Features and Benefits of Single-Ply Membranes

A common practice when constructing commercial buildings is the installation of a flat roof system. For many years, these systems comprised multiple layers of materials. These, however, are now steadily being replaced by single-ply membranes, most common of which are EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) and Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) membranes.

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For the owners and managers of commercial and industrial properties, Ridgeline Construction Roofing & Exteriors, your trusted commercial roofing contractors, discusses the advantages of choosing single-ply membranes for your flat roof needs; these benefits would include:


Single-ply membranes are growing in popularity of their flexibility in terms of composition and installation. We offer both EPDM  and TPO roofing options, and they have a reputation for durability and aesthetic appeal. Single-ply membranes are also lightweight and can easily accommodate unconventional roof designs. Additionally, they can be installed using different methods including ballasted, fully adhered or mechanically fastened depending on the needs of your building. This allows for greater flexibility and customization tailored to your specific property.


Installing a single-ply membrane roof means solid protection from the elements. As one of the leading gutter installation companies, we also make sure to install proper drainage systems using scupper drains, inner drains and overflow drainage to protect your roof against leaks. The materials are not easily torn so there is less potential for storm damage. Single-ply membranes are also resistant to damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Lower Costs

Because of single-ply membranes are easier to install than most other roofing materials, the roofing system is relatively inexpensive. In addition, they have a reflective surface, which means better energy efficiency for the building’s interior. This can lead to lower energy bills and cost savings in the long run. Plus, with proper installation and maintenance, a single-ply membrane roof can last for decades.

Ease of Access

Flat roofing systems are generally easier to access since they are – well – flat. This makes it easier for roofers to gain access for repairs or maintenance purposes. This level surface is also ideal for setting up other equipment, such as HVAC units. With single-ply membranes, the lightweight and flexible nature of the material makes it even easier to work with and maneuver on top of a flat roof.


Single-ply membrane roofing systems come in a variety of materials, including PVC, TPO, and EPDM. This allows for versatility in choosing the best option for your specific needs. For example, PVC is known for its durability and resistance to chemicals, making it a popular choice for industrial buildings. On the other hand, TPO is great for energy efficiency and reflects UV rays well, making it ideal for commercial buildings that want to lower their energy costs. And EPDM is known for its flexibility and ability to withstand extreme temperatures, making it a reliable option for residential buildings.

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In addition to being the company to call for commercial roofing, we are also metal roof coatings contractors, making sure the entire roofing system is able to withstand what the elements throw at it. Talk to us today about your roofing needs by calling (256) 801-3037 or by filling out our contact form. We are happy to provide you with a FREE estimate.

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