Commercial and Industrial Services

Commercial Spray Foam Roofing

Spray foam has been used as a roofing and insulation material for over 40 years. Foam roofing systems have proven themselves through comprehensive, independent studies to be dependable, long lasting, and very affordable. Today there are foam roofs that have been in place for over 4 decades, and by all appearances they should be able to last indefinitely as long as they are properly maintained.

Here's how it works:

Sprayed polyurethane foam is applied as a liquid using plural-component spray equipment to fill cracks and crevices. It then expands approximately 30 times its original liquid volume to form a hard, closed cell monolithic roof surface. The Polyurethane Foam dries within seconds after applied to the roof surface. Its expansion results in a weather tight roofing membrane that is fully adhered to the substrate. Because of polyurethane’s light weight it adds little additional weight to the structure and is often used in remedial applications. Polyurethane foam has a history of more than 40 years as a maintainable roofing medium. Polyurethane foam adds excellent insulation value to the structure and your utility bills will reflect the difference.

Once the SPF has been applied to the proper thickness and finish specifications, a protective layer of elastomeric coating or gravel is applied. This protective layer produces a durable weather resistant surface and that can be walked on for normal maintenance.

Polyurea Coatings

A sprayed on polyurea coating or lining provides a seamless, waterproof barrier that is environmentally-friendly (contains no VOCs or CFCs), durable, flexible, temperature and weather resilient, corrosion resistant, low-maintenance, fast curing, and complies with most government and industry codes.

Secondary Containment Tank Lining

Our spray-on polyurea linings comply with federal code regulations regarding proper containment of hazardous materials and wastes from leaking into the soil. The seamless polyurea lining quickly and efficiently seals all existing or new containment tanks, providing an immediate durable shield.

Pond Linings

Spray-in polyurea linings are an excellent choice for ponds because they are seamless, durable, flexible, waterproof, low-maintenance and an environmentally-friendly choice for fish and plants.

Food and Beverage Industry Flooring

Polyurea coating systems are ideal for food and beverage industry floors because it provides a seamless, durable, low-maintenance, sanitary, safe, non-slip surface that is temperature resistant (can resist extreme hot and cold temperatures), and cures fast so you can get back to business!

Sewage Tank Coating

Spray applied polyurea coatings provide waterproof shield, making it ideal for existing or new wastewater treatment, sewage tanks, and sewer manholes.

Coating for Bridges

State Departments of Transportation have recognized the value of polyurea coatings on bridges. Polyurea coatings have proven to be a more durable coating for bridges that long-lasting longer and corrosion resistant.

Blast-resistant Coatings

New initiatives in anti-terrorism require government buildings to protect personnel by making the building blast-resistant. Coating existing structures with polyurea spray on coatings is the best option because the elasticity of the polyurea coatings have proven to effectively contain debris in the case of an explosion, greatly reducing injuries and death from flying debris. The benefits of polyurea coatings are clear: it bonds to a variety of surfaces, it is ductile, easy to apply, and can be retrofitted into any existing building.

Coatings for Building Foundations

Polyurea coatings provide a watertight seal against moisture for building foundations, roofs, and joints. Polyurea coating is a seamless sub-slab or sub-grade water barrier.

Secondary Containment

Code Compliance and Liner Repairs

We offer assistance in developing exact specification guidelines to meet exact expectations and budgetary constraints. Polyurea’s strength, elasticity and resistance to tears, punctures and chemicals make it an outstanding coating for secondary containment needs.

When used as a secondary containment coating, polyurea can be applied over steel, geotextile fabric, concrete, wood fiberglass, masonry and earth. Polyurea produces a seamless membrane after installation. Other liner systems are seamed together; these seams are potential failure points.

Both primary and secondary containment storage tanks for industries must make sure that their storage tanks will not deteriorate to the point of a containment breach. To properly ensure safe containment, industries need a way to quickly and safely create a protective coating on their secondary containment tanks.

