TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) Roofing
Thermoplastic Polyolefin roofing, better known as TPO roofing, has gained popularity in the Dallas/Fort Worth area over the last several years. It’s ability to handle heat, hail storms and severe weather experienced here in Texas makes it an ideal choice for commercial flat roofs.
TPO roofs are a single ply roofing membrane, or a single layer of synthetic material that is installed on top of a flat roof. Single ply membranes are a popular choice for commercial roofs because they are competitively priced, are flexible and easy to install.
Rubber, ethylene, propylene and several types of filler materials are chemically bonded together to create a TPO roofing membrane. While this synthetic material is closer to a rubber roof in cost, it provides further durability and is more energy efficient than its rubber counterparts.
The Benefits of a TPO Roof
TPO roofs have a multitude of benefits.
They are durable, resistant to dirt and debris building up and leaving a film. It is also flexible, which makes is resistant to tearing, puncture marks and impact damage like you’ll often see from hailstorms. The flexibility of the membrane ensures consistent protection and performance even when a building begins to settle.
A TPO roof is heat reflective and is a great choice for those looking to save energy, especially in the hot spring and summer months in Texas. It is Energy Star rated and it can endure damaging ultraviolet rays, along with ozone pollutions and chemical exposure.
Single-ply roofing materials have proven to do well in a variety of climates, including the storms and severe weather experienced here in Texas. Their ability to handle long-term weathering and wear is unequaled.
Potential Problems with a TPO Roof
TPO roofing is still a relatively new material. Manufacturers are still learning the right ratio of ingredients to make the most durable TPO membrane. Formulas continue to change and evolve which can sometimes cause builders to be uncertain of the true longevity of a TPO roof.
In the past, not all TPO membranes were created using proven manufacturing techniques. Faulty chemical formulas have caused many TPO roofs to fall apart or start leaking, in particular when exposed to high heat over a long time.
Fortunately, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has implemented stricter standards that are being adopted by most manufacturers in the industry. When you look to purchase a TPO roof, buying from a trusted manufacturer means you’re getting material that has met certain performance guidelines and is more likely to last.
How Long Does a TPO Roof Last?
A TPO roof is estimated to last between 10-20 years, although some manufacturers claim they can last 30 years or more. The TPO compounds have changed in recent years, so it is difficult to accurately predict their longevity.
Why Choose SWAT Roofing for your Commercial Roof Install?
Whether you decide on a TPO roof, or another synthetic material, S.W.A.T. Roofing & Contracting has the knowledge and experience you want for roof installation. Our licensed and certified roofing contractors can help you determine the best type of roof for your needs and your budget. Upon request, we’ll provide you with a free roof inspection and work with you to find the right type of roof.
At S.W.A.T. Roofing, it’s not just about selling a roof, it’s about solving a problem. When you need repairs or a full roof replacement, we’ll help you figure out the right solution. We are locally owned and operated in Fort Worth and provide service to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metroplex.