Roofing Materials Testing

PLM report showing presence of asbestos in the curb base flashing sample from an old built-up roof that is about to be replaced.

Taking a sample from a PVC roof to be sent to be tested for seam integrity.

Useful Links:

1. Asbestos Testing: A state-by-state directory of accredited testing laboratories is available at the website of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is part of the US Department of Commerce. Find a lab near you to perform Asbestos Fiber Analysis (PLM Test Method). Also has information on labs in Canada.

2. Standards: ASTM Standard Test Methods and Specifications can be viewed online if you sign up at the ASTM Reading Room page. None of the viewable documents may be downloaded or used for free, but it can be useful to see what they are.

3. Technical: "Predictive Service Life Tests for Roofing Membranes - Phase II Investigation of Accelerated Aging Tests for Tracking Degradation of Roofing Membrane Materials" is a US Army Corps of Engineers document worth reading.

4. TPO: "Physical Testing of Thermoplastic Polyolefin Membranes and Seams" is an article from 2010 which appeared in Interface magazine