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Why TPO is the Best Choice for Flat Roofs

[fa icon="calendar"] June 13,2012 / by Brad Neff

Brad Neff


Every once in a while a product comes along that revolutionizes an industry. I believe we have one of these revolutionary products in the roofing industry.  Forever flat roof replacement and repair was dangerous, messy, hot, and hazardous to the environment.  

The leading products were asphalt based, and required an open flame, or very hot kettle to melt the asphalt.  The flat roof products that did not rely on that technology were unreliable and short lasting. These products were not conducive to helping with energy efficiency after applied because they were black and/or held heat because of the asphalt content.

What is TPO?

Finally there is a product that is easy to handle, not dangerous, energy efficient, and is a very long lasting product.  Simply it is called TPO, or thermo polyolefin.  It comes in colors, (stock colors are white, tan, and gray).

The product is a single-ply product, and the seams are heat welded, with a heat gun, or heat robot for big jobs. The product comes on a roll, which covers 600 sf or 1,000 sf.  They are 10' wide or 6' wide.

This means 1/2 or 1/3 as many seams as modified and fewer seams mean less leaks.  The product is smooth on top, which makes it easy to detect leaks if you have one.

Remember trying to find a leak on a hot tar and gravel roof.  Sometimes it is impossible. It is smooth surface, which allows water to run off easier than a granulated or rock ballasted surface.  Wow!  You can tell I am an advocate for TPO.

I will tell you that we try to use TPO exclusively if possible.  I really think it is the best product out there.  The technology was introduced over 20 years ago.  Most people my age, and older remember the dashboards of the 70's and early 80's and how they cracked.  When is the last time you saw a cracked dashboard?  It’s been a long time.

Well, TPO is the technology that stopped all of the cracking in dashboards.  That kind of helps put it into prospective doesn't it.

Flat Roof Estimates

Last but not least, if you have a flat roof that is damaged, or is leaking we can replace it with TPO, and make it good as new.  We have expert crews and state of the art equipment that enables us to be the foremost installer of TPO in the State of Oklahoma.

Look us up on Facebook and see our current project at Coyle High School Gymnasium.  Please feel free to call us and request an estimate to replace you flat roof.

You can reach us at 405.728.3333 in OKC, and 918.994.7477 in Tulsa.  

Topics: Blog, Flat Roofs, Products and Services, TPO, Commercial Roofing

Brad Neff

Written by Brad Neff

Brad Neff is the President and Owner of Heartland Roofing in Oklahoma. He started the Oklahoma City roofing office in 2000, and has since expanded with a Tulsa area office to provide services for residents searching for Tulsa roofing companies.