Sika roofing membrane innovation started more than half a century ago.

  • 1962, the introduction of the Sarnafil® membrane by company chemists brought
    the world the first fabric-reinforced thermoplastic membrane
    – a long-lasting, high performance roofing and waterproofing system.
  • In 1979, Sarnafil® became the first single ply membrane available in color with the introduction of custom color Sarnafil® PVC membranes and acrylic coating.
  • 1980, Sarnafil® was the first to produce PVC membrane with felt.
  • In 1985, Sarnafil® Inc. chaired the first ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard for PVC.
  • In 1989, Sarnafil® became the first to introduce TPO membrane in Europe. The first TPO roofing membrane which was installed in 1989, has been tested and has been proven to perform properly still today.
  • In 1994, Sika became one of the first to start a recycling program for PVC membrane.
  • In 2003, Sika installed its first solar roofing system.

Sika is the worldwide roofing material technology leader in:

  • Single ply membrane (Sika Sarnafil® and Sikaplan® PVC,
    Sika Sarnafil® TPO/FPO)
  • Liquid applied membrane (SikaRoof® MTC, Sikalastic® and Sikafill®)  

A history of proven long lasting performance

A selection of projects where Sika roofing systems still perform successfully include:

  • 49 years of service, installed in 1967 - Sarnafil® G 410-12 on project in Persoucio, Switzerland
  • 40 years of service, installed in 1976 - First United Methodist Church in Gilford, New Hampshire, UK
  • 38 years of service, installed in 1978 - Sarnafil® S 327-12 on beer brewery in Memmingen, Germany
  • 32 years of service, installed in 1978  - Pitman Company facilities in Woburn, MA, USA (replaced with another Sika Sarnafil® system in 2010)
  • 36 years of service, installed in 1980 - Brookshire Grocery Company in Tyler, Texas/USA
  • 36 years of service, installed in 1980 - Australian Institute of Sport AIS Arena in Canberra, Australia
  • 35 years of service - installed in 1981 - Winthrop Elementary School in Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA
  • 25 years of service untill replaced in 2014, installed in 1988 - Sarnafil® G 410-12 on Saddle Dome in Calgary, Canada

Worldwide success in roofing

Sika roofing membranes have been proven to work around the world in every conceivable climate on a range of diverse facilities from high rise buildings, sports arenas and schools to museums and retail stores. To see our experience in all project types, jump to the Construction Material Solutions for Building Projects page
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