Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC (also called, simply, vinyl), is a membrane roofing system used on flat or low-sloped roofs.
PVC is made up of ethylene and chlorine. PVC roofing was first created in 1960’s Europe and quickly made its way to the US.
Just like any other commercial roofing system, there are Pros and Cons to PVC.
- PVC roofing can be made to fit nearly any flat roof shape
- It is a fire safe material.
- Its unique manufacturing process ensures enhanced stability and flexibility, as well as high tearing and breaking strengths.
- PVC roofs can survive a Category 3 hurricane, making it the ideal roofing choice for buildings (especially high-rise buildings) located in regions prone to strong winds.
- At 350 pounds per inch, PVC roofing membranes far surpass the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)’s minimum standard of 200 pounds per inch, making it a highly durable roofing system.
- PVC’s heat-welded seams form a permanent, watertight bond giving them an edge over competitive systems, which rely on adhesives, tapes, and caulks to seal seams.
- PVC’s high solar reflectivity reduces energy waste and lowers monthly heating and cooling costs.
- It is one of the few roofing materials that can be fully recycled into new products, even after decades of service life.
- It’s not the ideal roofing system to use in regions that see heavy rain or snow.
- PVC roofing can become brittle in very cold weather.
Did You Know? Older PVC was prone to cracking in very cold temperatures, so The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends avoiding foot traffic on PVC roofs when the outside air temperature falls below 50 degrees.
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