A TPO roof is one of the most popular choices for roofing on commercial properties. They are bright, ultra-white roofing that you commonly see in industrial parks. The popularity isn’t undeserved though, and in this article, we’ll explore why a TPO roof could be the best choice for your residential property.
What is a TPO roof?
TPO or Thermoplastic Polyolefin is a single-ply membrane composed of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber. For installation, the membrane is either mechanically fastened or fixed with an adhesive that bonds to the cover board. After that, the seams are welded together with a hot-air gun. It’s most commonly used for flat roofs and gives the property a modern, minimalist look.
Is it a good choice for residences?
Although TPO is most commonly associated with commercial properties, it has many advantages that make it ideal for residential properties as well.
1. Durable: TPO protects your roof from dirt, bacteria, algae, and debris build-up, while the membrane’s flexibility makes it highly resistant to tears, punctures, and impact damage. The hot-air welded seams are even stronger than the EPDM adhesive and tape seams!
2. Energy-efficient: These Energy star rated roofs are heat-reflective and can withstand even damaging ultraviolet, ozone, and chemical exposure. Because of this, it’s considered a cool roof and can keep your interior temperatures comfortable during those hot summer months. Not to say, you’ll save a lot of money that you’ll otherwise spend on air conditioning.
3. Fire-resistant: TPO membranes are Class A fire-resistant. This is because the manufacturer adds fire retardant chemicals to the composition of the material during the production process.
4. Longevity: With proper installation and maintenance, these roofs can last 10-20 years. During this time, you’ll not be spending much money because the roofs are highly durable and easy to install. Overall it’s an inexpensive yet cost-effective roof to invest in.
If you are someone whose conscious of your carbon footprint, then you’d be relieved to know that TPO is highly environment-friendly. Thermoplastic olefins can be fully recyclable, and if properly formulated, the sheets will not pose any environmental hazards whether disposed of in the landfill, recycled, or incinerated. This means you won’t have to worry about it breaking down in the soil or leaching into rivers and becoming toxic.
Usually, the cost-effectiveness gets people to invest in a TPO roof quickly. But it is wise to note that the TPO quality highly varies among manufacturers. So make sure you do your research before getting started.
Have any questions? Contact us to find out if a TPO roof would be the right fit for your property.