Title: “Blowing The Roof Off Of Single-Ply Roofing”


Source: The Skyline Roofing Alabama Blog
Word Count: 674

"rooftop"Skyline Roofing is your Alabama roofing expert team based in Hartselle. We handle all types of residential and commercial roofing applications from membrane systems, polyurethane foam roofs, single ply roofing, reinforced ply roofing, metal roofing restoration as well as maintenance services. Single-ply roofing systems are most common among building owners with large structures to protect. One such single-ply material is known as thermoplastic polyolefin or TPO, for short. In this blog, we are sharing our knowledge of the material. You never know when you may be considering a new roof or acquiring a property that requires a new roof. Life throws us curveballs and weather is one of them. Let’s go.

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) Single-Ply Roofing

Thermoplastic polyolefin is a single-ply membrane system, which is actually a mixture of two materials: polypropylene and ethylene-propylene. When we install TPO on commercial structures, it’s done so in a way where the two components are molded together to form a new hard polymer. When installed properly, the white membrane is left exposed to the rooftop elements. As a result, the white exposed membrane will prove useful as an energy-efficient characteristic (more on this in a bit).

Hazards be gone! Thermoplastic polyolefin roofs actually bring no hazardous elements and are entirely recyclable. Interestingly, the first half of the material—polypropylene—is one of the two more safer plastics. This is used in everyday consumer products such as bottles and cans. On the recycle-symbol chart, it’s number 5.

Going ‘Green’ With White Single-Ply Roofing

There is no better color than white to plaster on any rooftop as it will easily reflect the sun’s rays. White absorbs virtually no heat compared to black or darker colors. Additionally, a cooler roof means your industrial HVAC system will not be overworked. Therefore, your bills will not be as high either, which is great for any business owner. Given the circumstances, thermoplastic polyolefin coated roofs are great for buildings and warehouses in warmer states, such as Alabama. It was just a coincidence that we set up shop here in Hartselle.

Not only does that mean a decrease in monthly utility costs, the building’s carbon footprint with a TPO-coated roof is reduced. Superior Roofing states that a TPO roof uses only “operates at under 9kWh per square foot and uses roughly 90 percent less energy than other buildings of similar size.” — Source: Superior RoofingLooking at the grand scheme of things, that is a tremendous amount of savings and very little power used overall.

The Polymer Roof That Flexes and Lasts

Versatility is this membrane’s middle name as it can be installed just about anywhere on a roof. Grade and slope are no match for the application. Additionally, when being installed, it can be heated and reshaped without compromising the molecular structure.

Quick, Easy, And Painless

TPO membranes come in three thicknesses (0.045 inches, 0.060 inches, and 0.080 inches) as well as industrial-sized rolls ranging from 5 feet by 100 feet to 12.4 feet by 200 feet. There is virtually no lifelong maintenance necessary when it comes to TPO membrane roofs either.

Potential Downsides Of TPO

Other than the look or personal preference, we can not and have not found any downsides for commercial use! This would not be ideal to place on a residential roof, but as the saying goes … different strokes for different folks. As of 2018, thermoplastic polyolefin is still the new kid on the block. As a newer technology, it may raise the eyebrows of some skeptical building owners. Our best advice for you, if you’re skeptical, is to speak with other management companies or building operations who have purchased a TPO roof. Any first-hand experience is invaluable. When you stack the positives against the negatives, it’s clear which side wins. What more can you ask for?

  • Energy-efficient,
  • recyclable,
  • reflects UV rays,
  • no hazardous ingredients,
  • easily and quickly installed,
  • multiple thickness options,
  • multiple roll options, and is
  • adaptable to any slopes and easily molded around one-off protrusions.
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