Single-Ply Roofs: What Are Your Options?

Single-ply roofs have come a long way over the years. Thanks to advances in manufacturing, single-ply roofing is now a common alternative to wood, asphalt and metal – especially for newly constructed homes with a more modern design.

Single-Ply Roofs: What Are Your Options?

Single-ply roofing is actually an umbrella term for different types of flat and low-slope roofing materials. Today, your local roofer at Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.​ shares the key features of two of the most commonly used single-ply materials – TPO and EPDM.


EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is the most commonly used single-ply roofing membrane. Made from recycled rubber mixed with sawdust and slate, the resulting composite material is cost-effective and easy to install.

EPDM roofs have excellent resistance to harsh weather conditions, easily able to withstand hailstorms and searing heat. With an average lifespan of 25 to 30 years which, EPDM roofs have a similar longevity to that of asphalt. All these features make this single-ply roofing option a popular roof replacement choice.


TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a relatively new type of single-ply roofing membrane that has quickly risen to prominence as a premiere roofing material comparable to the likes of slate, metal and clay roofing. Manufactured the same way as EPDM, the composite material is then reinforced with talc and fiberglass. This gives TPO superior durability and comparable weather resilience to that of high-grade steel roofs. A TPO roof can stand up to almost any weather conditions, including having natural resistance to harsh, ultraviolet light.

Another thing that sets TPO apart from EPDM is that comes in a wide variety of colors, ranging from subtle grays to warmer tones. Though it takes longer to install and costs more, it’s a great option if you want a low-maintenance roof that can last as long as your house.

As your local Pembroke roofing company, our team at Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.​ will make sure your new single-ply roof is properly installed so you can take advantage of all its benefits. Call us today at (781) 826-7663 to learn more about our services. We are roof replacement experts serving homeowners throughout Pembroke, MA.

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