A roof is a crucial part of any building, commercial or residential. Without it, there would not really be a building. Having any roof installed is an investment and it is for that reason that you should have the best possible roof for your situation. In order for that to happen, it is important to know all of your options so that you can make the most informed decision for your property.
When it comes to residential roofing, asphalt shingles are by far the most popular option amongst homeowners. One roofing option that is less talked about but a great option for many is TPO roofing. TPO roofing is primarily used for commercial roofs and is growing in popularity, but it also is great for certain residential roofs as well. Today we will be talking all about what TPO roofing is and what its benefits are.
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What is TPO roofing?
First things first, what does TPO stand for? TPO is Thermoplastic Polyolefin, a material made out of reused rubber. TPO roofs are typically made up of only one layer of material and are glued together at the seams. This rubber material is oftentimes sold in rolls of varying sizes and installed using heat guns or other heat-producing tools.
TPO roofing may be less commonly talked about, but that does not take away from its value. TPO roofs are great for most commercial buildings and are a saving grace for some residential homes as you will later learn. If you do decide to go the TPO roofing route for your business or home, always be sure that the company you hired to install it has prior experience installing this type of roof.
How much does TPO roofing cost?
With roofing materials costing much more than normal right now, it is hard to give an exact answer. As far as a general estimate goes, TPO roofing can cost anywhere from $4.00 all the way to $12.00 per square foot.
All roofs are different and lots of factors can determine the cost of having a TPO roof installed. Some of these factors can include how big your roof is, what specific type of membrane you want since there are many to choose from and more. To get the best idea of how much your TPO roof will cost it is best to have a roof inspection done by a local and reputable roofer.
TPO roofing for residential homes
While TPO roofing is most commonly found on commercial buildings, some houses do better with it than other traditional roofing materials. This is especially true for homes that have a low-slope roof or a flat roof.
Most of the materials used on residential homes, such as asphalt shingles, are not designed to take on sitting water or be exposed to heavy water for periods of time. Most roofs have average to high slopes for that very reason, as it is designed to allow water to constantly run off.
Houses with roofs that are flat or have a lower-than-normal slope will have nowhere for that water to go. Instead, it will pool up and sit until it dries up and most roofing materials physically cannot take that on. That is why TPO roofing is a great option because it is a rubber membrane roof that is carefully sealed around all edges, ready to take water.
The benefits of TPO roofing
There are plenty of benefits to having a TPO roof installed such as its lifespan. A TPO roof can last up to 30 years as long as it was correctly installed and taken care of over the years. As mentioned before, TPO roofing can take on sitting water which is a huge benefit for homeowners with flat roofs
TPO roofs are also pretty easy to maintain. Just like every other roof type, the more maintained it is the longer it will last you. The only real maintenance requirements for a TPO roof are ensuring it gets cleaned a couple of times a year and just being sure to keep excessive debris off of it, which is standard for all roofs.
Wrapping it Up
We are excited to talk even more about TPO roofing here on our Learning Hub. This unique roofing option is a saving grace for many homeowners in unique situations, and a favorite among commercial building owners. We hope that you now have a better idea of what exactly TPO roofing is when it should be used, and what its benefits are.
We are here to help!
At Liberty Roofworks we have you covered on all of your roofing needs. With over 20 years of professional roofing experience under our belts, this family-owned and operated business can take on any job, big or small. We are no strangers to TPO roofing, both in residential and commercial buildings.
Customer service is our absolute top priority which is why we are happy to answer any questions you may have at any point in the roofing process. When working with us, we make sure that our customers are up to date on their roof construction as it is happening. We understand how important your roof is and what investment you’re making which is why we only hire the best and most qualified roofing professionals. All of our roofers are professionally trained, licensed, and insured. They also have experience in both residential and commercial roofing.
Are you considering having a TPO roof installed or want to learn more? Contact us today and we will be more than happy to send out one of our roofers to perform a roof inspection. They will then go over their findings with you as well as give you an estimate, let you know what your options are, and answer any questions you may have. We do everything we can to make the roofing process as stress-free for our customers as possible. We are here to help!
Frequently Asked Questions About TPO Roofing
We just told you a lot of information about TPO roofing and it’s normal to be confused and have questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about TPO roofing and our answers. If your question still needs answering, please contact us and we will answer it personally for you.
Q: Are TPO roofs waterproof?
A: Yes! One of the huge selling points of TPO roofing is that it is fully water resistant thanks to its tight seams and rubber material.
Q: What maintenance is required for TPO roofs?
A: The main thing that needs to be done is routine cleaning a couple of times a year which is no big deal at all. We do want to mention that when cleaning your TPO roof, only use non-corrosive rubber cleaners to avoid causing any type of damage. Of course, we suggest leaving this all to the professionals.
Q: How long will my TPO roof last?
A: It is not uncommon for TPO roofs to last up to 30 years. Most of the time the warranty will not quite reach 30 years which is important to note. As long as you keep your roof clean and have routine inspections done, you will likely get many years out of your roof.
Q: Can I install a TPO roof myself?
A: While you technically can, we strongly advise against doing that. It is always best to leave any type of roof work to the professionals because they know what they are doing. When professional roofers install roofs they often come with a warranty to protect your investment, and you don’t want to lose out on that. Also, installing any type of roof yourself always leaves room for error which will end up costing you more money down the line. Trust us when we say it is always best to leave this kind of work to the professionals.
Q: How is a damaged TPO roof fixed?
A: Repairing a damaged TPO roof is a process. First, a thorough roof inspection must be done to determine the extent of the damage. A roofer may even do what we call an infrared inspection where they can see the status of your insulation. The infrared inspection is looking to see how saturated your insulation still is. Once you have an idea of where your insulation is, your roofer will walk you through your options and give your personal opinion on what should be done.