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The Science Behind Duro-Last’s Exceptional Durability

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    When it comes to protecting your commercial building, the roof is your first line of defense against the elements. Choosing a roofing system with exceptional durability is crucial, not just for your building’s well being, but also for your bottom line. Duro-Last has earned a reputation for long-lasting performance, and in this post, we’ll dive into the science that makes it such a reliable choice.

    Understanding the Duro-Last Difference

    At its core, Duro-Last is a single-ply roofing membrane made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is known for its inherent strength, flexibility, and resistance to a wide range of environmental factors. However, Duro-Last goes beyond the basics with several key features:

    1. Custom Fabrication: Unlike many roofing systems that require extensive on-site seaming, Duro-Last membranes are custom-fabricated in a controlled factory environment. This means that up to 85% of the seams are completed before the roofing materials ever reach your building. The result? Fewer opportunities for leaks and a faster installation process.
    2. Reinforced Membrane: Duro-Last membranes are reinforced with a heavy-duty polyester scrim. This internal reinforcement adds significant strength and tear resistance, ensuring the membrane can withstand heavy foot traffic, impacts, and even punctures.
    3. Heat-Welded Seams: The remaining seams on a Duro-Last roof are created using heat welding, a technique that fuses the PVC material together at a molecular level. This creates incredibly strong, waterproof seams that are far less likely to fail than traditional adhesives or tapes.
    4. Thick, Durable Membranes: Duro-Last is available in various thicknesses, from 40 mil to 80 mil. This thickness contributes to its exceptional puncture resistance, hail resistance, and overall durability.

    The Science of Exceptional Durability

    The combination of these features results in a roofing system that’s built to last. But how does the science of it all work? Here’s a closer look:

    • UV Resistance: PVC is naturally resistant to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This prevents the membrane from becoming brittle and cracking over time, a common issue with other roofing materials.
    • Chemical Resistance: PVC is also highly resistant to a wide range of chemicals, including oils, greases, and most acids. This is particularly important for industrial buildings or those located in areas with high pollution levels.
    • Fire Resistance: Duro-Last membranes meet or exceed industry standards for fire resistance. This means they can help protect your building in the event of a fire and may even lower your insurance premiums.
    • Wind Uplift Resistance: Thanks to the reinforced membrane and secure attachment methods, Duro-Last roofs have excellent wind uplift resistance. This is crucial in areas prone to high winds and severe storms.

    The All Weather Systems Advantage

    As a certified Duro-Last installer, All Weather Systems has the expertise and experience to install your Duro-Last roof to the highest standards. Our status as a Platinum Contractor grants us access to exclusive resources and support from Duro-Last, enabling us to offer enhanced warranty coverage and stay at the forefront of industry advancements. We understand the science behind this exceptional roofing system and can help you select the right membrane and options for your specific needs.

    Investing in the Future

    Choosing a Duro-Last roof is an investment in the future of your building. With its exceptional durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance requirements, it’s a roofing system that can save you money and provide peace of mind for decades to come.

    Contact All Weather Systems today to learn more about Duro-Last and how it can protect your commercial property!