A membrane roof system is an ideal treatment for flat or low-slope roofs with many openings. Membrane roofs have high flexibility, and are excellent for optimising your building’s energy performance.
Today, the demands for membrane roofs skyrocket, paralleling the increasing emphasis on sustainable building practices. After all, membrane roofing is one of the most efficient solutions to enhance thermal comfort and lower cooling costs in warm, humid climates.
But First, What Is Membrane Roof System?
A membrane roof system is applied on flat and low-slope roofs to protect the building, provide warmth and insulation, and, most importantly, prevent water (rain and precipitation) from pooling on the roof.
Generally, membrane roofs are produced using synthetic rubber, modified bitumen, or a thermoplastic like PVC. While they are more commonly seen in commercial and industrial facilities or structures, they have also become a good alternative choice for residential buildings.
The Significance of A Membrane Roof System
Membrane roof systems are designed to reduce the risks of leaks and pooling typically associated with flat or low-slope roofs. They require simple installation and generally have low maintenance and repair costs.
Moreover, classic flat roofing techniques, such as felt, asphalt, and gravel, are proven to be inferior to membrane roofing. To elucidate, classic methods have shorter lifespans and less secure sealing, as well as require frequent maintenance as they are more leak-prone.
Membrane Roof Systems in Malaysia
It is compulsory for roof systems to take into account the climate and micro-climate in which the roofs are to be located. The right roof system can help you reduce energy costs and conserve energy in the long run while maintaining its overall durability.
In particular, Malaysia has a tropical climate, being hot and humid throughout the year. Not only that, but Malaysia is also vulnerable to threats of high winds, heavy rains, and extreme heat. Thus, the need for climatic considerations for roof systems is further exacerbated.
The application of membrane roofs has been proven to prevent premature deterioration and failure due to extreme weather conditions. Furthermore, membrane roofs provide superior insulation, creating a cool and comfortable environment inside your building.
Selecting the Right Membrane Roof System
There are three types of membrane roof technologies widely used in Malaysia: Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM), Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO), and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC).
All materials exhibit comparable physical qualities, including but not limited to great durability, high strength, and wind resistance. Having said that, there are some distinct advantages of each material.
Here, we discuss their characteristics so you can make the best choice according to your budget and project specifications.
- For EPDM membranes, you can choose from three EPDM roofing systems: fully adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted. Available in black and white colours, white EPDM roofs are used to reflect heat and reduce cooling costs.
- If you’re looking for a cost-effective membrane roof system that offers high-yield results, then TPO membrane roofs might be the one for you. TPO offers outstanding resistance to UV rays, resists punctures, and reflects heat radiation at a low cost.
- The durable PVC membrane roof system is best for buildings with significant chemical exposure, as it does not absorb or become weakened by chemicals, oils, and grease. However, PVC roofing is more expensive than EPDM and TPO.
Effective Roofing Solutions for Your Buildings
Dedicated to delivering high-quality products, we offer comprehensive and FM approved roofing solutions. Whether you need a new roof or a touch-up to your current one, Swissma is here to help.
What’s more, all of our membrane roof systems are customisable to satisfy various thermal and acoustic requirements. Backed by years of experience, our reliable team uses sophisticated technology to consistently understand and cater to your needs.
Explore our TPO and PVC roof membrane solutions to learn more about our membrane roofing services.