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SPF Roofing and Texas A&M – Part 1: Environmental responsibility

13 May 2015 | Under Roofing, SPF Insulation | Posted by | 0 Comments
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One university, seven million square-feet of leaky roofs.

The year was 1974 and Texas A&M University boasted 27 campus buildings with over 7 million square-feet of tar and gravel built-up roofs (BURs). Ongoing maintenance and tear-off costs were astronomical for the Texas A&M Physical Plant Department to keep up with the demand. How do you find and fix so many leaks for roofs with only a five-year life expectancy?

Texas A&M and SPF roofing

The solution: SPF roofing. From 1980 to 1984 the university installed SPF roofs over all 27 campus buildings and saw immediate results. The newly installed SPF saved Texas A&M’s roofs and improved energy efficiency so much that the new roofs paid for themselves in less than five years!

“We sprayed over the failing BUR for a number of years, mainly due to budgetary constraints,” says Sam Cohen, Construction Project Manager, Engineering Design Services at Texas A&M. “That’s one of the advantages to SPF. And environmentally, it means all that material doesn’t end up in the landfill.” (Source)

Because of SPF’s monolithic and adhesive nature, it helped preserve the BURs material already in place. This meant no unnecessary tear-off and extended the life-cycle of the BURs. This is one of the many benefits of SPF roofing solutions: significant reduction in landfill waste. An SPF roof has a virtually limitless life-cycle with proper maintenance. With energy savings and extended life-cycles for roofs, SPF roofs are the most environmentally-friendly commercial roofing solution available today.

SPF Roofing, 30 years later

Texas A&M reports that their oldest over-BUR SPF roofs are now thirty years old and still going strong. These roofs have received little to no maintenance due to schedule demands, but are still leak-free and maintaining high energy efficiency. Our R&A Contracting team is amazed at the longevity of SPF roofs, which is why we’re St. Louis’ premium installer of SPF roofs. Whether it’s a warehouse or an office building, we can help your business receive significant energy savings with a new SPF roof.

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