What is TPO Roofing?

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TPO Roofing

If you’re looking for a new commercial flat roof, then you might be sick of all the acronyms. After all, it seems like at least half of the flat roof systems out there are designated by a few letters.

While TPO roof systems are part of the alphabet soup, they do have some distinguishing characteristics. Here’s what you need to know in order to decide if TPO roofing is right for you or to talk with someone about your TPO roof repair.

Why “TPO”?

“TPO” stands for “Thermoplastic Polyolefin”, which is the chemical compound that makes up this single-ply roofing membrane. Roofers use the acronym because it’s easier to say and easier for people to remember.

Important Characteristics of a TPO Roof System

Now that we’ve explained why TPO roofing carries that name, we can talk about what makes this type of roof system special.

  • TPO roofing is a single-ply membrane. This means that it doesn’t require multiple layers to effectively cover your building a protect your property.
  • TPO roofing can be attached in many different ways, depending on the substructure of your roof, the size of the building, and more factors. Possible application methods include: mechanically attaching it, adhering it with adhesive, ballasting it, and using plate bonding.
  • Certain manufacturers adhere a TPO membrane to a layer of foam and adhere the foam to the roof instead of placing the TPO roofing directly on top of the building.
  • TPO roofing can come in any color but most people choose tan, gray, or white because it doesn’t absorb as much heat.
  • Seams between rolls of TPO roofing are attached with hot-air welding equipment and techniques.
  • TPO roofing is grease resistant, which characteristic most other types of flat roofs do not share.
  • A TPO roof system that is properly assembled has a high wind rating, making it a great roof choice with Colorado’s oft-changing weather.
  • A TPO roof system can come with up to a 30-year manufacturer warranty.

If you’re interested in TPO roofing or you need a TPO roof repair, contact us at Watershed Roofing & Restoration today. We’ll make an appointment for you with one of our Denver commercial roofing experts. Our expert will come out, inspect your property and your current roof, then help you decide if TPO roofing is right for you or tell you what your repair will involve. Before long, you’ll have a great roof over your head!

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