When it comes down to replacing your commercial roof, there are several different systems available which can make choosing one a difficult task. To make your decision a little bit easier, we have put together some basic information about PVC roofing. By using the information below, D’Angelo and Sons can help you decide if PVC roofing is right for you and how it can benefit your commercial property.
PVC Roofing Systems
PVC or polyvinyl chloride roofing systems are one of the most popular options for a flat or low-sloped roofs. PVC, short for polyvinyl chloride, is a single-ply roofing membrane that is known for its longevity, durability and energy-efficiency. They’re also highly resistant to some of the toughest flat roof aggressors like fire, chemicals, and hurricane-level winds. PVC roofs also help to regulate building temperature and energy-use through solar reflectivity, especially due to their light-coloured appearance.
PVC roofing systems are extremely versatile as their material can be transformed into other products that are utilized for commercial roofing. They are also cost-effective as they can be installed directly over existing roof membrane. You will not only save on labour costs but, will also not have to worry about completely stripping the roof.
What is PVC Roofing Made of?
PVC roofing membrane is a single-ply membrane composed of two layers of polyvinyl chloride where polyester is added in between to act as reinforcement. Polyester reinforcement is added to achieve high tearing and breaking strengths necessary for mechanically fastened single-ply roofing systems.
The Benefits of PVC Membranes
As mentioned, PVC roofs are a popular choice among commercial building owners. Common reasons for this include their long lifespan and resistance to harsh elements. Such benefits to PVC membrane include:
- Resistance to Chemicals
Does your commercial building deal with a heavy amount of chemicals? The advantage of PVC roofs is that it is highly resistant to harsh chemicals and toxins that could normally disrupt other materials such as asphalt and other single-ply roofing membranes. If your building falls into this category, PVC roofs may be worth looking into.
- Resistance to Fire
PVC roofing membranes are also resistant to fires. In fact, they’re extremely difficult to ignite. Even if the membrane is ignited, PVC roofing will self-extinguish so long as the source of flame is removed. This makes PVC roofs exceptionally safer than other types on the market.
- Resistance to Water
PVC roofs are constructed using heat-welded seams which are designed to be watertight. With such a watertight seal, leaks are virtually non-existent. PVC is excellent at holding up to extreme moisture and can even withstand ponding.
- Resistance to Wind
Since PVC roof is secured using heat-welded seams, they have a strong resistance to high winds. If the area in which your building is situated experiences intense winds, a PVC roof is a great option.
- Environmentally Friendly
If you’re hoping to become more environmentally friendly, PVC is the way to go! Since PVC roofs reflect the sun so well, the cost associated with energy demand is significantly less. This means heating and cooling your building costs less. PVC membranes are also easily recyclable and can often be repurposed into new products long after its service lifespan.
- Long Lifespan
If properly installed and well-maintained, a PVC roof can last upwards of 20 years. This is one of the primary advantages of PVC roofs as it can help you save a considerable amount of money on expensive repairs and maintenance. To further the lifespan of your PVC roof, remember to conduct proper maintenance evaluations by inspecting the drainage system and flashing, looking for damage and addressing any leaks that may present themselves.
Even if you’re unsure about investing in PVC roofing, D’Angelo and Sons Roofing & Exteriors can work with you to provide you with recommendations that will best suit your needs and budget. Whatever you may require – new commercial roof or re-roofing your property – D’Angelo and Sons is here to help you through the entire process.
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