If you’re planning to replace your building’s old roof, this would be a great time to explore the different roofing solutions available to you. When it comes to the roof membrane in particular, business owners have a wider range of options to choose from nowadays. In this article, we give an overview of the different roofing materials available.
PVC is short for Polyvinyl chloride, a widely used industrial material. If you need a new roof, choosing one with a PVC membrane might be well worth the investment, because of its durability and longevity. The material is also widely used in construction, because of its fire retardant properties. As such, it’s a great option for businesses that do warehousing and logistics.
PVCs are also great for repelling water and moisture. They’re also resistant to tearing and puncturing. These qualities make PVC membranes the ideal roofing solution in areas where there’s a high amount of rainfall each year.
Finally, PVC sheets are often manufactured in light colors. They’re also thick enough to provide better insulation. Given these qualities, PVC roofs contribute to greater energy efficiency in buildings.
The only downside to PVC roof membranes is that it’s the most expensive material on this list. However, the material’s high durability and energy efficiency might make your initial investment in PVC roofing well worth the price.
Thermoplastic polyolefin or TPOs are also widely used in the construction industry as an alternative to PVCs.
Like PVC roofs, TPO membranes are also highly resistant against water and moisture. The material is also quite lightweight, which means that TPO roofs place less stress on the building’s structural frame.
The only reason why you might not want to try TPOs just yet is that they’re slightly new to the market. They’ve only been around after the 1980s, and are considered to be relatively untested as roofing material.
Slowly however, TPO roofs are becoming more popular for commercial and industrial buildings. If you’re interested in getting your roof replaced with TPO, it may be a good idea to consult with roofing professionals. They should be able to give you their expert advice on the suitability of the membrane to your business needs.
EDPM stands for Ethylene propylene diene methylene, more popularly known as synthetic rubber. Professionals may like this material because of its malleability and flexibility. EDPMs can easily stretch and fit the form of any roof.
Under the right conditions, EDPM membranes are also highly durable and can provide great weather protection. However, they may not be suitable for areas with predominantly hot climates. High temperatures can deform and shrink the material. With the shrinkage, gaps may start forming between RDPM sheets, leaving the roof exposed to moisture and other weathering elements.
Metal Retrofitting Alternative
If your current roof has reached the end of its lifecycle, getting a complete roof replacement should be your priority. However, if the original roof membrane is made of metal, you may consider metal retrofitting as an alternative to the roofing solutions mentioned above.
Instead of tossing out your current roof, it will be covered with a new and more durable kind of metal membrane. This will extend your original roof’s lifespan for up to 20 years.
If you’re in the market for a new roof, Gulf-Tex Roofing Services offers quality products at affordable prices. Our team can also help you determine whether your roof really needs replacement and which roofing solution would best suit your needs. Get in touch with us by visiting our website today.