PVC Roof Systems for Commercial Buildings

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) roof systems are single-ply membranes often used for flat roofs in harsh conditions or where energy efficiency is paramount. They naturally reflect the heat, keeping your power bill lower. When installed correctly, a typical PVC roof may last around 20 years or more with proper maintenance and timely repairs. Well-known for their strength and durability, these solutions show resistance to various chemicals and fire.

Thermoplastic Roof Systems Explained

Thermoplastic roofs are synthetic substances that become soft when exposed to heat, but harden upon cooling. The flexibility of the membrane allows it to shrink and expand with the rest of the building during shifts in temperature. For example, suppose your location experiences extreme temperature changes between seasons or times of the day. In that case, you want your roof to be able to keep up with the rest of your building's materials, from concrete to steel.   

At CentiMark, we install and service two types of thermoplastic roofs -- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) systems. 

PVC roof by CentiMark
PVC roof with a walk pad for safety
PVC roof completed by CentiMark
PVC Roof over a manufacturing plant installed by CentiMark

What is PVC Roofing?

First installed in the early 1960s, PVC was the industry's answer to the oil crisis, as it was the first membrane to contain half of the fossil fuels typically used in system manufacturing. Engineers discovered that adding solid plasticizers to the PVC membrane allowed for additional durability and flexibility, where the membrane alone would be more susceptible to seasonal climate changes. To this day, PVC membranes remain incredibly versatile, chemical resistant and highly recommended for roof-over projects. They are available in various colors, thicknesses, widths and reinforcements, making them an excellent option for almost any roofing project. Along with the environmental benefit of using (fewer) fossil fuels in manufacturing, PVC is highly reflective, making the membrane an energy-efficient option for warmer climates. PVC roofing has the longest track record of all thermoplastic roof membranes. 

Benefits of PVC Roofs

Outstanding life expectancy

Outstanding life expectancy

PVC roofs are highly durable and easy to repair. You may anticipate 20 years or more of service life from your roof with proper maintenance.
Cost of ownership

Cost of ownership

PVC membranes are relatively easy to repair, making them a cost-efficient solution over time. 
Chemical resistance

Chemical resistance

PVC roofing is an excellent choice for facilities that exhaust harsh compounds or toxins during operations due to its unparalleled resistance to various chemicals.
Fire resistance

Fire resistance

PVC membranes are hard to ignite, do not combust and are available in Class A rating. 
Resistance to the elements

Resistance to the elements

Heat-welded seams of PVC roofs allow them to withstand high winds and excessive precipitation and ponding. If your area experiences storms or hurricanes, this may be the right roof solution for your building.


PVC roofs also inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold or vegetation.

Installation of PVC Roof Systems

PVC roofing is highly flexible yet durable and can be installed in a wide range of applications, including mechanically attached, adhered and induction weld. Depending on your facility’s function and needs along with the components of your roof assembly, we can help you decide what method fits you the best.

TPO vs PVC Roofs

Not sure whether your facility needs a TPO or PVC roof? Both options serve as excellent roofing solutions suitable for both commercial and industrial establishments. Let’s look at a quick feature comparison. 

Energy Savings

PVC provides excellent energy efficiency in mild to hot climates. Both membranes are a great choice when it comes to cutting your power bills.


PVC and TPO membranes are similar in price, however other components of your specific roof installation will affect your overall cost. Over time, both membranes will pay for themselves through their excellent performance, energy efficiency, durability and reasonable maintenance costs.


Both PVC and TPO perform very well and can last up to 20 years or more.

Environmental impact

The lack of plasticizers in TPO makes it a better choice for environmentally centered companies. However, both membrane types are stable, recyclable and decrease your building’s environmental impact though their UV and heat reflectivity.

Both PVC and TPO are excellent roofing solutions for commercial and industrial buildings. To determine which one is ideal for you, we will need to look at your facility's specific functions and needs. Please contact our team to discuss your custom application and find the perfect roofing solution for your building. 

Why CentiMark

Our nationwide team of commercial-only PVC roof installers offer unbeatable service and protection. Rely on our over 100 locations to deliver fast, reliable reroofs, roof-overs, installations, repairs and maintenance - all backed by a Single Source Warranty covering both materials and labor. Upgrade your building with confidence when you receive an expert thermoplastic roofing quote from us today! 

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