single-ply roof membrane

Is a Single-Ply Membrane Roof System Right for You?

Commercial property owners and property managers know that maintaining the integrity of a building’s roof is crucial. The cost of a roof replacement can be daunting. When it comes to roof restoration or repair, single-ply membrane roofing systems can help you get the best return on your investment and help save you thousands of dollars in roof repairs.

Single-Ply Membranes: The Basics

These roofing membranes are designed to be installed in a solitary layer of defense. Single-ply membranes offer high-performing protection for waterproofing, continued maintenance, energy efficiency, and for extending the life of your existing commercial roof.

Single-Ply roofing systems are made of flexible membranes of plastic-derived compounds that cover and protect flat roofs and low-slope roofs. They can be installed over various existing roof materials and add up to 30 years to a roof’s life.  Single-ply roofing materials are either thermoset or thermoplastic. EPDM is a thermoset; PVC and TPO are thermoplastics.

Benefits of a Single-Ply Commercial Roof System

These roofing membranes are:

  • Designed to be installed in a solitary layer of defense
  • Installation is a lot faster than other methods
  • Resistant to UV damage
  • Waterproof; outstanding protection against rain, snow, and hail.
  • Remain flexible
  • Are Class A fire rating
  • Extend the life of your commercial roof without the expense of an entire roof replacement

Types of Single-Ply Roofing Systems

Single-ply roofing systems are typically:

  • Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO): These single-ply membranes are gaining in popularity worldwide because their synthetic compounds resist tears and punctures, plus the single-ply membrane resists dirt buildup. TPO can also lower the costs to cool your building with its UV-resistant properties. 
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the most used commercial membrane and it’s easily recognized as the white “cool” roof seen on a local building and warehouse. These roofing systems can offer cost savings on a building’s HVAC use.
  • Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM): This is a rubber roofing system that offers protection again rain, snow, hail, UV radiation, and extreme temperatures. Because it’s lightweight and flexible, it’s a good choice for low-slope and flat roof applications.

Flexion: Single-Ply Formulation

We recommend Conklin’s Flexion single-ply membrane roofing system ideal for use on flat roofs, and occasionally on metal roofs. Flexion is a polyvinyl chloride thermoplastic combination that offers a good ROI in roofing restoration.

Keystone Commercial Roofing systems can outperform TPO and EPDM for Class A Fire Rating.

How Much Does a Single-Ply Roof Cost?

With its reduced maintenance requirements and “green roof” energy-saving qualities, single-ply membrane can save property owners money. Roof repair and replacement through Keystone Commercial Roofing can save you up to 50% per square foot compared to traditional roof replacement.

How is Single-Ply Membrane Installed?

Our single-ply membrane systems are attached using our exceptional 4-step installation process, which starts with a thorough cleaning of your commercial roof’s surface and ends with a weatherproofing urethane sealant that ensures a hermetic seal around your new roof’s edges and joints.

A single-ply roofing system can offer decades of energy-efficient, watertight protection for your commercial building for less money than traditional roof replacements.  Our professional roofers are ready to answer your commercial roofing questions. Give us a call at 814-724-9812.