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R&A Contracting - Thermo-Flex Lapolla

It’s late May but that doesn’t mean the temperatures say it’s still spring. Memorial Day in St. Louis can flirt with triple digits in the mercury and office staff and business owners begin to wonder if they’ll survive the summer. Now’s the time you wish you installed a new SPF cool roofing solution last fall!

SPF roof uses closed-cell technology from its dual-compound composite to reduce heat conduction on even the hottest days. The closed cells inside SPF is actually gas, not water, moisture, or air, that’s trapped inside the insulation material. As the surface of the SPF heats up, the gas is more resistant to the heat transfer. This keeps the sun’s radiant effect from heating up your commercial building’s attic and HVAC system. You can learn more about how SPF insulation affects air flow here. Our R&A Contracting team uses FOAM-LOK closed-cell SPF from Lapolla Industries as our primary choice for SPF insulation. Check out the technical specifications of FOAM-LOK here.

Adding a highly recommended layer of Thermo-Flex acrylic coating gives your roof more protection and a built-in deflector of harmful UV rays. A UV-graded acrylic coating needs to be reapplied on a regular basis to continue protecting the SPF insulation under the surface. Business owners report saving as much as 40% off their energy bill after installing their new SPF roofing solution.

SPF insulation is an investment in the future of your building. Do other commercial roofing solutions cost less? Sometimes, but the savings in energy efficiency and the longevity of your building not affected by the sun can be well worth the investment.

If you’d like to learn more about SPF roofing, our R&A Contracting team is here to address any questions or concerns you may have. We’re the best commercial roofing contractor in St. Louis when it comes to SPF roofing and we’re here to serve you!

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO