The PVC (polyvinyl chloride) material for roofing was first introduced in the 1950's. PVC roofing material is similar to, but much thinner than plastic piping. For flexibility and Ultra-violet light resistance, plasticizers are added. The material is also reinforced with a scrim in the middle for added strength. The PVC materials are usually supplied in 45 to 90 mil thick membranes. Seams are hot-air welded together for a strong bond at the seams and end laps.
PVC single ply roofing is made from similar material to white plastic piping found worldwide in plumbing and other applications. PVC roofs can be ballasted, adhered or mechanically fastened, leaving a smooth, reflective surface.
Usually the PVC Single Ply Roof is white or very light in color, with shades of tan to white available. Additional colors can be provided. Surfacing is either smooth, ballasted with large, round 3/4" river rock, or a vegetative garden topping, pavers or photovoltaic panels can be used for surfacing the PVC Roof.
The system has to be installed to the manufacturers installation instructions, the listing, where applicable, and the building code.
Visit the specific single ply membrane pages for more information.
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