What Is Commercial Single-Ply Roofing System?

What Is Commercial Single-Ply roofing System?

If you are to work for a roofing project you and your team might want to consider commercial single-ply roofing system. This type has been popular in the roofing industry due to the fact that its demand continues to rise and this trend is expected to continue in more years to come.

The rise in popularity of this particular roofing system is fueled by its undeniable advantages. First, it is considered to be one of the most flexible; second, its installation is quite easy; and third, the price is competitive.

Thermosets versus thermoplastics

In general, single-ply membranes (the factory-manufactured roofing sheets used in installation) are categorized into two types of material: [1] the thermoplastic (e.g. Polyvinyl Chloride, Thermoplastic Olefin), which can be repeatedly softened when heated and hardened when cooled; and [2] the Thermoset (e.g. Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) which pertains to the materials that solidify, irreversibly after heating.

Choosing a type of single-ply roofing membrane

There are a number of factors you need to put into consideration when choosing a type of membrane to use for installation, including the following:

The cost (considered to the prime consideration)
The building height
Wind exposure
anticipated roof traffic
aesthetics

More advantages of single-ply roofing system

Aside from the benefits previously mentioned, the use of single-ply roofing system also has the following additional advantages:

Energy Star-rated – it is the national energy performance rating that provides external benchmark aimed to provide energy managers help in making assessment on how efficient their buildings are when it comes energy consumption relative to similar buildings nationwide. The rating system is based on 1-10 scale, where the higher the score, the better.
CRRC-certified – Single-ply roofing materials such as Carlisle’s white and tan Sure-Weld® TPO are certified by Cool Roof Rating Council, a non-profit educational organization that provides information on accurate radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces. It evaluates and labels the solar reflectance and thermal emittance of roofing products and have the information disseminated across all interested parties.

Finding a contractor

Aside from examining the reputation of the material distributor, you must also check the roofing contractor that will handle the task. With that, you need to put into consideration the length of time the company in roofing installation service, the reviews from its customers (previous and current), as well as the accreditation or permit to operate to ensure that you are dealing a company that is legitimate, reputable.

 

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