What is TPO Roofing?
TPO stands for Thermoplastic Olefin/Polyolefin, and it is a type of plastic sheeting that reacts to temperature, hardening as temperatures drop and softening as it warms up. This is advantageous because it can withstand weathering better than traditional plastic or rubber sheeting used in roofing. Known as a “roofing membrane,” this type of roofing material is applied in one layer known as one ply.
How Do I Know That I Need Thermoplastic Roofing?
The main advantage of TPO roofing materials is cost, as it is a very economical option that offers decades of protection. One ply thermoplastic roofing membranes are great for roofs with a low slope that don’t get walked on, as it is a one layer thin membrane. They’re also great for constructions where weight is a factor or there might be movement in the structure. Because of the nature of the material, TPO roofing is ideal for climates that experience serious temperature changes throughout the year.
How to Install and Maintain TPO Roofing?
There are two ways to install one ply roofing membranes like TPO: fully adhered with glue or mechanically attached with fasteners. The one ply TPO roofing membrane is called “fully adhered” because it is glued to the roof substrate so that it’s completely sealed down to the roof. The screw fasteners are useful for different types of roof substrates and slopes. However, because this is a relatively new product in the roofing industry (developed in the 1990s), TPO roofing requires a professional installation and regular maintenance to be fully effective.
What Should I Expect Working with a Commercial Roofing Contractor?
We are the region’s experts in all kinds of roofing materials, so we can help you pick the right type of roofing for your building. The experts at All Area Roofing & Construction keep up with all the latest roofing technology, so we can make sure your modern thermoplastic roofing materials are properly applied and maintained for protection that lasts. Contact us today for a consultation!