With increasing popularity, Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) single ply roofing membranes offer cost effective and environmentally friendly roofing solutions for both residential and commercial property owners. Ideal for flat roofs, TPO is a money and time saving alternative to several roofing options, including Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and asphalt based roofing systems, thanks to a faster and less labor intensive installation process.
Another great advantage is that a TPO roof requires minimal maintenance. The flexibility of the TPO membrane makes it highly durable and it can effectively withstand impact damage. Even so, a roofing contractor should conduct periodic inspections to check for membrane damage that can be repaired quickly and easily by a qualified professional.
Due to the increase in popularity of this commercial roofing system, leading manufacturers of roofing materials offer various TPO membrane products ranging in color, thickness, filler components and other features designed to meet the specifications and energy needs of commercial and residential buildings. A Bergen County roofing contractor can help a homeowner decide which TPO roofing system is right for their property.
Most TPO membranes are Energy Star rated thanks to their high reflectivity. TPO single ply roofing systems are particularly optimal for cold storage facilities because of the membrane's ability to reflect UV radiation. This high reflectivity of solar heat reduces energy costs and can also decrease a building's contribution to the urban heat island phenomenon.
The roofing experts at All Professional Remodeling of Bergen County NJ can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, skylights or gutters.
One manufacturer stands out as an industry leader. GAF Materials Corporation has developed an advanced TPO commercial roofing system under the EverGuard® product line. Manufactured for long term performance, the EverGuard® line greatly resists weathering due to UV radiation and heat, providing optimal protection from leaks and other water damage.
A yearlong TPO study was conducted by an independent research firm, Structural Research Incorporated (SRI). This research included a study of TPO membranes from four top selling manufacturers, including GAF EverGuard Extreme® TPO (50 and 60 mil) and GAF EverGuard® TPO (60 mil). Testing measured various performance properties, including weight loss, UV resistance, membrane cracking and heat aging.
The results from this study were released in early 2015, and no significant differences were found between all four brands regarding overall thickness, thickness over scrim and weld strength. However, GAF products significantly outperformed the other brands when it came to accelerated heat aging testing and the amount of weight lost, two major indicators of the long term durability of a TPO membrane.
EverGuard® TPO products are available for new construction and re roofing while also providing several installation options. For optimal wind uplift protection, an adhered application is recommended. Alternatively, a mechanically attached application is a quick, cost effective option.