CANTON, Mass. — Sika Sarnafil is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its flagship Sarnafil branded membrane.

In 1958, a company called Sarna was formed in Switzerland to develop polymeric products, and in 1962 this small company did something very big. Company chemists developed the first PVC membrane reinforced with fabric, leading to a number of industrial applications that included a growing roofing and waterproofing membrane market. This tear-resistant PVC membrane was patented and trademarked “Sarnafil.” The discovery would revolutionize the single-ply roofing industry forever.

Since 1962, Sarnafil® membranes have evolved from humble beginnings into a worldwide leader in roofing and waterproofing membranes known for performance, innovation, sustainability and resiliency. A 60-year history has documented that Sarnafil membranes have outperformed the industry standard on buildings of all types and in any climate imaginable.

“Sixty years ago, we started with one mission in mind, to produce the industry’s longest lasting, most resilient PVC roofing and waterproofing membrane around,” says Sebastien Godard, executive vice president of Sika Sarnafil USA. “Today, that mission is stronger than ever! The Sarnafil brand is synonymous with performance in the commercial construction industry. We have customers who after 40 years of installing Sarnafil still won’t install anything else. That speaks volumes.”  

Sika Sarnafil says the secret to being an industry leader for the last 60 years is roofs that perform for 30-plus years. The company states that is what happens when you combine proven materials, unmatched technical expertise and the best approved installers of any manufacturer.

“And let’s not forget our customers,” said Bill Bellico, vice president of marketing and inside sales for Sika Sarnafil USA. “We really owe all of our success to the many approved applicators, roof consultants, architects, general contractors and building owners who have not only supported Sika Sarnafil and Sarnafil Systems, but also helped elevate roofing systems as a whole from a commodity product to being viewed as the first line of defense in protecting your building."