Severe Weather Alert: Using SPF Insulation in Hurricane Zones

spray foam suppliersIf you think about it, severe weather can be one of the toughest tests for any roof system. In fact, each year, insurance claims for hail damage average close to $2 billion and for wind-related damage more than $160 million, according to recent reports.

At Intech Equipment and Supply, we truly believe that the track record for Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roof and wall insulation is a positive (and long) one. Not only does SPF provide extremely good insulating qualities and long-term building protection, it is relatively easy to build and work with, and completely effective in terms of upfront and life-cycle costs.

The best part: in recent years, including several major U.S. hurricanes, studies have revealed the true value of spray foam insulation as a “safe, sturdy and effective” product that can endure severe weather better than many other available exterior roofing systems.

As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, a report released just last year by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), detailing the effects of Hurricane Katrina on structures in New Orleans and other areas in the Gulf Coast region, provided compelling and positive evidence about SPF performance.

We encourage today’s building owners and managers, as well as architects and construction professionals, to be more cautious than ever in their specification and detailing of designing buildings that resist the effects of wind and weather events.

Furthermore, for their part, manufacturers and other industry experts should continue to conduct in-field performance testing, as well as SPF materials studies, to make roofing systems that better protect buildings and their residents during severe storms, hurricanes and high wind.

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