North American Roofing specializes in single-ply roofing systems. For over 40 years, North American Roofing has been installing and servicing commercial and industrial single-ply roofing systems. Our expertise in single-ply membranes delivers quality craftsmanship and value-engineered roofing solutions to our customers. Additionally, our commitment to a positive customer experience makes us the roofing partner you can trust with your next project.
North American Roofing Specializes in Single-Ply Roofing Systems.
For over 40 years, North American Roofing has been installing and servicing commercial and industrial single-ply roofing systems. Our expertise in single-ply membranes delivers quality craftsmanship and value-engineered roofing solutions to our customers. Additionally, our commitment to a positive customer experience makes us the roofing partner you can trust with your next project.
What is Single-Ply Roofing?
Single-ply roofing is classified as flexible sheets of compounded plastic-derived material that are used to cover and protect flat and low-sloped buildings. These prefabricated membranes are manufactured in a factory to strict quality control requirements and can be attached in a variety of methods. In the last 30 years, single-ply roofing has displaced older materials, such as tar paper, as the go-to roofing material for commercial roofing contractors. Properly installed, single-ply roofing systems offer an inherent advantage over traditional materials due to their strength, flexibility, and high durability.
Types of Single-Ply Roofing Systems
There are three main types of single-ply roofs:
PVC membrane roofs have been in use for decades. They are time tested and still a popular roofing system. For many years, EPDM roofing had been the top choice for single-ply roofing. However, TPO roofing is considered the gold standard of roofing materials.
The chart below gives a quick look at how each single-ply membrane ranks on various American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) requirements:
*Note that there are many different types of materials to be considered including PVC-KEE, white EPDM, reinforced and non-reinforced materials and greater thicknesses, to name a few. To find out what single-ply system will best work for your project, contact North American Roofing to schedule a consultation.
Single-Ply Roof Installation
There are four primary methods for installing single-ply roofing systems:
- The Mechanically Attached System: This system fastens the flat roofing in place by first fixing mounting plates through the insulation to the roof deck, laying the membrane in place, and then attaching it to the underlying plates.
- The Fully Adhered System: This system can be used in roofs that have a little bit of slope to them. The mounting plates are used to anchor the roof insulation to the roof deck and then the single-ply roofing is bonded directly to the insulation.
- Induction-Welded Roof Installation: When mechanical attachment is not possible, an induction-welded roof system can decrease the amount of penetrating fasteners by up to 50 percent.
- The Ballasted System: This system provides fast coverage at minimal cost. It utilizes large panels of rubber roofing membrane, up to 50 feet by 200 feet, loose-laid on the insulation and then covered by approved ballast, such as river-washed stone.
Looking to hire a commercial roofing contractor you can trust? To schedule a inspection, or get more information about our single-ply roofing systems and maintenance programs, call us at 800.551.5602.
TPO Roofing Systems Offer Flexibility, Versatility, and High Performance.
TPO is the fastest-growing commercial membrane roofing system around and is on the forefront of single-ply roofing technology. It’s engineered for superior, long-term performance and offers the added benefit of being environmentally sound. Those who’ve used and installed it find that its advanced reflectivity dovetails nicely with cool roofing solutions, helping to keep their storage facilities, warehouses, and working environments more cost efficient. Further, TPO offers reduced maintenance and is highly versatile, offering resistance to environmental pollutants and chemicals. And those in stormy areas will appreciate that it is abrasion, tear, and puncture-resistant. TPO provides LEED credit qualification, and is Energy Star rated and Cool Roof Rating Council approved.
The Advantages of a TPO Membrane System
TPO membranes are a heat-weldable blend of polypropylene and ethylene propylene rubber components, available in white, gray, and tan, with white being the most popular for its high reflectivity. TPO comes in a variety of thicknesses and price options, ranging from 45 mil to 80+ mil, and is suitable for a wide mix of all facility applications and budgets. TPO offers proven performance for replacing or recovering existing roof systems. Its UV-resistant ability reflects nearly 87 percent of harsh sunrays away from the roof and can reduce cooling costs in air-conditioned facilities. TPO also offers excellent wind uplift resistance and comes with an average warranty of up to 20 years.
TPO Installation Options
TPO can be mechanically attached, fully adhered, or ballasted. Heat-welded seam technology forms an impermeable, monolithic roof membrane seam for optimal strength and leak prevention. Large TPO sheets, up to 12 feet wide, install quickly so you can get on with the business of running your business.
