TPO and PVC Roof Systems
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) are thermoplastic roof systems that are both white and highly reflective roof membranes. These roofs provide excellent weathering characteristics and are highly resistant to ultraviolet light and most chemicals. The membranes have a reinforced scrim and are puncture and tear resistance. Thermoplastic roofs have outstanding seam strength due to the fact the sheets are welded together using hot air. These types of roof systems are lightweight and well suited for second generation (roof-over) applications.
TPO and PVC roof systems are typically installed in one of three methods and provide a lightweight, cost-effective solution:
- Mechanically attached - The roof membrane is affixed to the structural deck with mechanical
- Fully adhered - The membrane is bonded directly to the affixed insulation board or
other roofing membrane substrate.
- Point-affixed - Ideal for retrofit installation over metal applications, plates are installed
at set intervals and the roof membrane is welded directly to the plates.
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Here at Smart Roofing Inc. we are experts with residential and commercial roofs alike. From flat roof maintenance, to complete flat roof replacement, Smart Roofing Inc. knows all the ins and outs of the commercial roof trade, especially in Chicago. Multi-family properties, commercial warehouses, or residential flat roofs are all roofs we have experience replacing or repairing. All single ply-membranes, such as TPO, EPDM, and PVC, along with skylight replacement, and necessary perimeter sheet metal pieces, we have done it all, and with over 25 years of experience in the Chicagoland area.
A commercial roof installation in Chicago requires more manpower, coordination, and strategy than a regular residential roof. Specific building code requirements, architect details, and safety specifications are also very important when replacing a commercial roof in Chicago. Smart Roofing Inc. has experience with all of those elements, having done a multitude of commercial flat roof replacements and roof repairs in Chicago over the last 25 years. Our project managers are very well coordinated and have extensive safety training to ensure the crews doing the work are safe and the building owners are protected. We have been working with architects since we started in the roofing industry, so we know how to get down to the details, which also ensures we follow building codes.
Aside from coordination and attention to detail, Smart Roofing Inc. has the knowledge of working with a variety of commercial flat roof materials needed to get the job done. We have done flat roofs with TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Whether the membranes need to be welded together, TPO and PVC, or adhered together with pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, EPDM, we will make sure that your new roof will not leak and look great. Flat roof replacements often call for new levels of insulation, usually insulation R-value of 30, and most buildings also need tapered insulation to create proper slopes. Creating saddles, or crickets, from tapered insulation to avoid standing water behind curbs is something of a specialty for our guys. We have worked with a variety of methods, such as mechanically attached roof systems, ballasted roof systems, induction welded roof systems, and fully adhered adhered roof systems. Our sheet metal crews have done miles of perimeter flashings for commercial flat or barrel roofs, so you can expect only the best. Every little detail matters when working on a commercial roof, and the professionals at Smart Roofing Inc. know every way to make your roof last as long as possible.
SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Chicago Roofing Contractor with plenty of experience with commercial flat roofs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service, and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more, or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
Smart Roofing, Inc. recently repaired this commercial TPO roof in Chicago where the original roof was blown off by the wind. (Windy City, indeed!) This 4-story roof repair was an insurance claim which also included masonry repairs to the building.
What is TPO?
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together. It is typically installed in a fully adhered or mechanically attached system, allowing the white membrane to remain exposed throughout the life of the roof.
This roof system features the Carlisle Sure Weld TPO roof over R-30 ISO insulation and includes a 20-year roof system warranty.
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