Answering Your Questions About Roofing

Understanding Single-Ply Membranes for Lightweight Commercial Roofing Solutions

by Donald Evans

If you are looking for an affordable and lightweight commercial roofing solution, single-ply membranes are exactly what you need. These materials have a lot of other benefits too, which you will want to know about. You also want to know about the process of having these materials installed. The following single-ply membrane roofing information will help you choose the right solution for your commercial roofing project:

The Roof Decking Underlayment

Roof decking is the first layer of materials that need to be laid for single-ply membranes. These are the materials that will support the new roofing. You want to take a few things into consideration when this decking is being installed, including:

  • Use rigid sheathing (plywood or insulated board)
  • Correct uneven spots
  • Screw the decking down

The decking needs to be installed properly and inspected before the installation of the membrane. This will prevent problems with punctures that cause leaks and damage to your business.

Preparing the Surface for Single-Ply Membranes

Some preparations need to be made for the installation of single-ply membranes. You want to inspect the surface for defects and damage that need to be repaired. After the surface of the decking has been inspected, the roofing contractor can begin applying the adhesive for the membrane. This adhesive will hold the new single-ply roofing materials down.

Installing the Single-Ply Roofing Membranes

The membrane material is a single-ply roofing material that is glued to the decking. This process will involve cutting the materials to fit the roof. Once the membrane has been completely installed, caps will be added to parapet walls. This protects the edges of the membrane materials from damage due to wind getting beneath the membrane. You may want to check to make sure all the edges of the membranes are finished with these features to prevent wind damage.

Improvements and Maintenance of Single-Ply Membranes

Improvements can also be made to protect the roof from wear and damage. These improvements can include updating the roof drains, as well as other installing maintenance paths. Improving these areas will reduce wear and damage problems in some of the most vulnerable areas of the roof. You can also have vulnerable areas reinforced with an extra layer of membrane or double-ply. Save extra membrane materials for repairing and reinforcing these areas.

Installing single-ply roofing is the perfect solution for modern, lightweight commercial construction. Contact a single-ply roofing contractor to have them install a new membrane on your business.