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Elastomeric Coatings—Get the Most From Your TPO Roofing System

TPO roofing systems are among the most popular choices for commercial buildings.

Pictured is a commercial roof that is covered in a white elastomeric coating for TPO roofs.

They’re affordable, durable, single-ply roofing membranes that cover the entire surface of your building. They’re attached mechanically or with adhesives.

They have reflective properties that help keep utility costs down, which makes these systems seem particularly well-suited to the southern states.

Those promised advantages make TPO sound like the perfect choice for a commercial roofing system, don’t they?

TPO Roofs—The Drawbacks

Unfortunately, the positives don’t hold up very well under the harshest of weather conditions, which Texas is famous for.

Originally marketed to last 20 to 25 years, industry experts are finding that many TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing products begin to degrade after only 10 or 15 years under extreme heat load, direct sunlight, hail, and high wind.

UV Rays—The Enemy of TPO Roofs

As years of severe direct sunlight pile up, the materials begin to break down.

The most widely used TPO membrane (circa 2008) was a membrane that was .040” thick. It used a .010” sheet of thermo-plastic material on both the top and bottom, sandwiching .020” scrim.

Texas weather pounds the membrane with UV rays, and the outer sheet wears away at about .001” per year. A simple calculation reveals that the outer layer will be almost entirely worn away in about 10 years.

Once the scrim is exposed to direct UV rays, the heart of the TPO system is compromised, and the roof will begin leaking.

The Trouble With SeamsThe picture shows a crack between panels of a TPO roof, which could be resolved by applying an elastomeric coating.

Because of the nature of TPO roofing systems, there are often dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of seams—natural weak points where damage can occur under storm conditions. 

These split- and crack-prone areas become more fragile as the materials begin to age.

What This Means for You

TPO alone is simply not constructed to withstand the beating the long Texas summers and storm seasons give them year after year. 

Many TPO roofs installed since 2000 are already nearing the end of their lifespan—a serious concern for business owners like you.

Get the Most Out of Your TPO Roofing System

There is a way to extend the life of your TPO roof, increase its weather protection, improve its durability, and keep the advantages it offers—before it fails and you’re forced to replace your entire roof.

We recommend elastomeric (silicone) roof coatings.

With one of these coatings, a TPO roof’s reflectivity can be drastically improved, as can its durability. That means cost savings.

Learn more about the GE Enduris Roof Coating System here.

Applying a durable elastomeric roof coating (also called silicone) to your existing roof allows you to strengthen areas weakened by:

  • Hail
  • Wind
  • Failing and leaky seams
  • Brittleness due to heat and direct sunlight
  • Pooling water
  • Rust

An elastomeric coating simultaneously fills in the leaks you already have and strengthens and reinforces those dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of trouble-prone areas found on every roof—the seams.

It stays flexible as your building expands and contracts under extreme temperatures, hot or cold, expanding and contracting with your building.

This means long-term durability, lowering the risk of future repairs and promoting a lower total-life cost.

Elastomeric Coatings—Restore Your Commercial RoofA worker wearing protective clothing sprays on an elastomeric coating for TPO onto a large commercial roof.

In the same way they strengthen and revitalize TPO roofs, elastomeric coatings can revitalize a wide variety of aging commercial roofing systems. Coatings can add much-needed reflectivity to many heat-absorbing black or gray materials.

These roofing systems can be significantly enhanced with a silicone coating:

  • BUR
  • PVC
  • EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) or “rubber” roof
  • Mod-Bit (Modified Bitumen)
  • Metal
  • Cement
  • SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam)

A quality elastomeric roof coating could drastically increase the life of your existing roof—up to 20 years.

Get a Quote on an SPF Roofing System and Elastomeric Roof Coating

An elastomeric coating costs less than a roof replacement while still reducing heating and cooling costs and patching leaks.

Contact us here for a recommendation and a quote on an elastomeric roof coating.