Posted on: 10 April 2023Share
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a single-layer roofing material that comprises synthetic and reinforcement materials. TPO has advantages that make it suitable for both residential and commercial properties. Below are reasons to consider TPO roofing for your next project.
It's an Ideal Alternative for Flat Roofs
Flat roofs face different challenges from pitched roofs. The challenges mainly stem from the drainage difficulties of flat roofs. The more water stays on the roof, the more it affects roofing materials and has time to seep into the roof and cause leakage. As such, you cannot use common roofing materials such as asphalt shingles on flat roofs.
TPO is an ideal material for flat roofs since it is waterproof. TPO roofing is waterproof because it is installed as continuous membranes joined together, so the material doesn't absorb water. You don't have to worry about water penetration if the joints are waterproof.
TPO materials are available in several colors, but the most common are white or light-colored. Roofing materials with light colors reflect most of the sunlight or ultraviolet (UV) light that falls on them. The result is that TPO roofing suffers minimal TPO damage and protects your home from heat gain.
This protection leads to efficient cooling during the hot season. Efficient cooling means efficient-energy consumption since the AC doesn't have to work harder than it should to cool the house.
It's Flexible and Versatile
TPO roofing material is ideal for flat roofs, but it is also versatile enough to suit multiple types of roofs. You don't have to worry about your roof's shape or size. Get an experienced TPO installer, and they will customize the membrane (by cutting and joining) to fit your roof, irrespective of its design.
TPOs flexibility contributes to its versatility. The flexibility also means the material can stretch or change shape without permanent damage. For example, the material doesn't tear or puncture easily when roofing structures contract or expand due to heating or when ground movements affect the roof.
It's Relatively Inexpensive
Several things make TPO roofing relatively affordable. According to roofcalc.org, you can install a good quality TPO membrane for $5.5-6 per square foot. Other qualities can be cheaper than that, especially for large projects. The installation process is also relatively fast. Additional affordability factors include the expected energy savings and ease of maintenance.
Lastly, you will also appreciate the recyclability of TPO membranes. Though the material is durable, it has a finite lifespan like other roofing materials. However, you don't have to worry about your TPO roofing filling the landfills or polluting the environment during roof replacement. The material is completely recyclable.
Talk to a roof company for more information.