Single-ply roofing membrane systems were first developed in Europe around the late 1950's. They have revolutionized the commercial and industrial roofing industry for some time and are now being used for residential roofing as well. They are ideal for either new roofs or re-roofing over a variety of common roof deck types and insulation materials. These products have proven themselves in a wide variety of climate and weather conditions worldwide.
Unlike built-up roofing (BUR), which is put together on site, Single Ply Membranes are flexible sheets of compounded synthetic materials that are manufactured to strict quality control specifications and thicknesses. These prefabricated sheets are very flexible, and can be applied to virtually any roof surface: flat, spherical, curved, or slanted. They are quite popular because of their long-term weather ability. They also have excellent resistance to temperature extremes, ultra-violet light, ozone, and moisture. The ease, speed, and cleanliness of installation make this a logical choice in most roofing applications.
There are many different types and thickness grades for single-ply roofing products. The Single-Ply Roofing Institute (SPRI) categorizes them into three main groups: Modified Bitumen (MB), Thermoplastic (PVC, TPO), and Thermoset (EPDM). There are various application techniques used to attach these products. They are: ballasted, fully adhered, and mechanically attached. Matthews Roofing is proud to include all of these new and technically advanced roofing systems.