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Are you having flat roof problems? Do you live in the greater Las Cruces, NM area?
Whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial property owner, we both know how much goes into keeping and maintaining a flat roof compared to a typical standard roof type, no matter how easy it was to build.
But that’s not what’s been keeping you up at night. Your biggest problem right now is that you simply can’t figure out whether you need to get a new TPO roofing installation or you only need a few repairs done.
That’s why you should talk to the professionals. Here at Amerus Roofing, we’ve been laying single—ply roofing membrane installations and doing repairs, e.g., TPO roofing, for over 12 years for residential and commercial property owners in greater New Mexico.
A single-ply membrane is a flat roofing material made up of a single sheet of rubber and synthetic polymer combining to form a hydrophobic/waterproof layer of protection. Of the five types of single-ply roofing membranes, the most popular one is Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO), and with good reason.
It’s an energy-efficient, cost-effective and durable solution for a low-slope roof, making it the perfect choice for protecting your prized assets.
As one of the main types of single-ply roofing membrane and flat roofs, TPO roofing has rapidly grown in popularity over the years and is mainly used in commercial properties in Las Cruces, NM. Contrary to what the name suggests, it’s not plastic but a type of rubber—a mix of ethylene-propylene and polypropylene rubber.
TPO roofing is made up of incredibly thin material: a monolayer of reinforcing scrip and synthetics combined with a naturally reflective layer for UV rays. They are produced in sheets that span 10-20 feet wide and then rolled before being distributed to commercial facilities.
Because of its ability to reflect UV rays and thin materials, TPO roofing membrane—according to NRCA (The National Roofing Contractors Association), takes up to 40% of the roofing market share for commercial properties.
Through proper roofing installation and maintenance, TPO roofing can last an average of 30 years before needing replacement. But the advantages don’t stop there:
By repelling the sun’s heat thanks to its UV-resistant reflective surface, our TPO roofing membranes in Las Cruces, NM, help reduce the energy required to cool a structure. Consequently, it can reduce the cost of air conditioning by up to 35% once the installation is complete.
Moreover, it has a smooth surface that provides the best protection against debris and dirt, which can significantly affect its reflective properties and promote wear and tear.
As you well know, a puncture in your roofing material means having a leaky roof. Fortunately, TPO roofing was designed to provide greater resistance to puncturing compared to reinforced EPDM.
If it’s non-reinforced EPDM, then TPO can be up to 3X more resistant to punctures provided the thickness of the material is the same. Furthermore, its flexibility makes it more resilient to wear, tear, dirt, mold, holes, and nature, making it highly durable.
Another benefit of its flexibility is that it can expand or contract depending on the season, i.e., summer/winter, and can even accommodate slight structural movements or settling.
3. Helps reduce Urban Heat-Island effect
The urban heat-island effect refers to the increase in energy costs, e.g., AC, heat-related illness, e.g., heatstroke, mortality rate, and pollution levels because of us encroaching on natural land and building materials that absorb and retain heat.
TPO roofing, aka Cool roofs, are manufactured with reflective surfaces coated in white because of their high solar reflectivity and low heat absorption. As TPO roofing contractors, we recommend using them to help reduce the urban heat island effect in a city such as Las Cruces, NM.
Simply put, they improve air quality, reduce energy consumption, promote a cooler, healthier environment and play their part in reducing the impact of thermal energy.
4. Class A Fire-resistant
Both EPDM and TPO roofing membranes can be class-A fire rated by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) by adding fire-retardant solutions during the production process.
As mentioned above, a properly installed TPO roofing system should, at the very least, last for a few decades. However, without proper maintenance, the seams start to come apart, flashings begin to fail, the membrane gets punctures, etc., all of which contribute to a leaky roof.
Usually, the first sign you have to pay attention to is when water starts to enter the property; this is typically because of seams ripping apart, allowing water to access your roofing insulation.
Once enough water has been collected, it starts to leak through the deck, getting inside your property. That’s when you should start looking for a TPO roofing contractor in Las Cruces, NM, for an inspection to nip the problem in the bud.
During the assessment, our inspectors watch out for four main things:
Depending on the above result, we may follow up with an infrared inspection to check the level of saturation in your insulation; usually, half an hour after the sun goes down. If the saturation level is below 25%, then you still have a variety of repair options.
However, if the saturation level is more than 25%, then your only option is to replace the entire roof, but of course, these are just guidelines and not hard and fast rules.
After being in the roofing business for more than a decade, you can count on us to tell you exactly what’s happening with your TPO system or roof and how to fix it long term. Whether installing a new roofing system or repairing one, you can rely on our experts to get it done.
Our team of professionals has decades of experience between, is licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can rest easy knowing that your property is in safe hands.
Got a roofing problem? Call us today at (575) 332-4139 or email us to schedule a roofing inspection and get a FREE quote.