PVC Roofing Solutions (polyvinyl chloride)
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TPO Roofing (thermoplastic polyolefin)
PVC, TPO & Flat Roof Restoration
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PVC & TPO Restoration Solutions
Using durable acrylic and silicone composites, the white coat adheres to your existing roof to seal and protect it. Plus, the coating reduces maintenance and upkeep demands stemming from water damage. Our superior formula adheres to most common roofing systems:
Single-ply Roofing Systems
PCV (polyvinyl chloride)
TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
Installation is quick and easy, with little to no interruption to your day. Whereas a roof replacement could shut down shop for days or weeks, roof coating can be completed without disruption to your day-to-day operation.
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PVC or TPO: Find the Single-Ply Roofing That Works For You
Given how exposed the roof of your business is to harsh weather conditions, such as wind, hail, rain, and ultraviolet radiation, it should come as no surprise that eventually you're going to need to seek out commercial roof repair. However, anything that can help extend the roof of your commercial building is potentially of tremendous value. If you have a flat or slightly sloped roof, you may wish to consider a single-ply roofing system to protect your roof from fire, extreme heat, and ultraviolet radiation.
The most common materials used in single-ply roofing include TPO roofing and PVC roofing. The major difference between the two is the chemicals from which each is constructed. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is made of plastics and vinyl, while TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is constructed of ethylene-propylene rubber and polypropylene.
Similarities Between PVC and TPO
Despite the differences in their chemical makeup, PVC and TPO are very similar to one another in what they do for your roof. TPO and PVC are thermoplastic materials, which means they soften when exposed to extreme heat and harden when cooled. This property makes it easier to get a strong seal on heat-welded seams.
The main advantage of using a single-ply material, either TPO or PVC, on your roof is the materials' reflective properties. When UV rays and heat are absorbed by your roof, it can raise the temperature inside the building, leading you to run your air conditioner more. Single-ply roofing materials help keep the interior of your business cool and cut down on HVAC costs by reflecting heat and UV radiation from the sun.
Here are some other qualities the two materials have in common:
- Flexibility: Single-ply roofs have the ability to stretch and extend over your roof as it moves and settles due to the season and the weather.
- Chemical Resistance: Both PVC and TPO are resistant to acid rain and similar chemicals.
- Resistance to UV and Natural Elements: Single-ply roofing materials can stand up to the buildup of micro-organisms that might cause harm to other roofing materials. All resist UV radiation, and some offer 100% UV resistance.
- Recyclability: Both PVC and TPO can be recycled when they have outlived their usefulness. They also offer other environmental benefits by reflecting heat, allowing you to run your air conditioner less often, and needing to be replaced less often due to their durability and longevity.
Advantages of PVC Roofing
While the two materials are similar in many respects, each has its own particular advantages that make it more suitable for some situations than others:
- Proven Track Record: PVC has been used in roofing for over 40 years, versus nearly 30 years for TPO, and has a proven track record of durability and reliability.
- Longevity: A PVC membrane may last 20 years or more.
- Warm-Weather Resistance: PVC roofs can stand up better to heat extremes than TPO roofs.
- Oil and Grease Resistance: PVC is better able to handle exposure to grease or oil, making it preferable for roofs of restaurants.
- Fire Resistance: PVC does not burn easily, and when the flame source is removed it self-extinguishes; making it the best choice for restaurants.
Advantages of TPO Roofing
Though TPO and PVC are considered two of the most cost-effective and reliable single-ply roofing systems, TPO offers a lower upfront cost and other advantages:
- Different Color Options: Both PVC and TPO come in standard colors of white, tan, and gray. If you desire a different color, TPO comes with different color options, sometimes with the ability to customize colors, while PVC does not. Be aware, however, that nonstandard colors will cost more, and is only available for large roofs.
- Puncture Resistance: TPO is less likely to puncture when exposed to sharp objects during routine roof maintenance.
- Cold Resistance: TPO is recommended for areas with frequent cold temperatures, as PVC can sometimes shatter under frigid conditions.
- Environmental Impact: TPO is often considered a more environmentally friendly option. There is concern over plasticizers and other additives used in PVC breaking down and washing away with the rainwater or being released as toxic fumes in a fire. TPO doesn't include these chemicals, so this is not an issue.
Rely on ARP Roofing for Single-Ply Installation
Single-ply roofing offers many advantages to the commercial business owner but should only be installed by a licensed professional commercial roofing contractor.
At ARP Roofing & Remodeling, we offer a free no-obligation roof inspection. After taking a thorough look at your current roofing system, we’ll offer solutions to improve the energy efficiency and durability of your roof. We won’t replace your roof unless it’s absolutely necessary. Instead, if possible we will offer restoration to help you get the most value and longevity out of your roofing system.
Looking to make your commercial space more energy efficient and cost effective? Schedule your free consultation today. We’ll take a look at your existing roofing system to determine the best fit for your buildings roof.
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