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Single-Ply Roofing | Longhorn Commercial Roofing San Antonio, TX

Matt Parker - Sunday, October 15, 2017

Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX offers a number of roofing options for your business. When your roofing project is on a tight budget, single-ply roofing is a option for building owners in need of a proven, cost-effective roofing system. There are a lot of factors that account for the popularity of single-ply, including the following. Single-Ply Roofing | Longhorn Commercial Roofing San Antonio, TX

The Benefits of Single-Ply Roofing

  • The manufacturing method and strict quality control of single-ply provides a roofing material of consistent quality.
  • Single-ply roofing offers a cost effective solution for your roofing project, and is effective for a low-slope or flat roof. Not all roofing materials can make this claim. Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX can assist you in selecting the best roof for your building and budget.
  • Single-ply resists deterioration resulting from the sun's UV rays, with white roofing providing the greatest resistance. In addition, white is the most effective option in reducing the roof and attic temperature in hot climates. As a result, you can also see a reduced temperature in the building's interior. These benefits provide your business with energy savings, and the reduced need for the air conditioner to run as often. Consequently repair bills on the AC are averted with reduced wear and tear, saving you even more money on expenses.
  • Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX installs single-ply roofing are on new buildings and existing buildings. Furthermore, the product can often be installed on an existing roof. Your roofing contractor can determine if your situation will allow a roof-over with single-ply.
  • White, and other select light colors of single-ply roofing can provide points for your building's LEEDS certification.
  • Single-ply roofing provides fire resistance, and resists the adverse effects of chemicals and pollution.
  • The seams of many types of single-ply roofing are heat welded to form an extremely strong bond. After welding, a specialized coating is applied to the seams for supplemental waterproof protection of the seams. The result provides superior leak protection for your building.
  • Single-ply roofing systems offer a strong, flexible and durable roof for your commercial building. Contact Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX for additional information.

    The Disadvantages

    A thicker gauge material provides greater tolerance against foot traffic, hail events and punctures. When single-ply is chosen for a roof with foot traffic, you should take precautions to ensure punctures do not occur. Always inspect any roof for damage after hail events or storms.

    The Types of Single-ply Roofing

    Single-ply roofing is available in three types: thermoset, thermoplastic, and modified bitumen. You can rely on the quality of craftsmanship and the product when you contact Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX.

    Thermoset roofing is formed of rubber polymers, and therefore the seams can not be hot air welded. Instead, the seam is formed with specialized tape or contact cement. EPDM is a type of thermoset roofing, best known for its flexibility, resistance to weathering, and its tolerance of UV rays. It is available in sizes up to 100 feet, and as thick as 90 mils in both un-reinforced or reinforced types. For obvious reasons, it is especially advantageous for large roof areas and minimizes the number of seams necessary.

    Thermoplastic roofing is a plastic polymer with plasticizers added to provide flexibility. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is an one type of thermoplastic. Hot air or chemical welding is used to form the seams, and when complete are as strong as the membrane itself. Thermoplastic membranes are often reinforced with polyester or fiberglass. PVC is naturally fire retardant.

    TPO is another type of thermoplastic, and can be installed in a number of ways. One popular version is a peel-and-stick product that significantly reduces the installation time. In addition, TPO can be hot-air welded at any time during its life span, a bonus for repair and maintenance of your building.

    Modified bitumen use prefabricated layers of asphalt, with the addition of plasticizers to provide flexibility, and includes a layer of reinforcement for additional strength and stability. It provides the advantages of EDPM, TPO and PVC , while offering a number of surface finishes and multi-ply configurations for added strength. Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX will be glad to provide you with additional information.

    Making a Selection

    The factors to be considered in your roofing choice includes budget, building height, wind exposure, estimated foot traffic, the desired appearance, and the attachment system. The roof slope, height, location and whether or not high winds may be a problem are some of the factors determining the attachment system used. Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX can provide you with the information you require, ensuring you can make an informed choice.

    Installation and Maintenance

    The use of a skilled and qualified roofing contractor, providing routine maintenance and roof inspections are key factors in attaining the expected life span of your commercial roof. Inspection after storms are not the only time to inspect the roof, you should also ensure no damage has occurred after workers have been on the roof.

    Longhorn commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX provides the skill and expertise your roofing project requires. With more than 40 years of experience, you can rely on receiving professional grade quality and superior performance in all of our roofing products and services. Give us a call for a free estimate on single-ply roofing systems, or other commercial roofing.

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