Everything You Need to Know About TPO Roofing

June 23, 2022
What Is TPO Roofing?

TPO roofing is a single-ply roofing membrane. It is a single layer of a rubberized fabric reinforcing scrim that stabilizes and strengthens the membrane, combined with synthetic and rubber components that provide superior waterproofing capabilities, making it the perfect pick for a flat roof. TPO is used in low slope or flat roof applications such as commercial and industrial buildings,housing additions, garages, sheds, and roof terraces. It is also a fantastic choice for Richmond’s array of historic flat-roofed row houses found in neighborhoods like Church Hill, The Fan District, Scott’s Addition, and The Museum District.

How Is TPO Roofing Installed?

 First,Tredegar Construction Prepares the Roof Deck. Debris is cleaned off the roof.Any loose or rotten wood is fixed or replaced, and we remove any old roofing materials and nails that remain on the deck’s surface that could cause issues.Occasionally an underlayment or vapor barrier is needed on specific projects.Next, insulation is added. Typically, this insulation is in the form of rigid boards with highly butted joints. These boards come in various R-values so that you and the Tredegar team can decide what’s best for your home!  

Next,Tredegar will install the membrane. The name Thermoplastic Polyolefin means that the membrane becomes plastic when heated. It hardens upon cooling, which is how the watertight sealed seams are created. Heating the membrane also allows us to mold the plastic to fit your area best. While cooling, a heavy-duty roller helps fuse the seams together. The TPO membrane comes in various thicknesses, so you and the Tredegar team can decide what’s best for your home!

Finally, the TPO is attached either mechanically or fully adhered to the surface. Both have pros and cons as well as structural considerations, but the fully adhered,“glued down” version, while more expensive, is usually considered the most durable and efficient option. While more expensive, the price typically does not become an issue unless the space covered is over 5,000 or more square feet.

The Takeaway

TPO is a high-performing roof membrane – when installed correctly by a certified contractor, like Tredegar Construction! It is now the most popular choice for flat roofs due to its durability and UV deflection, which simultaneously conserves energy, saveson utility costs, and inhibits the premature breakdown of the product. As a factory-certified contractor, Tredegar Construction proudly offers Versico Roofing System’s TPO products and is authorized to provide manufacturer warranties! With their superior product and industry-leading warranty protection, Versico is the best choice in TPO roofing.

Are you interested in learning more about TPO roofing and why it may be the perfect choice for your home with a flat roof? Reach out to us today!

OUR SERVICE AREAS: Tredegar Construction provides siding, commercial and residential roofing, gutter installation, attic insulation, and crawl space solutions inthe Richmond, Virginia metro area and surrounding counties such as Ashland, Charles City County, Chester, Chesterfield County, City of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Hopewell, King William County, New Kent County, Petersburg, Powhatan County and more! Don’t see your area listed? Reach out! We may serve your area!

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