There’s no other roof replacement material that can provide the durability and reliability of PVC. A PVC roof can last for decades and is able to hold significant weight–up to 350 lbs. per square inch. Here’s what you need to know about this excellent roofing material.
PVC Roofing and How It Works
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) roofing is a single-ply roofing membrane that’s been used on flat and low-sloped roofs for more than 50 years. A PVC roof consists of two layers, with polyester added in between for support. These layers also have additives that give the roofing material its flexibility and other benefits.
PVC roofing was first used in Europe during the 1960s and then became popular in the U.S. Unlike other roofing systems, PVC does not require adhesives, tapes and caulks to seal the seams together, making it more resistant to water penetration. PVC’s hot-air welded seams make it strong, durable and impermeable to moisture.
Other Benefits of PVC Roofing
- Wind and Fire Resistance – PVC roofing membranes have passed FM and UL fire tests, which means the material is extremely difficult to ignite. PVC doesn’t support combustion and burns slowly, which means in the unlikely event there is a fire, it will be easy to put out. The hot-air welded seams can resist wind gusts from up to Category 3 hurricanes.
- Long Service Life – A properly installed high-quality PVC roofing membrane will only need minimal maintenance throughout its service life and can last around 20 years.
- Resistance to Chemicals – Some commercial buildings such as warehouses and manufacturing facilities may experience exposure to chemicals, which can degrade roofing materials like asphalt. With PVC, this is not a concern as the material is extremely resistant to chemicals.
- Water Resistance – With the hot-air welded seams, PVC membranes become watertight, especially during storms and hurricanes. They can also withstand water pooling on the roof, as well as high and low alkaline conditions.
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