For anyone who’s worked with commercial roofing, either as a roofer or business owner, TPO roofing is a familiar sight. This single-ply roofing material has steadily grown in popularity ever since it first hit the market. Nowadays, you’ll see it on many new commercial roofs! But what is TPO roofing, exactly? And why is it so popular? At Elite Roofing, TPO is one of several commercial roofing materials we like to work with. So in today’s blog post, we’re breaking down this popular single-ply material—and why it might be the right commercial roofing solution for you!
Let’s start right from the beginning: What is TPO roofing, really? Well, TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin, and with a name like that you can see right away why everyone just says “TPO.” The name also lets you know that TPO is a synthetic material. Indeed, TPO consists of a blended membrane (typically made of materials like polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber) with a reinforcing scrim added for stability. In other words, it’s a specialized roofing membrane made of different synthetic materials. The membrane is manufactured and sold in sheets that are typically 10, 12, or 20 feet wide.
TPO is typically quick to install for an experienced commercial roofing company. First, the roofer prepares the substrate (that is, the surface where the TPO will be installed). This often involves cleaning the substrate thoroughly to ensure adhesion. Then, the roofer installs some form of insulation. The TPO membrane itself is unrolled and affixed, either using a specialized adhesive or some form of mechanical fastener. Then finally, the roofer head-welds the seams between the strips of TPO to form a watertight seal. While TPO is quick to install, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Make sure your chosen roofer is well-versed in the potential pitfalls of TPO roofing installation before they start!
Now that you know the essentials of what TPO is and how it’s installed, you might be wondering: why is this material so popular? As it happens, there are several reasons for TPO’s popularity, including:
TPO can be a great option for business owners in search of a durable yet affordable commercial roof material. The success of a TPO roof starts with proper installation, however—and that’s where the experts at Elite Roofing come in! Our commercial roofing team has helped many business owners and property managers with reliable and professional TPO installation. In addition to installation, we also provide a variety of other commercial roofing services. That means Elite Roofing can be your partner for commercial roof repairs, maintenance, and more throughout your roof’s lifespan. If you’re in need of a TPO roof installation or have questions about our other commercial roofing services, contact us today!
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Much like adding fresh paint or siding, replacing your roof with new shingles can do a lot to make your home look new again. Shingle colors tend to fade over time, and a newly shingled roof will really make your home stand out. This can also be a great opportunity to change the character of your home with a new color scheme. But with so many shingles colors to choose from, how do you pick the right one for your home’s roof? At Elite Roofing, our expert roofers always enjoy helping homeowners decide on a look they’ll love that also works well for their home. To help you narrow down options for yourself, here are a few important considerations when it comes to deciding on shingle colors for your residential roofing needs.
Answering the question of how to pick a roof color starts with considering your shingles in the context of other aspects of your home. These other aspects include siding, trim, and accents such as masonry. Certain colors go better together than others; for example, while black shingles go with pretty much anything, roof shingle colors like blue or green might clash with a red house.
It’s also important to consider whether blends and variations make sense for your roof. Certain sets of shingles will blend several tones or colors together in an appealing way. However, if your home already has a great deal of color variation, additional patterns may make your home look too busy—a bit like wearing stripes with plaid or polka dots. Companies like Owens Corning offer helpful color visualization tools to help you “try on” different shingles for your house. Check theirs out here.
Sad though it may be, sometimes certain colors of roof shingle simply aren’t available in a particular area. This can be for any number of reasons, and such as the relative locations of certain manufacturers and the overall demand for particular shingle varieties. While it may be possible to ship otherwise unavailable colors to you, this can get expensive, so it’s generally best to choose from more readily available shingles.
Depending on where you live, you may be subject to certain restrictions regarding the colors of shingles you can use for your roof. We think it’s great when people want to really make their home stand out. However, it’s important to first look through relative homeowners’ association bylaws or any other ordinances and documents that may rule out certain colors. Within those restrictions, you should also consider the size of your home and how you want your shingles to affect people’s perception of it. That’s because darker roof shingle colors can make your home look smaller, while lighter colors can really add to the volume of your home. Some homeowners don’t care much either way, but for others that can mean a great deal!
Speaking of light and dark, the color of your roof really does matter when it comes to energy efficiency. If your energy bills tend to soar during the summer, a lighter roof color might not be a bad idea. Opting for lighter-colored shingles can help reflect sunlight and heat away from your home, reducing your air conditioning costs. Certain manufacturers even offer specialized cool roof shingle options for greater energy benefits. If heating bills are more of a concern, you might consider a darker roof instead to help your home absorb heat during the winter.
