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Factors to Consider When Selecting A Single-Ply Roof
February 16, 2017
Rural buildings may suffer from a lack of qualified applicators for the less-used single-ply membrane roof systems, making the more universally installed TPO, PVC, and EPDM the better options. Costs of shipping membranes to out-of-the way locales can drastically affect pricing and the effect of the transportation on greenhouse gas emissions may lead to use of a different product. The combination of factors, if properly taken into consideration when designing the roof, will eventually result in the choice of the most appropriate membrane and the first step towards a great roof.
In getting a good single-ply roof, many factors require attention. For example:
• Physical characteristics of the building including height, floor plate, location on the site, access to the roof, type and slope of deck, amount of equipment on roof and its location, drainage, and even the elevator's availability, load capacity, and size.
• Climate — wind, rain, snow, hail, heat, cold, wide temperature swings.
• Location-specific factors such as ease of access, availability of materials, and qualified applicators.
• Use of the building
• Governmental requirements including building and fire codes, zoning laws, and even local ordinances that may affect appearance, working hours, and noise reduction.
• Sustainability and environmental issues.
This quick read is from Karen L. Warseck, AIA, LEED AP, a registered architect and president of Building Diagnostics Associates. Click here for more from Warseck on keys to getting a good single ply roof. And click here for more on the roofing on Facilitiesnet.com.