Single-ply roofing is a popular type of commercial roofing you may want for your building when you put a new roof on. This type of roofing consists of a membrane made of rubber, plastic, or vinyl. You can often put a new layer of single-ply roofing on top of an old roof since the membrane is lightweight. Here are some other advantages of a single-ply roofing system.
Single-Ply Roofing Is Easy to Install
Single-ply membranes are easy to install, and this helps keep costs lower when you get a new roof. This type of roofing is supplied in large rolls, and the roofer rolls out the material on top of your roof and attaches it in different ways. The membrane might be adhered to, fastened, or heat-welded together. Single-ply membranes can even be held down with gravel.
The Membranes Are Easy to Repair
Single-ply membranes are easy to repair with patches of membrane material. The patches can be glued in place with rubber membranes and heat-welded with TPO and PVC membranes. Heat-welding creates a tight seal that lasts a long time, so patching punctures and rips promptly help a membrane roof have a long life.
Membrane Roofing Is Watertight
Single-ply roofing is perfect for flat roofs because the membranes are waterproof. Rain can sometimes form puddles on a flat roof and take time to dry out. Water won't penetrate a rubber, vinyl, or plastic roof as long as the roof doesn't have any damage.
Single-Ply Roofing Lasts a Long Time
A single-ply membrane roof should last several years as long as you have regular maintenance and repairs done to close punctures and gaps in seams. This makes the membrane a good investment for your company. The membrane can cover roofs of irregular shapes, and most membranes can tolerate foot traffic and equipment such as HVAC equipment that's placed on the roof. However, you might want the roofer to put down walking mats so the risk of punctures is lower when contractors service the equipment.
Single-Ply Roofing Is Attractive
The roof of your flat building might be out of sight, and in this case, the appearance of your roof may not be important. However, if taller buildings look over your roof, you may want membrane roofing due to its attractive appearance that gives your roof a uniform white or black color. Plus, the color of the roof affects the climate control of your building. Dark membranes hold heat while white ones reflect the sun and help keep your building cooler.