At Elite Roofing, we feel that providing quality roofing solutions is of the utmost importance. While a huge part of that is building long-lasting roofs, we also want to make sure our customers are getting a roof they’ll love to look at for all those years to come. Our roofing experts have helped many homeowners decide on appealing, elegant color palettes for their roofs. And as an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we have extensive knowledge of all Owens Corning products. This distinction also allows us to extend an exclusive warranty to homeowners who trust us for their roofing needs. So if you’re in need of a roof replacement, contact the Elite Roofing team to get started today!
Sustainability is important year-round, but it’s also the reason for the Earth Day season, so to speak. Earth Day is a time to consider making eco-friendly decisions in as many areas of our lives as possible, from the food we put on our table to the modes of transportation we use. But what about roofing? As it turns out, some of the most common roofing materials aren’t always sustainable. This can be true of traditional asphalt shingles, for instance, as this material is often difficult to recycle. At Elite Roofing, people often ask us about what eco-friendly roofing options are available to them—and which options do a good job of balancing sustainability with affordability. So, in celebration of Earth Day, we’re sharing a handful of our favorite eco-friendly roofing materials to consider next time you’re in need of a new roof.
We’ve long loved the look of wood shake here at Elite Roofing, but this material has emerged as a favorite for those in search of an eco-friendly roofing material that won’t break the bank. Wood shakes are a readily biodegradable and natural material, so long as they’re sourced sustainably. The major drawback of wood shakes is that they are, of course, more flammable than many other kinds of roofing materials, and they can be less durable than other options. Even so, they’re one of the most frugal eco-friendly roofing materials available, and it’s hard not to like the aesthetic of wood shakes.
Metal is an incredibly eco-friendly roofing option as it is fully recyclable. While more expensive than wood shakes or asphalt shingles in the short term, the impressive durability of a metal roof makes this a surprisingly cost-effective roofing option. Depending on the color of the metal, this material can also be used for a “cool roof” system, an additional layer of sustainability that also saves home and business owners on energy costs if they live in an area with hot summers. The primary drawback of metal roofing is its higher upfront cost, though its durability will mitigate this over the long term. To avoid potential problems with installation, you’ll also want to find a professional roofer with experience installing metal roofs. Overall, though, metal roofing is one of the most eco-friendly options out there.
While clay and (especially) slate are among the highest-cost roofing materials, both are extremely durable and eco-friendly roofing options. This is true particularly when using reclaimed tiles. Clay and slate are both natural materials, and while slate won’t do your roof any favors in terms of cooling, clay is available in lighter colors if desired. The main drawback of clay or slate is the cost, as these materials are much more expensive than metal roofing. These materials may even require installing additional roof support due to their weight. However, clay or slate tile roofs can last as long as 100 years or more with proper maintenance, and these elegant roofs are unparalleled in terms of the beauty they can add to your home.
If you’re set on shingles, there are alternatives to the traditional asphalt shingles that are so difficult to recycle. For example, there are many “fakes” out there made to look like traditional roofing materials such as asphalt, slate, or wood shakes. These can often be much cheaper than their counterparts (as in the case of slate), but they can also be made more sustainable (such as fakes made to look like asphalt). Newer on the market are shingles made from synthetic or recycled materials, such as rubber shingles made from recycled tires. The main drawbacks of many options in these categories, however, is that there’s simply less known about them due to how recently many eco-friendly roofing materials have been introduced.
Our team at Elite Roofing strives to be conscious of how the work we do affects the environment around us. Whether it’s a residential or commercial roofing project, we want to be sure our clients know about all the eco-friendly roofing options available to them, as these materials can provide excellent cost- and energy-saving benefits while looking great in the process. We hope everyone takes some time on Earth Day to consider what kinds of sustainable choices they might start making. And, if you’re thinking one of those choices might be to install more eco-friendly roofing on your home or business, contact Elite Roofing today!
When it comes time to repair or replace your roof, there are many questions to answer before getting started. Possibly the most important question of all being, “what roofing material will work best for my project?” We’ve been asked this question thousands of times at Elite Roofing, and the reason is clear: there are numerous types of roofing materials, each with distinct advantages, purposes, and looks. Because of this incredible variety, choosing the perfect roofing material can be tricky—but there are a few key considerations that will help narrow things down. Here’s how to pick the right type of roofing material for your next roofing project!
Before diving into the factors that go into this roofing decision, it’s good to have an idea of what your options are. Common types of roofing materials include:
· Asphalt shingles – Cost-effective, but with a shorter lifespan (20-30 years) than more durable materials.
