There are many materials to choose from when it comes to installing or replacing the roof on your home. Depending on considerations about your typical weather conditions, how long you plan to stay in your home, and aesthetics, you can choose from a wide, wide variety of options for coverings, including asphalt, tile, clay, wood, and metal.
A newer option that is less familiar to many consumers is TPO roofing. In this article we will explain exactly what TPO roofing is, its advantages, and some of its downsides. After reading this article you should have a far better idea of whether a TPO roof might be the best choice for a new roof for your home in Austin.
What is TPO Roofing?
TPO stands for thermoplastic olefin. It is a thin, single-ply membrane that is highly reflective. It is made from polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber that are polymerized into a single membrane. It is made of three layers: (1) thermoplastic polyolefin compound single-ply, (2) a scrim or middle from reinforced polyester fabric, and (3) a base made from TPO polymer.
All of which is to say that TPO is a highly designed and engineered material that was made to have different properties than shingles, metal, tile, clay, or wood.
What are the Upsides of TPO Roofs in Austin, TX
As with all forms of construction, there are also upsides and downsides to all the choices you make. TPO roofs have many upsides.
First, TPO is often cost-effective. It generally comes in under $7.50 per foot after it’s installed. That makes it a viable option for many homeowners, as well as business owners, who want to control the cost of their new or replacement roof.
Second, TPO is highly durable. It is highly resistant to many biological factors. This means it resists bacteria, mold, algae, and fungus. It is also designed to be highly resistant to UV light exposure, as well any other form of chemical disruptant. And, since TPO is very tough and difficult to tear, it holds up well to any form of wind, branch, or other damage.
Third, and a very attractive feature for most homeowners, is that TPO is extremely reflective, far-exceeding the capacity of other roofing materials to reflect sunlight and the heat that it brings into your home. The cost savings on HVAC utilities can be significant, which means that especially in hot environments it can keep your monthly utility costs far lower than other types of roofing materials. Although the white TPO is the highest rated for reflective capacity, tan and gray are also much more highly rated than any comparable materials.
All of these factors -- resistant to biological agents, durability across many years, and high reflectivity leading to air-conditioning savings in hot weather -- make TPO a highly viable choice that homeowners should seriously consider for their new or replacement roof.
What are the Downsides of TPO Roofs in Austin, TX
As with all forms of construction, there are also downsides to the choices you make. TPO is still a fairly new technology that hasn’t been as vetted over many, many many years the way other materials have. There are those who are still hesitant to fully endorse it until it has been time-tested in real world conditions by many, many homeowners.
There also isn’t full consistency yet in how TPO is manufactured. There are variations among manufacturers, which means that some TPO will perform better than other forms of TPO. While these fluctuations may be small, or perhaps not varied enough to cause large discrepancies in performance, they are still a factor to consider.
Finally, as with all roofing materials, certain conditions can cause damage, regardless of how well installed or designed a roof may be. Extreme heat can sometimes cause cracking or other issues with TPO, so make sure you consult thoroughly with your roofer before you decide whether TPO is really the right material for you.
Choosing a TPO Roof in Austin, TX
We hope we’ve given you some solid information to think about as you consider all your options for roof installation in Austin and the surrounding areas. New materials such as TPO can sometimes put consumers off due to lack of familiarity, but they can also be an amazing improvement over older materials, especially in cost savings, environmental impact, home aesthetics.
If you have any more questions, or just want to consult with a reliable company about all your options, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are always happy to talk roofs, it’s what we do and what we know, we love to share our knowledge with potential customers and new friends!