Our polyurea protective coatings are the ideal choice for secondary containment because it provides a fast-curing, seamless membrane over the secondary containment tank. Polyurea coatings were created with the idea of minimizing down time to let your business get back to work. The spray on polyurea coating adheres to almost all materials– earth, concrete, masonry, fiberglass, metal, wood, and geotextiles and conforms to any shape. Its durability is unmatched; it is resistant to tears and punctures, and most chemicals and industrial liquids.

Polyurea protective coatings for secondary containment are safe and easy to use. There are zero VOC’s, its non toxic, odorless, temperature resistant, and chemical and abrasion resistant. Polyurea is an ideal choice to significantly extend the life of secondary containment areas. It can be applied during the construction stage or easily retrofitted to existing containment areas. Polyurea protective coatings have many uses including:

Spray Polyurethane Foam has been used as a roofing and insulation material for over 45 years. During this time, foam roofing systems have proven themselves through comprehensive, independent studies to be dependable, long lasting, and very affordable. Today there are foam roofs that have been in place for decades, and by all appearances they should be able to last indefinitely as long as they are properly maintained.

Sprayed Polyurethane Foam is a combination of isocyanate and polyol. These two components are fed through a proportioner which heats then pumps the two separate components to the spray gun, where they are mixed and sprayed onto the substrate. Because it is sprayed onto the roof as a liquid, it forms a single continuous structure that is seamless and very stable. SPF requires a clean surface for proper application. It must be dry, free of contaminants like oil, and properly fastened to the substrate in accordance with the proper building codes. A protective elastomeric top coat is required which is typically sprayed on as well, but it is also possible to be applied with hand or power rollers.

Foam roofing has many advantages over traditional roofing methods, and as you read through this web site you will learn a lot more about them. Here are some brief examples:

Insulation Properties of SPF systems

Sprayed polyurethane foam has an R-value of 7.14 per 1 inch thickness, enabling it to provide more thermal resistance with less material than any other type of roofing insulation.

Foam roofing produces energy savings of 30% or greater when compared to the alternative roofing systems. The cost of the roof can be easily recovered in under 5 years, simply through these energy savings alone!

Insulating Freezers, Tanks and Other Structures

SPF systems are frequently used to insulate and protect a wide variety of special structures. It has been used with great success in the oil industry, chemical process plants, even in the wine industry.

SPF's Waterproofing Ability

Sprayed Polyurethane Foam is perfect for many different waterproofing applications. Because it is composed of billions of closed cells, the foam acts as an air barrier, preventing moisture infiltration into the building. This ability minimizes dew point problems, which unchecked leads to water condensation inside of the structure. Moisture infiltration into the building envelope is the number one cause of building deterioration.

Even when the top coat of a foam roofing system is damaged, the underlying foam will keep the roof from leaking. The Superdome in New Orleans was damaged once in a severe hail storm. Thousands of hairline cracks appeared in the top coat, but no leaks ever occurred, even though it wasn't repaired for over a decade!

If a penetration does occur all the way through the foam layers, the water infiltration will be isolated only to the area where the membrane has been penetrated. Small penetrations in foam roofng systems can be repaired easily with an elastomeric caulk, reinstating the integrity of the system.

Water ponding is quite often a problem with conventional roofing systems. When applying the polyurethane foam in reroofing situations, it is very easy to build up areas of greater thickness while spraying. so that water will drain properly. This also eliminates the problem of the additional weight load associated with water accumulation.

Elastomeric Coatings

Sprayed Polyurethane Foam has to be protected from exposure to the sun's ultra-violet radiation and moisture. This is where the top coating comes in, it helps to protect and seal the foam from any damage. There are several basic requirements for a coating to be effective, which we will outline below.

Spray Foam Roofing Info

The SPF System as it is commonly referred to is a closed cell roofing and insulating membrane that is sprayed-in-place on site. The foam membrane is then coated with an elastomeric coating to help protect the foam from the elements such as ultraviolet degradation.

