There are many options for industrial roofing. If you're concerned about recurring maintenance and the cost of your cooling bills, there's the perfect solution for you in PVC and TPO single ply roofing systems. Both types of roofing materials are simple to install and offer a wide variety of benefits that your building can enjoy.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) are excellent roofing choices. During the installation process, the sheets are welded together using hot air. This gives the seam an incredible amount of strength that can't be achieved through standard adhesive seals. After all, these adhesives will eventually wear thin due to the weather and chemicals that they're exposed to. The PVC and TPO materials are also very resistant to tears and punctures due to the polyester scrim that’s on the back of the sheet. All of this adds up to a much more durable industrial roof and lower maintenance costs for you.
Single Ply Industrial Roofing Options
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
PVC roofing membranes are known for their high strength (350 pound per square foot minimum breaking strength) durability, and long service life. Additionally, PVC roofing is watertight, flame retardant, and chemical resistant.
PVC roofing is an especially good choice for restaurants and food manufacturing facilities that may expose their roofs to fats and oils that could potentially degrade other roofing materials.
TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)
Originally developed as a lower cost alternative I’ve to PVC roofing, TPO roofing membranes are said to combine the UV and heat resistance advantages EPDM roofing with the convenient hot air weldable properties of PVC.
Like PVC, TPO is known to be strong, durable, and energy efficient. However, as TPO is a relatively new technology to the market, it is not yet known if it shares the longevity of PVC roofing.
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) rubber is one of the most established types of roofing material currently available for industrial applications. EPDM is an exceptionally shock absorbent material and as such is an ideal choice for buildings that might be subject to frequent hailstorms. It is also a good choice for roofs that see frequent foot and equipment traffic. Additionally, since EPDM typically does not reflect sunlight, it is recommended for roofs with affixed solar panels.
As EPDM rubber is a petroleum product, it is susceptible to degradation from fats and oils. As such, it may not be the best choice for restaurants and food preparation facilities.
Cool Roof Systems
Another great feature these roofs provide for factory buildings is that they are highly resistant to ultraviolet light. This has given them the deserved nickname of "cool roof systems". They have an SRI, or solar light reflectance index, of up to 84%. This helps to keep the roof cooler, and in turn can drastically reduce your cooling bills during the hotter months of the year. Color choice is limited, but the majority of our installations white in order to help increase the light reflectiveness even more.
Our single ply roof systems can be made in thicknesses that range from 40 mils to 150 mils, and they come with a 15 to 30 year warranty depending on the solution. If you’re in the market for a new roof for your industrial or factory building, then contact us today and let our experienced staff write up a specification that’s sure to be a perfect fit.