PVC has been used in commercial roofing for more than 40 years in Colorado. Ramos Roofing is an experienced commercial PVC roofing contractor in Colorado.
Thermoplastic PVC roofing is extremely strong, as its heat-welded seams form a permanent, watertight bond that is stronger than the membrane itself. PVC resin is modified with plasticizers and UV stabilizers, and reinforced with fiberglass non-woven mats or polyester woven scrims, for use as a flexible roofing membrane.
Vinyl roofs are inherently fire resistant due to their chemical composition and have a broader range of fire ratings over common substrates.
PVC roofs offers an energy-efficient roofing option in Colorado due to their light coloring. The surface of a black roof can experience temperature increases up to 90 degrees under the a full sun, while a white reflective roof typically experiences increases of only 10-25 degrees Fahrenheit. Vinyl roofing membranes long life cycle combined with the lower energy consumption to produce the PVC material and process it into roofing products are factors that contribute to its attractiveness as a sustainable and environmentally friendly roofing product. PVC roofs can also be used in roofing waterproofing designs. This is a common technique used in association with green, or planted roofs.
Although PVC roofing has environmental advantages, many Green Building organizations do not recommend using PVC roofing because of the significant environmental hazards resulting from toxicity of the manufacturing process and noxious compounds released in a fire such as hydrochloric acid fumes and byproducts including dioxin, a potent carcinogen.