The single-ply membrane with triple bottom line benefits.
Whether you and your business care about a triple bottom line (people, planet, and profits) or just a single bottom line, thermoplastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a roofing membrane infused with benefits. Clients who’ve installed it invariably discover that it’s a long-term, cost-effective solution. From an environmental perspective, it’s hard to beat short of a living green roofing solution. With its Energy Star rating, highly reflective, recyclable single-ply material, PVC is the obvious choice for environmentally sound roofing systems. Plus, with cool roof paybacks and LEED credit qualification, the benefits just keep adding up. From a durability perspective, oil, grease, and chemicals don’t like PVC’s highly resistant surface, and it’s incredibly easy to repair and maintain.
PVC is a solid option for restaurants, airports and commercial facilities with grease, oil, and chemical concerns, and environments that experience dilute acidic effluents. White reflective PVC roofing panels have a surface that provides a cooling effect that owners desire to provide energy savings in warmer climates. It has been tested in the industry for more than 40 years and now meets the most stringent codes in a wide variety of climates.
Why PVC Is an Industry Standard
Put simply, PVC is engineered to stand the test of time. Durable, yet pliable, PVC is an ideal long-term roofing solution, available with fleece backing and in thicknesses up to 80 mil. The thicker the membrane, the greater its resistance to breakage, tears, water absorption, and weathering. Manufactured to stringent standards, PVC membrane comes with plasticizer bonding agents, polyester reinforcement, and UV protectants. And its large membrane sheets mean it’s easy to install, with fewer seams in need of protection.
A Long Name with a Longer List of Benefits
Thermoplastic polyvinyl chloride membrane has a very affordable commercial life-cycle cost when compared with other roofing membranes. As mentioned, PVC retains a high reflectivity value over time, offering continued energy efficiency and optimal solar reflectance index (SRI). Roofs that are frequently exposed to grease or chemicals, such as restaurants and food processing facilities, benefit from the protection afforded by a PVC roofing system. Puncture resistance and strong seam bonding provide excellent waterproofing protection.
PVC can be fully adhered or mechanically fastened, and is suitable for use with the RhinoBond mechanical attachment system. Induction welding of PVC membrane electromagnetically seals the underside of the membrane to specially coated plates in a grid pattern. For enhanced wind uplift resistance, a dense grid pattern is used. PVC is suitable for new roof installation or as a cost-effective reroofing solution.
Our Major Manufacturer Partners
Choosing the highest-quality PVC roofing system is an absolute necessity for the success and longevity of your roof. North American Roofing partners with all major manufacturers to bring you the best roofing products around. They include:
- Sika Sarnafil
- Johns Manville