September 13, 2022

What is TPO Roofing and Why Your Commercial Building Needs It

Many commercial buildings and business owners are turning to TPO roofing as a way to save on energy costs and improve the aesthetics of their properties.

TPO roofing (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) is a low-cost, heat-reflective, and energy-efficient roofing product that has become one of the most popular choices for residential and commercial building flat roofs.

When it comes to TPO roofing, MM Dynamic of Saugerties is the best provider in the region.

Here's how TPO roofing can help you:


What is TPO Roofing Material?

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a relatively new roofing material that rose to prominence during the 1990s.

Instead of using multiple layers of roofing membrane as many popular low-slope and flat roofing materials require, TPO is a single-ply solution.

This environmentally-friendly roofing membrane is also heat-welded together for leak resistance. TPO roofs are low maintenance and do not hold dirt or debris.

TPO is among roofers' top choices in commercial building flat roofs because it requires little maintenance and will last 15-20 years with its high tear strength properties. 

TPO roofs are also Teflon-coated, which means that this material is oil and water-resistant.

TPO roofing has also been proven a winner in the commercial market because of its chemical resistance, fire retardant properties, and UV protection.

The TPO material is a thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) laminate designed to be installed on an existing roof. It comes in three layers:

  • TPO polymer base.
  • Scrim (polyester-reinforced fabric center).
  • The single-ply thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO).

TPO was initially used as a swimming pool coating before being applied to roofs. It is continuously researched for improvements. 


6 Key Benefits of TPO Roofing for Commercial Buildings

If you are renovating your existing building or building a new one, the advantages of TPO roofing are outstanding.

Durability

TPO is a highly durable material designed to endure the elements, traffic, heat, fire, and more.

It also is puncture and tear-resistant, which can be a common issue with other types of roofing while also withstanding thermal expansion and contraction of buildings.

Ease of Installation

TPO roofing is easy for our experienced roofers to install since it is made of lightweight material.

It doesn't require the same time-consuming metal roof construction, and therefore our roofing contractors will be able to start and finish your roofing job quickly.

The installation of TPO roofing uses the roll-on technique, which uses wide sheets of lightweight material rolled out over the sub-roof.

Heat welding the seams together forms a cohesive surface that keeps water out and prevents leaks.

TPO roofing is less expensive than other types of roofs because our contractors spend less time installing them.

Property managers and owners can save money by using TPO roofing since they typically don't pay as much for labor.

Cost-effectiveness

As a business owner, you understand the importance of the bottom line, so every penny saved counts.

Installation costs are reasonable—usually between $6 and $9 per square foot, including materials and labor.

Polyurethane, commonly known as EPDM, is a less expensive alternative at $5 to $8 per square foot for installation.

While TPO costs more to install, it has been shown to save building owners money over time by reducing your utility bill and repair expenses in the long run.

Energy Efficiency TPO roofs can save you up to 30% on energy costs due to their high heat reflectivity and Teflon coating that prevents the sun's rays from penetrating through into your building. TPO also has a low emissivity rating, which reduces solar radiation exposure by as much as 80%.

Energy Efficiency

TPO is one of the most energy-efficient flat roofing systems available on the market today.

Due to exceptional heat reflectivity, TPO roofs may help reduce your annual cooling costs by $16 per 1000 square feet.

Your building will not require as much cooling during the hotter temperatures because TPO reflects UV rays and therefore also reflects the heat.

In fact, white-colored TPO exceeds the EPA's ENERGY STAR requirements.

Versatility in Design Aesthetics

The color of PFPO roofing ranges from gray, white, black, and brown. The range of hues can complement your building's aesthetic if you choose.

It is important to remember that the roof does not have to be unattractive or one-color-fits-all to be energy efficient and high-quality.

Minimal Roof Maintenance

TPO has the advantage of requiring less upkeep.

It does not allow the accumulation of dirt and debris and is mold-resistant, puncture-resistant, tear-resistant.

TPO roofs are made of a flexible substance that allows them to move and settle.

This absence can cause cracks and gaps to form, causing leaks and potential water and structure damage.

It seals the roof and prevents moisture penetration between the top of the roof and the sub-roof by covering holes or gaps in the frame and sub-roof.

Because of its water resistance, TPO is therefore also resistant to algae and mildew. This means you will not need to have your roof frequently scrubbed clean.


Why You Need Professional TPO Roofing Installation

The roofing system you choose will have its own set of problems.

TPO roofs are still being tested for some of the issues they've encountered, as they're only a few decades old, and they are continuously being improved upon. 

However, there are some reasons why professional roofing installation is required with TPO:

Installation

A product can be perfect, but improper installation can compromise the integrity of the product. This is why it is essential to use one of our experienced roofers familiar with TPO roofing.

Vulnerability at the Seams

The technique for installing a TPO roof leaves seams vulnerable.

Because of the building's thermal expansion and contraction, the welds that hold the rolls of the TPO roofing membrane together can weaken and eventually separate. 

Once the seams disconnect, the roof is at risk of water damage and leaks. However, MM Dynamic can provide an annual inspection to ensure that any issues that might arise with the TPO roofing are caught before they become a huge (and expensive) issue.

Age of the Product 

Since TPO roofing has been in use for less time than other materials, it is essential to remember that it is not as widely used.

However, TPO is still a reliable product that has been tested and researched by various roofing companies.

TPO is a new solution for commercial buildings, but it benefits from being environmentally friendly and offering long-term savings to commercial building owners and property managers.

Trust MM Dynamic For Your Professional TPO Roofing Installation

TPO roofing is an excellent option for commercial buildings because of TPO's many benefits, including its ease of installation and low maintenance. 

TPO roofs are cost-effective, energy-efficient, versatile in design aesthetics, and can help lower your utility bills while increasing the longevity of your building.

We offer the option of TPO roofing membrane for property managers and building owners who want to save money on their next roof replacement or those looking for a reliable contractor that will do an excellent job installing TPO roofing systems. 

Contact us today if you need assistance with any part of this process!


Rationale

TPO roofing (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) is a low-cost, heat-reflective, and energy-efficient roofing product that has become one of the most popular choices for residential and commercial building flat roofs.

There are 6 benefits to TPO:

  • Durability
  • Easy installation
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Energy efficiency
  • Versatility at the seam structure
  • Long-lasting

TPO roofing is an excellent option for commercial buildings because of TPO's many benefits, including its ease of installation and low maintenance. 

Contact us today if you need assistance with any part of this process!


MM Dynamic

11 Satten Ln
Saugerties, NY
12477
(845) 466-0064
https://mmdynamicroofing.com/

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