Mule-Hide TPO is superior to other TPO roofing products

We use Mule-Hide TPO roofing products. We’ve used different TPO products through the years. Through our experience it’s superior to the other TPO roofing options. Why do we think that? We’re glad you asked. Let’s dig in.

Mule-Hide the company has been around since 1906. They started manufacturing shingles, siding and other roofing accessory products. Being around for over 100 years, they know a thing or two about roofing products. They manufacture and sell many roofing products from membranes to adhesives to acrylic & silicone coatings to drains to flashing and so much more. With so many products each product will work with each of their products. That way it’s not a matter of getting this or that and HOPING it will work with their product. If it’s all Mule-Hide it will work.

Mule-Hide’s TPO has several benefits that not all TPO manufacturers have. It’s environmentally better as it’s free of chlorine and has no plasticizer migration. It’s also 100% recyclable. It’s easy to install by a professional installer like Flat Roofs by Pegam because it comes in 8’, 10’ & 12’ sections for less seams during installation which means less installation costs. It has a thicker top ply; more product on top of the scrim where needed most. Depending on the product chosen, they stand behind their products with a strong warranty.

TPO roofs have many benefits not specific to Mule-Hide, but still worth mentioning. It is an energy efficient roof. It reflects up to 78% of the sun’s rays when using white. Other colors are available, but may not reflect as much of the sun’s rays. Certainly a prime candidate for here in Hampton Roads/Tidewater! TPO keeps moisture out, yet it’s lightweight. It can handle almost any environment from heat to cold to full sun to not so much sun. TPO is flexible during installation AND stays flexible during the life of the product. How many things have you left in the sun for an extended amount of time can do that?! That leads us to our next point. Unlike some roofing solutions, TPO can be fixed. TPO can even be cleaned to a “like-new” appearance. Looking to sell your building? Having the roof look like-new despite it having some age in it could help with the sell. It also looks great to your tenants.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that a TPO roof is resistant to:

  • Fire
  • Airborne Bacteria
  • Industrial pollutants
  • Moisture
  • Extreme cold
  • Downpours
  • Rooftop traffic
  • Impacts
  • Tears
  • Punctures

Flat Roofs by Pegram has extensive knowledge in the installation and repair, if needed, of TPO roofs. Please contact us for a free estimate or call (757) 537-1945.

When Is A Roofing Issue An Insurance Claim?

If you have an industrial flat roof and suspect there’s a problem but aren’t sure if it’s worth calling Flat Roofs By Pegram, please keep reading. Roofing issues, if not addressed, can lead to more significant problems down the road.

It’s important to keep up with maintenance on commercial and industrial roofing. But, sometimes the problem stems from something that cannot be fixed with proper maintenance. More importantly, the problem could be covered by your insurance company.

We’re very familiar with the insurance process and can help determine if it’s an eligible issue. If so, we’ll work with the insurance company to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

On the other hand, the lack of proper maintenance of your roof can effect your ability to file an insurance claim down the road. Next week we’ll review our Top 5 Maintenance Tips for your industrial flat roof.

Click here or call us at 757-537-1945 for a free inspection to review your roofing concern.

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What’s new about TPO in the roofing industry?

TPO, or Thermoplastic Polyolefin, has been around since the 1970s, however it wasn’t widely used until the 1990s/2000s. Why? For a very long time Build-Up Roofing or BUR was used. You might remember seeing crews on a roof with mops slopping around a black tar-looking material. Build-Up Roofs were the mainstay for many years! When TPO first came on the scene, roofing professionals and their clients wanted to first see how it performed and were understandably hesitant to embrace it. Here we are several years later and today, TPO is without question a very popular, cost effective, viable & innovative flat roof solution.

Before we get into the innovations of TPO there is something just as important. Innovations are great IF used properly. Think of a wrench. A wrench works great as a wrench; a tool for tightening and loosening things. Try using a wrench like a hammer, and it doesn’t work so well. It CAN do the job,  but not well. A similar scenario can be stated about TPO installation. If TPO is installed by technicians that are not licensed and certified to install TPO, it can be like the wrench/hammer example.  They can do the job, but not necessarily well. Furthermore, it could become a VERY expensive mistake as you’ll have to repair or even worse, replace the roof earlier than expected. That being the case, make sure you use a contractor, such as Flat Roofs by Pegram, that are licensed and certified to make sure you get the full life of your new TPO roof.

