a building, an equal amount is forced out, leading to air loss. Your HVAC system must work twice as hard to keep the temperature stable. Air loss is exactly how your hard-earned money is wasted. Spray foam insulation stops air loss and prevents leaks, production shutdowns, and equipment damage by creating a seamless barrier as well as filling any existing cracks, gaps, holes, and seams. In return, you get enormous cost savings just from keeping the air inside your building — right where it belongs.

Spray foam is proven to save up to 40% to 60% in annual energy costs. A 50,000 square foot industrial or office building will have energy costs around $67,000 per year. Once you have spray foam insulation installed, you can expect a savings of around $26,800 a year.

Even though spray foam insulation typically costs more than traditional insulation, the cost is mitigated by its benefits. Due to its high R-Values, it can virtually eliminate some of the other costs associated with constructing or maintaining a home or commercial building.

Spray Foam Insulation Densities

Spray foam insulation is available in low, medium, and high density types. At 0.5 pounds per cubic foot, low-density spray foam is an open-cell foam whereas medium and high-density spray foams at 2-3 pounds per cubic foot are both closed-cell foams. In general, the higher the density, the greater the R-Value; and the higher the R-Value, the greater the insulating power.

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Open-Cell vs. Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation Types

Open-cell spray foam cures into a soft and sponge-like state because its cells are, as the name implies, open and filled with air. Closed-cell spray foam cures into a hard and rigid state because its cells are closed and filled with gas. Typically, closed-cell spray foam costs a bit more than open-cell foam. Closed-cell spray foam has a higher R-Value per inch due to its level of density. At 3” of application, open-cell spray foam becomes an effective air barrier. At only 1” of application, closed-cell spray foam becomes an excellent air barrier and is extremely useful for sealing air leaks as well as adding structural strength.


  • Low density: 0.5 lb. per cubic foot
  • Up to R-4 per inch
  • Soft & spongy – cells filled with air
  • Water permeable (should be used in conjunction with a vapor retardant)
  • Effective air barrier at 3” of application
  • Attics, ceilings, roofs, soundproofing, walls


  • Medium to high density: 2-3 lb. per cubic foot
  • Up to R-7 per inch
  • Hard & rigid – cells filled with gas
  • Moisture-resistant, Class II vapor retarder, FEMA Class 5 flood-resistant
  • Excellent air barrier at 1” of application
  • Basements, ceilings, crawlspaces, roofs, slabs, sound-dampening, walls

In Closing

The type of spray foam that you need will ultimately depend on your project and budget. The installation of spray foam requires permits as well as personal protective equipment, so it is extremely important to contact a professional to take on the job.