If you are looking to install a new roof on your home, consider the options of using high quality vinyl tiles or a Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) roof. Thermoplastic-Olefin, or TPO, is a high quality option that will make your new roof much more energy efficient and lower your monthly utility bills. There are several reasons why choosing Thermoplastic Olefin as your roofing material could be a good idea. In this article we will look at what these advantages are and why you might want to consider this type of roof for your home.
Firstly, the cost of installing a Thermoplastic Olefin roof slating system is less expensive than using standard roof tiles. This is because the roofing systems do not require the use of roof slates. Roof slates are heavier and thicker than standard roofing tiles and therefore heavier and thicker roof slates are more expensive than standard ones. Therefore the upfront costs associated with installing Thermoplastic Olefin could be beneficial in lowering the initial outlay of installing a new roof. This is because you do not have to pay for roof slates.
Secondly, many people consider Thermoplastic Olefin as a green option. It is made from recycled plastics, which means it is considered a bio-degradable material. If this is important to you then you may want to choose a tpo roofing system which uses a plastic that does not go through the recycling process. For example, polyethylene is used in tpo roofing systems but it does not go through any processing to make it suitable for roofing and is therefore considered a bio-degradable product. It is also worth remembering that some countries do not recognise plastics as bio-degradable and some may insist on using standard roof tiles.
Thirdly, a tpo roofing system is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. If you live in a particularly cold or wet climate then a tpo roofing system which is specifically designed to withstand extreme weather conditions is likely to be your best bet. However, you should check the manufacturer’s instructions and check the roof cycle times of the tpo roofing system you are considering as some may be designed for roofs with slightly longer or shorter cycles. This could mean that the two roofing system will burst under pressure in certain climates and could lead to damage to the tiles and the roof itself. You should therefore ensure that you understand the manufacturer instructions when it comes to your tpo roofing system and always follow these.
Fourthly, you need to ensure that your tpo roofing system is waterproof. Some roofing systems can be more resistant to moisture than others but this does not mean that they are necessarily any better at resisting water. A good waterproofing solution is to tile over your membrane as this is the most effective solution in terms of waterproofing and also protects the rest of the roof from water damage. Tiles are also a great option if you are concerned about maintenance. They are easy to maintain and one of the reasons why they have been such a popular choice for DIY roofers for many years. Their longevity is a major bonus and could save you a lot of money in roof repair in the future.
Finally, if you want your tpo roof system to last then you need to take very good care of it. A simple thing such as getting water on it will cause degradation of the rubber and composite roofing material. By taking good care of your roof you can greatly extend the life of your tpo roof system. A little time spent today will save you hundreds if not thousands in roof repair costs in the future.