03 Mar 2017
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Industrial Roof – Professional Installation

Most industrial roofs are flat. To prevent water from pooling and seeping, they lend themselves to membrane installation. While this isn’t a do-it-yourself project, it helps to understand more about the choices available to industrial roofers.

So let’s peel back a few layers and look at what a top Michigan roof company like Northshore recommends, and why it’s the right choice for your commercial roof replacement. The vast majority of our industrial roofing services involve installing a TPO roofing system.

What Is A TPO Roofing System?

TPO is a single ply roofing membrane that’s quickly becoming the industry standard. Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) is a thermoplastic (becomes softer, moldable with specific heat, and hardens/solidifies as it cools to re-seal). The TPO membrane usually contains part thermoplastic, part elastomer (or rubber), and a filler.

Membrane choices in the roofing industry usually fall into three classes:

  • EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) (UV and Heat resistance)
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)(Heat Weldable)
  • TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin )(UV & Heat Resistance Plus Heat Weldable)
Varimat heat welder

Leister Hot-Air Welder

Focusing on the Thermoplastic roofing selection, let’s look briefly at installation. First, the roof deck is cleaned and dry. Insulation is installed in sheets with staggered end joints. It is then affixed using adhesives, hot asphalt, or plates and fasteners.

Next, our commercial TPO roof is ready for the membrane to be rolled out and attached using adhesives or mechanical fasteners. Finally, the seams of overlapping rolls are sealed. Heat usually works best.

The best heat seams come from using a hot-air welder like the Varimat model that Northshore Exteriors uses. These welders ensure the seams are done more consistently and in less time. Not only do they save time and money now, but these seams are meant to last.

Benefits of TPO For Your Commercial Roof Replacement

Industrial roofers love TPO because it’s:

  • Economical (weldable like PVC membrane, but less expensive)
  • Works well for commercial roofs, as well as industrial and residential applications
  • It’s durable
  • It installs quickly, even more so with a welder.

Facility owners love TPO because it’s so hassle-free. Like any membrane, you want to limit access to roof traffic that could puncture any membrane. Correctly installed TPO is meant to last for years, and it can even help save on energy too.

Sounds Great; Are There Any Downsides?

TPO has received criticism as being the new kid on the block in membrane roofing products.
It has also received some criticism (of inferior products) in the Southwest for heat load – which isn’t a problem here in Northern Michigan, especially with quality thermoplastic roofing materials.

Michigan Roofing Expert Northshore Exteriors

Hopefully, you can see why TPO roofing systems are an exciting choice for your industrial roof. Actually, TPO is an awesome choice for any Northern Michigan flat roof (commercial, industrial, or residential). Northshore Exteriors has the experience to get it installed quickly and professionally – to keep you on schedule and under budget.