When to Use Single Ply PVC Roofing

Choosing the right type of roofing for a project is critical to the long-term success of the structure.  The roof is what protects the interior, and it is also vulnerable to the elements.  Single ply PVC roofing is a flexible membrane used over insulation to finish a roof.

PVC roofing has proven itself in a variety of situations over the 50 plus years it has been in use.  Whether you are working on a new build or a renovation, if you are debating the best roofing options, here are the situations when single ply PVC will serve the structure well.

Location matters.  PVC roofing offers excellent durability in a range of weather scenarios that are particularly threatening to slates.  In areas that experience high winds regularly, single ply PVC roofing gives great peace of mind because it is better able to withstand gusts.  Unlike slates and sheet metal, this light-weight, flexible material is not likely to be seen blowing in the wind.  It’s also highly resistant to damage from prolonged exposure to bright sunlight and to frequent changes in temperature.  That later factor makes more of a difference in Ireland and the former!  

When Slates Just Don’t Fit the Structure

The design of the building can also make single ply PVC the best choice for a roof.  Some buildings have quirky shapes that are difficult to cover in slates.  Curved roofs look wonderful, but they need a creative and effective roofing solution.  PVC roofing is it.  The flexibility of the roofing membrane means it can be applied to any shape of roof with any pitch.  In any situation where there is concern about the load-bearing capacity of the walls, the weight of a roof is an issue.  Whether it is an older structure being renovated or a new build such as a shed or detached home studio for work or recreation, if a traditional roof would put a questionable amount of strain on the structure, a PVC roof is ideal.  This roofing material has endless applications in creative structures at a variety of commercial recreational structures. In addition to being remarkably flexible, a PVC roof is also very lightweight.  

The combination of flexibility, light weight and durability make PVC roofing membranes very appealing to both builders and building owners. Fire resistance is another important benefit they offer.  Builders like single ply PVC roofing because it is quick and easy to install, while building owners will appreciate the protection it offers from high winds and how well it looks on roofs with unusual angles and shapes.

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