The Beginner’s Guide to PVC Roofing

January 31, 2018 4:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s understandable if you don’t know too much about commercial or industrial roofing. As long as your roof keeps you and your business dry, why spend too much time thinking about it, right? Well, as roofing contractors in Springfield, MA, roofing is our business, so it’s pretty much the only thing we think about, if you can believe that! In this post, we’d like to share a little bit of our knowledge and perhaps even a little bit of our passion about one particular roofing material: PVC.

An overview of the material

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. PVC is a synthetic plastic polymer that makes an extremely flexible and durable roofing material. PVC requires very little maintenance once installed, and if it does need any work, it’s generally something quite small. PVC comes in a variety of colors, including white, which can save on cooling costs, especially in the South. Most flat roofs need to be replaced every 20 years or so and PVC is no exception. However, the cost of ownership and installation tends to be significantly lower than with other roofing materials.


Like all flat roof systems, commercial PVC roofing systems need to be installed by professionals. A structural deck is used to support a PVC membrane, which provides rugged leak prevention and holds up well against the elements. PVC is heat-welded, which is one of the many reasons why it should be installed by a professional. A small torch is used to melt the seams together, and afterwards they have to be closely checked by a professional to guarantee they’ll hold up.


PVC is a good-looking material, and has been highly customized. It can be purchased in many colors and looks. You really cannot beat PVC’s flexibility. There are even PVC systems designed to be easy to install right over the top of your current system.


PVC is an affordable commercial and industrial roofing system. It is especially well suited for use in warmer climates. PVC is also quite affordable to maintain. You’ll still need to hire a professional roofing contractor to do the maintenance, but PVC is known for being a simple and reliable material, meaning that whatever maintenance your PVC roof requires, it’s unlikely to be serious.

How does it compare to other roofing systems?

PVC is currently the third most common form of single-ply roofing system. All single-ply roofing systems share some common strengths—flexibility, ease of installation and maintenance, etc.—but PVC really stands out in terms of value delivered per dollar spent, and in terms of flexibility, as you can customize its look and feel more than other roofing systems. This makes it a go-to for roofing contractors.

Hire roofing contractors in Springfield, MA

If you’re looking for roofing contractors in Springfield, MA for a commercial or industrial roofing project, please give us a call today at R & H Roofing. We’re experts in a variety of commercial and industrial roofing systems, and have built a reputation in the Springfield area for being among the most reliable and fairly priced roofing contractors around. If value and high quality work matter to you in a roofing contractor, give us a call today!

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