When you think of PVC, your mind probably immediately drifts to those ghastly white pipes that are used in many construction projects because of their durability and reliability. While we aren’t referring to this piping, we are talking about a roofing solution that is made of the same material. If you are not familiar with PVC roofing for industrial or commercial use, don’t worry! We’re going to take a look at what exactly this roofing material solution is, what the benefits are, and more!
What is it?
PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride, is the synthetic plastic polymer material that also makes up PVC pipes, which many people are familiar with. Just as these pipes are chosen for use in a variety of projects because they are durable, PVC roofs are a popular choice for the same reason. In addition, this material is flexible, making it easy to work with and install, even on more complex roof designs.
Like many flat roofing material options, a structural support deck needs to be installed prior to application of the PVC. This assists with waterproofing and leak protection, as well as creating an additional weather-resistant barrier. Installation requires heat welding with a small torch that binds the seams, and it is for this reason that it should only be installed by a professional roofing expert.
One major benefit to this roofing system is that it is ENERGY STAR qualified and CRRC (Cool Roof Rated Council) certified. This means that it provides an increase in how energy efficient your company is, and helps reduce the heat collected by the roof. By reducing heat buildup, your roof could potentially make an impact on climate change as well. PVC roofs offer the potential for decreased cooling costs and excellent resistance to rooftop chemical attacks including acids, oils and greases.
Another benefit to this roofing material is that it is fairly low maintenance after it has been installed. There is relatively minimal upkeep required, and in the event of that repairs or maintenance needs to be performed, the fixes are usually easy, low cost, and small. While they do require replacement at about the same rate as any other flat roof material, you should get a good 20 years of life out of them with little to no additional work needing to be invested along the way.
PVC roofing also offers a variety of customization options, such as the color of your roof. You can choose to go with a white roof, which has been shown to reduce heat build up tremendously, and as we already discovered, this helps to reduce your energy and cooling costs, as well as benefiting the environment. You can also choose to go with a roofing color that matches your commercial or industrial branding, or one that sets your building apart from others in the complex. When choosing a color for your PVC roofing, always check any codes or regulations in your industrial complex prior to selection to ensure that you will not be in violation of any aesthetic requirements.
In terms of flat roofing materials, PVC roofs are fairly cost-effective. This makes it especially appealing for large-scale industrial and commercial roofing projects. When it comes to replacing an existing roof system, PVC can often save you a tremendous amount of money, because in certain circumstances, it can be installed directly over what is in place now. This means that you have no need to pay to remove the current roofing system, and only have to move forward with a PVC install. This is not always the case, and some systems will need removal before PVC installation, however, this is a potential benefit for some industrial complexes.
Are you curious about how your business can benefit from a PVC flat roofing system? For many commercial and industrial roofing projects, this solution is ideal. Reach out to the experts at General Roofing to see if it is the right choice for you!