Commercial Buildings 101: Focus on TPO Roofing Systems

Roofs can be classified into two generic categories: low slope and steep slope. Steep-slope roofing is often reserved for residential properties, while low-slope roofing is typically found on commercial roofing. In this entry, we focus on the latter—specifically on one of the fastest growing types: TPO roofing.

TPO membranes are becoming more popular among commercial building owners and roofing companies in Moorhead MN, these days. The abbreviation stands for “thermoplastic olefin,” a common material used to make single-ply layers. They contain colorants, UV absorbers, and other proprietary substances that help improve performance and appearance.

Structural Research Inc. (SRI), a highly respected laboratory in the country, conducted a thorough study on this roofing type back in 2013 and 2014. The goal was to help commercial property owners like you make informed decisions by dispelling confusing and false claims about TPO membranes.

Among the major TPO brands tested, GAF’s EverGuard® and EverGuard Extreme® TPO products performed best overall. Here are some key findings that might help you choose a roof for your building:

Thermal Resistance

Heat can damage your TPO roofing over time. To address this concern, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® technology on their commercial roofs. This allows them to perform well even under extreme conditions.

Longevity

Advanced Protection also helps extend the service life of a GAF TPO system. It reduces UV degradation, another common challenge for roofing systems. Superior resistance to cracks, weight loss, and corrosion caused by weathering also contribute to longevity. A GAF TPO roofing system has the industry’s best performance guarantee: with the right maintenance, it can last up to 35 years.

Great Value

Many building owners who purchase a single-ply membrane roofing system look not just for superior performance. They want a cost-effective product as well. GAF’s value-friendly EverGuard Extreme TPO products fit the bill. They provide exceptional durability, seam strength, and puncture resistance. They’re the kind of roof your business can rely on for years.

Maintenance and Installation

GAF TPO systems are fairly easy to install, but that doesn’t mean just about anyone can install them. You should trust only GAF Master Elite™ certified roofing contractors in Fargo ND, like A&B Improvements Ltd. to ensure proper and expert installation.

We can help you develop a maintenance plan to keep your TPO roof in prime condition. Our roof specialists will make sure all the critical areas and issues of your commercial roof are addressed. We can assist you with repair as well. Contact us at (701) 235-6367 for a free estimate.

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