Commercial building owners who need to replace a roof have even more to consider than the average homeowner in a similar situation. Questions to ask go beyond, "What color shingles should we use this time?" and include how to save energy and install the most durable roof for the budget.
One of the best options for a commercial roofing system on the market today is thermoplastic polyolefin membrane roofing, often called TPO. Thermoplastic membranes are one option for what's called a single-ply roof - one primary layer of a heavy-duty plastic polymer that is flexible like rubber and very protective for a flat commercial roofing solution.
Usually made in sheets of very thin polypropylene plastic and an ethylene-propylene rubber fused together, these thermoplastic membranes are then welded together with a strong heat or chemical bond. They may also be coated with an additional layer made from fiberglass to add strength. Some of the benefits include:
Durability and Resistance to the Elements
Thermoplastic membranes are more durable than many materials because they don't break down over time and they aren't impacted much by chemicals in the environment or that are used to clean or protect commercial roofs.
The materials also naturally stay flexible and don't get brittle with age, so they are less likely to crack and break than other types of roofing systems.
The seams are generally hot-air welded so that moisture doesn't get underneath and cause mildew or rot. And because they are applied and welded into one large sheet, they are more resistant to wind.
The TPO materials are also more resistant to fire and heat damage, making them a great product for commercial roofs.
Even though they are manufactured from plastic, thermoplastic membranes are easy to recycle at the end of their lifespan. Many types of roof membranes are difficult to recycle or reuse, so this is a huge consideration. Your professional roofing systems expert should be able to arrange for this recycling.
As well as being recycleable, thermoplastic membranes are widely available in white. The white color reflects the sun's rays, keeping the building cooler than with traditional darker roofs. This saves in energy costs.
Because of their durable nature, thermoplastic roofs don't require a lot of upkeep until it's time to replace them. You don't need to keep re-coating them over time and they are more resistant to storm damage than most commercial roofing options.
If you are considering replacing your commercial roof, your roofing contractor can let you know if a TPO or other single-ply roofing option is best for your needs.Share
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