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5-year inspection of foam roof

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Joined: May 8 2003

My roof was installed in 1998 by DuraFoam and now they want to do the 5-year recoating for $3850. Does anyone know if this is worth doing or is it just a way of keeping Durafoam in business?
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Zelda

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Foam roofs don't last forever and I, personally, would recoat it. I believe the first recoat at 5 years is recommended but its not the case you will have to have it done every 5 years afterward (ask the company how long until the 3rd recoat, I think you might hear that it's more in the range of 10 years). You don't give the square footage of your roof so its hard to tell if the bid is competitive on the face of it.

Recoating probably means having it done professionally (others on the board have recounted problems doing it themselves). I'm not clear if that would have to be done by the original roofing company--seems to me their original warranty probably runs out at 5 years so you probably have nothing to lose by having another foam roofing company quote the recoat (make sure they have verifiable experience with foam roofs).

My roof was done by DuraSpray Foam (could this be the same company as yours?) by the former owner and is due for its 5 year recoat. I will have them out to inspect and see if I like the company/technicians and the price. If I have any reservations, I will have other quotes done by other companies.

Good luck.
Jake

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Hi Jake
Yes it was Dura-Spray Foam. The house is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath Eichler and the roof is just under 1900 square feet. The warranty runs for another 5 years. The roof has performed flawlessly. Dura-Spray said that it would not need to be recoated in another 5 years.
Zelda

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Joined: Mar 22 2003

We also have a Dura-Spray foam roof. We just had the 5-year recoating done last summer. I think it was aroung $3K (our home is 1526ft^2). When we originally had the roof installed, Dura-Spray indicated that it was best to re-coat at 5-year intervals. Something that could be quite expensive over the life of the roof! However, based on more recent research, they found that only one recoating is necessary, at the 5-year mark.

They inspected the roof, pressure washed it, let it dry a day, and then recoated. We are glad we had it done. While somewhat intangible in value, given the high cost and wonderful performance of these roofs, I would recommend it. Just my $0.02.

Cathye

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Joined: Jun 17 2003

My roof is up for its 5 year re-sealing too. It's a 1750 square foot house (though of course the roof is much bigger). Anyone had a similar recent experience that can suggest what I should expect to pay for this, and who is bad and good at it?
Dave.

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Joined: Mar 22 2003

At a minimum, I would contact Able roofing, an advertiser on this sight. They are experienced foam roofers and do a lot of Eichlers. Also the other one mentioned in the previous post was good, at least in our experience. Getting a quote is free, so why not have both companies down for a look and estimate?

Cathye

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Joined: Jul 6 2003

I have an early Dura-Spray foam roof, installed in 1986. I have had it recoated twice, once at 6 years and again at about 13 years. The first time, I did it myself and discovered that spray washing was not that effective (I have large trees that drop sap onto the roof). In the end I scrubbed the roof with hard bristle brushes. I purchased the recoating material at Dunn-Edwards paint and applied it with rollers. The second time, I hired a painter to power wash and apply the coating. I seem to recall the painter charged around $1200. Right now, the roof needs some touch up recoating and I am contemplating doing all of it for a consistent appearance. (We live on a slope and the roof is visible from up the street.) Bottom line, recoating has worked for me, but I did not need a roofer to do it.

Hope that helps.

John

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