TPO Roof Replacements: Pros, Cons, and Cost!

April 25, 2024

Did you know that flat roofs have very different needs from sloped roofs? It’s true; flat roofs need to be much more water-resistant than sloped roofing materials to protect against leaks. And when it comes to water resistance, no roofing material can top TPO roofing.

We’re PITCH Roofing, and today we’re explaining everything you need to know about TPO flat roofs. As your trusted local roofing partners, let us answer all of your questions about TPO pros and cons, cost, and other factors so that you can make an informed decision for your flat roof replacement!

TPO Roofing 101

TPO Roofing 101

The first thing to know about TPO, thermoplastic polyolefin, is that it’s a single-ply roofing membrane. In other words, it’s a rubber roofing system that applies in one layer across the length of your roof. And that’s the perfect roofing system for a flat roof.

TPO roofing suits flat roofs because it addresses the biggest issue that flat roofs run into: poor drainage. While water shouldn’t be trapped on your TPO roof for long if it’s been properly installed, it will always take longer for a flat roof to drain than a sloped roof. That’s time that water is just sitting on your roof and looking for a way in.

Thankfully, TPO roofing is completely waterproof. This ensures that your roof won’t develop leaks while it waits for water to run off. Whereas a sloped roofing material like shingles would be totally soaked through, TPO stands strong and keeps your roof safe and dry.

Advantages of TPO Roofing

As we’ve established, TPO roofing does a great job of resisting leaks and water damage. But that isn’t the only reason it’s popular. Let’s talk about some of the other great features of a rubber roof:

  • Good Lifespan: A properly installed TPO roof can last for up to 25 years. This may not seem long, but in the world of flat roofing, this is a long life for a roofing system.
  • UV Reflection: Thanks to its white composition, TPO roofing actively resists and reflects UV rays. This means lower energy bills and increased durability!
  • Puncture Resistance: Punctures from storm debris are one of the biggest issues that rubber roofs face. But TPO roofing is hardy and able to resist puncture damage, ensuring protection for the more vulnerable parts of your roofing system.
  • Strong Seams: TPO roofing uses air-welded seams, which are especially durable and hardy. So once your roof is installed, you can trust that it’s not going anywhere!

All of these factors make TPO roofing one of the best flat roofing materials in Florida. But there’s no such thing as a “perfect” roofing material, so it’s important to be aware of the negatives as well as the positives.

Downsides of TPO Roofing

Knowing the downsides of your roofing material is just as important as knowing its strengths. With that in mind, let’s talk about the cons of getting a TPO roof:

  • Brand New: In the world of roofing materials, TPO is very young. It came out in the 90s, so while it’s been around for almost 30 years, that isn’t enough time to know everything that can go wrong with these roofs. That said, so far they’ve performed quite well!
  • Requires Maintenance: Like all flat roofs, a TPO roof will need repairs as it ages. Specifically, you may start to notice problems with leaks in the later years of its life.
  • Variations: Since this is a new roofing material, nobody is sure what the “best” formulation is. As a result, manufacturers offer a variety of different thicknesses and components. That’s why you need experienced Florida roofers who know what works in our unique climate!

All things considered, even the bad side of TPO roofing isn’t that bad. But we know that there’s one big part of TPO roofing that we haven’t talked about: the price of a new TPO roof in Florida.

Cost of a TPO Roof in Florida

Cost of a TPO Roof in Florida

We know that everyone is worried about the price of a roof replacement. But the good news is that TPO is a very budget-friendly flat roofing option. This is thanks to its low-cost manufacturing as well as its relatively simple and easy installation, which keeps labor costs down.

So how much does a TPO roof replacement cost? In Florida, you can expect to pay between $12 and $18 per square foot, including installation costs. So if your flat roof was 2,000 square feet, then the cost of your new TPO roof would be between $24,000 and $36,000.

While this isn’t as affordable as a modified bitumen roof, it’s still a very good price. That’s especially true when you consider the durability and longevity of TPO roofing. For many property owners, they view the price of a new TPO roof as an investment in the property. And when you think about it this way, doesn’t it make sense to get a high-value roof instead of the cheapest available?

Get Your Free Flat Roofing Estimate

We hope that we’ve answered all of your questions about TPO roofing! But if we didn’t answer your question here, that doesn’t mean we can’t help. When you have your free flat roof replacement estimate, we’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions about your flat roofing options.

To get scheduled, all you have to do is call us at 727-607-4511 or schedule your free estimate online. From there, we’ll answer all your questions and do a quick roof inspection to make sure that your estimate is 100% tailored to your roof and your needs.

PITCH Roofing was founded by local roofers with over 60 years of collective experience. We’re based right here in Pinellas County, so let us show you the difference in quality and customer service when you choose a local business run by professionals for your TPO roof replacement!

Last Updated:May 31, 2024