TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), is a single-ply roofing system that has been used for residential and commercial roofing for the 30+ years. There are a wide range of benefits to why TPO is an excellent choice for your new roofing system, so let’s go over some of them.
Initial Cost Savings
The biggest reasons people choose single-ply roofing system TPO for roofing for their home or building is because it tends to be quite cost effective with no asphalt smells. TPO offers a lot of the same benefits as PVC roofing systems, including hot-air weldable seams and energy efficiency, but at a lower cost to you over time. There are some factors to be considered when you are estimating the cost, such as labor charges, the thickness of the TPO, and the method that is used to attach the TPO. But even considering these factors, TPO does tend to cost less than the competing products.
Ongoing Cost Savings – Energy Efficient Roofs
Energy efficient roofs save money and single-ply roofing system TPO is very energy efficient. One of the main reasons is the reflective surface helps lower the amount of energy needed to cool down a building by repelling the heat of the sun. single-ply roofing system TPO is very UV resistant, as well. For the best energy efficiency performance, you want to purchase a single-ply roofing system TPO membrane with a smooth surface. A smooth surface offers the most protection against dirt and debris, which can severely reduce the roof’s reflective properties and lead to accelerated aging.
Another advantage of single-ply roofing system TPO roofing is the durability. The flexible material of the single-ply roofing system makes it extremely resistant to tears, punctures and damage from impact of any kind. This flexibility also can allow the building to move and settle, without compromising the single-ply roofing system performance. Reinforced single-ply roofing system TPO is more durable from compromising expansion and contraction to more effectively outlast other single-ply products out there.
Ease of Installation
One of the last features worth mentioning is the ease of installation with single-ply roofing system TPO, especially over new construction. The sheets are wide and light weight, so there are not as many seams, which means they are easier to install. Even when recovering over existing roofs all flashings and scuppers must be removed and installed with new material for a better bond. Keep in mind that when it takes less time and labor to install this single-ply roofing system, you will save on installation costs. These single-ply membranes can be installed in several different ways. They can be mechanically attached or fully adhered.
TPO is laid over a separation sheet or insulation board and fastened with screws penetrating through the substrate deck a minimum of 1/2". A good example would be when you are recovering over a existing roof or do not have insulation integrated as apart of your property building roof system.
TPO is adhered with chemicals directly to the insulation board. A good example would be when you are not recovering over a existing roof or do have insulation integrated as apart of your property building roof system.
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