If you are in the market for a new commercial roof, single-ply asphalt may be your best option. These extra wide rolls of asphalt can be installed quickly and with few if any seams. Know the benefits of this option so you can determine if it is the best choice for your roof.
1. Quick, Cost-Effective Installation
Unlike other types of roofing, such as built-up roofing, single-ply can be installed very quickly because there is no need for hot tar or time-consuming processes. Less installation time equates to lower labor costs, as well. Most single-ply asphalt products are installed using a cold adhesive that is applied directly to the roof decking or is pre-applied to the membrane prior to installation. This type of installation also makes it easier to install a new roof in a variety of weather conditions since it goes down so quickly.
2. Fewer Leak Concerns
For building owners that have had to deal with leaks in the past, especially along the seams between pieces of roofing membranes, the fewer leak concerns of a single-ply material is a welcome relief. These membranes are much wider than traditional asphalt rolls, which means there are no seams on small roofs and fewer seams on larger roofs. What seams do exist will be reinforced and sealed to further guard against leaks.
3. Durable In Most Conditions
Single-ply asphalt membranes are more durable compared to other membrane options in part due to the asphalt coating. This coating helps them withstand high acid conditions, such as from acid rain or bird droppings, as well as resist damage from rain, ice, and wind. When installed properly, the full adhesion of the roof membrane to the roof deck further ensures that it won't come loose, tear, or be damaged by uplift.
4. Energy Efficient
Membrane roofs are often light-colored on top. This is not a coincidence, either. A lighter-colored roof reflects heat and sunlight away from your building. This means that the building is less prone to overheating, so you won't need to use as much energy due to the reduced cooling needs.
5. Lightweight Installation
Weight can be an issue with some roofing types, such as built-up roofing. Weight is rarely a concern when it comes to single-ply membranes, though. Since these membranes weigh so little, they can even be installed over an older, heavier roofing system without the cost and labor of tearing off the old roof.
Contact a roofer to discuss the best options for your commercial roof installation.