If you have a TPO roof or you’re planning on getting one, you’ve chosen an excellent option in terms of durability, affordability, and energy conservation. Like any type of roof, it’s important to know the best ways to keep a TPO roof maintained and in good repair, ensuring you get the most out of your roof for the long haul.
What is a TPO roof?
TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) is an affordable, effective rubber roofing material. TPO is eco-friendly, made primarily from recycled rubber, and it’s typically designed for use on flat roofs. TPO is heat-reflective, keeping energy use and costs down. The material is lightweight and tear-resistant, requiring minimal maintenance.
Tips for TPO Roofing Maintenance
TPO roofs require preventative maintenance to maximize their performance and lifespan. One of the most important factors when it comes to the maintenance and performance of your TPO roof is keeping it clean. This allows the exterior of the roof to reflect the maximum amount of sunlight and keeps your costs down and your roof effective in the long term.
The following top three tips will help you to keep your roof clean and well-maintained:
- TPO Tip #1: Ensure your roof can effectively drain. TPO is typically used for flat roofs which don’t drain as well as pitched or slanted roofs. This results in water pooling on them and dirt accumulation. Algae, mildew and mold may grow, and even plant life can take root. These may penetrate the TPO material, resulting in rot and damage to the structural integrity of the home or building. Avoid these problems by ensuring the drainage system for your roof is in proper working order, providing a clear exit point for water. Gutters should be kept clean and open, free of clogs.
- TPO Tip #2: Trim long branches from nearby trees. TPO is resistant to tears and impacts, but it can be penetrated by long branches from trees that fall onto the roof. Keep the long branches from nearby trees well-trimmed so that this is not a concern.
- TPO Tip #3: Maintain a regular cleaning schedule. Dirt and debris build up on flat roofs, taking away from the white, reflective surface of a TPO roof. Algae and plant life left alone to grow may also attract birds who see it as a food source. Their droppings are acidic and can damage the TPO roof.
Have your TPO roof regularly washed and cleared of any debris or growth that could attract birds. Regular washing keeps the roof white, ensuring it maintains its reflective, energy-saving properties.
What should I have done during a TPO roof maintenance?
When you’re hiring a roofing company to help keep your roof maintained, the following steps must be done to ensure your TPO roof is properly and effectively cleaned:
- Clear away any debris that may have gathered on the roof since its last cleaning.
- Pressure wash the roof to clean and rinse its surface. The pressure should be 2,000 PSI or lower.
- Scrub the roof with a non-abrasive cleaning solution. Be sure to use a TPO-safe roof cleaner and scrub with a soft, bristle push broom.
- Push dirt and build up toward the drain so that it easily moves off the roof.
- Pressure wash the roof again to rinse the cleaning solution off the roof, leaving it white, clean, and free of debris.
- Inspect the seams, edges, and other areas of the roof for any damage.
TPO Roof Maintenance with LOA Construction
At LOA Construction, you’re working with a team of roof experts in Austin, Houston and San Antonio areas. We are known for our integrity to our clients, whether you’re getting a new roof put in, having damage repaired, or getting a regular cleaning.
We earned our reputation as a trustworthy team that shows up on time and gets the job done right. We will help you maintain and protect your TPO roof to keep it strong, safe, heat-resistance, energy efficient, and long-lasting for years to come.
Keep your TPO roof worry-free with LOA Construction, a roofing team that takes personal pride in our work.