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What's On Your Roof? How To Care For Your New Foam Roof

If you've decided to add spray foam to your existing flat roof, you've made a great choice. Spray foam will make your home more energy efficient and will last for many years. On top of that, spray foam is impervious to insects and rodents, which means your new roof will help prevent pest infestations. Spray foam is also easier to maintain than other types of roofing material. Here are some tips that will help you care for your new foam roof.

Keep the Birds Away

Once you have your foam roof, you'll need to keep the birds away. Your new foam roof will be impervious to insects and rodents, but it will attract birds. That's because the foam substance makes an excellent addition to nests. Birds can peck their way through the surface of the foam, creating a hole that will allow them to reach the softer underside of your roof. To avoid extensive damage, keep the birds away from your roof. If you find bird damage, you should have the area re-coated as soon as possible.

Clean It Annually

If you want to keep your foam roof looking brand new and prevent premature aging, you'll need to clean it once a year. If you've ever cleaned an asphalt shingle roof, you know how time-consuming the process can be. Luckily, it won't take nearly as much work to clean your foam roof. Fill a garden sprayer with water and add one cup of mild dish detergent. Apply the solution to the surface of your roof and then rinse it off with your garden hose. If you have stubborn spots of dirt or bird droppings, allow the cleaning solution to soak in for about 15 minutes and then clean the area with a soft brush before rinsing with the garden hose.

Check for Changes in Texture

When your new foam roof is installed, it will be white and have the texture of an orange peel. Over time, the color may begin to fade, but the texture shouldn't change. To monitor the condition of your roof, you should check for changes in texture each time you clean it. If you notice that the foam looks like scrambled eggs, you need to have it inspected as soon as possible. Changes in texture are a sign that your roof is deteriorating from the inside out.

If you're going to have a new foam roof installed on your home, use the tips provided here to extend its life and keep it looking brand new. For more information, contact a company like Durafoam Roofing LLC.