Years ago, roofs were primarily either multi-ply asphalt or tar, as businesses were limited on options. However, in the past decades, single-ply membrane systems begun to make headway into the market. Customers now have much better options when the time comes to consider a commercial roof replacement. If your building is in St. Joseph, MI, Empire Contractors is the company to work with for your single-ply roofing needs. Call us today at (231) 861-7221.
What Is Single-Ply Roofing?
Single-ply roofing systems are hugely different from traditional built-up roofing systems. Older systems involve using multiple layers of asphalt and tar paper, which is then capped by a layer of rock and gravel. Single-ply roofing is a membrane that come in rolls. The membrane system is rolled across the existing substrate and connected with either adhesives or mechanical fasteners. The seams are then glued or heat-welded together, depending on the membrane material.
Single-ply roofing is beneficial for many reasons. First, single-ply membrane roofs are easier to apply and less labor-intensive than a traditional roofing system, saving installation time and costs. Furthermore, a single layer of membrane material weighs much less. Weight is significant to the integrity of your building.
There are multiple types of single-ply roofing, each with specific benefits. The “best” choice depends on your building and the type of business it protects.
Single-ply roofs are energy efficient, as they have a reflective surface. This protects your roof against harmful UV rays and allows your building to maintain a more comfortable temperature inside. Another benefit to having a single-ply roofing system is their resistance to chemicals. This feature makes certain single-ply materials great for restaurants. Finally, single-ply membranes are puncture-resistant. Unlike some other roofing types, single-ply roofing can withstand the pressure of roof mechanics walking and working on your roof.
Whether you have a single-ply roof or are curious if your commercial building would benefit from one, call Empire Contractors today! We will discuss all the types of single ply roofing we offer, as well as schedule a roof inspection in St. Joseph, MI. Contact us at (231) 861-7221 to learn more. We look forward to partnering with you!