Cool PVC (Vinyl) Roofs Quell Fire

PVC roofing membranes are inherently fire resistant. Thermoplastic PVC is a naturally fire resistant polymer – a distinction between it and all other roofing plastics. PVC roofing membranes contain additional fire retardants, making this cool roofing material slow to catch or spread fire – and self-extinguishing when the source of heat or flame is removed. To see for yourself, view a dramatic fire test conducted by Southwest Research Institute’s Fire Technology Department.

Vinyl Burn Test
PVC Burn Test

The test compares the behavior of three common commercial single-ply roofing materials – vinyl or PVC, TPO and EPDM – after they are ignited by a Bunsen burner flame.

In the test, the PVC roofing sample self-extinguishes in seconds (13 in one, 12 in the other) after the flame source is removed, while the other two samples continue to burn for between 3 and 6 minutes apiece before they are completely consumed. Read the full fire-resistant roofing report.

PVC roofs have passed applicable FM and UL tests for Class A and B roof assemblies for high and low slope roof applications. UL and FM ratings are specific to individual roofing membrane manufacturers. Check with each company’s technical department for company-specific ratings.

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Durability

Durability

PVC roofing membranes can stand up to some of the toughest stresses and have been proven to support and protect roofs throughout the world.

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Sustainability

Sustainability

Roofs made of PVC roofing membrane contribute significantly to achieving two major objectives of green building programs – the reduction of both building cooling loads and the urban heat island effect.

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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

PVC roofing membranes’ aesthetic qualities make them the choice for any roof design.

Find out why PVC is recommended for projects with aesthetic considerations here »