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Single Ply and Two Ply Roofing Systems

There are 5 types of single ply roofing systems commonly used on flat roofs. They are EPDM, TPO, Modified Bitumen Cold Apply, Modified Bitumen Self-Adhering and Modified Bitumen Torch Down systems. Commercial Roof USA specializes in a 2 ply rubber roofing system which is the Modified Bitumen Torch Down membrane. The 2 ply system consists of a fiber base sheet with a self adhering modified base attached to it, which is considered the first layer. The second layer is the Modified Bitumen Torch Down membrane which includes embedded ceramic granules for protection against harmful ultraviolet light.

All single ply roofing systems come with warranties of between 15 and 20 years, however, the 2 ply rubber roofing system, we specialize in, comes with a 40 year warranty.

The video below shows the installation of a 2 ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down rubber roofing system over an existing Tar and Gravel Roof. This 2 ply system can be installed over any existing roof with minimal surface preparation.

Flat Roof Foot Traffic 

Many commercial roofs have a number of A/C and ventilation units, cell phone antennas, skylights, chimney stacks, drainage systems and other permanent structures on them. At some point, these structures will require maintenance or replacement. The servicing activity means that there will be a lot of foot traffic throughout the life of the roof.

During these service calls, nails, screws, wires, and tools may be unintentionally dropped, and many times, even left behind. Oddly enough, seashells are often found on commercial roofs near coastlines. These sharp objects become a potential problem for a single-ply rubber roof because they are repeatedly stepped on and create many punctures, however, a two-ply rubber roof system will withstand this kind of foot traffic.

Flat Roof Protection Options

There are two basic options for protecting a roof’s surface:

With Ceramic Granules – A Modified Bitumen Torch Down rubber membrane can have a built-in surface protection of ceramic granules. The ceramic granules protect the rubber membrane from harmful ultraviolet light.

Without Ceramic Granules – A Modified Bitumen Torch Down rubber membrane can come without the ceramic granules, however,  it is necessary to apply an aluminum asphalt coating every 3 to 5 years to maintain the integrity of the rubber membrane.

Issues with Single Ply Roofing Membranes  

Single-ply roofing systems start presenting issues within a short period of time after they have been installed. EPDM and TPO membranes are very thin and can be easily punctured with very minimal foot traffic. Also, these membranes cannot withstand direct sunlight without compromising the 15 year life expectancy; they become brittle. The adhesives break down and cause the seams to separate.

EPDM Rubber

EPDM rubber is the same material that is used in the inner tubes of tires. It is very thin and not UV protected.

Modified Bitumen: A 2 Ply System

To the left is an image of a Modified Bitumen Granular rubber membrane. The ceramic granules are embedded into the surface to protect it from harmful ultraviolet light

Once the fiber base is installed, the rubber with the ceramic surface get fused or melted to the base layer with a torch. When combined, the 2-ply membrane becomes approximately 7 mm thick.

 Roofing and Construction Contractors 

Not all roofing contractors are familiar with all types of roofing systems, therefore, they will only offer the one roofing system they are comfortable with.

It is common for construction contractors, to offer their roofing installation services, however, they do not specialize in flat roofs.

This image shows a 2 ply Modified Bitumen torch down roofing system.

What We Now Know Will Save You Money

Some 30 years ago, Commercial Roof USA was one of the first roofing companies to use the Modified Bitumen Torch Down Roofing System.  At first, we only installed a single-ply system. In 2005, a manufacturer developed a new product to improve the Modified Bitumen in the form of a self-stick base. After incorporating this base with the Modified Bitumen Torch Down rubber membrane, we realized that we had found the best flat roofing system, which has enabled us to provide a 40 year warranty with every roof installation.

 

Firestone Manufactures Quality Roofing Products  

In 2005, many manufacturing companies of roofing materials, were popping up to provide the Modified Bitumen Membranes; GAF, John Mansfield, Firestone, Polyglass, and many others. Through our experience, we have found that the Firestone APP Modified Bitumen roofing membrane has the best quality. We currently specialize in the installation and repairing of flat roofs using only roofing products from Firestone.

This 2 ply Modified Bitumen rubber can withstand heavy foot traffic and is impenetrable by sharp objects.
This single ply EPDM rubber cannot withstand heavy foot traffic and is penetrable by sharp objects.

Summary

The 2 ply Modified Bitumen Rubber Roof Membrane is by far the toughest roofing system. It can handle extreme weather conditions and be installed over almost any surface. Regardless of where it is installed, Commercial Roof USA, provides a 40 year warranty with every roof we install.

Choosing a Roofing Company

There are many roofing companies to choose from. In your search for a flat roof contractor, you will find that EPDM and TPO quotes are quite appealing, but you will need to remember that those quotes are for single-ply rubber membranes that puncture easily, have adhesives that fail at the seams, and shrink and degrade from harmful ultraviolet light.

Comparing Roofing Systems

Modified Bitumen Membrane over gravel

Above is an image of a Two Ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Roof being installed over an old Hot Tar and Gravel commercial roof.

Modified Bitumen Rubber after 20 years Monroeville, PA.

Above is an image of a 2 Ply Modified Bitumen Rubber Roof we installed over 20 years ago. Notice that there have been repairs needed since it was first installed.

Modified Bitumen Rubber roof membrane Pittsburgh

The image above is another example of a Modified Bitumen 2-ply system that we installed. After 18 years, there are no signs of deterioration.

Two ply Modified Rubber system being installed. Stamford, greenwich

The image above was taken 15 years ago as I was when installing a 2 Ply Modified Bitumen Rubber Membrane. The black covering is the first layer called the Self-Adhering Base. The second layer is the Modified Bitumen Rubber Membrane-embedded with white ceramic granules.

Rubber mats not protecting the EPDM rubber as it suppose to do.

In the image above, notice all the patched repairs. These repairs have been done on an EPDM Rubber Roof System that was less than 10 years old. There were not enough rubber mats placed in appropriate traffic areas.

Unprotected Modified bitumen rubber roof

The image above shows a SINGLE PLY Modified Bitumen Rubber Roof. Notice that there are no ceramic granules or aluminum asphalt coating applied to the membrane to protect it from harmful ultraviolet light.

Modified Bitumen Rubber - cover with another rubber to fuse together. Greenwich, CT

In the image above, we show that there is no need to strip away old roofing before installing a 2 Ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Membrane.

Installing a Rubber roof over gravel - Wilton

The image above shows part of the process for installing a 2-ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Roof System over an existing Tar and Gravel roof.

 

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