3 Reasons for Installing PVC Commercial Roofing

PVC roofing is a popular choice for commercial facilities of all types throughout the US, for several reasons.

Here are three:

  1. Proven rooftop performance. PVC systems have been installed in the US since the 1970s, and some PVC roofs have been in place for 25 years or more. PVC roofing systems are durable and flexible and can handle a building’s normal expansion and contraction as seasons and temperatures vary. Appropriate for new and retrofit applications on all types of buildings, PVC roofing is an excellent product on roofs that are exposed to chemicals and other substances that can damage other materials. Restaurants in particular benefit from PVC because it’s highly resistant to grease that’s vented onto the rooftop. PVC membrane is also resistant to moisture, including ponding water, and doesn’t deteriorate in intense sunlight.
  2. Environmentally friendly. White and light-colored (“cool”) PVC roofing systems are highly reflective, meaning that less solar energy is conducted into the building on hot sunny days than with darker systems. For non-conditioned spaces (e.g. warehouses, agricultural buildings), this means a cooler, more productive work environment. For facilities with rooftop HVAC units, those systems will use less energy (therefore be more cost-effective) on hot days because the surrounding air temperature will be significantly lower than the temperature on a dark roof surface. In addition, PVC is recyclable. At the end of its rooftop life, PVC roofing systems can be made into other products. Some manufacturers have programs in place that take old roofs and recycle them into commercial flooring and other products.
  3. Flame resistant. PVC is made from two basic components: natural gas (typically) and salt. Although PVC does have a carbon content, it’s much lower than that of other types of commercial roof systems. Plus, the salt ingredient provides chlorine, which makes PVC roofing inherently flame resistant; once the source of the flame is removed, PVC membrane will not continue to burn. That means that less toxic gas is produced in a building fire than with other types of roofing. Although a commercial roof’s fire rating depends on many factors, a better fire rating may be easier to achieve with PVC roofing.

Although PVC roofing systems have many attributes that make them a great choice for virtually any commercial application, the quality of the installation comes down to the experience and ability of the roofing contractor doing the work. At Tusing Builders & Roofing Services we would welcome the opportunity to discuss our capabilities with you. Please contact us today!


Retrofit: Do not replace your metal roof until you read this…

Every roof system has a life cycle, including metal roofs. Once a metal roof nears the end of its cycle several problems begin to occur. Often the seals begin to break down, fasteners start to back out and the metal begins to rust and erode, in addition to the problems that start manifesting around any rooftop penetrations or equipment.

Tusing Builders and Roofing Services offer a simple, quick and cost-efficient solution for metal roofs.

Consider a Retrofit System.

In this system, insulation is placed between the ribs, another layer of insulation is added on top of the ribs and then the entire roof and all the penetrations are enveloped in a membrane, such as Duro-Last single-ply PVC.

In addition to resolving all leak issues, this is not a “band-aid” fix. We offer retrofit roof systems with 15 and 20-year warranties.



Tusing Builders and Roofing Services offer free quotes. We know you will find that the metal Retrofit system will be faster to install, less disruptive and will offer a long-term solution. Call for a quote today at 866-584-2712.



What type of roofing membrane should you choose for restaurants?

You likely already know there are several types of flat roofing, single-ply roofing systems on the market. Materials include ethylene propylene diene terpolymer – EPDM, Thermoplastic Polyolefin – TPO, or Polyvinyl Chloride – PVC.

Each is designed for use on flat roofs, so which one do we consider to be the best, specifically for restaurants? The answer comes down to the material type that each roof system is made up of. Tusing Builders and Roofing Services offer all the roofing systems previously mentioned, however, when it comes to restaurants, our answer is always “PVC”.

PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is resistant to many substances such as chemicals, but more importantly, in this case, is Animal fats. Nearly every restaurant has roof vent penetrations and out of these vents come greases, oils and animal fats. Over the past couple of decades, we have noticed a trend of degradation surrounding these roof penetrations on EDPM and TPO roof systems. That is, the animal fats eat away at the membrane. We have not seen this on PVC roof systems.

Chemical Resistance

  • Lard (Animal Fats)
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Zinc Chloride
  • Bleach
  • Copper Sulfate
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Fruit Juice
  • Latex Paint
  • Polypropolene
  • Ferric Chloride
  • …and more

The answer is clear. If you are roofing or reroofing a restaurant, we strongly suggest that you put PVC roof membranes at the top of your list. Contact directly at 866-584-2712 for additional points of consideration.