Earthquake Resilient Roofing Materials

An earthquake can devastate your business in a matter of seconds. When you live in an area that’s as prone to earthquakes as Southern California is, it’s wise to consider taking a proactive approach to earthquake protection measures. If you want your building to be able to withstand tremors when an earthquake occurs, the first place to begin is with the roof over your head. After all, it will be the most critical protection you will need when buildings start to move. Rain after an earthquake can almost guarantee heavy interior damage to your building. The seismic performance and integrity of your structure will determine how well the building frame performs during an earthquake, but ensuring that the roof also moves properly when the structure moves is very critical to keeping the interior damage minimized.

Ideal Earthquake Resilient Materials

Single-Ply Roof Systems will provide the best option during an earthquake. Their ability to expand and contract as buildings move is a major plus during the shaking that we experience here in Southern California. By being flexible, a single-ply membrane can take the lifting, sheer movement and shaking that earthquakes put upon it. Plus, being lightweight, they are much less of a collapse risk as well.

Understanding Force

Single-ply roof systems (TPO, PVC, EPDM, etc.) are a perfect roofing option because they keep significant weight off of the top of your building. Using a lightweight flexible material like single-ply roof systems offer, allows that roof system to resist tearing, splitting and separation during the forces of an earthquake. Less weight means less stress on the structure and on the membrane itself.

In the event of an earthquake, a structure with lightweight roofing materials experiences smaller forces when compared to heavy roof materials. The reduced mass generates smaller inertial forces when the structure is exposed to lateral seismic loads. At the same time, lightweight roof systems also require less roof bracing to resist gravity and seismic loads. When you want a building that’s as earthquake resistant as possible, you have to begin by reducing the load on the roof.

Take a Proactive Approach

If your building is in the Southern California region and you want to take a proactive approach to earthquake protection, C.I. Services has the experience and knowledge to maximize your facility’s stability. As a local contractor based in Mission Viejo, we understand the unique roofing needs of businesses all across Southern California. From Roof installation to earthquake protection, we can handle your next roofing project. You’ll be amazed by how much more your roof can do thant simply protect your head.

If you have any questions about how your roof can protect your facility in the event of an earthquake, get in contact with our team of experts today. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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