SPF, Energy, and the Environment

Jan. 13, 2010
January 2010 Issue 94

SPF, Energy, and the Environment

Sprayed-in-place polyurethane foam (SPF) is a viable roof system that has been used for decades. Here, the pros and cons – broken down by different roofing characteristics – are outlined so you can make a better decision about SPF and whether it will work for your buildings.

Take a closer look at SPF, energy, and the environment …

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Insulation: Are All SPFs Created Equal?
You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about chemistry when you consider adding insulation to improve energy efficiency. Yet one popular insulation material – spray-applied polyurethane foam (SPF) – relies entirely on chemical cleverness.
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Specifying SPF Roofing Systems
SPF roofing systems have been around for more than 40 years; however, there is still a significant lack of knowledge among many roofing professionals on how to specify, install, or maintain these systems.
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Past, Present, Future: Roofing
Today’s roofs serve a greater purpose than simply sheltering a building’s occupants, thanks to advances in product technology.
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RoofLiner by DuPont Building Innovations
This lightweight, premium synthetic roofing underlayment is engineered to provide excellent protection against leaks.
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AcryShield A500 roof coating by National Coatings
This roof coating is the industry-standard acrylic, elastomeric coating for sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing systems.
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Sarnafil Décor Roof Systems by Sika Sarnafil
These roof systems ideal for projects that call for the appearance of a metal roof yet require the watertight performance of a hot-air welded thermoplastic membrane.
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