Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply roofing membranes are among the fastest growing commercial roofing products for performance and installation advantages.
Those bright white roofs, relatively commonplace across hundreds of industrial parks in the country, are all TPO roofing.
Why Choose TPO Roofing
TPO is touted to have the benefits of two of its direct competitors EPDM and PVC roofs, but without the drawbacks and extra costs.
A synthetic rubber compound, when bonded, TPO creates a monolithic homogenous structure that covers the entire roof, creating a stronger and more durable roofing system.
As one of the most common roof types of big commercial facilities, TPO has some of the best energy savings for single-ply membrane roofing.
Benefits of TPO Roofs
When it comes to roofing, the seams are often the weakest link.
TPO roofs have hot air welded seams, three times stronger than conventional rubber roofs that use tape systems and about six times stronger than those with glued seams.
One of the factors that makes TPO roofing attractive both in residential and commercial construction is its reasonable cost.
TPO offers many of the same benefits as PVC roofing, such as hot-air weldable seams and energy efficiency, but at a lower cost.
Fits different roof styles
Available in white, light grey and black reflective color, TPO is manufactured to look great on many different types of roofs.
Now, you do not need to get a white roof to enjoy the energy saving and reflective properties. Latest technologies enable all colors of TPO roofing membranes to be UV resistant and “cool”.
In comparison to other thermoplastic membranes, TPO resists mold growth, dirt accumulation, tears impact and punctures. It is made to be flexible and can allow for a home’s or building’s movement or settling.
Reinforced TPO membranes can handle a building’s thermal expansion and contraction more effectively than other single ply roofing products.
Ease of installation
In general TPO membranes are manufactured with wider sheets and are lightweight. This means that the material is easier to install and there are less seams.
Less work and time associated with the installation translates into direct savings for you for the cost of installation.
The energy efficiency of TPO roofing membranes makes them highly attractive to homeowners who want to have the benefits of savings on their cooling costs as well as help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint.
TPO’s membrane’s white reflective surface exceeds the EPA’s ENERGY STAR requirements and white, tan and gray are listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council.
This means that having a TPO roof on your home or building will keep the interior thermally comfortable on hot summer days while reducing your air conditioning costs.
Why Choose Bourdeau Contracting?
✓ Bordeau Contracting has been working with some of the largest companies in Missouri, providing them with roof restorations, commercial roof replacements, and repair services
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✓ When you choose to work with us, you’ll get the best customer service and overall experience in the field
✓ We provide free, accurate estimates so you can adequately assess the costs involved for your job
✓ We use only the best products, and stand behind everything we do. Working with us will give you peace of mind that you won’t get from less-established businesses
✓ Commercial roofing requires a unique skill set which we have been providing for decades.
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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on TPO Roofing
Is TPO Roofing good?
TPO roofs are durable, and resist dirt, bacteria, algae, and debris build-up. They are also remarkably flexible, which means that these roofs are very resistant to tears, punctures, and the damage that can occur from impact. Because roofs and buildings naturally move, this flexibility makes it a desirable roofing system.
Moreover, a TPO roof can withstand damaging ultraviolet, ozone and chemical exposure. Hot-air welded seams are very strong, with seam strengths being as much as 3-4 times greater than EPDM adhesive and tape seams. A TPO membrane is considered to be a cool roof and is Energy Star rated.
Is TPO a Class A roof?<br />
TPO membranes and EPDM can achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class A fire resistance listings by adding fire retardant chemicals during the manufacturing process.
Is TPO Roofing same as PVC?
In the family of roofing materials that are related, TPO and PVC are both in the thermoplastic single-ply family. That said, they are different with regard to their base chemical composition. It is also true that TPO and PVC look very similar.
However, PVC has been used as a roofing material in America since the 1960s, and TPO has been in use since the 1990s.
How thick is TPO Roofing?
TPO is a type of roofing membrane that can come in a variety of thicknesses. The most common thickness is probably 60 mils. (A mil is a unit of measure where 1-mil is equal to 0.001 inches. So, a 45-mil roofing membrane is actually 0.045 inches thick; whereas a 60-mil membrane is 0.06 inches thick, and so on.)
What makes TPO Roofing stronger than other membranes?
TPO membranes have hot air-welded seams that are three times stronger than conventional rubber roofs that use tape systems. It’s also six times stronger than roofs with glued seams.
This increased strength gives TPO roofs unmatched weather resistance, making it the best choice for larger roofs that would otherwise require multiple layers of tape or glue systems to fasten the membrane roof.
What other benefits can I expect from TPO Roofing?
On top of increased strength and weather tolerance, TPO roofs are also more compatible for mechanically attached roofs, such as fully adhered and ballasted roofs – two of the trickiest commercial roofs to which to fasten membranes.
These benefits, on top of the higher energy efficiency, make TPO one of the most cost-efficient and effective roofs for commercial properties.
How is TPO roofing installed?
The TPO membrane is attached to the cover board with a bonding adhesive or mechanically fastened. When the membrane is rolled out, a hot-air gun is used to hot air weld the seams together.
What do you clean TPO roofs with?
Use a soft-bristled, long-handled brush or floor broom with a cleaning solution consisting of a mild, non-abrasive household detergent and water to clean the surface of the roof membrane, taking care to not damage the top surface of the membrane.
Can TPO roofing be repaired?
Yes. TPO roofing membrane repairs can be made by several methods, depending on the type of repair needed.
What is better - TPO or PVC?
While TPO has superior weathering and slightly better tear and break resistance, PVC is slightly more flexible, which some contractors like.
How long does TPO last?
Yearly roof inspections can help your TPO membrane roof last longer than roof life estimates stipulate. Generally speaking, a TPO roof will last between 10 to 20 years.
One of the noticeable problems with TPO roofs is pulling away around the seams and edges. Over time, this can cause roof leaks, which will need to be quickly and expertly managed.
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