PVC roofing systems are a cost-efficient, durable, and eco-friendly low-slope commercial roofing solution with a long service life. Having been in use in the U.S. since the 1970s, PVC roofing has a proven track record.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) roofing, also called vinyl roofing, is a single-ply thermoplastic membrane comprised of two layers of PVC material surrounding a polyester reinforcement scrim. PVC roofing is made from ethylene, derived from petroleum or natural gas, and chlorine, a salt by-product. Unlike other single-ply commercial roofing materials, fossil fuel accounts for less than half of the composition of PVC roofing. Plasticizers are added to allow it to remain pliable.
PVC roofing is extremely durable, offering a lifespan of up to 30 years. It is resistant to punctures, fire, impact damage, chemical damage, wind uplift, and dirt buildup. PVC roofing stands up to all kinds of weather, including the severe storms commonly seen in Kansas City. It resists leaks, even if water puddles on it. If repairs are needed, it can be easily patched. PVC roofing carries a Class A flame resistance rating.
If you’re looking to incorporate green attributes into your commercial roofing, PVC roofing offers several environmentally friendly benefits. It can be completely recycled into new roofing materials, requires less energy to produce than other competing products, and results in virtually no scrap from manufacturing and installation. While PVC is available in many colors, Sun Roofing Contractors recommend light grey and white for their reflective properties. White PVC roofing will reflect as much as 80 percent of heat away from the building, resulting in lower utility costs and energy usage. On average, PVC roofing can provide an energy cost reduction of as much as 40 percent. PVC roofing materials meet the cooling roofing requirements of ENERGY STAR, Green Globes, and LEED.
PVC roofing comes in sheets with widths from six to 12 feet and a variety of thicknesses. The seams are hot-air welded, making it water-tight and pliable for years. PVC roofing can be installed one of three ways: fully adhered, mechanically fastened, or ballasted. In most cases, Sun Roofing Contractors can install PVC roofing over existing roofing materials, eliminating tear-off costs and material disposal.
For more information about EPDM commercial roofing options, call Sun Roofing Contractors at 913-827-2217.