One more point worth making regarding installation. Many times TPO roofs are a better alternative to other roofing solutions price-wise. However, be very careful. There are some TPO manufacturers that are cheaper, but you could be risking additional expense due to an inferior product. Do your homework to find out what’s being used, how long the company has been around, how long the installer has been around, and if they’re certified. And finally, find out what type of warranty is offered.

One of the innovations of TPO is energy savings. Whether you choose a white, gray, or even black membrane, it will reflect damaging sun rays, reducing the heat in and on your building, and in turn, reducing your HVAC expenses. Even non-HVAC areas such as warehouses and vehicle repair shops benefit because the heat is reflected off of the building in the warmer months. These same energy savings can help with the decision of going with TPO for a long-term solution and the initial cost to install it. One more thing. Since TPO reflects the sun’s rays, it reduces the chance of cracking and material failure due to high temperatures that other roofing systems encounter.

Another innovation of a TPO roof is its resistance to both mildew & corrosion. If you actually see mildew, which you can’t with an aggregate or rock/pebble type roof, it can be dealt with by a contractor. On a similar note, since it’s a membrane rather than aggregate or rock/pebble type roof, it’s very smooth. You can see everything including the welded seams. Even untrained eyes can see if something isn’t correct and take quick action.

Did you know that many TPO products are Energy Star rated? They are. In some cities and municipalities, incentives and rebates might be available for building(s) using an Energy Star-rated roofing system such as TPO. Please check with your local city or municipality to find out if that’s the case for the location of your building.

In our area, (Hampton Roads, Tidewater and North Carolina) we have four distinct seasons, however we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this. In locations that are hot and sunny year round, basically having only one hot season, a TPO roof might not be the best option. Although TPO is rated for temperatures above 250 degrees for over 60 consecutive days, there is a possibility that TPO could fail in a hot-all-year-long type of climate.  Again since we have seasons this doesn’t apply here.

As we mentioned at the beginning, TPO roofing hasn’t been around as long as some of the older flat roof roofing solutions, but it’s a very viable, cost effective and innovative solution for flat roof buildings. Please contact us for a free estimate or call (757) 537-1945.

Why White TPO is Superior Roofing

What’s a TPO roof? A TPO, Thermoplastic Polyolefin, roof is a thin rubber like single ply roofing material for low-slope roofs. It’s been used on commercial and industrial roofs for quite a while now. It’s a great alternative to PVC, EPDM & Tar and Gravel or Built-Up Roof (BUR).

TPO roofs usually come in white, grey, and tan. They do have other colors. However, white, grey, and tan are the most used colors. Can a white TPO roof actually be green? How will it benefit your flat roof? We’re glad you asked.

How in the world can a white TPO roof be green rather than white? The benefits can be to both your building and the environment in money savings and being more environmental friendly. Probably one of the biggest benefits of installing a white TPO roof is the cooling costs of your building. Since it’s white, it will reflect heat rather than absorb it which, in turn, will reduce your cooling costs. White TPO will also reflect the suns UV rays rather than absorbing them making the roof more UV resistant which also makes your roof, potentially, last longer saving you money in repair and replacement costs.

Other ways that a white TPO roof is actually green:

  • It stays flexible throughout it’s lifespan. Furthermore, that same flexibility allows for building movement which will reduce ripping or tearing.
  • It meets and/or exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR specifications.
  • It’s 100% recyclable. Most other roofing systems are not!
  • It’s algae resistant.
  • It’s chemical resistant. Think HVAC systems and such on the roof that have chemicals in/on them.
  • Contains no chlorine.
  • From an aesthetic point of view, since it’s a smooth installation it stays clean looking longer.

We have to deviate just a bit. Regardless of color chosen (white, grey or tan), TPO roofs are considered seamless since the bond is so strong. It can be bonded in 1 of 3 ways: mechanically attached, full adhered/heat welded or ballasted to the base surface of the roof itself. That not only makes stronger seams, but it also makes for a stronger roofing material that resists tearing, cutting and penetration. Since it’s considered seamless it’s also highly resistant to wind damage and offers better leak protection.

Flat Roofs by Pegram has extensive knowledge in the installation and repair, if needed, of TPO roofs, including white. Please email us or call us, (757) 537-1945, for more information.