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Types of Single-Ply Roof Membranes

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1. CPE (Chlorinated Polyethylene)

  • Colors: White, Gray

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically Fastened, Ballasted

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Hot Air Welded

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Good

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Excellent

  • In Use Since: Late 1960’s

A CPE single-ply roof membrane

A CPE single-ply roof membrane

2. CSPE “Hypalon” (Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene)

  • Colors: White (typical), Various Others

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically Fastened, Ballasted

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Hot Air Welded (typical), Adhesive

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Good

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Animal Fats – Excellent; Petroleum – Fair

  • In Use Since: Mid-1960’s, US production stopped in 2010To learn more about Hypalon, see our Hypalon (CSPE) Roofing page.

3. EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)

  • Colors: Black (typical), White

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically Fastened, Ballasted

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Adhesive or Adhesive Tape

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Fair

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Poor

  • In Use Since: 1970’sTo learn more about EPDM, see our EPDM Roofing page.

An EPDM single-ply roof membrane

An EPDM single-ply roof membrane

4. KEE/PVC (Ketone Ethylene Ester + Polyvinyl Chloride)

  • Colors: White, Gray, Tan, (custom colors available)

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically-Fastened, Ballasted

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Hot Air Welded

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Good

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Fair

  • In Use Since: 1980’s

5. PIB (Polyisobutylene)

  • Colors: Black, Gray, White

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically-Fastened, Ballasted

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Adhesive or Hot Air Welded

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Good

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Poor

  • In Use Since: Late 1920’s

6. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

  • Colors: White, Gray, Tan, (custom colors available)

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically-Fastened

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Hot Air Welded

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Poor

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Fair

  • In Use Since: Late 1960’sTo learn more about PVC, see our PVC Roofing page.

A newly-installed PVC single-ply roof membrane

A newly-installed PVC single-ply roof membrane

7. TPE (Thermoplastic Polyolefin Elastomer)

  • Colors: Gray

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically-Fastened, Ballasted

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Hot Air Welded

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Good

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Animal Fats – Excellent; Petroleum – Poor

  • In Use Since: 1990’s

8. TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)

  • Color Availability: White, Gray

  • Attachment Method: Fully-Adhered, Mechanically-Fastened, Ballasted

  • Seaming or Patching Method: Hot Air Welded

  • Asphalt Compatibility: Good

  • Resistance to Oils, Coolants, and Grease: Animal Fats – Excellent; Petroleum – Poor

  • In Use Since: 1980’sTo learn more about TPO, see our TPO Roofing page.

A TPO single-ply roof membrane during installation

A TPO single-ply roof membrane during installation