Commercial Thermoplastic Roofing Installations
Thermoplastic Roofing Contractors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Alois Roofing has been providing the greater Milwaukee area with high-quality thermoplastic roofing for over 20 years. As one of the newest forms of roofing materials Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) has taken off in terms of popularity due to its long life span and reflective properties that reduce heat absorption. Our team of commercial flat roofers have the skills and experience required to install, repair and maintain all forms of TPO roofs.
What is Thermoplastic Roofing?
Thermoplastic polyolefin roofing membranes come in single-ply squares of varying widths. TPO is most commonly used for flat roofs due to its ability to cover large areas effectively and be shaped or formed to any size roof. During the summer heat will cause TPO to expand and will adjust to the surface of the roof as it changes. On the opposite end, it will harden during winter, providing a tighter seal that will block snow and water from seeping through. TPO is able to resist dirt, moisture and mold better than other forms of single-ply roofing materials.
Some Characteristics of TPO Single-Ply Roofing That Make it a Great Choice Include:
- Excellent resistance to tears and punctures
- Excellent resistance to UV rays
- Flexibility allows for easier installation
- Doesn’t need much maintenance
- Available in white, which helps reduce solar heat gain
- Environmentally friendly (No dioxins, chlorine or other hazardous materials are used in making them and they are completely recyclable)
- Installed by adhesion, mechanical attachment (screw in fasteners) or ballasting (such as river rock)
Thermoplastic or EPDM Roofing?
One of the closest competitors of TPO roofing has been EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene monomer). EPDM has always been the standard for commercial flat roofing, but TPO roofing has been gaining popularity in recent years. So which one is the preferred industry choice? EPDM typically has a dark surface, which means in sunny climates will absorb heat and force cooling systems to work overtime. TPO roofing reflects sunlight, meaning it’s easier on cooling and HVAC units, saving energy and money. However, EPDM’s synthetic rubber surface will better protect roofs from bad weather like hail and sleet, while a hard thermoplastic roofing system may compromise the building’s membrane when struck by hail.
TPO can ostensibly last longer than EPDM, but it can cost more to maintain in the long run. EPDM is easier to install and repair compared to TPO: thermoplastic roofing systems need to be welded on, and while that makes it extremely durable, it can also be complicated to fix since it requires an electrical source for repair work.
Both roofing systems are excellent choices for protecting your commercial building in southeast Wisconsin. If you’re interested in installing a TPO roof on your commercial building, contact Alois Roofing today to get a quote!
Frequently Asked Questions
Before TPO is laid down, insulation must first be installed to provide a surface for the TPO to adhere to. Once the insulation is installed the welding process can begin, using a heat gun the contractors weld the seams together providing a tight seal.
Thermoplastic polyolefin roofing is made up of a rubber called ethylene-propylene. To increase the durability and flexibility of TPO talc, carbon fiber and other materials are added as fillers.
Since all roofs come in different shapes and sizes, the price of TPO roofing installations can differ. Depending on the size and shape of your roof a typical TPO installation can cost anywhere from $7,000 to upwards of $12,000.
TPO roofing is relatively new in the roofing industry so some of the oldest TPO roofs are around 20 years old. But with proper maintenance and regular inspections, TPO roofs can last for 30+ years.