PVC Roofing Services in Dallas & Frisco
When it’s time to replace the roof on your commercial building, you need something reliable – something that’s easy to care for, long-lasting and energy efficient. For many business owners, that means protecting their buildings with PVC roofing, which is strong, durable and has both ENERGY STAR® and Cool Roof ratings.
What is PVC Roofing?
PVC roofing is made from polyvinyl chloride, a form of plastic that can protect a wide range of commercial buildings, including condominiums, retail stores and restaurants. Because it’s made from a lower percentage of oil and petroleum than other types of commercial roofing materials are, it’s a more ecologically friendly roof – and it can help you save on utility costs because it’s a cool roof membrane.
A cool roof is one that has high solar reflectance and thermal emittance; that means it doesn’t absorb as much heat from the sun or give off as much heat as other types of roofing materials do.
PVC roofing works best on flat and low-slope roofs. Your roof’s pitch – its angle of steepness – will determine whether your building is a good candidate for a PVC roof. If it’s too steep, you may want to opt for another type of roofing material, such as asphalt.
The best way to determine whether your building needs a PVC roof or another type of roof is to consult a local roofing contractor who can talk to you about your needs, what your roof is exposed to on a daily basis, your budget and the aesthetics you want for your building. Your contractor will be able to get eyes-on your roof and help you make the best choice for your business.
What Are the Differences Between PVC Roofing and EPDM Roofing?
PVC roofing and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing are both excellent materials for protecting commercial buildings. Both provide:
- The ability to “settle” when the building does
- Fire resistance
- Long lifespan
- Weather, UV ray, wind and hail resistance
However, the materials that make up each type of roofing are different. PVC is made from plastics, while EPDM roofs are a form of synthetic rubber made from petroleum byproducts. Because PVC is a thermoplastic, your roofing contractor can melt it down at high temperatures to create water-tight seals. PVC is also more resistant to oils than EPDM is, which makes it the ideal choice for restaurants with roof vents.
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How Long Does a PVC Roof Last?
With proper maintenance and care, a PVC roof can last as long as 30 years. Many manufacturers also include warranties with their products, which can cover you in case something goes wrong with the materials used on your roof.
How Do You Maintain a PVC Roof?
Generally, maintaining PVC roofing is easy. If you choose to maintain the roof yourself, you’ll want to use a soft-bristled, long-handled brush (a floor broom works well, also) and a mild, non-abrasive detergent to scrub the roof’s surface. If there’s debris on your roof, you’ll want to remove it right away; sticks and branches, as well as other debris, can damage your PVC roofing materials.
Rather than maintaining your PVC roof yourself, you can hire Brotherhood Roofing to maintain it for you. We’ll inspect it every chance we get, ensuring that your roof is in great shape to protect your commercial building and everything in it. If we discover a problem, we’ll explain your options and proceed with repairs after you give us the green light.
What Goes Under a PVC Roof?
Insulation goes under PVC roofing materials to help protect your building from the elements. Typically, more insulation equates to more protection – and it usually means more energy efficiency, too. Many business owners choose to use ISO or EPS foam board insulation, which helps reduce heat loss from your building. The cool, white surface of a PVC roof helps your building avoid heat gain.
Why is PVC an Ideal Choice for Restaurants?
PVC is exceptionally resistant to oil, which makes it a great choice for restaurant buildings and many factories and manufacturing plants. It can resist animal fats, grease and a wide range of chemicals, as well. Most restaurant owners choose PVC for these reasons, as well as PVC’s long lifespan, durability and ease of maintenance.
Is a PVC Roof Considered Energy Efficient?
PVC roofs are energy efficient. They reflect heat and solar rays, which makes them an ideal choice for Texas businesses that experience a wide range of temperature fluctuations. These roofs are considered ecologically friendly, especially when compared to other commercial roofing systems, and they can help you increase your building’s energy efficiency and conserve resources. They also help you reduce your company’s carbon footprint while saving you money on heating and cooling costs.
Can You Paint a PVC Roof?
It is possible to paint PVC roofing materials, but you must use paints that are specially formulated for plastics. If you’d like a PVC roof in a specific color, we recommend you talk to your Frisco roofing contractor. They’ll be able to give you the guidance you need on getting the commercial roof you want.
How Much Does PVC Roofing Cost?
As a general rule of thumb, PVC roofing costs between $4 and $12 per square foot. Your total cost depends on the roofing materials you choose (including the insulation you want to use), as well as the size of your commercial roof. The best way to find out how much PVC roofing costs for your commercial building is to contact a roofing contractor who can measure your roof and give you an estimate.
Ready to Find Out Whether a PVC Roof is Right for You and Get a Quote?
If you’re ready to talk to an expert about PVC roofing, we’re here to help. Our team can send an experienced roofer to your commercial building to evaluate its current roof, talk to you about your options and provide you with a quote for the roof you need.