Elastomer membrane

Elastomer membrane

Whether for residential, commercial, industrial or institutional buildings, elastomeric membranes cover many roofs in Canada. This material offers many advantages, which is why it is frequently used. Find out more about its features and why it’s one of the best roofing solutions available.

What exactly is an elastomer membrane?

Elastomeric membrane is a finishing coating applied to roofs. It generally has a 2-layer structure: the base layer is used for installation on the roof, and the top layer is covered with fine ceramic granules for aesthetic appeal and slip resistance. You can choose the color of the pellets to match your home.

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Elastomer membranes are renowned for their reliability and high resistance. What’s more, it can withstand both hot weather and harsh winters. That’s why many properties in Canada are adopting this type of cladding.

Elastomeric membranes are generally installed on flat or low-slope roofs. Commercial and industrial buildings were the first to use it, but more and more modern homes are choosing it for its various strengths.

Why choose elastomeric membranes?

While we’re on the subject of its strengths, here are the main reasons why this coating is growing in popularity in Canada.

  • Quick installation

In the hands of experienced professionals, installation of an elastomeric membrane is a breeze. Admittedly, the process is complex, but with the right equipment and the necessary know-how, it’s an almost trivial task.

Most waterproofing membranes require good weather to be installed. The elastomeric membrane can be installed on overcast or sunny days. However, it’s best to avoid doing this on a rainy day or during snowfall.

  • A durable coating

Elastomeric membranes are a profitable long-term investment. In fact, it has a lifespan of over 30 years, making it an excellent choice for your roof. If properly installed, you won’t suffer from leaks or problems for years to come.

  • Highly resistant material

The elastomer membrane is highly resistant to extreme weather conditions. Whether it’s snowing, raining or hot, this weatherproof material is perfectly suited to the Canadian climate. What’s important is that this coating is properly installed to ensure optimum efficiency.

  • Easy maintenance

Thanks to its high resistance and longevity, elastomeric membranes require little maintenance, unlike other waterproofing membranes. Periodic inspection is all that’s needed to see if any areas are weakened and in need of repair. However, if it’s been installed with care, you shouldn’t have any worries for many years to come.

  • A very attractive coating

The elastomer membrane is available in a variety of colors. So you can choose the one that suits your home, for a harmonious, pleasing look. It’s even possible to choose green if you want to imitate a green roof without having to plant vegetation on your roof.

4 advantages of elastomer roofing

Fluctuating weather conditions are forcing commercial and industrial property owners to pay a little more attention to roofing. By opting for a material like elastomer coating, they choose a roof with many advantages:

  • Durable: a lifespan of up to 25 to 30 years
  • Resistant: excellent weather resistance
  • Aesthetics: elastomeric roofing has a certain aesthetic appeal
  • Easy care: minimal regular maintenance
  • Lower energy bills: in summer (reduces the risk of heat island formation, which in turn reduces the need for air conditioning)
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How to install the elastomer membrane?

There are two main ways to install elastomeric membranes:

  • Hot fusion: this technique uses a blowtorch to fuse the two layers of membrane together;
  • Cold laying: with this technique, the layers have self-adhesive parts that are glued together.

Cold installation is often recommended, as hot fusion presents a fire hazard.

At Toitures LV, we have roofers in Laval and on the South Shore to install your elastomeric membrane. From now on, opt for this modern, efficient solution instead of the traditional asphalt shingle roof. Our team works on all types of flat roofs in these areas.

In addition to installation, we also carry out roof snow removal, inspections and repairs. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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