Single-Ply Roofing System

Single-ply roofing systems are installed with wide width sheeting used for commercial flat roofs.

What is a Single-Ply Membrane Roof?

Single-ply roof membranes are one of the most popular flat roofing materials, ideal for lightweight, cost-effective, and fast construction projects.

What Are Single-Ply Roofing Systems Made Of?

A single-ply membrane roof is made up of thin, flexible sheets of synthetic polymer.


Single-ply roofs are Ideal for large commercial buildings, such as distribution and logistics centres, warehouses, supermarkets, and workshops.

Advantages of Single-Ply Membranes

  • Installation is quick and easy: Single-ply membranes can be installed quickly and easily, thanks to being lightweight and flexible. This reduced installation time can result in reduced labour costs
  • Reflective surface: Single-ply membranes are available in a variety of reflective surfaces, which can help to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by your roof. This can lead to reduced energy costs for cooling your building
  • Environmentally friendly: Single-ply membranes are made from a variety of recycled materials, which makes them an environmentally friendly roofing option
  • No heat welded seams: Most single-ply membrane systems do not require heat welded seams, which reduces the risk of fire during installation

Disadvantages of Single-Ply Membranes?

  • Membrane can be punctured
  • Seams are vulnerable to leaks
  • Not capable of withstanding high levels of foot traffic

Environmentally Friendly Flat Roof

Single-ply membrane roofs are also a great option for green buildings, as they are very energy efficient and can help you meet LEED certification requirements.

PVC and TPO membranes are made from recyclable materials, and they can reflect heat away from your building to keep it cooler in the summer. This can help reduce your energy costs and your carbon footprint.

If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly flat roofing option, single-ply membranes are a great choice.

Other Roofing Materials

The different materials used for flat roofs in Mississauga come in a wide range of options, depending on your needs and budget. Some examples include:

Built-up Roof (BUR)

BUR Roofing includes multiple layers of protection to keep your building watertight. These systems come with guarantees or warranties of up to 20 years, and have been used for over 100 years.

Modified Bitumen

Modified bitumen is a type of roofing that is similar to the BUR system. It is made of asphalt combined with rubber or plastic, then reinforced with fibreglass to create a waterproof membrane.

Comparing Flat Roofing Materials

The following list includes some popular types of roofs with their respective pros and cons so you can consider what best suits your needs.

Built-Up Roof


  • Durable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Looks appealing
  • Cost-effective


  • Very heavy
  • Susceptible to alligatoring
  • Requires heat welding
  • Gravel can clog gutters

Modified Bitumen Roof


  • Simple repairs
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable


  • Not tear-resistant
  • Less attractive
  • Requires heat welding

Single-Ply Roof


  • Lightweight
  • Eco-friendly
  • No heat welding seams


  • Membrane can be punctured
  • Seams are vulnerable to leaks

There is no one perfect option when it comes to selecting the best flat roof material. Factors like climate change protection, cost per square foot installed, and availability are all important considerations that should be made during this process.

Expert Roofers in Mississauga and the GTA

No job is too big for our roofing team. If you’re looking for a new built-up roof installation, get a fast and simple online quote to estimate the work required. All of our installations come with a manufacturer warranty and our own guarantee so you have peace of mind knowing your money is well-spent.

Trusted for Over 70 Years

If you want your flat roofing installed correctly the first time, choose a roofing company with a reputation you can trust.

No Subcontracting

As a Master Elite roofing contractor, our team of flat roofers are factory-trained and certified by GAF. You can depend on us for expert installation and a warranty you can rely on.

Quality Materials

We only use materials from the leading manufacturers in the industry, so you can rest assured that your roof will be of the highest quality.

Our Lifetime Roofing Warranty

At George Kent, we are proud to offer industry-leading lifetime warranties on materials and labour for our roofing installations — and our installations are 100% not prorated. Your warranty is also transferable to future homeowners and backed by the manufacturer (GAF).

Our warranties set us apart in an industry where typical roofing warranties are closer to five years or less. If you’re unhappy with your roof at any point after it has been installed, get in touch and we will be happy to resolve the problem.

What Our Customers Are Saying

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Rich T
We recently hired George Kent through Lowe's to remove our old insulation install new insulation in our attic and we are very pleased with the results. The crew was very respectful and professional; they were timely, cleaned-up after themselves and were very diligent. Our attic was in particular rough shape having had a pest issue in the past. The crew made sure EVERYTHING was removed prior to the new insulation being added. The crew really went above and beyond to explain everything that they were doing, to invite us to have a look for ourselves and they even added a few extras as an added-value. Refreshing to see that professionalism still exists these days
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irene noemy
Great service! First impressions from Rasool were great, he was really knowledgeable about the roofs and insulation. He showed me every piece that went into my roof and answered all my questions with patience. The wait time they gave me was accurate and they have the best quality roofing. My roof looks great, I recommend them.
Ivy Blackeyes
Ivy Blackeyes
John N was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Saved us thousands of dollars by recommending easy, cost efficient solutions. Very impressed with the level of service we received from John. Would absolutely recommend. Thanks!
Made excellent installation of window was the reason I had them re-shingle my roof about 7 years ago. Were quick to respond when neighbour thought she saw a shingle was damaged on my roof about two years ago. Mistake! Everything was fine.
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Flat Roofing Repairs

Have a leak or need a flat roof inspection? Get your roofing system repaired and avoid damage. We have repaired countless leaks and performed hundreds of inspections, so we know how to quickly identify the source of the problem and get it fixed fast.

Flat Roof Coating and Restoration

Coatings and restoration can help to repair minor damage and leaks, as well as protect your roof from future wear and tear. It is important to have a professional inspect your roof regularly to ensure that it is in good condition and identify any potential problems before they become major issues.

Residential Roof Installation

Our roofing installers adhere to all safety regulations and undergo rigorous, ongoing training. When we finish working on your roof, we’ll clean up thoroughly and leave the work site spotless.

Residential Roof Replacement

We provide expert advice on all things related to roofs, from what material is best for your climate and budget, to how to replace an old roof without damaging your home. Plus, we offer competitive prices on all our services so you can get the most for your money.


What is the cheapest commercial flat roof?

Modified bitumen is the cheapest commercial flat roofing system. While the lifespan of modified bitumen is shorter than other roofing systems, with regular maintenance you can maximize your investment.

What is the lifespan of a flat roof?

The materials used in a flat roof’s construction largely determines its lifespan. For example, a multi-layer built-up roof made of waterproofing, tar, and gravel can last 15-20 years.

Do flat roofs require additional maintenance?

Flat roofs generally require more maintenance than sloped roofs, due to the accumulation of leaves and debris collecting on them.

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