Cool Roofs — North American Roofing

Cool Roofs - North American Roofing

Posted on August 11, 2014

If you’ve been thinking about a cool roof for a while, you’ve undoubtedly come across the term “TPO,” which is short for Thermoplastic polyolefin. One of the fastest growing roofing systems around, white thermoplastic membrane offers reduced cooling costs and energy savings for facilities located in warm climates. White and light-colored thermoplastic roof membranes feature extraordinary tensile strength with a high level of puncture resistance and superior solar reflectivity. White TPO is a durable, versatile and cost-effective solution for both new roofs and re-roofing projects, and with minimal maintenance requirements, white TPO just might be the right choice for your facility.

Green Benefits

When the roof is cooler – naturally, the interior of your building remains cooler. White TPO reflects harsh sunrays instead of absorbing them so you will spend less money keeping your facility cool during hot summer months. White TPO meets and often exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR specifications. In addition to energy savings, TPO is 100% recyclable. As a bonus, TPO’s combination of green benefits can also help you meet your LEED point objectives.


Wide-width TPO membrane produces a cleaner and smoother roof surface than other types of roofing systems, which makes it more efficient at resisting dirt and debris build up. The wider membranes also cut down on installation time. TPO can be mechanically attached or fully adhered, but heat welding creates an impermeable surface for superior seam strength, enhanced wind uplift resistance and the best leak protection around.

Thicker is Better

When considering a white TPO membrane roof, keep in mind that thicker is better. Thermoplastic membrane is available in thicknesses ranging from 45mil to 80mil. You’ll pay a little more for thicker membrane, but compare it to applying sunscreen before you head out for fun in the sun. A thin layer protects – but a thick layer provides a strong, dense shield that blocks nearly all UV rays. Opting for thicker TPO is an investment in the life and value of your building. The slightly higher initial cost pales in comparison to the energy and damage-repair savings you’ll realize over the life of your roof.

Finding a Quality TPO Contractor

North American Roofing can install all major brands of TPO. In addition, we sell and install our own superior private label TPO membrane. Because improper welding is a common cause of thermoplastic membrane failure, it’s essential that you work with a knowledgeable roofing contractor. Qualified contractors will hold manufacturer certifications, letting you know who the manufacturers trust to install their products. North American Roofing is not only certified to install all major brands, every year we receive top honors for being one of the most professional roofing companies in the nation.

To find out whether a white TPO membrane roof is a good choice for your facility, call us today at (800) 551-5602. We offer solutions for all your commercial roofing needs.

Posted on August 11, 2014

When your facility roof needs a pick-me-up but you’re not ready to shell out the big bucks to replace it – applying an elastomeric roof coating  might be the best option. Roof coatings can extend roof life and they are suitable for many types of roofs, including single-ply, metal, built-up roofing (BUR) and modified bitumen systems. When professionally applied, elastomeric roof coating can protect your roof for years.

High quality roof coating provides a seamless surface with low-temperature flexibility to reduce the risk of leaks. Enhanced with solar protectants, a coated roof blocks and reflects UV rays, which can otherwise deteriorate the substrate. Short of installing a new roof, nothing will improve your roof’s appearance like new roof coating.

Light and quick to install, roof coating does not add weight to an already-stressed roof load. Major roof coating manufacturers offer 5-10 year, or longer, limited warranties for professionally applied coatings.

Cool Roofs - North American Roofing

High Reflectivity for Cutting Cooling Costs

Keeping facilities cool in hot weather is a major undertaking in some climates. With the application of a highly reflective coating that directs harsh sunrays away from the roof, you can reduce your cooling costs and the work-demand on your HVAC units. While individual savings depend on facility’s size, location, and the amount of insulation in the roof, managers can realize a payback on coating installation costs in as little as three years. At North American Roofing, we can help you estimate how much energy you will save based on your facility and the type of coating you choose.

Choosing Increased Fire Resistance

Special fire-resistant ingredients in some roof coatings add another element of protection when applied to metal, BUR, modified bitumen, EPDM and TPO roof systems. When exposed to intense heat, a chemical reaction occurs that creates a non-combustible carbon layer to retard the spread of flames. Fire-retardant coatings are available with high reflectivity to do double duty in protecting your facility and reducing your energy costs.

How Cool is That?

While the main goal is obviously to protect your roof from wind damage and rain, “cool roof” coatings also meet ENERGY STAR and LEED credit requirements. They do not contribute to detrimental “urban island” effect, and most coatings are low VOC, which minimizes their impact on the environment and on workers who access the rooftop.

Finding a Roof Coating Contractor

At North American Roofing, we will carefully investigate your facility and factor in your needs and your budget to determine if roof coating is the best choice for you. Not all coatings are right for all types of roofs, and applying roof coating is not a do-it-yourself project. Choosing the wrong product, or not installing it to meet the manufacturer’s specifications, can end up costing you more money to repair. Our trained professionals install high-quality roof coatings, matched to your facility, to ensure that you get the most benefit and protection. For more information about roof coatings, or for any other roof-related concerns, call us today at (800) 551-5602.

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