Membrane roofing systems are installed as a single layer of material over the substrate. To ensure long-term durability and weather performance, the seams are welded together using various methods. Unfortunately, this particular part of the membrane roof is considered the weakest and thus is prone to failure. Roofer Chicks explains why seam failure occurs and what you can do to prevent it.
Membrane roofs take a lot of damage over time due to prolonged exposure to rain, wind, debris and other elements. The weather can cause the slow deterioration of the membrane material, resulting in shrinkage and brittleness as it nears the end of its life span. While this is completely normal and expected, you can keep an eye on the damage through routine maintenance and inspections. With these, you can determine whether the material needs simple repairs or requires a complete replacement.
2. Poor Insulation
Insulation in membrane roofs is a layer of material installed under the roofing material to create a thermal barrier between the interior of the building and the outdoor elements. Insulation plays a vital role in minimizing heating and cooling costs for commercial properties. During roof installation, the insulation must be secured before applying the membrane roof and welding it at the seams. Otherwise, the roofing material may warp and create a bump underneath. Eventually, it may pull at the seams and cause tears in various places. Make sure to have this addressed during routine maintenance before seam failure occurs.
3. Bad Installation
Proper sealing is an important aspect of a membrane roof installation that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you work with an unreliable roofer who takes shortcuts just to get the job done quickly, you can’t expect the system to withstand the weather and remain watertight. Seam failure is likely to happen in this situation, so make sure you work with a team of qualified and trained professionals who adhere to manufacturer standards.
Roofer Chicks is certified by top manufacturers to install high-quality commercial roofing materials and systems on office buildings, apartment buildings, churches, schools, municipal buildings, warehouses and other commercial structures. You can count on our team that is experienced in every aspect of the design, construction and installation of all major systems, so you can rest assured that your commercial roof will be completed on time and on budget.
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