When we get asked about an issue on a flat roof the first question we ask is what kind of flat roof do you have? Most of the time we get this look:
Most people don’t realize that there are several different kinds of single-ply, flat roofing systems that are available. Ugly tar roofs are no longer your only option.
What The Heck Is TPO?
TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin (say that three times fast). TPO roofs are often gray but can be white or black. They are resistant to impact, and flexible so they can handle building movement. There are several ways a roofer can install a TPO roof. Some common installation methods you may see are: using a special glue to stick the TPO membrane down, laying down the tpo then weighing it down with items such as river rocks, or attached the TPO with a fastener Your roofer will choose the installation method that is right for the type of TPO system that he is installing. Your roofer will also take into consideration your particular roof surface and the conditions in your area.
How Long Does It Last?
TPO roofs usually last 10 to 20 years. The lifetime of the roof depends on many factors such as proper installation, which installation method your roofer chose, and the weather conditions the roof is subjected to. Some manufacturers have additional warranties available for purchase.
Benefits Of TPO:
TPO Roofs are more environmentally friendly than the old tar roofs. Lighter color TPO roofs reflect sun which helps with energy efficiency. Many TPO roofing systems are Energy Star Rated. In addition to being safer to install, many TPO systems are algae resistance.
DR Roofing offers many flat roof options to our customers. If you have a flat roof we would happy to discuss your options with you (http://www.drroofingnw.com).