Another benefit of single-ply roofing membranes is that, depending on the area climate, they can be attached in a number of safe and secure ways, from fully-adhered to ballasted to mechanically attached. These membranes are strong, yet flexible, and lend themselves well to areas where high-winds or extreme temperatures are prominent.
They are available in black or white, but we recommend going with the bright white as these are the most energy efficient membranes offering better reflectivity and emissivity over their black color counterparts. Just check out our Roof Temperature Chart and Infrared Comparison image.
Single-Ply roofing can seal and protect most roof substrates including spray foam insulated substrates, concrete flat roofs, metal roofing, wood, steel, and most traditional roofing substrate materials. Single-Ply Roofing USA recommends bright white TPO membranes as these have been proven over time to be the most stable and durable single-ply products on the market. And when installed by a roofing professional, once the single-ply application is complete, most applicators can offer a long term, single-ply manufacturer’s backed material and/or system warranty to keep your roof worry free for many years to come. Single-Ply Roofing USA recommended systems include products that are UL, FM Approved, and Miami-Dade County approved. Energy Star products and systems are also Single-Ply Roofing USA standards.
In our continuing effort to empower and educate a more informed consumer base, we also provide a network of informative websites dedicated to elastomeric roof coatings, spray foam roofing, and wall foam insulation. These educational websites answer many of the common questions related to cool roof coatings and spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and can be found here: Buildings.com
Single Ply Roofing History
A New Alternative to Age Old Problem
Single-ply roofing materials started out as a way to waterproof and protect low-slope or flat roofs without the need for tar or asphalt based roofing materials (reference these roof replacement options for more detail). Traditional asphalt and tar based roofing options require an intense heating process during installation that is not only dangerous to be around, it also creates toxic and green-house gases during the application process. Single-ply materials can be mechanically attached, fully-adhered, or ballasted which makes them not nearly as dangerous to apply and much more eco-friendly during the installation process.
More problems associated with traditional roofing methods include oxidation of the surface caused by the sun’s UV-rays. This leads to a breakdown of the roofing material and this leads to leaks. Believe it or not, asphalt actually slowly breaks down when exposed to water, and the more it is exposed to water, the faster it breaks down. Oils and some solvents commonly used on roof top equipment and HVAC units, readily dissolves traditional roofing materials. Single-ply materials offer a solid solution to all of these problems because EPDM, PVC, and TPO single ply is chemical resistant and does not break down under intense UV exposure. If you think you may have found the wrong place and are looking for more other roofing styles & installations, then please visit our alternative roofing contractors over at http://www.stpetersroofer.com/ for options that are more traditional.