About Single ply roofing

Single ply roofing is a roofing method which is becoming more widely used in developed countries. The material is made from thermoplastics or synthetic rubbers. The main difference of single ply membrane compared to traditional ways of roofing is the flexibility. Studies have shown that this type of roofing is the most durable material to apply on your roof.

What is a single ply roofing system?

From a technical standpoint, all roofing material are good to use. Although, the single ply roofing system is mostly used for flat roofing application. The rubber is more sustainable than regular flat roof covering. On new buildings technical managers prefer to use the single ply membrane rather than EPDM rubber.

Roof systems do not only include layers of rubber which cover the roof. There are multiple layers, with single ply membranes you can rest assured that the heat will stay in your house and the cold outside.

Installing single ply membranes is also quick and easy. This will keep the cost of repair down to a minimum, like asphalt roofs. Technical projects which involve installing a single ply roof are often more cost effective than traditional ways. Simply because the material is cheaper to acquire, more widely available, and can be better for the environment according to CPD studies.

The reason for the eco-friendly remark is because with single ply membrane roofing you do not have to remove the whole structure to fix a small area. Before, we used to remove a whole roofing system because one part was damaged, which is a huge waste of material. Single ply membranes are made from slates of rubber, you can focus repairs just on the area of the roof which is affected.

After the application of single ply roofing it requires hot air welding techniques to fasten the rubber to the roofing structure. Please do not try this yourself as it can be very dangerous. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us for technical support.

How long does single ply roofing last?

Flat roofing projects can vary in sustainability. When single ply membranes are placed incorrectly you will quickly notice technical problems. Luckily the flat roof work we’ve done in the past has always being great according to our clients.

The lifespan of single ply roofing normally lasts about 35 years including the occasional maintenance. Other types of membrane roofing deteriorate quicker. For example, EPDM rubber is often worn out within 25 years. PVC membrane roofing is not a popular method because it only lasts for 20 year at best.

Is EPDM a single ply membrane?

Not exactly, EPDM is its own type of material used for roofing. The main difference is that the single ply roofing membranes come in small, lightweight slates. On the other hand, EPDM rubber comes in one big slate. You will have to cut out the pattern of your roof and then fastened it to your roofing system. Transporting slates onto high structures is safer for our men than a large tube of rubber.

The ease in application makes a big difference. One is simple to do and takes less effort from the roofer, the second takes a lot of hard work and potential health risks. The cross over of both is possible.

Eventually, all roofing membranes do the same job. Some last longer than others which can be noticed in the price and application costs.

Can a single ply roofing be eco-friendly?

Firstly, it cuts the amount of wasted consumption. Roof membranes are normally produced in one big slate. If you have a problem with a small section of your roofing system, you will have to replace it completely. Most building owners are aware of this, but perhaps the single ply membranes were not widely accessibly when they started their roofing project.

So firstly, – reduction in waste.

Secondly, Single ply roofing is the only roofing structure which allows for green roofs. The concept is still new, but it is gaining huge popularity since the roofs green flat in Milan. The whole building is covered with plants, great sight to visit. We recommend you look it up. but back to topic.

Green roofs are supportive of the environment because in highly dense urban areas there are very few places where grass, flowers and plants can grow. If you can provide the space on your roof you will be helping humanity reduce its carbon footprint. Also, the soil on top of your roof will reduce the energy wastage, which can save you money on your energy bill.

Secondly, you can plant flowers on your green roof and save money on your energy bill. Although, maintenance fee will go up because you need a check up regularly.

How much does single ply roofing cost?

Varies, the cost of the slates is 2,50 – 7 pounds per square foot. You can acquire the slates yourself and get a certified roofer to install them for you.

The installation and maintenance can be costly. At the London roofers we charge per size of roof and time of work. On average we it will cost about 750 to 1500 per job. Although, it really depends on the size of the roofing work.


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