Benefits of Using Single-Ply Membrane For Flat Roofs

When it comes to flat roof commercial buildings, the material being used makes a huge difference. Up until the 1970s, almost all flats roofs were created with asphalt until soaring oil prices called for alternatives to be made at a cheaper price. As a result, synthetic roofing membranes like EDPM, PVC, and TPO came into existence and have since become the new norm. If your commercial building still utilizes an asphalt flat roof, here are a few reasons why you should consider making the change to a single-ply membrane.

Installation Costs

One of the biggest deciding factors for any business is analyzing what things are going to cost. Single-ply membrane roofing costs much less and takes far less time to install than an asphalt roof. At The Duerson Corporation, we exclusively use Duro-Last products for all of our installation jobs. Oil prices will always heavily fluctuate, causing the prices of asphalt roofs to rise unpredictably.

Strength & Durability

PVC membranes are created to be highly durable. They are fire resistant, wind resistant, chemical resistant, and keep out water with its airtight sealing. With a proper installation, a PVC single-ply roofing should last 15-20 years with no problems.

Return On Investment

When considering whether or not you should have a single-ply membrane flat roof installed, it’s good to think about the bigger picture. What will my energy costs be over the years? Will there be heavy maintenance? Will I see the return on investment I am looking for? These are all great questions to ask before signing anywhere for a roof replacement.

Energy Costs

Single-ply PVC membranes will save you thousands of dollars on heating and cooling over the years. The highly reflective surface allows sun rays to bounce off the building, keeping it cooler during the hot summers.


PVC membrane roofs need far less maintenance than those that are asphalt, especially in the Midwest. As out temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate between extreme highs and lows, asphalt roofing becomes brittle. This ultimately leads to cracks and leaks which will have to be repaired consistently.

Is It Worth It?

Replacing an asphalt roof with a single-ply membrane roof is always worth the investment. If you would like to get a quote from us, we are more than willing to give you an honest estimate! Contact us today for inquiries and questions.

Trusted Commercial Roof Experts

The Duerson Corporation is based out of Iowa and serves businesses all over the Midwest (and a little beyond) since 1986. Our mission statement is simple: We are in the relationship business first and the roofing business second. We provide free roof analyses to anybody who is interested in knowing more about the condition of their roof. Contact us today for professional roof replacement, roof repair, and roof maintenance!

Posted: June 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

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