Single ply roofing is a general term used to describe a line of roofing products that come in six, eight, and ten foot wide rolls, 100 feet long each.
The single ply roofing material looks like thick sheets of white rubber which are put on the roof and then sealed one sheet to the other.
Single ply roofing lasts 3-4 times as long as traditional hot tar and torch roofing, and has reflective qualities that can save energy costs dramatically.
The material is installed by heat welding the material to itself. This is very safe to do, unlike traditional hot tar.
The material is very durable and resilient. It will not deteriorate under pooling water as hot tar material does, and can withstand most chemicals from restaurant waste.
Single ply roofing at present is about the same price as hot tar roofing, although there are different types of single ply and some are more expensive than others.
Single ply has been around for a few decades as the manufacturers have continually upgraded it. It is now being installed on Loews, Home Depots, Albertsons, Petsmarts, Nestles, and Wal Marts, to name a few, across the country.
**Single ply roofing is NOT torchdown as many people incorrectly believe. Torchdown lasts about twelve years on a flat roof. It is also not an elastomeric coating which is a glorified paint product and is not considered a legitimate flat roofing option.
Proof: Lowes, Wal Mart, Home Depot and many other large companies install single ply on their buildings. The L.A. convention center, Albertsons, Target, Ralphs, In Las Vegas, the Vdera Hotel Cosmopolitan hotel Excaliber Hotel etc. have installed single ply roof systems.