What is a PVC roofing system?
A PVC roofing system (PVC membrane) is a single ply roofing material commonly known as vinyl roofing which forms a watertight solution to prevent water leaks. PVC roofs are also usually light-colored, meaning they can be more energy-efficient and save you more on your energy bills than a typical dark-colored roof. PVC roofing can be made to fit nearly any flat roof shape and is considered a seamless, fire-safe material.
What are the Benefits of PVC Membrane Roofing?
One of the main advantages to the PVC roofing system is the length of its life, which is partly due to the fact that PVC material has no adhesives that could fail like EPDM rubber roofing. PVC roofing is built to last 25 years or more. In addition, PVC roofs use a heat welding process which creates a permanent bond between each sheet, minimizing the chance of any leaks. On top of all that, PVC is 100% recyclable at the end of its useful lifespan.
Professional PVC Roof Repair
As flat roof experts, Summit Commercial Roofing knows PVC Roof Repair. Although this is one of the longest lasting membrane systems, PVC roofs can still get leaks. With quality professional roofers working on your building you can be assured of great work. At Summit Commercial Roofing, commercial roofing is in our DNA. We are a family owned business and third generation roofers. We specialize in commercial roofs no matter what the material. Get a quote from us for your PVC roof repair today! More about the PVC roofing membranes we use.
How Leaks are Caused in PVC Roofs
PVC roofs usually have a 25 to 30-year life span, so if your roof is approaching the end of its life you can certainly expect leaks. PVC tends to shrink over time. This will cause the PVC to shatter or dry out. That, in turn, will cause leaks. Other things that will cause leaks are poor installation and physical damage. Unfortunately, poor installation is a common problem in the roofing world. This is something that we see (and fix) often.
Physical damage to the membrane of your roof may not always be visible on the surface. Our professional roofers will determine the cause of your leak and explain your options.
Compare PVC to EPDM Roofing Systems
- Made of ethylene and chlorine
- Highly resistant to ponding water, UV radiation, fire, and fungi
- Designed to last for decades
- Hot-air welded seams minimize chance of leaks
- Energy efficient and environmentally friendly
- EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a synthetic rubber made from oil
- Most popular single-ply roofing membrane
- Attaches to the roof using glue and tape
- Resistant to inclement weather, impact, and traffic
- Designed to last between 15 and 25 years
- Not environmentally friendly