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    Because it is applied by spraying repeated layers, even a roofer experienced in applying the material cannot get it perfectly smooth, so an SPF roof often has a slightly wavy surface. You can see it in the photo above. But we have also inspected roofs that appeared to be done by an inexperienced applicator and resembled the marshmallow topping on a Thanksgiving candied yam casserole.

    The material can be applied directly over an existing roof without having to remove it, as long as the surface is stable and properly cleaned. Customers that can’t resist the cost savings from leaving the old roof in place, however, sometimes end up with a strange and unsightly SPF roof at a location that is not really appropriate for the material, like the shingle mansard shown below with an SPF coating.

   SPF is also used for attic insulation and is applied to the underside of roof sheathing, creating a cool attic. To read more about it, see our blog post “Why is spray foam used for attic insulation”

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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