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Cool Roofs 101: What Are They, How Do They Work, And Is Spray Polyeurathane Foam Cool Roofing

In an effort to be more energy efficient and green, homeowners are considering their roofs. New technologies in roofing materials are giving homeowners more choices than the usual asphalt shingle roofing in Jackson MS. Homeowners may have heard of cool roofs and wonder what they are, how they work, and if they’re feasible for their homes.

What Are Cool Roofs?

A cool roof reflects sunlight back into the air and absorbs less heat than an ordinary roof. Cool roof treatments include reflective paint, reflective shingles or tiles, and sheet-type coverings. Sprayed polyurethane foam is considered a cool roofing material.

How Does It Work?

Water enters a roof from many aspects such as around chimneys and gables, flashing and vents, old or broken shingles, missing shingles, and along the meeting points of roof planes. The water travels down into the attic and from there into ceilings and possibly walls. Not only water damage is done the family’s health could suffer from mold.

Spray polyurethane foam coating is like putting a cover over a classic car. It keeps out moisture, seals tightly, deters mold, and lasts a long time. It’s also green.

Is SPF Cool Roofing?

Thermal resistance in roofing in Jackson, MS, materials is measured by an R-value. This is the measure of the resistance of the roofing materials to the amount of heat hitting the roof. If the R-value is high, more sunlight is reflected back into the air. When the roofing professionals spray the roof, it forms an air tight seal. The attic beneath will be just as cool as any room in the house.

This means to the homeowner that two inches of foam equals a 92 percent blockage of heat. The electric bill will reflect a 25 percent difference. Gorilla Building will explain more benefits of spray polyurethane foam when you call to learn more about it.

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