Thermoplastic polyolefin

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) for Commercial Roofing

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Are you interested in using thermoplastic polyolefin for your commercial roofing?

There are many benefits of using TPO roofing. TPO is a very cost-effective polymer. It can last as long as 50 years, which is ideal for any commercial building.

But what’s the process behind TPO roofing? Is it something your building can use? We’re going to discuss everything that you need to know in this article.

Keep reading to get informed before making a final decision. Let’s get into it!

What Is TPO?

TPO is a single-ply membrane roofing material that has become popular due to its durability and high energy efficiency. It is lightweight, and resistant to fire, UV, and chemical degradation.

Additionally, it offers improved flexibility over other single-ply membranes like EPDM. This makes it easier to install on sloped surfaces and around rooftop obstructions.

It can also withstand extremes of both hot and cold temperatures while having high tear strength. Finally, this not only reduces your energy costs but also further increases the lifespan of the roof.

The Application Process

The application process for TPO is relatively straightforward and can be completed with a few steps. First, the existing roof system must be prepared and cleaned before the installation begins.

Then, a primer is spread across the roof, followed by an adhesive to secure the seam fastener strips. The TPO membrane is then unrolled and installed over the seam fastener strips.

This is done with careful attention to ensure that there are no wrinkles or other discrepancies with the membrane’s positioning. Finally, the membrane is sealed with hot air or heat welding to ensure optimal water protection.

Maintenance and Repairs

According to Douglas Construction, your roof is one of the most important parts of your home and requires maintenance and care. That’s why TPO roofs are highly advisable because it’s relatively simple and easy to maintain.

Regular inspections should be carried out to check for any debris buildup and damage as well as noting any signs of wear and tear.

To repair any small damage, patching the area with an approved TPO elastomeric coating is usually sufficient. For more severe damage, the area of the TPO roof may need to be cut out and patched with an additional TPO membrane.

In general, TPO will require little maintenance, making it a great choice for commercial roofing.

Cost of Installing Thermoplastic Polyolefin

Installation of TPO roofs is a reasonable investment for most businesses, with the average cost of installation being around $7-9 per square foot. The cost may vary based on:

  • The complexity of the project
  • The geographical area
  • The labor cost for installers

Ultimately, TPO roofs have a long life expectancy and a low cost of maintenance, making them a great option for businesses.

A Basic Guide to TPO Commercial Roofing

Thermoplastic polyolefin roofing systems offer several advantages to commercial roofing applications. With their high reflectivity and durability, they can help keep buildings cool while providing long-lasting protection.

To learn more, contact a local roofing contractor to have them review and determine whether TPO is the right choice for you.

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