What Is TPO Roofing?

For almost thirty years, Capital Investments has been professionally installing and refinishing TPO (temporary metal roof) roofs for nearly every building we service. We are extremely confident in our ability to answer any question or concern you may have about TPO (temporary metal roof) installation and maintenance. In this brief article, we’ll go over what you should know regarding this popular yet somewhat misunderstood roofing material. We hope you’ll use the information provided here to make a more informed decision about whether or not to install a metal roof on your home or business.

What is TPO (temporary metal roof) – Before we get started, it’s important to understand what TPO (temporary metal roofing) really is. Essentially, it’s a single-ply membrane roofing system that protects buildings from the elements, such as rain, extreme temperature changes, hail, and UV rays. This single-ply roofing system is used in residential homes and in commercial facilities such as hospitals and other commercial facilities. If your building needs to protect against varying weather elements, then a single-ply membrane roof is the best solution.

How do we apply them – TPO membranes are applied by lifting and positioning the roofing membrane over the roof surface, which consists of flexible rubber or felt membranes. The membrane is then attached to the roof securely using Velcro, hook and loop tape, or similar fastener. Most tpo membranes are applied partially over the roof, with the upper layer being left open for ventilation purposes. The remaining part of the membrane is then used to cover and secure the exposed areas of the roof.

Why are they superior to thermoplastic polyolefin roofs? Thermoplastic polyolefin roofs (or HDPE) are cheaper in price, however they are not nearly as durable as one of these tpo roofing options. Thermoplastic polyolefin is also prone to damage when exposed to weather, such as strong sunlight and high temperatures. Even if the roof is properly ventilated, a leak in the polyolefin can occur over time, eventually leading to premature roof failure.

How are they installed? TPO membranes are cut to custom lengths, which enables them to be installed with precision. By using high-end laser technology, these tpo roof systems are produced with absolutely no smudges or seams, allowing the materials to be perfectly straight and level with the roof surface. This eliminates the traditional problem of unevenness that can occur with standard tile roof installation. Moreover, the tight weave means that there are no gaps or spaces, allowing the materials to lie flush against each other.

Do I have to pay more for these tpo roofing products? In most cases, what you pay for these epdm and pvc roofing products is slightly more expensive than thermoplastic or fiberglass roofing products. Nevertheless, you do get what you pay for, so if your budget does not allow you to purchase the highest quality epdm or pvc roofing products available, you will still be able to install an effective, durable, and attractive roof.