One of the most important aspects of maintaining a commercial property is the type of roofing system chosen for it. Only then is it possible to implement a proactive maintenance plan that works for years to come. This is where single ply roofing systems step into the picture.
Single ply roofing systems are acclaimed time and again for being the most effective solution when it comes to commercial usage. Custom-fabricated and light weight, single ply roofing systems have established themselves as a preference for building owners as they promise little to no maintenance costs.
What Are Single Ply Roofing Systems?
Also known as 1-ply roofs or membrane roofs, these non-asphalt based systems are made up of flexible membranes that are uniformly laid across the length of roof decks. They are then glued down or fastened together mechanically. A covering is used on top which is usually made up of synthetic polymer and is intended to provide superior durability and protection against weather. They are effective for commercial usage since they are walkable and it is safer to install them.
Why Single Ply Roofing System?
Single ply roofing systems help one secure the following advantages.
- Single ply roofing systems can be fabricated to fit customer needs.
- They are particularly useful for surfaces that are low-sloped or flat.
- Single ply roofing systems are unbelievably durable guaranteeing longer life spans.
- Single ply roofs are easily installed without causing any distress to the building’s operations or its occupants.
- These roofs are light-weight as compared to other alternatives.
- Single ply roofs have a remarkable ability to reflect ultra-violet rays which makes it possible to secure significant cut-downs on cooling costs.
- These roofs offer resistance against chemicals, winds and fire.
- Single ply roofing systems are virtually a maintenance-free solution.
- These roofs can effortlessly accommodate extreme weather temperatures.
- These roofs are offered at competitive prices.
- They promise a consistent quality.
- They are cleaner and easier to work with.
- Single ply roofing systems can adhere to unconventional roof designs common to most modern day architectural designs.
The popularity of Single ply roofing systems in the commercial arena has only grown over the years. Another advantage associated to Single ply roofing systems is that since there are no layers, the machinery to heat up bitumen is no longer needed.
Materials used with Single Ply Roofs
As far the use of membranes is concerned for these roofs, they are categorized into two groups: Thermosets and Thermoplastics.
Thermosets are simply defined as materials that cannot be welded with hot air. They are usually made up of rubber polymers and the one most commonly used for these systems is Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM for short.
When used in Single ply roofing systems, these membranes render superior performance when exposed to varying temperatures, ozone or ultraviolet rays. They are also known to have long-term wearability. If there is a large area that has to be covered, using Thermosets can be a realistic approach as it not only keeps the weight of the roof low, the number of seams used on the roof can be reduced as well.
Contrary to thermosets, thermoplastics are membranes that are welded with hot-air so as to achieve cohesive laps. TPO and PVC are among the most commonly used membranes used in thermoplastic membranes. Their use is recommended whenever dimensional stability and strength are desired. These membranes are characteristically light-colored, giving them excellent reflectivity which leads to significant energy savings. This type of membrane simplifies maintenance and repairs as well.
Single ply roofing systems are mechanically fastened. Fastening method is an important consideration as it is highly subjective to the type of roof deck you have on your building; for instance metal, wood, concrete, etc. However, mechanical fasteners work just perfectly regardless of the type of roof deck you have. It is only important to ensure that a sufficient number of fasteners are used so as to avoid any problems from arising in the future.
At Jim Brown and Sons, we have professionals that have years of experience in laying Single ply roofing systems. In addition, our seasoned contractors are well versed with the variety of membranes that are used so as to competently cater to clients’ roofing needs while keeping things easy on the pocket. With our knowledge, we commit to provide our customers a roof that not only last years but is also fuss-free.
Jim Brown and Sons Roofing is a proud member of the Arizona Cool Roof Council. Contact us for a quote today.