Roofing Systems

Our Permian area is battered by the elements. Our houses and commercial buildings withstand heavy winds, roasting summer sunshine, heavy rain and, as we’ve recently witnessed, occasional devastating hailstorms. We are also home to a broad collection of roofing systems of many kinds – cement, metal, slate, tile, shingle and foam – sometimes within the same neighborhood. 

The purpose of the roofing system in any building is to maintain the watertight integrity of the a building and keep its contents dry. However, especially in regions like ours, the type of roof repair or replacement you choose can play a huge role in managing your energy costs. We know this is a significant consideration in our area.

Roofs come in all shapes, sizes and materials. You may be replacing a complete roof, repairing specific areas of damage or even designing a roofing system for a completely new building. What you choose will depend on many factors, including the current roof material, the roof’s pitch, whether you may be having issues with damage or moisture build-up, as well as the overall look and feel of the building. Its a personal decision based on your needs, circumstances and budget.

The roof you choose is a personal decision. At Urethane USA we have broad knowledge of different systems and experience in helping you make your roofing decision. Because of our history and specialism in polyurethane foam, we are also sensitive to energy efficiency and understand the impact different roof choices will have on your energy consumption and budget.  

If you think your roof may need replacement, or you have to reason to suspect there has been recent weather damage, feel free to contact us for an expert opinion and a free consultation. If the damage is minor, you may be able to wait a year or two before re-roofing, but if your roof’s weather resistence has been compromised, then delaying could  increase the potential damage to your home.

Sometimes you can repair a roof system instead of replacing it. Even if the problem seems minor, you should to get it checked as soon as possible. We handle all kinds of roofing materials, such as metal, wood shake, slate, tile, and asphalt shingle.

Spray Foam Roofing

More and more property owners in the Permian Basin choose polyurethane spray foam as their preferred roofing material. In a severe climate like ours, spray foam is often the best option to save you energy, protect you from extreme weather and look great.

Of course, there are many types of roofing systems and the right roof for your home or commercial property depends on many factors. However, polyurethane spray foam is more often than not the most cost-effective insulation and waterproofing roof available. At Urethane USA we will let you know if a spray foam roof is right for you.

Spray Foam Midland

What is Spray Foam Roofing?

Urethane USA spray foam roofs have two components:

1. Closed-cell Polyurethane Spray Foam

Closed-cell polyurethane spray is considered a “closed” cell due to its high R-value (commonly around 6.7 per inch). Most of our roofs in this area use 1-2 inches of foam. Due to this high resistance, the foam coat prevents water from seeping into the insulation and creating moisture build-up. Moisture build-up promotes bacterial and mold growth, something you do not want inside your walls.

2. A reflective Elastomeric Coating

We finish each job by applying a UV-resistant elastomeric coating system with a granular surface. Our elastomeric coatings have outstanding durability and low-temperature flexibility. They have very little odor and low VOC emissions. This coating adds weather-proofing to the roof and enhances its capacity to sustain normal seasonal expansions and contractions.

All Urethane USA’s polyurethane spray foam roofs provide additional waterproofing and come with an industry-leading warranty. 

Benefits of Spray Foam Roofing

Saves Energy

Spray foam roofs significantly decrease the amount of natural gas and electricity used to heat and cool buildings.  Compared to conventional commercial roofs, spray foam systems conserve 40 percent on natural gas bills, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST also notes a 25 percent reduction on total electrical consumption.

In 1985, Gerald Scott, P.E., then in charge of roofing and energy conservation within the Physical Plant Department at Texas A&M University , announced another benefit the university had been receiving from the SPF roofs: energy savings.

Scott monitored energy savings on 27 different buildings on the campus that had received an SPF roof from 1980 to 1984. The results showed the university was able to cover the complete cost of the roof application through energy savings in an average of 4.5 years.

Energy control acts across all methods of heat transfer.  Conduction loss is mitigated by the high insulation R-value of closed cell spray foam, which can be double that of traditional materials.  The white, elastomeric coating of a spray foam roof is also far more reflective than a conventional roof. High reflective roofs are not only beneficial, they are also mandated in some areas of the country. In addition, they have been proven to lower heat-island effects in large cities.

Sturdy and Seamless

Buildings can gain or lose significant amounts of heat through air leaks.  Polyurethane spray foam roofing provides one solid roofing structure. It creates a seamless, monolithic surface and unsurpassed air barrier. It can even out the surface so there are no dips for water can collect. A self-flashing and seamless polyurethane spray foam roof is impervious to leaks and is highly resistant to chemical damage. It adds additional protection against moisture and air infiltration around HVAC curbs, vents, skylights, and other roof penetrations, traditionally the high problem areas on roofs.

Quick and Easy to Apply

Although Urethane USA takes great care and pays attention to detail when applying our polyurethane spray foam roofs, the process is still relatively quick and simple. There is usually minimal disruption to the facilities. The process is efficient because:

  • Polyurethane spray foam roofs require fewer people to apply
  • Unlike conventional systems, there is no need for multiple levels of roofing.
  • It can be used in roofs of different shapes and types – including asphalt, shingles, built-up roofs, clay tile, concrete, metal and wood.

Environmentally Friendly

Polyurethane spray foam is low in the emission of volatile organic compounds and is CFC free. It has superior energy efficiency and also reduces the need for roof tear-offs and landfill use.

Flexible and Versatile

The properties of polyurethane spray foam can vary depending on the application. It can be softer or more rigid depending on whether it needs to sustain the pressure of heavy weather, heavy equipment on a roof or human traffic.

Long Lasting

Polyurethane spray foam provides roofs with strong adhesion and wind uplift resistance. Correctly applied, they can last indefinitely and hold their insulation value for longer than other roofing materials. Our roofing systems have longer life cycles, compared to other traditional roofing methods, and do not have issues with delamination or alligatoring.

Weather Resistant

In extreme weather conditions, polyurethane spray foam is a great choice to protect your property. For example, the material was selected to cover the Louisiana Superdome.

Lower Total Cost over Time

Over several years the operating expense of a roofing system can add up to be a significant cost. Leak repair and maintenance issues are common problems on most traditional flat roofs. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) projects that as many as 40% of commercial roofs have serious issues within a year of install.

Studies have shown there are two major factors which influence the performance of a roof system:

  • First the overall quality of materials used in the system
  • Secondly, the skill of the contractor who installs it.

Deficiencies in either area can cause premature failure requiring costly repairs to the system. Overall, polyurethane spray foam roofs require minimal upkeep to remain under warranty. With the use of spray foam and our skilled applicators, we can help you achieve significant savings through lower operating expenses. Due to the seamless properties of spray foam, roof leaks are greatly minimized, reducing costly building damage. Using the best products with the best applicators can lower your operating expenses and maximize the return on your investment. In addition, if there ever are issues with your foam roof, often repairs can be made without the need of a full roof replacement.