There is more to commercial roofing than just white or lighter colored roofs vs. black, non-reflective ones. A wide range of different materials are available to choose from when installing a commercial roof. The condition of your building is an exterior reflection of the business therefore your roof plays an important role in the way your business is perceived, as well as in the comfort and safety of those who work in or visit your building. For commercial building with a low-slope or flat roof, a TPO roof is one of the most popular systems.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane that offers customers a more budget friendly option when compared to PVC. TPO membranes are manufactured in sheets that are 10 or 12 feet wide.
As local experts in the industry, we are breaking down the basis of TPO roofing to give you all the information you need to know on benefits, installation, and what you can expect from your TPO roofing system.
Benefits of TPO Roofs
Some benefits that make TPO stand out in the commercial roofing market are:
- Energy Efficient
Energy efficient roofs save money and TPO roofing is one of them. One of the reasons is because the reflective surface helps lower the amount of energy needed to cool down a building by repelling the heat of the sun. That means that having a TPO roof on your building will keep the interior thermally comfortable on hot summer days while reducing your air conditioning costs.
- Cost Effectiveness
TPO roofing can be a desirable option because the cost is relatively low. It costs less than EPDM or other rolled rubber roofing materials. If you are on a tight budget, this is an especially attractive option because it not only saves money but also allows for greater allocation of budget resources to be diverted to other areas.
In comparison to other thermoplastic membranes, TPO resist dirt accumulation, mold growth, tears impact and punctures. It is made to be flexible and can allow for building’s movement or setting. This means it is a strong roofing product, and one that will save you money in the long run on cleaning and repair costs.
Exceptional seam strength and all-around puncture resistance.
Unlike the complexities involved with processing spray polyurethane foam roofing and asphalt based roof systems, installing single-ply membrane roofing is easier to deal with. TPO is usually light in weight and put together using wide sheets. Installing a TPO roof can only be done by a professional due to the equipment and expertise needed to properly install this commercial roofing system.
TPO roofing can be installed using different installation methods, including mechanical attachment, adherence, ballasted, and induction bonding. When the roof is being installed using the plate bonding method, an induction welder is used to bond the plates to the underside parts of the membrane.
The average TPO roof is rated to last around 15-20 years and many have manufacturer warranties for 30-35 years. A proper maintenance plan will help extend the life of your commercial roof.
When you choose a new roof system it is also important to choose professional roofing contractor who specializes in the type of system that you are interested in having installed on your building or structure.
MJT Roofing is here to handle all your TPO roofing needs. We will come out to your business and do a complete inspection of your commercial roof. Our experts will then go over our findings and discuss your best option.