Is TPO Roofing Good?

An aging TPO roof.

Is TPO Roofing Good?

When it comes to commercial roofing systems, you have a lot of options. And as a busy business owner, you probably don’t have a lot of time to do the research yourself and weigh all your options. But when you need a new roof installed on your commercial building, it really helps to do your homework. So we have compiled this blog post to help answer some of the questions you may have about TPO roofing for your San Antonio, TX property.

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First and foremost, what is a TPO roofing membrane? TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin but this is a bit of a misnomer since the material itself is closer to rubber than it is to plastic. But in any case, this material is used to coat an entire commercial flat roof. It is a single-ply roofing membrane which means it has a few unique benefits which we will get into a bit later. If you want to learn more about TPO roofing directly from the pros here at Rocket Contracting LLC, we encourage you to give us a call at (888) 514-3222.

But since TPO roof details are varied and nuanced, we figured we’d tackle a few of the most common questions business owners have about them here and now starting with…

How is TPO Roofing Installed?

First, the insulation board is lain down on top of the existing roofing substrate and secured with fasteners. Then the actual TPO material is placed on top of the insulation board. Then the TPO sheets are fastened as well followed by seam welding.

How do you Clean a TPO Roof?

The maintenance of a TPO roof is actually one of its benefits because cleaning is pretty easy. There are a few ways you could go about cleaning your TPO roofing membrane. One of the most effective ways is to use a low-pressure washer applying no more than 2,000psi to the membrane. You can also take a soft-bristled push broom and gently scrub the membrane in addition to using a mild detergent. Then simply rinse the surface off with a hose and your TPO roof should be back to its original color.

Can you Coat a TPO Roof?

So what if you already have a TPO roof membrane installed but it is old and cracked? Can you coat it? Yes, you can. In fact, many people opt to coat their TPO roofing before it has a chance to wear away to protect their investment. There are many kinds of coatings available to help extend the life of your TPO roofing membrane with acrylic coatings being among the most popular and effective.

A TPO roof with vents.

TPO Roof Benefits

There are a handful of key benefits that TPO roofing brings to the table starting with TPO roof colors. You get a few options with TPO roof colors which include shades of gray, black and white just to name a few of the most popular ones. But to maximize TPO roof energy savings, white is the way to go.

Having a white TPO roofing membrane atop your commercial business can help keep the whole building cooler in the summer. The white colors reflect the suns UV rays that would otherwise be absorbed by your roof and transferred to the interior of the building. While light gray colors can also help reflect some of the suns rays off your building, there is no TPO roofing color more effective for solar reflectivity than white. Having a white TPO roof on your building will help you save a lot of money in utility costs which is always good for your bottom line.

The options you have for TPO roof insulation present another benefit to this type of roofing system. Insulating your TPO roof is a smart move in the first place because it will compound your energy savings and make your entire building more efficient. And there are a few methods for insulation. You can have it mechanically attached, adhered or a hybrid of both. In our experience though, in order to eliminate thermal bridging and maximize insulation, adhesive is the way to go.

Last but not least, TPO roofing is flexible which means it will not crack or raise with the shifting of your building. It stands up very well in both cold and hot weather so it is especially useful to have here in San Antonio where the weather can be extreme in either direction.

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Whether you are looking for a commercial roofing system that is easy to maintain, one that is durable or one that will help you save as much money as possible, TPO roofing represents a versatile solution. And here at Rocket Contracting LLC, we are TPO roofing experts. We would love to consult with you about TPO roofing options in San Antonio, TX and give you a quick, obligation-free estimate for installation. Call us at (888) 514-3222 to set it up!