Why Buy Single-Ply?
- By Mike Gwizdala
- July 1st, 1999
Many educational facilities have literally become works of art because of imaginative building designs. With no sacrifice of functionality, these new-age structures showcase unique angles and designs.
Project managers for such facilities really have their hands full. They need roofing systems that keep these works of art free of water and inclement weather/wind damage and reduce maintenance and energy costs at the same time. Furthermore, project managers must require roofing systems that can be installed at any time of the year, with strong warranty protections. Finally, with all those needs, they must also adhere to ever-tightening budgetary restrictions, necessitating roofing systems that are easily adaptable to any unique building design. Fortunately, there’s a terrific solution available.
When it comes to selecting a roofing system for your educational facility, prefabricated reinforced thermoplastic single-plies have you covered. The benefits of prefabricated reinforced thermoplastic single-plies receive an A+ from a majority of customers who use this type of roofing. The reasons are these.
Prefabrication. With up to 85 percent of the seaming produced in a controlled environment, you know that you will be getting quality material designed specifically for your roof. Plus, prefabrication reduces the material waste associated with roll goods systems.
Durability. Prefabricated reinforced thermoplastic single-plies are extremely durable. Because of their high-quality materials, these systems can withstand most inclement weather conditions including hurricane winds and severe hot/cold temperatures.
Energy efficiency. White thermoplastic single-ply membranes demonstrate a high reflectivity, thus saving on energy costs. This is especially true if the thermoplastic single-ply membrane is Energy Star compliant.
Virtually maintenance-free. Since many thermoplastic single-plies are noncuring, a patch, curb, stack or any necessary alterations to the roof can easily be accomplished by again heat welding the new membrane to the existing roofing material.
Little disruption to daily activities during installation. Many thermoplastic single-plies can be installed right on top of most new or existing substrates, reducing the exposure of the building. The need for costly tear-offs can often be eliminated. Plus, installation can take place throughout the year regardless of the weather conditions.
Excellent warranties. Warranties are an important factor for the long-term. Thermo-plastic single-ply manufacturers offer customers substantial coverage that protects their investment.
No hazardous materials used. Heat welding on thermoplastic single-plies eliminates the need for chemicals, noxious fumes, torches and other unsafe nonmanageable seaming systems.
A sound investment. Most thermoplastic single-ply roofing systems come as an integrated system with all the accessories and components included. This gives you peace of mind knowing that the same high-quality materials used to manufacture the roofing membrane are also used to create the accessories in the factory. A thermoplastic single-ply roofing system, as a whole, provides you with a leak-proof roof.
For Robert Haslinger, director of buildings and grounds at Terra Community College in Fremont, Ohio, choosing a prefabricated reinforced thermoplastic single-ply membrane has been a wise investment. While energy efficiency, ease of installation and watertightness were all important, one benefit really stood out in his mind.
"Any roofing system that can withstand 130 mph winds in South Carolina during Hurricane Hugo has got to be a good roofing product," he says.
Enter Duro-Last Roofing, Inc., Dealer/ Contractor Dave Damschroder of Dam-schroder Construction in Fremont, Ohio, who provided Terra Community College with a leak-proof solution.
"Terra Community College is located in an open area - a real wind tunnel," says Damschroder. He knew he could put his trust in a roofing system that could endure high winds and other inclement weather conditions. Factor in the numerous structural angles, and it is apparent that only a prefabricated reinforced thermoplastic single-ply membrane could make the grade.
"Due to its prefabrication, the single-ply that we selected was able to contour to the different angles of the building," says Dennis Szymanowski, maintenance supervisor at Terra Community College. "Furthermore, this single-ply roofing system was heat-welded, thereby providing us with worry-free seams."
Last, but not least, the roofing installation at Terra Community College was completed while classes were in session -- with little disruption to daily student activities.
These days, Terra Community College administrators no longer concern themselves with leaky roofs. They have more important things to do - like educating students.
Mike Gwizdala is an inside sales supervisor at Saginaw, Mich.-based Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.