Thermoplastic polyolefin, better known as TPO, is a single-ply roofing membrane. It's a type of rubber we can install individually or over an existing roof. Manufacturers design TPO roofing specifically for flat or low-slope roofs.
At Anderson Restoration, we work with the nation's top manufacturers of TPO roofing, including GAF and Versico Roofing Systems. TPO roofs are cost-effective and engineered to withstand damage from the elements. Plus, these partnerships mean our TPO roofs come with excellent warranties to protect your investment in your commercial property.
Advantages of a TPO Roof
TPO roofing systems provide a range of benefits for business owners, including:
- Low-maintenance. Because they're resistant to everyday roofing problems like mold, tears, and deterioration, TPO roofs allow you to spend less time worrying about your roof and more time running your business.
- Choice of insulation. You can choose from several insulation types for your building's roof to use in combination with your TPO roofing system.
- Flexibility. TPO's flexibility means your roofing system can better tolerate temperature changes without tearing or rapidly deteriorating. This flexibility also allows you to use TPO on various roofs, as it can withstand significant movement.
- Durability. TPO is resistant to algae, debris, dirt, ultraviolet rays, and even chemical exposure. These roofs also help prevent water damage and mold. Consequently, a TPO roof can last up to 25 years.
- Leak protection. Roofers use a hot-air welding process to seal the seams of TPO roofs. These seams make TPO roofing systems highly resistant to potential leaks. Additionally, if there is ever a tear or leak, these seams make it easier to repair.
- Easy installation. The professional commercial roofers at Anderson Restoration can quickly and efficiently install your TPO roof. Plus, TPO is lightweight and comes in wide sheets, which makes it easier to install than many other flat roofing systems. This results in less time spent on installation, which translates into direct savings. This easy installation also means less disruption to your business during installation.
- Affordability. Compared to other similar materials used for flat roofs, like EPDM or PVC, TPO roofing systems are affordable. Additionally, their durability and unique seams help you save on maintenance costs. Similarly, the ease of installation makes the process faster, further saving you money.
- Heat-reflective. No matter which color of TPO you choose, we only use TPO products designed to maximize your commercial building's energy efficiency by reducing heat buildup and making your commercial building cooler. The reflective surface of TPO roofs exceed the EPA's energy star requirements. Likewise, the Cool Roof Rating Council has indexed TPO roofs' gray, white, and tan shades.
- Environmentally friendly. Compared to materials used in other flat roofing systems, like PVC, TPO doesn't contain chemicals like chlorine that can harm the environment. Similarly, its naturally heat-reflective service can help your building use less electricity to cool it. TPO roofs are also 100% recyclable, further reducing their environmental impact.
TPO vs. Other Common Commercial Roofing Materials
The other primary form of single-ply membranes, ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), offers less color variety and can be more cost-prohibitive. TPO and EPDM roofs have similar life spans, but TPO roofs are reinforced with fillers like fiberglass and carbon fiber to provide more durability. Additionally, TPO has stronger seams than EPDM through its hot-air welding installation, which reduces your roof's leak potential.
Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is a type of rubber roof made from thermoplastic materials. Like with TPO roofs, installers use hot-air welding to install PVC roofs. Still, TPO and PVC roofs have different chemical compositions. The PVC materials, including plasticizers and chlorine salts, tend to deteriorate quicker than those in high-quality TPO roofs. Also, chemicals like chlorine can have an adverse impact on the environment.
Repairing a TPO Roof
Our skilled, professional roofers can help you repair an existing TPO Roof or install a new one. During your roof's life span, it may suffer a leak. If water enters your building, a commercial roofing contractor — like Anderson Restoration — can perform an inspection. This inspection allows your contractor to tell you the following:
- Where water is entering.
- The age of your TPO roof and its condition, specifically its seams.
- Your insulation's saturation level.
If the insulation under your TPO roof is less than 25% saturated, roofers can utilize a silicone restoration membrane system to repair it. Using this silicone restoration membrane system, roofers:
- Remove saturated areas and replace them with comparable materials.
- Power wash and clean the roof.
- Strengthen and reinforce the seams of the TPO roof.
- Apply a silicone coating.
- Issue a new warranty.
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