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TPO Roofing in North Carolina: Pros and Cons

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TPO roofing is a thin, light-reflective material that's popular because it's economical, durable, and effective. It costs less than materials like EPDM and PVC, and it has many advantages that make it an attractive option for homeowners and business owners seeking a new roof for their property.

Pickard Roofing installs TPO membrane roofing on roofs in Durham and the surrounding areas. To find out more about how TPO roofing works, read on, or you can also give us a call - we're always happy to answer your questions and help you decide whether TPO is right for you.


TPO Roofing Pros

There are many features that make TPO roofing more attractive.



TPO's primary advantage over other types of roofing is its cost. It's an energy-efficient roofing material that costs significantly less than a PVC roof but more than a rubber roof. Costs vary depending on the size of the roof, pre-existing conditions that could make roof replacement more expensive, and other factors. To find out how much your roof replacement will cost, contact Pickard Roofing for an estimate.


Easy to Maintain

TPO roofing is resistant to mold, punctures, and dirt. Very likely, you'll never have to worry about cleaning your TPO roof or washing it down to remove stains and mildew. Pressure washing is not required. If your TPO roof does seem to get a bit dirty, just hose it down with a standard hose or have it professionally cleaned.


Energy Savings

TPO roofs are highly energy-efficient, which means that most people who get a TPO roof also enjoy energy savings once the roof is in place. It's reflective, with white roofs surpassing ENERGY STAR requirements, which prevents the buildup of heat within the structure.

Standard roofing materials, particularly dark roofing materials, absorb heat and can super-heat the upper parts of the building, like the attic, which can put pressure on the HVAC system working down below to keep the building comfortable. Homeowners and business owners with TPO roofing enjoy reduced air conditioning costs.


Other advantages of TPO roofing:

  • Heat weldable. Heat weldable seams are strong and durable. In fact, the seams themselves end up being stronger than the rest of the roofing material because it's double-layered and well-bonded.
  • Flexible. TPO is not just a commercial roofing product - it can also be used on residential roofs.
  • Color variables. This type of roofing comes in a variety of colors, including white, gray, and black.
  • UV resistant in any color selected. The UV resistance is not limited to the white-colored membranes - this material is UV resistant in other colors as well.


TPO Disadvantages

Although TPO is a good product overall, there are some disadvantages that you should be aware of when you're trying to decide if TPO is right for you. Namely:

Quality Variations

Different manufacturers of TPO produce products of varying quality. This is why it's important to stick with an experienced and reputable roofer that only works with suitable materials. Work with a roofer that can help you choose a high-quality TPO product.



The uppermost part of a TPO roof is laminated, which introduces weak points. This means that less costly TPO roofs are known to develop surface cracks. Again, it's critical to hire a contractor that you know will help you avoid these problems and work with the best quality materials possible.



Seams are present every 6 to 8 feet and can be vulnerable to expansion and contraction issues. That's just one more reason to hire a good contractor who will know how to weld the seams properly, so they're as strong as you can expect them to be.


TPO Roofing in North Carolina

If you'd like to have TPO roofing installed on your home or commercial business, call Pickard Roofing, the TPO professionals. We're a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association, and we're a 3rd generation family-owned business. To find out more about installing TPO on your commercial or residential property, call today.


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At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.