TPO roofing systems, or Thermoplastic Polyolefin roofing systems, is probably the most widely used roofing product in the market today. A TPO Roofing system is a great roofing system for two very good reasons: (1) it’s affordable and (2) because it’s white. The white color of a TPO roofing system allows for a higher reflective surface on your roof.
Another characteristic of TPO roofing systems is versatility. Their ability to be installed fully adhered, mechanically fastened, as well as ballasted, ensures their applicability to almost any roofing situation. Barrels, domes, and steep slopes can be accommodated as well as large expansive flat roofs.
Industrial buildings, airports, and huge factories have all realized the benefits of TPO roofing, as have small strip malls, individual fast-food or convenience stores, and institutional structures such as schools, museums, and hospitals.
A further benefit of TPO roofing materials is their ease of maintenance and repair. When properly formulated and installed, these materials have demonstrated service lives in excess of 30 years. Periodic inspections should be performed as with any roofing system; the remedy of problems for normal “wear and tear” is generally uncomplicated. Because of their chemical makeup, they do not require re-coating, re-surfacing, or re-saturating for them to retain their as-manufactured properties. Any tears, cuts, or seam openings are easily corrected by using the same welding techniques as originally used.
Installation of new fixtures or penetrations through the roof surface is easily achieved by joining new flashing material to the in-place installation. This feature readily translates into lower maintenance costs, as smaller amounts of materials and less labor are required for their completion.