Comparing installation methods

Comparing installation methods for single ply roof systems

If your commercial property needs a new roof, it can be a nightmare to organise and install. Especially with so many roofing options available. But a single ply roof system could be the best option for any property. Durable, resistant and 100% waterproof, single ply roof membranes are an effective and practical choice. But with a range of installation methods available, it can be a challenge to choose the option that’s right for you. Here at Enviroply, we are the North West’s leading roofing experts. We provide commercial roofing solutions for a variety of businesses and companies across the region. This means we have the skills and the experience, to uncover which installation method would best suit your property. As a result, we have produced this guide comparing the installation methods for single ply roof systems.


Comparing the installation methods for single ply roof systems

There are three main installation methods for a single ply roof. These are:

  • ballasted roof- this is a single ply roof system that is held in place by ballast spread across the top of the membrane, weighing it down. This can be gravel, paving slabs or even green roofing materials
  • fully adhered roof- this is a single ply roofing system that is held in place with adhesive. This adhesive can be either hot or cold, thanks to the latest advances in technology
  • mechanically fixed roof- this is a single ply roofing system that is held in place with mechanical fastenings which secure the membrane, and the insulation and vapour control layers to the roof deck

The type of installation method you should choose, can be determined by a range of external factors, and structural requirements. These include:

  • the aesthetic appeal
  • environmental concerns
  • weight loading

The aesthetic appeal

If the way your new roof looks is important to your company, you need to choose an installation method that will produce the best possible aesthetic appeal. A green roof can be the perfect option, and this is a form of roof ballast. However, you would need to consider the wind direction and orientation of the roof to make sure your sedum roofing would survive all year round. After all, a bare patch on your green roof will not give the best impression of your company!

If your roof is not suitable for a green or sedum roof, you could consider a fully adhered roof. This roof can look stylish and effective, especially on contemporary properties.

Environmental concerns

If your company is focused on going green, and reducing damage to the environment, you might be thinking about roofing options that can help you achieve this. A green roof is a good option, as it can bring a range of environmental advantages, including reducing heat islands, improving air quality, and providing a habitat.

A mechanically fixed roofing option can also be environmentally friendly, as this type of roof does not use any chemicals for fixing the roof in place. All of the components can be recycled after use, to prevent waste.

Weight loading

Whichever roof you choose, one of the biggest structural concerns can be the issue of weight loading. Some installation methods can increase the weight on the roof, which means it won’t be suitable for all structures. This is especially true of the ballasted roof. As a result, you will need to choose a roofing and installation option that is suitable for your property.

For more information or advice about the installation methods for single ply roof systems, get in touch with the experts today, here at Enviroply.