Single-Ply Membrane Roof Technology
Today’s builders have a much better way to make a flat roof than ever before called single-ply membrane roof technology. Also, it has become more and more popular for commercial buildings to adopt a flat or low-sloped roof. The reason is that this type of roof is less expensive to build and is more economical for heating and cooling. Asphalt and coal tar have previously been the material of choice for these flat or low-sloped roofs. However, in recent years the single-ply membrane roof has taken the market by storm.
What is Single-Ply Roofing?
A single-ply membrane is a flexible sheet of compounded, plastic-derived material. This type of material is used to cover flat and low-sloped roofs. The strength, flexibility, and significantly higher durability of a single-ply membrane have made this type of material a contender in the field of roofing.
Benefits of a Single-Ply Membrane Roof
One of the best things about a single-ply roofing system is the installation process. Because only one ply is needed, the time and effort required to install are cut down dramatically. Different types of single-ply membranes have slight differences. Their cost-effectiveness is something they all have in common. The three main types of single-ply roofing are:
- TPO- (Thermoplastic olefin) TPO is composed of polyethylene thermoplastic which is bound to an ethylene propylene rubber. Its ability to deflect UV rays helps conserve energy and reduce utility costs.
- PVC- (Polyvinyl chloride) While similar to TPO, PVC is quite different in its chemical composition. Essentially a plastic, the membrane is made of two layers of PVC material with a polyester in between to act as reinforcement. This type of membrane is often used on buildings in harsh environments as it can withstand those conditions.
- EPDM- (Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) This is an extremely durable, synthetic, rubber membrane. This material might be better used in an area where you get a lot of damage from hail. Also, if you plan to install solar panels you should consider an EPDM roof as it is not reflective like TPO or white PVC roofs.
Of these types, TPO roofing is considered the gold standard of roofing materials and is one we highly recommend.
Why is Single-Ply So Economical?
The easy installation process significantly reduces the cost of a single-ply membrane roof. However, that is not the only thing that makes this type of roofing so economical. Its high durability means that it can withstand severe weather conditions and last longer than other roofing options. Additionally, the reflective aspect of TPO and white PVC materials can help to reduce heating and cooling costs. This can save you a significant amount of money over time.
Let T and G Install Your Single-Ply Membrane Roof Today!
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