Single Ply Roofing

Paul Bange Roofing Installs & Maintains Single Ply Roofs

You have a lot of options when it comes to your home or commercial building’s roof. Paul Bange Roofing has been serving the Fort Lauderdale, FL area for more than 30 years, and we want to introduce you to an option you may not have considered. Single ply roofing members might be the perfect solution for your home or business, even if you’ve yet to realize it. Single ply might be a bad thing when it comes to toilet paper, but that’s certainly not the case with roofing. Learn more about this popular roofing option and contact our team today to request an estimate or a free roofing consultation.

H3: What is Single Ply Roofing?

Single ply roofing has many advantages for home and business owners. They enjoy the fact that it’s designed to be installed in one layer. Single ply roofing membranes can be made from a variety of materials. This roofing type is resistant to UV radiation and ultra-flexible. It’s most often black or white and can be fastened, glued, or installed directly over roof insulation material. These flexible sheets of compounded plastic-derived material are preferred over their traditional counterparts because they are strong, flexible, and very durable. The material used in single ply roofing covers and protects both flat and low-sloped buildings.

What are the Most Common Types of Single Ply Roofing?

There are two groups of single ply membranes: thermosets and thermoplastics. Take a few moments to learn a bit more about each type, so you’re well versed when you speak with our experts for a free roofing consultation. Both types of membranes are resistant to ultraviolet radiation and are highly flexible.

  • Thermosets – These membranes are compounded from synthetic rubber polymers. The most commonly used polymers for thermosets include EPDM, neoprene, and CSPE. This type of single ply membrane is ideal for large roof areas and will help reduce or minimize seams. Most EPDM thermoset black membranes contain carbon black, which increases UV protection. By comparison, white membranes often contain titanium dioxide, which increases the reflection property against those UV rays.
  • Thermoplastics – The two most common types of thermoplastic single ply membranes are TPO and PVC, which are both plastic-based. Thermoplastic membranes are typically made to include a reinforcement layer, which is most often polyester or fiberglass. This is done to provide additional stability and strength. The seams on thermoplastics can he hot-air welded together and form cohesive laps. Once the membranes cool, they will return to their original material type.

How is Single Ply Roofing Installed?

The installation method used for your roof depends on the type you choose and the dynamics of your building. The experienced professionals at Paul Bange Roofing have installed all types of roofing systems throughout the Fort Lauderdale, FL area. If your building has a steel or wood roof, mechanically fastened single ply membrane roofing may be ideal. It can be used for all types of slopes and is especially useful in hurricane-prone areas like ours. Ballasted roofs may be the most effective installation method if the structural roof is able to withstand the additional loads. Another option worthy of consideration is a fully adhered single ply roofing installation. In this case, the membrane will need to be attached using the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive, which may be asphalt, water-based, or solvent-based. The finished surface is smooth and can be combined with colored membranes for pleasant aesthetic surfaces.

The Pros and Cons of Choosing Single Ply Roofing

In order to determine if single ply roofing would be a good option for you, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons. So, do you want to start with the good news or the bad news? Great, here are the pros of single ply roofing. It’s excellent against acid rain conditions and dramatic weather changes. Single ply roofing can stand up to chemicals without suffering major problems. It’s available in a wide variety of grades, which are the type of protection desired. Single ply is lightweight, easy to install, and affordable. It also has excellent reflective properties. Now it’s time for the cons of single ply roofing. It can be punctured more easily than other roofing types due to its thinner surface. Single ply has a shorter lifespan than some options, and seam problems can arise. It can also be susceptible to water retention problems. Many times, the pros outweigh the cons, and we’d be happy to work through your options with you.

Contact Us for a Free Roofing Consultation

Are you ready to learn more about whether single ply roofing would be best for your building? If so, our team would be happy to provide you with an estimate and a free roofing consultation! Contact us today to get started.