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Lifespan of a PVC Membrane Roof: When Was Yours Last Serviced?

Fri, Jul 18, 2014 @ 02:33 PM | Exterior Pro Roofing

Every roofing system has its own lifespan that it has been determined to last. If an annual maintenance program has been establish and the roof is repaired when needed, lifespans can be extended. Even if a roofing system like Duro Last that requires little to no maintenance doesn’t mean that the roof doesn’t need to be looked at and maintained, it just means you do not have to do it as often. The thing we need to remember with a commercial roof is the effects it takes 24/7 all year long. If you take care of your roof, it will take care of you.

The consideration of the area the roof is located is important because some parts of the US there is always hot weather, then some that have more cold weather than warm, and then the areas where the temperatures change more frequently especially going hot to cold in short time periods. The average temperature a roof can be in summer months is over 100 degrees F. The membrane can help reduce that and the buildings temperate with the reflectiveness that is in the membrane. But there is still deterioration happening from the direct sun rays and high temperatures. The roof takes the hit from weather more than other ares of the building. Like with high winds, sometimes the winds lower to the ground are not as bad but higher buildings roofs are in contact with the winds. This is not even including hail damage and ice and snow damage that can come about. In which if there are any cases that a severe weather storm with any of these elements happens, damage can be worse than normal wear and tear from normal weather conditions. This is why it is extremely important to do an annual maintenance/inspection to check the condition of the roof. There are many things that we cannot control in damage from weather, but if we tend to what needs done after such events, the lifespan can continue as it should and even extend the service of the roof.

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There have been numerous Life Cycle Assessments on Duro Last roofing system and on average a PVC membrane roof like Duro Last can last anywhere between 15-30 years. Assuming the maintenance plan was used and repairs that possibly can arise from weather are taken care of. Its very simple to extend the lifespan of your roof, and every year the life is extended the more you are getting your moneys worth for the system. Not to mention less waste in landfills. With a system like Duro Last that is mechanically attached, you can have an extended life cycle just with simple maintenance and inspection annually. The mechanically fastened system helps with high wind areas that can help enable roofs withstand hurricanes and tornados. The heat welded seams help create a stronger system and resistance to breakage in seams. The system also is resistant to chemicals, grease and other harmful substances. Repairs that may arise are easily repaired. Research your current roof system and see what the typical life cycle of it is and what is different about that system that can help exceed that lifespan like the Duro Last systems mentioned above.

If it has been a long time since your roof has been inspected, we can evaluate the roofs condition for you and give you some maintenance suggestions based on your roof of what things you can do to keep the lifespan on course. If there does seem to be some damage that needs repaired we can let you know that too and what course of action is needed. We have helped many businesses with their roof systems and no matter what type of roofing system you have we are happy to help you get a good roofing system that will last or to service your roof and help keep and hopefully extend the service life of your roof.