What Is Commercial PVC Roofing? Benefits & More

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PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is one of the most popular choices for flat or low-slope roofs and has been used on commercial properties for more than 50 years. PVC roofs consist of single-ply membranes and are composed of two layers, with polyester added in between for additional support. 

In this post, we’ll discuss why commercial PVC roofing is popular, its expected lifespan, and its advantages over other types of commercial roofs. 

Lifespan of a Commercial PVC Roof

Like any roofing material, the lifespan of a PVC roofing system will vary based on a variety of factors, including the quality of the original installation, if it’s been well-maintained, and more. 

Generally, you can expect a commercial PVC roofing system to last between 20 and 30 years with proper care. While this may not seem like a lot of time for a commercial roof, especially when considering its pricing, PVC roofs offer a variety of benefits that make them worth it. In the next section, we’ll get into some of the key benefits of this roofing type.

Benefits of PVC Roofing Systems

Weather Resistance

One of the biggest reasons PVC roofs are used on flat or low-slope roofs is their weather-resistant properties. Not only does PVC maintain water tightness in even the most extreme environment, but it’s also resistant to mold and mildew growth, bacteria, fungi, plant roots, and more. Thanks to their welded seams, they’re also wind resistant, with some types even proven to hold up to Category 4 hurricane winds.


PVC roofs are also designed to fit a variety of roof types and can be installed around skylights, ventilation systems, and other rooftop equipment.

Other Key Benefits

Beyond its weather resistance and versatility, there are other benefits associated with PVC roofing, including:

  • Fire Resistance
  • Oxidation Resistance
  • High Solar Reflectivity/Energy Efficiency

PVC Versus Other Flat Roofing Systems

There’s no shortage of commercial roofing options, as TPO and EPDM are also popular among property managers and business owners. And while TPO and EPDM can be viable roofing options, they’re not always the best option when compared to PVC.

For example, Southeast Michigan experiences all types of weather, from snow to heavy rain. PVC’s water-tight properties make it an ideal roofing choice for this climate.

Additionally, PVC is a great roofing choice for hospitals, medical centers, and other businesses that must be in constant operation. While TPO and EPDM are viable options that are easy to maintain, they tend to be more susceptible to damage and tend to only last for 10 to 20 years. You’ll want to install a roofing system that won’t have to be replaced as often, as this can lead to unwanted business shutdowns.

Have Questions About PVC Roofing? Contact Summit Commercial Roofing Today

Do you need help selecting the right roofing system? Reach out to Summit Commercial Roofing. We specialize in commercial flat roofing, including PVC, and it’s a big part of why we’ve become Southeast Michigan’s go-to commercial flat roofing contractor. Contact us today if you have questions about commercial PVC roofing or to schedule a free inspection.

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