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Where did SPF roofing get its start?

It’s helpful knowing the history of a product, especially if there’s a good story to be heard. Texas A&M University put SPF roofing on the map in the early 1980s with their campus buildings. How did good ol’ Aggieland hear about SPF roofing? For that answer, we need to wind the clock back even earlier.

The history of SPF roof insulation

It was the 1937 and Europe was on the verge of erupting into WWII. A German chemical company named IG Farben (Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie) was home to Otto Bayer, one of the lead developers of a new plastic substance called polyurethane. This unique material was used to coat airplanes and showed remarkable promise and durability. (Journal of Chemical Education)

Following the war, companies like DuPont, Union Carbide, and BASF developed a variety of polyurethanes in the 1950s. The initial application served as an interior insulation material, specifically for automobiles. It wasn’t until the 1970s that SPF (spray polyurethane foam) was first used as a roofing insulation.

Texas A&M University was the first noteworthy entity to use SPF insulation for roofing on any large scale. 27 campus buildings with over 7 million square feet worth of leaky BUR (built-up roofs) made for one Texas-sized headache. (Source) This was SPF’s chance to shine. The Texas A&M Physical Plant maintenance crew installed SPF roofs on all the campus buildings from 1980 to 1984 and SPF had a brand-new reputation.

SPF roofing: the best commercial roofing solution, period!

SPF roofs now carry over 40 years of industry excellence as the best available commercial roofing solution today. R&A Contracting installs tens and tens of thousands square feet of SPF roofing every year and we stand behind SPF all the way. SPF roofs regularly save building owners up to 40% per year in energy costs and often pay for their installation cost within the first five years of their life-cycle.

And now you know the rest of the story! If you’re a business owner in need of a new warehouse or office building roof, give R&A Contracting a call to learn more about SPF roofing. We take pride in being St. Louis’ premium installer of SPF roofing and we can’t wait 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