As a homeowner of a mid-century modern masterpiece such as a Cliff May in Long Beach or an Eichler home in Orange, you want a roofing system that not only looks sleek and modern to fit the architectural design of the home, but provides superior protection against the elements. Additionally, you want a contractor who understands the uniqueness that these properties possess with their open post and beam layouts, floor-to-ceiling windows, open beam ceilings and indoor outdoor appeal. Enter single-ply roofing systems such as GAF EverGuard TPO or IB Roof Systems PVC. These systems have been rising in popularity in recent years for many reasons - including their durability, ease of installation, low maintenance, impressive warranties and ability to seamlessly blend with the mid-century modern designs.
The first advantage of a single-ply roofing system is its durability. Unlike traditional asphalt roofs like a built-up cap sheet roof or modified torch, these systems consist of a single layer of thermoplastic material and some form of fire sheet or fireboard, which provides superior resistance to UV radiation, punctures, and tears, while maintaining a class A fire rating. As a result, the lifespan of the roof is extended, requiring fewer repairs, and dramatically reducing ongoing maintenance costs over the long term.
Additionally, single-ply roofing systems if applied right by certified and trained installers, are uniquely designed to create efficiencies and reduce human errors during installation, which usually means less chance for mistakes and interruptions to the property owner. This is particularly advantageous for mid-century modern homes, which typically feature architecturally unique and complicated rooflines that can be difficult to cover with traditional roofing materials. But with single-ply roofing, installation is streamlined thanks to their large sheets that are welded together in a way which ensures a monolithic and watertight finish with minimal seams.
Another advantage of single-ply roofing systems is their energy efficiency. They reflect UV rays back into the atmosphere, rather than absorbing them, which means they are Title 24 compliant systems that can reduce cooling bills by up to 30% during the summer. For homeowners who live in hot climates such as Los Angeles and Orange County, this means a significant reduction in energy costs over the long run.
Lastly, single-ply roofing systems come with impressive warranties that are unmatched by traditional roofing systems. For example, the GAF EverGuard TPO system comes with up to 25 years of No Dollar Limit (NDL) warranty coverage, while the IB Roofing System PVC can offer warranties up to a lifetime residential coverage (limited to the material membrane). This kind of assurance gives homeowners peace of mind and confidence in their roofing decision, knowing they are covered in the event of a problem. Additionally, these warranties are transferable to a new property owner in the event a home is sold.
In summary, single-ply roofing systems such as GAF EverGuard TPO or IB Roofing System PVC offer several advantages over traditional roofing systems. They are durable, easy to install, energy-efficient and offer impressive long-term warranties and the best part of all, BYLTup is a certified installer of both manufacturers roofing systems and true lover of mid-century modern architecture. Each and every home we are entrusted with for roofing and solar becomes a real passion project for us as we look to preserve these homes for many years to come. If you're a homeowner of a mid-century modern home in Southern California, and want to enjoy these benefits, it may be time to consider a single-ply roofing system for your next roofing project and give BYLTup a call!