Using Spray Foam for a Cold Roof

Using Spray Foam for a Cold RoofPeople often assume that anything with the word “cold” in its name is not a good thing for those who already live in chilly climates. So a cold roof may sound like something property owners might want to avoid, especially during winter. In reality, a cold roof can be a very appealing and beneficial feature for a home in colder regions.

A cold roof is one in which the surface of the roof stays the same as (or close to) the temperature of the outside air. This prevents the continuous melting and freezing cycles that can lead to ice dams and cause leaks and other damage.

This is particularly important in regions that tend to get very low temperatures and high levels of precipitation in the form of snow and ice during winter months. Since accumulated snow piled up on a roof can in itself act as a level of insulation that can cause the roof surface to warm up, it is smart to avoid doing anything that would add to those already rising temperatures.

Leaks from ice dams can cause quite a bit of damage to the roof and surfaces beneath it. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most common property repair or maintenance issues faced in the winter.  In addition, this can also cause the roof surface to weaken, leaving it vulnerable to failure.

So it would make sense that a cool or cold roof would be an attractive option for these property owners. To create this situation, certain building or renovation techniques are generally used. The goal is to keep warm air from accumulating under or around the roof surface. By properly insulating the area above the ceiling of the upper level of the home or building, you can keep warm air from rising to the roof. Using carefully chosen materials to coat and reinforce the roof’s exterior can also be very effective for this purpose.

Spray foam is a very popular and effective choice to insulate interior spaces and also to protect and reinforce the roof. This can help establish the cold roof scenario that property owners may want to achieve. That in turn can help reduce energy consumption while also making the roof less susceptible to leaks and other damage.

Contractors and property owners will need the right materials to complete these insulation and roofing projects. They can find everything to meet their spray foam supply needs at Intech Equipment & Supply.