PVC roofing is a type of single ply roofing, which means it consists of one layer manufactured in a factory. The membrane is made of a thick, flexible UV-resistant thermoplastic material; it can also contain polyester or fiberglass, resins, pigments, plasticizers and other chemicals. This particular style of roofing is used on flat or low sloped roofs because conventional shingles only work on sloped roofs.
PVC roofing can be made to fit nearly any flat roof and is considered a fire safe material. This type of prefabricated flat roofing material is inexpensive and has good general weather resistance. However, it is normally not used in areas with heavy rains or snow because it may become brittle in very cold weather. PVC roofing membranes are designed to stand for about 15 to 20 years.
PVC roofing has been around since the 60’s so there are many styles to choose from. Although white is a common color since it reflects the sun’s heat, There are brands of PVC roofing that will customized with colors or logos. If you would like to have a conventional shingle but do not have the slope for it, there are companies that can accommodate that design. Variety of ways PVC membranes can be installed; some come in panels, while others are adhered to the roof deck, and others held down by stone or concrete. If you do not have a straight, smooth surface to adhere to and are discouraged, don’t be, some PVC roofing are fleeced cushioned, which allows the membrane to be installed on rough substrates. Many types of PVC membranes are hot welded or fused together to make waterproof seams by using specialized welding equipment to join the roofing components together.
The durability of PVC roofing depends on the skill of the installer and the quality of the seams. Homeowners/Business owners should choose an experienced roofing company like Wanamaker Group who has worked with PVC roofing extensively. PVC roofing should also be inspected every 6 months to a year so any potential problems can be quickly fixed. The only downfall you will find with PVC is the cost is a tad higher then its direct competitors of EPDM and TPO.