TPO Certified by Major Manufacturers
When North American Roofing installs your TPO roof system, you can be confident that you’re getting the highest-quality TPO. Not only do we offer our own high-quality TPO systems, but we also partner with the top manufacturers in the nation. They include:
- Carlisle SynTec
- Johns Manville
North American Roofing’s Formula for Success.
No contractor has more experience installing EPDM than North American Roofing. Since 1979, we’ve installed literally hundreds of millions of square feet of EPDM membrane. Our services are available in every state. And no one works harder to earn the reputation as the country’s most trusted commercial and industrial roofer than we do.
For over 50 years, EPDM has continued to be one of the most frequently used roofing materials on the market. Architects, consultants, and engineers continue to specify EPDM as a high-performance and energy-efficient roofing system. Proven performance in even the toughest weather conditions has made EPDM a dependable and versatile choice. With built-in UV protection and thermal shock durability, the sun beating down on your business can’t penetrate it. And EPDM is ozone resistant, too. Plus, when the weather becomes frozen, it keeps its flex and even protects your productivity in high winds and hail. Not only does it resist deterioration after decades of on-the-job service to you, a 30-year warranty is available for extra peace of mind. EPDM has superior tensile strength, and when it’s time for replacement, offers a fully recyclable membrane.
Strong, with a Sensitive Side
EPDM is a synthetic rubber elastomer, manufactured for superior strength and flexibility. It also provides an impervious surface that doesn’t pollute rainwater runoff, making it an environmentally sound roofing choice. Additionally, EPDM is fire resistant, recyclable, and economical, qualifying building owners for LEED points and meeting ASTM standards for new membranes.
Beauty is Only One of Many Benefits
EPDM’s ability to withstand all types of weather conditions makes it a standout in locations that experience wide temperature fluctuations. It resists ozone deterioration and offers one of the highest tensile strengths of any membrane in the industry. It looks good, too. EPDM is available in a variety of thicknesses and provides a smooth and aesthetically pleasing finish. Black EPDM is a smart choice in cool climates to reduce facility-heating costs. In fact, a high- quality, professionally installed EPDM roof can last up to 40 years with regularly scheduled maintenance.
EPDM can be mechanically fastened, fully adhered, or ballasted. Wide membrane widths mean fewer seams and increased efficiency during installation. It’s suitable for installation on new roofs and reroofing projects. In fact, ballasted EPDM roofs are acceptable alternatives to cool roof systems—with the ballasting providing higher membrane protection and reduced thermal mass.
Repair and Restoration
One of the unique attributes of EPDM is its ability to be easily repaired and restored—an attribute not shared by all roofing systems. Even after years of in-field service and exposure to the elements, repairs or modifications involving the installation of a new roof curb into an aged roof can be accomplished easily, with the expectation of long-term performance.
Unlike other roof systems that may degrade and become brittle over time from ultraviolet exposure, EPDM maintains its integrity and flexibility. Because of this, EPDM allows for modifications. EPDM roof repair can be as easy as washing the membrane, preparing the surface, and applying the repair material, including coatings.
Another unique attribute of EPDM is its ability to be restored. Aged and damaged EPDM roof systems are now being restored to original installation quality without major costs or disruption to business. In some situations, when system enhancements are incorporated, the aged roof system is restored to a condition that exceeds that of the original installation.
EPDM is one of the most sustainable and environmentally responsible roofing materials used today in the construction industry. Its successful track record of superior overall system performance results in low life cycle costs. Less frequent replacement results in decreased building disruptions and reduced impact on the environment. The initial production of the membrane has a low-embodied energy number (the amount of energy required to produce and implement a product from material extraction, manufacturing, and installation).
Our Major Manufacturer Partners
It helps to have friends in high places. We partner with major manufacturers, and thanks to our track record of success, we also hold premier status with each of these esteemed companies, putting North American Roofing in the top 1 percent of all roofing contractors in the nation. Our manufacturer partners include:
• Johns Manville
• Firestone Building Products
• Carlisle SynTec
PVC Roofing Systems.
The single-ply membrane with triple bottom line benefits.
Whether you and your business care about a triple bottom line (people, planet, and profits) or just a single bottom line, thermoplastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a roofing membrane infused with benefits. Clients who’ve installed it invariably discover that it’s a long-term, cost-effective solution. From an environmental perspective, it’s hard to beat short of a living green roofing solution. With its Energy Star rating, and its highly reflective, recyclable single-ply material, PVC is the obvious choice for environmentally sound roofing systems. Plus, with cool roof paybacks and LEED credit qualification, the benefits just keep adding up. From a durability perspective, oil, grease, and chemicals don’t like PVC’s highly resistant surface, and it’s incredibly easy to repair and maintain.
