If you have a flat or nearly flat roof on your commercial, industrial or residential building, you need to considerhaving Brincks Exteriors install a membrane roofing system. This type of roofing is also used on tanks. Membrane roofing prevents leaks and moves water off the roof. This this type of roofing system is most commonly made from synthetic rubber, thermoplastic (PVC or similar material), or modified bitumen. Membrane roofs are commonly used on commercial and industrial buildings although this type of roofing is becoming more common in residential buildings too.
3 Types of Membrane Roofing
- Synthetic Rubber (Thermoset): This type of membrane roof uses large, flat pieces of synthetic rubber or a product that is close to synthetic rubber. The pieces are bonded together at the seams so that they form one continuous membrane. These membranes are fairly thick; usually between 30 and 60 mils. This type of membrane roofing offers superior performance over a wide range of exposures. It will keep your roof leak free for many years.
- Thermoplastic Membrane: Thermoplastic membrane is similar to Thermoset but no chemical cross-linking is involved. The seams of the material is welded together with solvents or heat. This welding creates a strong material.
- Modified Bitumen: This type of membrane roofing combines asphalt with reinforcement materials. This type is often a “sandwiched” roofing material that have several ways of connecting the pieces together. In the heat application process, the seams are heated to melt the asphalt together to create a seal. Another method is hot-mopped which is similar to how conventional built-up roofs are installed. Another method is cold-applied adhesives and self-adhesive membranes.
Whatever type of membrane roofing is used for your roofing needs, you can be assured that your roof will be leak free for many years. Brincks Exteriors has the experience and uses the best products for membrane roofing.
Advantages of Membrane Roofing
Membrane roofing has an advantage over the more common flat roofing method of asphalt and gravel. The asphalt and gravel method can be difficult to create a proper seal at all of the seams and connections. This can cause roof leaks in a short time span. Membrane roofing is either seamless, or the seams are as strong as the rest of the material. This prevents leakage that is associated with a flat roof.
With an asphalt and gravel roof the repairs can be hard because it is difficult to locate the point of the leak. With membrane roofing, the leak is easy to find and can be patched easily. Asphalt roofing requires a layer of gravel above it because the direct exposure to sunlight degrades is much faster and asphalt needs the weight of the gravel to hold it down.
Each type of membrane roofing contains materials that resist expansion and contraction and the material reflects much of the UV rays. Membrane roofing either lack seams or have strong seams so that when expansion and contraction does occur, it does not create leaks or breaks at the seams. It also does not need excess weight above it because membrane roofing is attached directly to the top of the building.