It has been difficult for single-plies to earn a place of respect among modern roofing systems. The initial problems single-plies had to overcome were design and installation practices, which many dedicated people and committed companies worked hard to overcome. They developed a wide variety of durable and dependable single-ply roofs that are in use today.
There are so many outstanding roofing projects in our midst and it’s easy to see how modern sustainable single-plies have advanced in durability and value. Important features almost always include:
- Improved surface durability featuring increased membrane thicknesses and cover boards.
- Proactive roof traffic protection through the use of walkway systems and roof-traffic planning.
- Improved storm resistance through increased wind uplift and hail ratings as well as the use of air and vapor barriers.
- Redundant detailing at critical areas of the roof using double flashings and seams and sacrificial membrane layers.
- Improved roof system “intelligence” based on new leak detection and monitoring technologies.
Not only do these features make modern single-ply roofs more durable, they make them more sustainable. And much of the new focus on durability can be traced back to the continuous process of improvement in modern single-ply roofing.