When operating a business out of a brick-and-mortar location, regular building maintenance is a necessity. For those who rent their business spaces, it is likely the building owner’s responsibility to perform maintenance; however, if you are the owner, roofing maintenance will fall into your hands. Thankfully, due to advancements in technology, we are seeing more options for roofing materials which translate into roofing systems lasting longer than ever before. One such example is PVC roofing. PVC is a plastic made from chlorine and ethylene that is recognized for both its affordability and durability.
Here at Skywalker Roofing, our roofing contractors specialize in commercial roofing projects, and we are seeing a major increase in the installation of PVC roofs. From cost-efficiency to enhanced longevity, PVC roof installation carries several advantages.
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PVC Roofing Material Is Affordable and Durable
PVC is used in a variety of products, and is a type of material that can be used in modular roofing systems as well as flat roofs construction projects. It delivers a pliable and durable roofing solution that results in outstanding weathering characteristics, as well as the ability to resist harsh chemicals. Its flexible roof membrane can be prefabricated in the manufacturing phase, which translates into less waste during installation.
Eco-Friendly and Easy on Your HVAC Bills
The most notable benefits of a PVC roof are its strength, durability, and resistance to moisture, fire, wind, and chemicals. And thanks to PVC membrane’s high solar reflectivity, this reduces energy waste and lowers monthly cooling and heating costs, making it a more eco-friendly option.
Superior Strength Leads to Leak and Fire Resistance
A strength that surpasses the requirements of the American Society of Testing and Materials ensures a PVC roofing system will provide long-term durability. While other roofing systems rely on adhesives, tapes, and caulks to seal the seams, PVC roofing systems rely on a heat-welding process that creates a lasting bond between each roofing sheet, which ensures a waterproof and fire-retardant final product.
Excellent for Restaurants and Manufacturing Facilities
The PVC membrane roofing system is resistant to chemicals, which makes it ideal for commercial buildings and manufacturing facilities. PVC membrane doesn’t soak up or get weakened by oils and greases, making it a favored system for restaurants and other buildings with grease traps on the roof.
If properly installed, a PVC roofing system can last 20+ years and requires only a minimal amount of maintenance during its life. Generally, the only maintenance that must be performed is the visual inspection of shrinkage and repairing any gaps in the seams of the material. It tends to take many years for shrinkage to lead to gaps in the seams, and if properly maintained and inspected, these seams can easily be repaired at a low cost and without hassle.
Benefits of PVC Roof Installation
Here at Skywalker Roofing, our professionals have extensive experience in PVC membrane roofing. We have seen time and time again the multiple benefits of PVC membrane waterproofing and how it serves as an effective roofing solution for buildings that are prone to roof leaks. PVC roofing contractors agree that the installation process must be carried out properly to reap the full benefits of a PVC roof. If a PVC roof fails to be waterproof, it is generally caused by improper installation, not because of inherent flaws.
Ideally, before the PVC roofing membrane is laid on a roof, some form of insulation will be installed. Popular insulation choices include EPS or ISO foam board, both of which possess an R-value range from 4-R to 6-R per one-inch of thickness. The thicker the insulation, the better the roof can trap energy and reduce heat loss. The white surface of the PVC membrane also helps to minimize heat gain and optimize heat distribution.
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There are various ways PVC roofing can be installed, with all options requiring the use of a hot-air welder for sealing purposes. With the use of a hot-air welder, it becomes possible to add strength to the seams of the roof, and it ensures the PVC membrane is leak-resistant. At Skywalker Roofing, our PVC roofing professionals understand the role that the hot-air welder plays in achieving a superior final product. If we install a PVC roof in the winter, we know to adjust the hot-air welder temperature according to ambient air temperatures.
Contact Skywalker Roofing today to learn more about the advantages of commercial PVC roofing!