PVC is a solid option for restaurants, airports and commercial facilities with grease, oil, and chemical concerns, and environments that experience dilute acidic effluents. White reflective PVC roofing panels have a surface that provides a cooling effect that owners desire to provide energy savings in warmer climates. It has been tested in the industry for more than 35 years and now meets the most stringent codes in a wide variety of climates.
Why PVC Is an Industry Standard
Put simply, PVC is engineered to stand the test of time. Durable, yet pliable, PVC is an ideal long-term roofing solution, available with fleece backing and in thicknesses up to 80 mil. The thicker the membrane, the greater its resistance to breakage, tears, water absorption, and weathering. Manufactured to stringent standards, PVC membrane comes with plasticizer bonding agents, polyester reinforcement, and UV protectants. And its large membrane sheets mean it’s easy to install, with fewer seams in need of protection.
A Long Name with a Longer List of Benefits
Thermoplastic polyvinyl chloride membrane has a very affordable commercial life-cycle cost when compared with other roofing membranes. As mentioned, PVC retains a high reflectivity value over time, offering continued energy efficiency and optimal solar reflectance index (SRI). Roofs that are frequently exposed to grease or chemicals, such as restaurants and food processing facilities, benefit from the protection afforded by a PVC roofing system. Puncture resistance and strong seam bonding provide excellent waterproofing protection.
PVC can be fully adhered or mechanically fastened, and is suitable for use with the RhinoBond mechanical attachment system. Induction welding of PVC membrane electromagnetically seals the underside of the membrane to specially coated plates in a grid pattern. For enhanced wind uplift resistance, a dense grid pattern is used. PVC is suitable for new roof installation or as a cost-effective reroofing solution.
Our Major Manufacturer Partners
Choosing the highest-quality PVC roofing system is an absolute necessity for the success and longevity of your roof. North American Roofing partners with all major manufacturers to bring you the best roofing products around. They include:
- Sika Sarnafil
- Johns Manville
Modified bitumen is a very durable product, especially in high-traffic areas and when confined to smaller roof areas with a high density of service equipment. The flexible nature of the “modifiers” allows owners to select a roof that is a thicker product and more resistant to building movement and metal-to-membrane interfaces than a built-up roof (BUR) system.
Modified Bitumen and Built-Up Roof Systems
- North American Roofing offers cold applied (adhesive) anchoring when installing a modified built-up roof system. Cold-applied modified bitumen installations means higher quality, as well as ensured health and safety.
- North American Roofing always specifies a multi-layered approach due to quality issues, which precludes us from offering a sufficient warranty on single-layer modified bitumen roofing systems.
- North American Roofing typically uses a base layer of fiberglass, topped with a reinforced layer of polyester. This yields a stronger, more puncture-resistant, and warrantable roofing system.
Elastomeric Roof Coatings.
What if you could protect your low-slope roof with a durable coating that would extend its useful life while reducing energy costs?
Good news—you can. Elastomeric roof coatings install over metal, modified bitumen, single-ply membrane, and built-up roof (BUR) systems. For many building owners, these coatings are an affordable way to protect the integrity of their low-slope roofs.
Elastomeric Coating Benefits
- Roof Protection: Elastomeric coatings seal the roof surface, protecting it from rain and wind damage. The elastomers resist deterioration from dirt and dust accumulation.
- Energy Efficiency: White is the most common color for elastomeric roof coating because it reduces thermal transfer by reflecting searing-hot sunrays away from the roof. This cool roof reflectivity lets your HVAC unit run less, saving you on utility bills and prolonging the life of the units.
- Coating Cost: Elastomeric coatings cost substantially less than replacing the roof entirely. Budget-conscious facility owners can save money while extending the life of their roof 5 to 10 years or more.
- Quick Installation: Elastomeric coatings go on quickly, meaning we won’t be hanging around your facility for weeks on end. We’re in. We’re out. You’re set.
- LEED Credits: Cool roofs that contain elastomers can help meet LEED, Energy Star and other energy code requirements. In addition, a cool roof reduces Urban Heat Island Effect so your community will benefit as well.
- Structural Benefits: Elastomeric roof coatings do not add dead weight to the roof, so there is no detrimental effect to your building’s structure.
The rubber-like components of elastomeric coatings expand when warmed by the summer sun and they return to their original state as they cool down after sunset. This intrinsic “memory” reduces the risk of hardening and cracking, so your roof lasts longer.
Because these coatings reduce energy costs, you might qualify for a business tax incentive. Talk to your accountant to find out if installing elastomeric roof coating qualifies you for an energy rebate. Tax incentives further reduce the facility owner’s expense, making elastomeric coating even more economical.
