What is the best material for a flat roof? Single Ply Roofing is a popular option for commercial buildings with flat roofs in the Twin Cities area due to its durability, simplicity of installation, and longevity. Single Ply roofing systems are composed of flexible, synthetic-derived sheets used to cover flat or low sloping roofs of commercial buildings. When these single ply commercial roofing systems are properly installed and maintained, they can last up to 30 years. Our commercial roofing service contractors offer single ply roofing options and are here to answer any questions you may have about roofing options available to you.
There are three types of Single Ply Roofing, including:
- TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)
- PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
- EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)
Commercial Single Ply Roofing System Membranes
Single Ply commercial roofing membrane systems are an alternative option to a more traditional type of roofing called "BUR" (or Built-up roofing.) BUR roofing is composed of alternating layers of reinforcing fabric and asphalt. BUR roofs are then finished with a top layer of stone or gravel (aggregate).
In contrast, Single Ply roofing systems are constructed with sheets of rubber and other synthetic material membranes. The membrane creates a layer of protection that is strong, durable, and lightweight. The membrane can be attached in different ways: by ballasted (not adhered to the decking material), with adhesive, or mechanically fastened.
Although the process of installation and material differs between the TPO, PVC and EPDM options, the Single Ply system has many safety and energy-saving benefits.
Benefits of Single Ply Roofing Systems
- Conserves Energy – TPO roofs can be heat reflective, allowing for the conservation of energy.
- Fire Resistance – The TPO and EPDM membranes can achieve fire resistance by adding fire retardant chemicals during the manufacturing process.
- Durability – Made up of different materials, the flexible membranes used in Single Ply roofs are durable. They can resist harsh elements such as winters, storm debris, and sun exposure. In addition, they can be resistant to debris build up.
- Light Weight – Unlike the traditional Built-Up Roofing (BUR), Single Ply roofs are not layered with heavy material and gravel. Instead, the membrane is lightweight and flexible. This allows for lesser tension on the building’s structure.
- Quick and Less Expensive – The installation of Single Ply is usually faster and more straightforward than other commercial roofing options. Less time, labor, and material needs equate to buyer’s savings.
To learn more about the advantages of Single Ply commercial roofing installation and repair services needs anywhere in the Twin ities area, give us a call at 952-463-4592. We will answer any questions you may have and provide you with the best options for your commercial building’s roofing needs.