Also known as “vinyl roofing,” PVC roofing membranes have the longest track record of any thermoplastic membrane. First used in Europe more than five decades ago, it has been used in the United States for the last 30 years on flat or low-slope rooﬁng projects. Today, tens of thousands of buildings are protected by billions of square feet of PVC rooﬁng membranes.
Why so popular? Beside its proven history, PVC (officially called polyvinyl chloride) roofing systems have many attractive attributes, including:
Easy Installation & Upkeep: This tough, lightweight material is among the easiest single-ply roofing membranes to install. Because it is reinforced for dimensional stability and toughness, heat-welding can proceed quickly. The material also flexes to conform to a building’s movements, reducing leaks and extending its lifespan.
Resilient: According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, vinyl roofing is suited to areas where acid rain is common and roofs are exposed to concentrations of grease, oils and some fuels. The membrane is also resistant to water, chemicals, fire, bacterial growth, punctures and plant roof penetrations.
Benefits of a Cool Roof: Often called ‘Cool Roofs’ for their ability to reflect the sun’s rays, PVC roofing systems reduce roof surface temperatures. Often white in color, the material increases indoor comfort and saves on electricity bills by reducing cooling costs. It provides an advantage in hot climates where the EPA’s Energy STAR or urban heat island considerations must be met.
Warranties: Product warranties vary depending on the manufacturer, product specifications and even the contractor’s credentials. Established vendors such as GAF, Versico and Carlisle SynTec Systems offer guarantees lasting, in some cases, up to 30 years.
In business for 25 years, ROOFCORP associates are specially trained to install PVC roofing systems, ensuring the best quality and workmanship and results that last for years to come. Contact us today to learn how these products can meet your roofing needs.