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How many different kinds of roofs can you spot on the houses on your street? A few decades ago, you may have only seen shingle roofs, perhaps with the occasional slate roof mixed in. But these days, there are more kinds of roofing on the market. Metal roofs are becoming common because they can be made from recycled materials. Tile is a popular choice because it lasts a lot longer than other roofing materials. And then there are some roofers who install rubber roofs because they're smooth and easy to install. Learn more about roofs of all types on this blog.



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Benefits Of Choosing Single-Ply Roofing For Your Roof Replacement

An important aspect of owning and managing a commercial property is ensuring that the roof works optimally. This includes ensuring regular inspections because they help to forestall unforeseen roofing issues. Unfortunately, the roof may be so severely damaged that the only viable remedy is to replace it in some cases.

As part of the replacement, covering your new roof with a single-ply membrane is an excellent way to ensure its durability. Below are several additional reasons that make single-ply membranes necessary for commercial buildings:

Straightforward Installation 

In comparison to roof covers such as SPF, or Spray Polyurethane Foam, single-ply roofing is relatively uncomplicated to install. First, the commercial roofing contractors prepare the substrate. Next, they put up the insulation layer before covering it with a cover board.

There are two approaches that the professional can take to attach the cover to your roof. The first is mechanical, while the second is to apply an adhesive or ballast. However, there is a difference when working with various single-ply membranes. For example, TPO membranes are attached to the roof by using hot air to melt them. On the other hand, EPDM uses a completely different technique that involves seam tape.

Lightweight and Flexible

Single-ply membranes are light in weight, despite their design featuring installation layers. These layers make it possible for the property owner to choose the thickness that would work best for their property in consultation with a professional roofer. For this reason, you can use single-ply roof covers on any roofing design. As for flexibility, the membrane allows your roof to expand and contract without restriction.

Reflective and Retentive Options

Singe-ply membranes such as TPO or thermoplastic polyolefin have reflective properties. Another single-ply option for commercial buildings is EPDM or ethylene propylene diene monomer, which absorbs heat. Choosing between these two will depend on your location and which feature your building needs more. Generally, cooler areas require EPDM membranes, while hotter areas would work better with a TPO membrane.


Single-ply membranes are more eco-friendly than traditional roofing covers. So, if you are looking to minimize your carbon footprint, single-ply roof covers will serve this purpose well. A good example of a single-ply membrane that is friendly to the environment is TPE (thermoplastic polyethylene).

There are numerous ways in which single-ply is beneficial to commercial roofs. Before you kick start your roof installation project, it is important to discuss what specific roofing needs your property has with your professional roofer.