The demand for reflective roof coatings is surging, and North American Roofing is a leader in cool roof technology. We work with all the top roof-coating manufacturers, and we’re committed to helping our customers get the best roof protection possible for their investment dollar.
Call us today at 800.551.5602 to find out if your building could benefit from the installation of elastomeric roof coating.
Commercial Solar Panel Roof Systems.
Rooftop installations of solar photovoltaic systems are increasing exponentially due to the growing interest in renewable energy resources and the financial incentives offered by many state and federal programs. North American Roofing is able to provide customers with turnkey solar energy solutions that reduce energy and operating costs, as well as provide some reasonable breaks on installation through government incentives.
Turnkey Rooftop Solar Solutions
This is turnkey solar from North American Roofing, not some trendy solar company. And that’s a HUGE difference. Any solar installation on a badly built roof is a disaster waiting to happen. Our roof and solar experts have the expertise to find the right solution to deliver the ROI you need—all from one source.
Our thorough turnkey process ensures that every customer gets the “right-fit” solution they need. We work with you to determine how much solar you can install, how much energy it will provide, how much that may cost, and if there will be limitations electrically or structurally. We can help with that, too, through our preventative maintenance services.
Not Quite Ready for Solar?
Whether you’re ready to seize the savings from solar today, or 10 years from now, make sure your roof system is designed and maintained with that in mind. We deliver “solar-ready” roofing solutions so that when you’re ready financially, the roof’s ready physically.
- Use of thicker single-ply membranes and gypsum cover boards
- PV mounts pre-installed and flashed
- Service contracts to maintain roof integrity
We understand that investing in a solar roofing system can be costly. We help justify those capital and operation expenses with project feasibility and cost-benefit analysis to determine if solar is right for you. We can perform pre-solar assessments to make sure you know the conditions of your roof and fix anything roof related to make sure your roof is ready for any solar installation. We can even provide installation services by mounting stanchions and flashings and laying down protective covering on pathways and work areas, as well as handling laminate, racking, and module installations.
Why Trust North American Roofing’s Solar Services?
North American Roofing not only provides engineering, procurement, and construction of rooftop solar systems but also has the knowledge and experience to ensure that your building’s commercial solar roof system will provide optimum protection and long-term performance.
- Peace of mind: We know your roof, and we know solar. You should feel good about that.
- Protection: We’ll protect both your roof and the solar array with the same care and attention for the long-term.
- Reliability: We’ve been doing this for over 35 years. We’ll be here long after your warranty expires.
- Professionalism: The same professionalism and dedication to our customers that has led us to the top of the commercial roofing industry.
- Long-term roof/solar maintenance
- Safe environment: Our industry leading safety ratings tell you we don’t cut corners when it comes to keeping people and property safe.
- An honest assessment
Great ideas often come from hard work, not just dumb luck. Take the idea of turning the roof above your business into a power plant. It’s a reliable form of cheaper energy, and our customized solutions come from hard work in developing decades of roofing experience. It’s given us the advantage of comprehensive innovation other companies can’t touch. You know another great idea? Talk to us today about your solar needs.
Database of State and Federal Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
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Solar Energy Partners:
- Trina Solar
- AE Inverters
- AET Solar Racking
- Nautilus Solar
The North American Roofing Difference
There are a lot of companies out there talking about solar. And because solar energy is such a dynamic and ever-evolving industry, it’s important that you partner with a company you know and trust. A company that has built their reputation on trust and respect. A company you know will be there for you from the day the system is installed, to the day its lifecycle is complete.
Here are a few reasons why North American Roofing is just that company:
- Increased reliability
- One source nationwide that can take care of both investments. Your solar array will work perfectly and your roof system will be in competent hands.
- Protect of both solar array and roof system investments
- Reduction of long-term costs
- Warranty validation
- No costly avoidable fixes from voided warranties, or finger pointing between contractors.
- Increased solar longevity
- Our preventative maintenance program StarCare Solar will help increase the life of the roof underneath the solar array.
- Elimination of removal concerns
- Increased solar productivity and payback
Roofing System Enhancements.
- Prep and paint gas lines to prevent corrosion
- Walkway pads for high-traffic areas
- Infrared scanning to identify deck damage
- Power wash membrane after install to optimize reflectivity benefits
- Interior protection
Even the best-surveyed roof and system design recommendation can sometimes be improved upon once we start and get into a project. Our experienced project managers will communicate these enhancements at the pre-construction meeting or as the job progresses, as soon as they recognize the opportunity. That’s just part of the value we bring to every project and customer.