Why PVC Makes Great Flat Roofing Material

One of the primary materials that we use in our daily lives is plastic, and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a rare form of plastic. Most plastics are made undeviatingly from oil and are pure hydrocarbon, whereas vinyl is made from a combination of natural gas and salt, which makes it very unique. Consequently, these unique structures and property of PVC make it capable of perming in ways other plastic cannot.

PVC Flat Roofing Material

Anchored on this fact, thousands of residential and commercial roofing systems had made a massive shift towards the use of PVC as their roofs. The reason for such changes towards PVC roofing are the ton of advantages PVC roofs offer that makes it a perfect material for flat roofs. Below are some of these benefits;

Environment Sustainability

On the environmental side, PVC uses less energy than other types of plastic in its manufacturing. Aside from that, PVC utilizes less fossil fuel in manufacturing. In other words, PVCs are more sustainable than other plastics.


PVC is reflective, able to let light rays and heat from the sun bounce off it. Compared to all other materials for roofing that absorbs all the heat, PVC roofs are the most reflective roof membrane in the industry.


PVC roofs, as mostly used in commercial roofing, are non-porous membrane roofs, meaning you don’t have to clean the roof system frequently. On top of that, there is no need for UV treatments in PVC roofing as PVC is naturally UV-resistant


PVC roofs are highly durable and capable of lasting for many years compared to other roofing materials. PVC roofs may last for 20 years without maintenance. With proper maintenance, void of extreme conditions, PVC roofs could last for 50 years at most. This means less roof repair for property owners.

Fire Resistance

PVC roofing membranes used in both residential and commercial roofing have passed FM and UL fire testing and have unlimited slope approval. Achieving that FM and UL-approved mark means that PVC roofs have passed the scientific testing procedures that ensure products conform with the highest precautions of safety and loss of property.

Wind Resistance

Another advantage of PVC roofing is its resistance to wind. This is a result of PVC roofs being mechanically fastened during installation. Also, fastening patterns could be modified depending on the amount of wind load. It is among the smart choices for installing or as residential roof replacement in areas that experience intense winds.


PVC is recyclable, just like any other plastics. A large portion of the scraps produced in the manufacturing of PVCs are remixed back and then used again. Not all PVC roofs are recycled, however. Why? Because they are still in use. PVC roofs can last up to several decades, meaning it will be a long time before they will need to be recycled or replaced at all.

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