Waterproofing Systems: PVC Membrane Systems

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Waterproofing Systems: PVC Membrane Systems

Accepted Materials for a RoofStar Guarantee

The tables and products shown below provide basic material data and links to more information about the materials, including manufacturers' published Technical Data sheets, but this information is not intended for use as a comparison of material performance or quality. It is the sole responsibility of the Design Authority to assess the performance capability and material suitability for specific design requirements.

The materials listed are those which have been accepted by the RoofStar Guarantee Program (RCABC Guarantee Corp., or RGC) for use in a roof or grade-level waterproofing system that will qualify for a RoofStar Guarantee. The acceptance of these materials by the RGC (RoofStar Guarantee Program) in no way reflects on the quality or performance of other materials not listed.

The materials and guideline specifications are listed under the name of the manufacturer and/or supplier of the primary membrane material, with the exception of BUR membranes for which the reader will find RoofStar Guarantee Program guidelines on traditional built-up roofing systems (BUR) incorporating organic and glass felt primary membranes.

Thermoplastic materials are defined as polymers which soften when heated and harden when cooled. This process is repetitive provided the material is not heated above the point at which decomposition occurs. No cross-linking or vulcanization occurs. In addition to heat welding, some materials can be solvent welded. These welds develop bonding strengths equalling or surpassing the strength of the base materials. Thermoplastic membrane systems that comply RGC Guarantee Standards, are installed as fully adhered protected waterproofing assembly, qualify for coverage under the RoofStar Guarantee Program.
Thermoplastic materials used for waterproofing decks on plazas, promenades and terraces in the RoofStar Guarantee Program include only PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Membranes:
PVC is a thermoplastic material produced through the polymerization of vinyl chloride, resulting in a relatively hard, resinous material. This material is then formulated with compounds, such as plasticizers and stabilizers, depending on the physical properties required for end use. PVC formulations have been developed to suit numerous commercial and industrial applications.
PVC waterproofing systems are single-ply membranes reinforced with polyester fabric or glass fibres, and in thicknesses usually ranging from 1.2 mm to 2.0 mm, depending on the manufacturer. The membrane is fully adhered and Seams are heat or chemically welded (see manufacturer's requirements).
PVC membrane should conform to CGSB 37-GP-54M 1979, "Roofing and Waterproofing Membrane, Sheet Applied, Flexible, Polyvinyl Chloride" which lists two types of membrane, according to manufacture:
  • Type 2 - reinforced
and four classes, according to end use::* Class A - non-exposed roofing
  • Class B - exposed roofing
  • Class C - waterproofing
  • Class D - flashing membrane asphalt compatible
This standard covers requirements such as "thickness, lap joint strength, permeability, tensile strength, elongation at break, low temperature flexibility, water absorption, resistance to accelerated weathering, dimensional change after stress relaxation, and cone penetration"
PVC membranes should be applied in conformance with CGSB 37-GP-55M 1979, "Application of Sheet Applied Flexible Polyvinyl Chloride Roof Membrane" and the membrane manufacturer's printed instructions.
Click on a manufacturer's name to see the full list of their products accepted for use in the RoofStar Guarantee Program
Manufacturer Product Name Nominal Product Thickness (mm) Approximate Weight (Kg/m2) Reinforcement Material Reinforcement Material Weight (g/m2) Applicator Training
Sika Canada Inc. (Sarnafil) Sarnafil G476 12
Sika Canada Inc. (Sarnafil) Sarnafil G476 15
Sika Canada Inc. (Sarnafil) Sarnafil G476 18
Sika Canada Inc. (Sarnafil) Sarnafil G476 20

Accepted Materials