30 May 2024

The Benefits of Single Ply Membranes in Modular Construction

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In Ireland and across the world, modular construction has emerged as a dominant trend: a game-changing approach that combines speed, efficiency and sustainability like no other. Single Ply Membranes are among the most popular roofing solutions in modular construction, and with their huge range of benefits, it’s not hard to see why. In the latest learning resource from Tecron, we explore the benefits of single ply membranes including PVC, EPDM, TPO & FPO.

The superior properties of these membranes have propelled their market growth. Here at Tecron, we’ve observed this growth in popularity first-hand, particularly in more specialist projects due to their levels of adaptability.

The Advantages of Single Ply Membranes

Let’s take a look at each of the advantages of Single Ply Membranes on modular construction projects in greater detail. If you’re in a rush, you can jump straight into the range of mechanically fixed, fully adhered and roof finish products we have to offer.

1. Adaptability Meets Flexibility

Single Ply Membranes are popular thanks to their incredible level of versatility, with their ability to adapt to a broad range of modular construction designs and configurations. That’s why we’re seeing these systems being rolled out on a large scale across residential, commercial and industrial facilities.

2. Low Weight, High Performance

One of the key strengths behind modular construction is its sheer agility, driven by the efficiency and mobility it allows. Thanks to their lightweight, easy-to-handly nature, Single Ply Membranes can contribute to this speedy process.

With modular construction projects being primarily assembled off-site and transported to the final location, Single Ply Membranes further streamline transportation, logistics and installation processes.

3. Easy to Install

With time being the most valuable resource in modular construction projects, Single Ply Membranes can significantly increase the pace at which the roofing process can be completed. This is because these systems can be prefabricated to fit specific dimensions, thereby reducing on-site cutting and welding.

Beyond that, the flexibility of Single Ply Membranes facilitates faster, more streamlined installation, cutting labour costs and construction timelines along the way.

4. Enhanced Longevity & Durability

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Those working on modular buildings will be only too aware of the impacts of transportation stresses and environmental factors. This is why Single Ply Membranes provide a significant advantage due to their exceptional durability, allowing them to withstand the harshest of weather conditions; as well as UV radiation and temperature fluctuations.

When it comes to longevity, these systems have a proven record, with a life expectancy of over 50 years. Indeed, that 50-year lifespan involves minimum hassle as no fixing is required.

5. Sustainability, Efficiency & Integration with Green Technologies

Embodied carbon in construction is currently responsible for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. With this alarming statistic in-mind, sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important. Single Ply Membranes offer major benefits in this area, contributing to the energy efficiency of a building as a whole.

There are a few reasons to consider why these systems are so efficient. Firstly, Single Ply Membranes ensure no loss of heat through ingress of water or drafts thanks to their watertight properties. This reduces heating and cooling costs through minimised energy consumption. Secondly, Single Ply Membranes can be supplied in a range of lighter colours which can offset any solar gain; further reducing any cooling requirements during summer months.

Aside from their energy efficiency, these membranes are generally seen as a more environmentally friendly choice compared to traditional roofing systems. This is because they can be recycled at the end of their lifespan, reducing environmental impact and promoting circular economy principles.

Finally, Single Ply Membranes provide a seamless platform for integrating green technologies such as solar panels and green roofs, offering a stable and compatible roofing substrate.

6. Low Maintenance Requirements

Minimalistic and cost-effective maintenance strategies are one of the core principles that underpin modular construction today. This is a key factor driving the popularity of Single Ply Membranes, which require little ongoing maintenance and hassle-free upkeep compared to traditional roofing systems.

Whilst these systems are low-maintenance, ensuring regular inspections and cleaning can preserve their integrity in the long-run.

Single Ply Membranes: A Modular Essential

As the construction industry continues to embrace modular methodologies, Single Ply Membranes are poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of
construction practices. Be sure to check out our Single Ply Membranes page to access a range of expert resources, from brochures and technical sheets to BBA certificates, drawing details and more.

Tecron: Your Roofing Partner

For full details and information on our range of Single Ply membranes please contact the Tecron Team or call and see us at our trade counter. Alternatively, email our team via sales@tecron.ie or call us on +353-91-353545.