TPO Flat Roof Installation & Repair | Everything You Need To Know

There are so many roofing options available when it comes to roof installation or roof replacement. But if you have a commercial property & looking for a high-quality commercial roofing membrane then TPO roofing is the best option to consider. Thermoplastic polyolefin is a single-ply roofing membrane that provides outstanding weather protection for your roof. These systems are made up of a single layer of synthetics and reinforcing scrim that can be used to cover flat roofs.

Because of its wide range of advantages including durability, weather resistance TPO is one of the most cost-effective & commonly used commercial flat roofing options. It is inexpensive than other options & it is also easy to install. These roofing systems are heat weldable rubberized roofs. TPO roofs are known for their bright white energy-efficient and UV reflective characteristics along with their ponding water resistance and wind uplift resistance.

TPO Roofing systems are longer lasting than flat roof systems & can be installed in mechanically attached roof systems. Depending on the manufacturer & installed thickness of the TPO membrane warranty of these roofing systems may vary from 20 to 30 years. It is an eco-friendly roofing product & it can be recycled into a new roofing material once its lifetime ends without any harmful chemical products.

What Is TPO Roofing?

TPO(Thermoplastic Polyolefin) roofing is a single-ply membrane roofing system and is often used on a low slope & flat roofing. It’s a kind of plastic or lamination that is applied on the whole surface or floor & it can withstand grease, standing water & is resistant to degradation under UV rays. It can be customized as per your roofing preferences & comes in different colors (white, grey & black). It can be installed directly without removing old roofing material including concrete or granule-surface membranes. TPO roofing systems can be applied fully adhered, mechanically fastened or ballasted. TPO roofing is then heat welded to close the seams. It can be used for homes but is not typically recommended or warranted for residential use.

TPO Roofing Installation

There are several ways or methods to install TPO roofing systems including mechanical attachment, adherence, ballasting, and plate bonding. It is best to discuss with your roofing contractor for the best-suited installation method as per your project. In a plate bonding method, an induction welder is used to bond the plated to the underside parts of the membrane. 

To secure the TPO membrane to the roof deck or to a layer of insulation mechanical fasteners and plates are used using adhesives. Each last sheet is installed a bit overlapping to others so that the mechanical fasteners are securely sealed & waterproof. Using a hot air-welding overlapping membrane of TPO are seamed together. Hot air welding guns are used to soften each of the TPO membranes & pressed together using a roller to form the secure seam. These seams are durable, highly-flexible & waterproof and they can resist storms & strong wind conditions.

Advantages of TPO Roofing

TPO Roofing is an ideal type of commercial roofing as it can last more than 30 years if installed properly. It is designed to reflect the UV rays so that the amount of heat gets into the building can be limited. As it is made from recycled plastic so it is environment friendly & cost of repairs or replacements are also inexpensive.  It lowers the need for AC so you can save money by reducing your electricity bills & you can make your roof more energy-efficient. Here are some more advantages & benefits of using TPO roofing for your commercial or sometimes for residential buildings:

  • Very durable and long-lasting
  • Environmentally friendly—it can be completely recycled at the end of its lifetime into new roofing materials without any harmful chemical byproducts.
  • Extremely waterproof
  • Easy to maintain and repair
  • Heat reflective to save on energy bills
  • Lower cost than many alternative materials
  • It is also fast and easy to install, minimizing its installation costs as well. 
  • TPO roofing is weather-resistant and strong enough to withstand years of abuse from the elements.
  • It is designed to be heat-weldable like PVC roofing, while also resisting ozone, UV light, and incident heat like EPDM roofing.
  • it can be installed directly over concrete or granule-surface membranes without the need to remove older roofing material first.
  • Another distinct advantage to TPO membranes is the simplicity of repairs: you simply cut out the affected region and weld a new piece in its place.

IS TPO The Right Choice For You?

TPO material is bright white with highly reflective properties i.e. it can reflect UV rays & heat from the building. This is an effective way to save energy & money during summer time because less energy will be used to cool the building so less money you’ll have to pay for energy consumption. TPO membrane has a smooth surface and offers the best protection against debris & dirt. 

TPO laminates are flexible, Resists dirt accumulations, tears, and punctures. The thermoplastic polyolefin roof has a rubbery surface that effectively repels moisture, keeping rainwater and melting snow from soaking into the building. TPO is lighter & comes in wider sheets so It’s easy to install & it doesn’t take much time & effort for installation. TPO can withstand a variety of chemicals & it can effectively handle the building’s thermal expansion & contraction. When you choose this option for your industrial roof then you won’t have to worry about the life or longevity of your roof. 

When it comes to installing a flat roof for your building or business in Colorado Springs, Brian Pierce Roofing has the expertise to do so. We also perform repairs as necessary.