As building codes and environmental trends continue to evolve, so too does the diversity of roofing material options. These factors, along with others, make construction decision-makers’ roofing installation and selection expertise of utmost importance.  Today we’re discussing why you should choose commercial TPO roofing systems in Allendale for your building.

Among the available choices is thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO). Despite the fact that this technology is fairly new, it makes up one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial roofing industry. That growth brings with it constant improvements to the chemical composition of the membrane to achieve greater durability and longevity.

Nevertheless, representatives for the Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) still point to early 1990s TPO installations that continue to perform thanks to proper installation and maintenance. And they are confident that commercial TPO roofing systems will continue to provide quality and value for many years to come.

Beyond durability, TPO single-ply roofing membranes offer several other performance and installation advantages. These assemblies can provide resistance to ultraviolet rays, ozone and chemical exposure. Further, the reflective surface meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star requirements, and is both recyclable and composed of recycled content.

Knowing Your Options

Selecting the ideal commercial TPO roofing system in Allendale relies on identifying and analyzing the characteristics surrounding the climate and condition of a commercial building’s existing roof surface. Factors include:

  • Potential for tears and abrasions;
  • Area wind speeds;
  • UV exposure;
  • Various surfaces and slopes.

When it comes to color choice, white is among the most popular option for reasons but it is not the sole TPO variety to consider, particularly if another hue better suits a rooftop. In addition to white, TPO membranes often come in gray and tan.

Since TPO membranes are installed fully-adhered, ballasted, or mechanically fastened, they work with a range of building designs, offering architects increased flexibility. Architects most commonly select TPO roofing systems for flat or low-slope installations because of its cost-effectiveness, easy installation, and heat-welded seams that prevent moisture penetration.

Keep Cool with a Commercial TPO Roofing System in Allendale

A specific driving factor for choosing TPO is within the realm of cool roofing. The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) was created in 1998 to develop accurate and credible methods for evaluating and labeling the solar reflectance and thermal emittance of roofing products. In the 15 years or so since, a lot of roofing products now come in what can be considered ‘cool’ varieties.

The Green Building Alliance says as many as 90 percent of roofs in the United States are “poorly designed and built with dark, non-reflective heat-absorbing materials,” causing rooftop temperatures to hover as many as 50 C (90 F) above that of the air.

The more reflective a TPO surface, the more likely it will comply with increasingly stringent building codes. Therefore, white TPO membranes – the most reflective – can be a suitable choice for those striving for maximum energy savings and environmental benefits.

TPO and other cool roof options yield the following benefits:

  • Utility rebate opportunities;
  • Lower indoor temperatures;
  • Reduced maintenance costs (partially due to the material’s longer lifespans);
  • Improved air quality resulting from a reduction of emissions such as mono-nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxides in the atmosphere;
  • Mitigated heat island indexes (e.less heat creation in dense, urban areas);
  • Reduced energy bills because less air-conditioning is needed during the summer.

The Bottom Line About Commercial TPO Roof Systems in Allendale

Amidst the increasingly popular cool roofing and TPO possibilities, it is crucial to be cognizant of the fact roofing materials are not the sole remedy to increase overall building performance. It takes a holistic approach to have a building perform at peak efficiency.

This fact emphasizes the importance of building products manufacturers working closely with architects and construction decision-makers – as well as consultants, contractors, facility operators, and building owners -who share similar goals of increasing overall building performance.

If you are interested in learning more about commercial TPO roofing systems in Allendale, call us at 1-616-278-0828 or click here to request a roof inspection and repair estimate today! We are your experienced roofing contractor serving Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and nearby Michigan areas.

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