Example of Foam Application: Energy Savings

Since 1975, Texas A&M University has exclusively used SPF roof systems to protect campus buildings from the elements. In addition to leak free protection the University has realized tremendous cost reduction through energy savings. The results of an in-house survey are listed below indicating a four and a half year payback, strictly through reduced utility bills.

Seamless

Sprayed polyurethane foam forms a seamless insulated roofing system. It has no joints or seams that often allow outside water and air to pass through the roofing system into the building structure. Whether a roof is 10,00 square feet, 100,000 square feet or larger in size, it will have no seams.

Eliminates Flashing Leaks

Because sprayed polyurethane foam conforms to the substrate and when installed, is a seamless system, it is ideal for flashing parapet walls, roof penetrations and roof mounted equipment, including vents, pipes, stacks, HVAC equipment, skylights, and cooling towers. Many roof leaks are caused by faulty flashings. Sprayed polyurethane foam solves the problem.

Elimination of Ponding Water

In reroofing applications, ponding of water may be eliminated by adding an increased thickness of polyurethane foam in low areas. Building up the low areas and sloping the roof so that it drains properly will eliminate ponding water and the additional load factor that is caused by water accumulation.

Lightweight

The weight of polyurethane foam is between 2-3 pounds per cubic foot. One inch of polyurethane foam insulation plus 30 mils of an elastomeric coating weight approximately 60 pounds per 100 square feet, as compared to approximately 600 pounds per 100 square feet for a typical conventional four-ply built-up roofing system. This makes a sprayed polyurethane foam system ideal for reroofing as it is often possible to apply over an existing built-up roof without removing it.

Highest "R" Value

Sprayed polyurethane foam has an R-value of 7.14 per 1 inch thickness, enabling it to provide more thermal resistance with less material than any other insulation.

Chemically Stable

Sprayed polyurethane foam, although inert, must be protected from sunlight by a UV resistant elastomeric coating. It is odorless, resists attack by either mildew or fungi and has no nutritive value.

Minimizes Thermal Shock

Because a polyurethane foam roofing system is seamless, has a high "R" value and is covered by a reflective elastomeric coating, it greatly reduces the thermal shock a building is subjected to because of fluctuating outdoor temperatures.

Versatility

It can be used on both new and replacement roofs, whether flat, pitched, saw-toothed, domed or having unusual slopes or configurations. It is also ideal for the spray application to tanks, freezers, coolers, piping, ductwork and various aerospace projects.

Rigidity

While sprayed polyurethane foam is very light weight, it is strong and will not pack down or sag.

Flexibility

It has the ability to withstand a structures normal expansion and contraction without affecting the ability to keep the structure protected from the outside elements.

Watertight

Polyurethane foam is made of billions of minute closed cells which resists the penetration of water and vapors. It must, however, be protected by an elastomeric coating suited for use in that particular environment.

Long Lasting

The elastomeric coating system which protects the polyurethane foam can be rejuvenated by the re-application of of additional coatings after the initial coatings system has weathered after many years of service.

Ease of Application

A sprayed polyurethane system can be applied in a relatively short period of time with little or no disruption of building operations by an experienced qualified polyurethane foam contractor.

Ease of Maintenance

Minor repairs or modifications to a polyurethane system can be made by in-house maintenance personnel at minimal cost. All that is needed is a hand caulking gun and a tube of caulking.

What are some other considerations?

Although these system have been in the marketplace for about 30 years now, many people still consider it as new technology. Because of this there are many misunderstandings concerning utilization of this product.

Material Selction

Due to the lack of proper public education, there are many misgivings about polyurethane foam. Most people still refer to it as "Styrofoam stuff" or worse yet, they believe it to be hazardous material. However, there ARE many different types of formulations in this field, and custom designing the proper system for geographical location is VERY important.

Skilled Craftsmen

This is the most crucial element for installation of ANY SYSTEM currently on the market today. Check references..ask to see an existing jobsite...ask to talk directly with one or more of their customers who currently use the same system.