What is PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)?

Of all the new types of roofing systems available on the market today, one of the least understood is PVC roofing.  PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, a single-ply roofing membrane that has been used on flat roofs, besides low-sloped roofs, for more than 50 years.  A PVC roof consists of two layers.  Polyester is added between the layers to serve as support.  These layers have additives that give the roofing material flexibility and other benefits.

Benefits of PVC

There are many benefits to PVC roofing including:

  • Durability is a huge advantage of a PVC roof.  This type of membrane is remarkably strong because it has heat-welded seams that create a watertight bond that’s even stronger than the membrane itself, which gives it permanence.  As a result, PVC roofing doesn’t have to depend on tapes, adhesives, and caulks for sealing its seams as other types of roofing systems do.
  • PVC roofs are highly wind resistant, thanks to their welded seams.  In fact, often PVC roofs have held up even in Category 3 hurricanes.  Therefore, if you live in an area that tends to experience intense winds and hurricanes, a PVC roof is a good choice.
  • Fire resistance is one of the main benefits of PVC roofing as this type of roof system is very hard to ignite.  Consider that a PVC roof is highly resistant to oxidation reactions, making it exceptionally safer than other types of roofs.
  • The chemical resistance of PVC roofing means not having to deal with roofing issues caused by chemical exposure.  Thus, your flat roof can continue to serve you even when it’s exposed to harsh chemical conditions.
  • Environmental friendliness is another plus for a PVC roofing system.  The PVC membrane has high solar reflectivity, so less energy is wasted.  Also, this can mean paying less money to heat or cool your building.

Hire the Right Roofing Contractor

Workmanship is more important to a good roof system than the materials themselves so make the most of your roofing project by using a reliable roofing contractor.  Affluent Exteriors has a proven record of customer satisfaction that you can expect.  Regardless of whatever roofing membrane you have or are considering, contact us for a free consultation on your next commercial roof project.