If you are selecting a flat roof for residential or commercial purposes, you might want to consider installing single ply roofing. These are flat roofs that you can install in one layer, and they are increasingly becoming very popular in the construction industry. They are available in following two main types:
Thermosets: They are made from synthetic rubber polymers and are available in three types—Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO), and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). EPDM is the most favored roofing membrane and often has carbon black as a component to provide UV protection. If you prefer white roofing, they have titanium dioxide to increase the reflective properties of the roof. You can glue, fasten, or install thermosets over roof insulation material.
Thermoplastics: They are usually made of PVC resin and TPO polymers and have a fiberglass or polyester reinforcement layer for increased strength. They are light in color for improved reflective abilities, and you can install them with hot-air welding.
Advantages of Single Ply Roofing
Let us consider some of the advantages of single ply roofing:
1. As single ply roofing membranes follow strict production standards, they are consistent in quality and, therefore, reliable for commercial and residential purposes.
2. Single play roofing membranes are light-weight and flexible. That makes them perfect for use in many of the unconventional designs of modern architecture.
3. The environmentally friendly materials like carbon black used to make single play roofing render them impervious to UV radiation.
4. One of the main reasons for the current popularity of single ply roofing is its ability to withstand extreme winters and summers and regulate the interior temperature.
5. Acid rains and other acidic substances do not affect single ply roofing membranes. They are also resistant to most common chemicals.
6. Having a single ply roofing will add to the safety of your residential or commercial property as the roof is fire-resistant. Some membranes even have self-extinguishing properties.
7. Along with being long-lasting, it is possible to recycle the single ply roofing membranes. That makes them an environmentally friendly roofing option.
8. Another reason for the popularity of single ply roofing is its ease of installation. You can either attach it with special fixings or adhere to it in place with strong glue or electric hot air welding. However, if you live in an area with high winds, it might be a good idea to choose adhesion or welding over fixings that could get loose over time and even cause the roof to come off.
9. The speed of installing single ply roofing membranes is another thing in their favor. Both fixing and adhering options won’t take up a lot of your time for their installation, and you can even install them over an existing flat roof. That will save the time and cost of removing the old roof to install the new one.
10. Depending on the area you need to cover, single ply roofing is available in a range of sizes and prices. The rates generally are affordable, and, given that such roofs last for a long time, you will be making a sound investment for the future.
11. The large sizes of the single ply roofing membranes make it possible to install them in large areas while minimizing seams.
12. The reflective properties of the black and white single ply roofing membranes usually result in reduced use of energy. You may even need less HVAC equipment to cool and heat the property, and that will lead to significant cost savings in the long run.
13. The single ply roofing membranes are resistant to both rot and root penetration.
14. Since the single ply roofing membranes offer vapor permeability, there will be no instances of blister formations.
As you see, there are plenty of practical advantages to installing single ply roofing in your residential or commercial property. Plus, such roofing membranes come with reasonable pricing that places them in the affordable category for most buyers. You might want to keep in mind though that single ply roofing membranes are generally not compatible with other types of single roof systems, and so you won’t be able to install them in combination with those.