Why PVC Roofing Is Ideal for Commercial Buildings
December 10, 2018
PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. It’s a polymer resin synthesized from two main components: ethylene and chlorine. Known for its durability, PVC has become one of the more popular options when it comes to commercial roofing systems, and it’s not difficult to see why. Rapid Roofing discusses this further.
Single-ply PVC roofing includes several features that make it an excellent choice for commercial roofs. Heat stabilizers along with ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors mixed with the compound offer dual protection against harsh sunlight while special biocide additives ensure that the roof is resistant to mold and fungus growth. Additionally, plasticizers deliver a durable finish, making it less resistant to tearing that is often caused by high winds or heavy loads.
PVC is relatively easier to handle, making it extremely affordable to install. The sheets are hot-air welded, guaranteeing a watertight seal at the seams. The material itself is known to be chemically resistant as well, making it an obvious roofing choice for industries whose roofs are often exposed to harsh levels of chemical contact.
Strength and Longevity
The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) recommends a minimum breaking strength of at least 200 pound per inch. The hot-air weld that holds together PVC sheets is actually stronger than the membrane itself, allowing PVC roofs to have a breaking strength up to 350 pound per inch. This durability, coupled with its 20- to 30-year lifespan, makes PVC a superior roofing choice for both commercial and industrial buildings.
From commercial roof repair and maintenance to installation, Rapid Roofing is your premier provider of excellent roofing service. Call us today at (734) 234-5900, and get a free estimate. We serve Ann Arbor, MI, and all nearby areas.