· Slate – Very pricy, but incredibly durable. Slate also cuts a stunning profile for those looking to beautify their home.
· Ceramic tile – Also pricy and durable. Has a distinct Mediterranean look.
· Metal – Highly durable, but also cost-effective. Popular for industrial and agricultural buildings, but has gained traction for homes as well.
· Fakes – Synthetic versions of common roofing materials. These tend to either be cheaper (as with fake slate) or make up for drawbacks (as with fake wood, which is fire-resistant).
Depending on the roof you’re replacing, you may be limited in terms of which materials you can use. For instance, the pitch of your roof and the existing supports in place will play a role in your decision. Steeply pitched roofs can only support certain materials, while other materials (such as slate) require a greater deal of existing support due to their weight. Be sure to consult with a professional roofing company to see which types of roofing materials will be viable.
In other words, consider how long you’ll be staying under the roof you plan to build, repair, or replace. A solid roof with a highly durable material will last for decades, but if your family is likely to move in the next few years this may not be worth the investment. On the other hand, a more expensive and sturdy material may end up being cheaper in the long run if you plan to stick around.
No matter where you live, there’s always something that can negatively impact the lifespan of your roof. Homeowners in dry climates should consider fire resistance, while those in wetter areas should consider materials that stave off mold and algae. For Colorado homeowners—well, let’s just say durability goes a long way with the extreme weather in our area. Be sure to consider risks on the small-scale level, too. Storms may not be a major factor for you, but tree branches hanging over your home might be.
Depending on where you live, your decision on which roofing material to use for your roofing project may have been made for you. Certain cities and regions may require certain types of roofing materials to be used for any roofing projects. Areas prone to fires, for instance, may forbid the use of wood shakes and shingles. There may also be building restrictions in your community that dictate which materials can be used to maintain a distinct aesthetic. Be sure to check with the relevant building departments before getting started on your roofing project.
While this list is nowhere near complete, thinking about these factors will undoubtedly help you narrow down the types of roofing materials you’re considering for your roofing project. Once you have the shortlist, contact us at Elite Roofing to start putting your project in motion! From tile to metal to asphalt shingles and wood shakes, we’ve worked with just about any roofing material you can think of. This hands-on experience means we have the know-how to help you pick the perfect material for your roofing project—and install it right!
At Elite Roofing we are proud to be among a select few in the roofing industry who have the distinction of being an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. What does this mean for you? Check out our recent post on the subject for all the details:
As Platinum Preferred Contractors, we are huge advocates for the Owens Corning brand. The undisputed leader in the roofing manufacturing space, Owens Corning offers some of the most innovative products on the market today. As leading Denver roofers, we consider it our job to educate consumers about the products we proudly offer. Let’s take a closer look at one of Owens Corning’s most popular products and explore why so many discerning property owners pick Duration® Premium Shingles.
Offering the durability of Owens Corning’s patented SureNail® technology, Duration® Premium Shingles deliver timeless beauty and unrivaled durability. From Driftwood to Onyx Black, Duration singles deliver a high quality, dimensional look that will truly transform your property.
While many property owners are initially drawn in by the aesthetic appeal of Duration® Premium Shingles, it’s the SureNail® technology that typically wins them over. What’s the big deal? Each Duration® series shingle is equipped with a fabric strip in the nailing region, adding an extra, unrivaled gripping power. With each Duration® Premium Shingle you receive:
When you invest in a Duration® roofing system, be sure the contractor you hire is either an Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor or an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor as this will impact your eligibility for the Owens Corning Limited Lifetime Warranty. Your contractor will also need to help you register your roof, by providing proof of purchase to Owens Corning. Want to know more about the Owens Corning Limited Lifetime Warranty? Contact us today! We will be happy to help you understand all of the benefits of their warranty program.
Strong wind gusts and extreme weather are a part of life here in the Rockies. This is why it’s so important to select a roof system that will withstand severe weather. The Duration® series offers exceptional wind resistance, sealant technology. In order to ensure their wind resistance technology is a cut above the rest, Owens Corning hires an independent, third party-testing laboratory to make sure their products meet industry recognized wind resistance standards. If you’re looking for a product that is a functional as it is beautiful, you’ll find it in the Duration® Premium Shingle!
At Elite Roofing, we proudly work with only the best materials on the market. As leading Denver roofers, your roof repair or replacement is personal to us. We are here to ensure you select the right roofing application for your needs and your budget. Allow us to complete a roofing inspection and help you explore your options. Not sure where to begin? No problem! Our team of experts is on hand to help you through each step of the process. Let’s get started today!
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