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Average Cost of a TPO Roof Installation

Average TPO Roof Installation

TPO Installations Cost $5.50-$6.00 Per Sq Ft

Why can roofing customers and even in some cases, contractors, never get a straight answer to a simple question? What is the average cost of TPO roof installation? Walker Commercial Roofing has the answer, but before we give it, we’d like to discuss why TPO roofing is so popular in the commercial roofing industry. As a single-ply membrane that is relatively new in the industry (1989) its emergence has been consistently fast. In fact, TPO is the fastest growing membrane type on the market, having grown 18% in a seven year span.

TPO Stands For Thermoplastic Polyolefin and its most appealing quality is its reflectivity, which is a result of the white color of its exposed layer. TPO roofs are either fully adhered or mechanically sealed, which ensures the aforementioned exposure. In warmer climates, TPO can save building owners bundles in cooling costs, while simultaneously lowering carbon emissions. Its reflection of ultraviolet sun rays not only lowers the surface temperature, but regulates the building’s need for AC usage as well. The result is less expended energy.

What is The Average Cost of a TPO Roof Installation?

The average cost of a TPO roof installation is $5.50 – $6.00 per square foot. Here’s how that computes on roof’s of varying dimensions:

20,000 Sq Ft: $110,000 – $120,000

15,000 Sq Ft: $82,5000 – $90,000

10,00 Sq Ft: $55,000 – $60,000

TPO Roofing Installation Services

If you are a commercial proprietor in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX area and require TPO roofing installation, Walker Commercial Roofing has you covered. With a staff of exemplary contractors, we perform each installation with the utmost precision and care. In a climate like Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, hot summers are commonplace. For a roof that can reflect the sun’s UV rays, and cut energy costs by a considerable percentage, TPO is the most ideal choice. Walker Commercial Roofing also offers other single-ply membrane installations, including EPDM and PVC .

TPO roofs are like any other in the sense that their ultimate success will be determined by the precision in which they are installed. Attempting to cut costs by hiring an amateur roofer to perform a professional level job is a risk not worth taking. Too often, roofs suffer from premature failure after faulty installations. In the long run, the entire process ends up being more expensive than it would have been, if the company simply opted for a professional-grade installation in the first place. Call 817-484-5411 for TPO roofing installation in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX.

Roof Restoration vs Replacement

Roofer Reviews System To Decide Between Restoration vs Replacement

Roofs Should Be Thoroughly Inspected Before Deciding

Commercial building owners will likely choose between roof restoration and replacement at some point during their tenure. Some in the industry point to replacement as the superior option because it allows proprietors to start fresh and cut bait on a failing roof.  Others strongly favor restoration and argue that the majority of roofs are replaced prematurely, despite a more affordable and sustainable option being available.

Several articles on the web compare restoration and replacement, but few, if any, break them down by aspects that are most helpful to consumers. Regardless of what you read, no decision should be made until your existing roof has undergone a full inspection by a roofing professional. It’s most ideal to employ a contractor you trust, or to seek out multiple opinions. When comparing restoration and replacement, here are some of the factors to consider:

Cost

You’d be hard pressed to find a building owner looking to spend the most possible money on their roofing system. In fact, almost unanimously, the opposite is true. With most things being equal, commercial proprietors will always choose the least expensive option. Why? Because it makes the most business sense. Excluding the risk of long term financial implications, cutting costs on roofing services conserves resoureces which can be distributed elsewhere. Let’s take a look at the costs of restoration and replacement.

Restoration

The cost of roof restoration (coatings) varies by coating-type. But on average, roof restoration costs approximately $3.00 per square foot. For a commercial roof of 10,000 square feet, the cost of restoration would be approximately $30,000.

  • $3.00 per Sq Ft
  • $30,000 (Average Roof)

Replacement

The cost of roof replacement is considerably greater. Replacements cost approximately $4.25 per square foot, which would make the cost to replace a 10,000 square foot roof approximately $42,500. Building owners will also want to consider the extra labor costs for tear-offs and disposals and the cost of suspending business operations (if applicable), each of which we will expand on later.

  • $4.25 per Sq Ft
  • $42,500 (Average Roof)

Duration

A commercial roofing service is not only a financial investment, but a time investment as well. Depending on the building’s industry (business, healthcare, etc.), time will be more or less of a factor. For example, a healthcare facility responsible for 24/7 care of ill patients will value time more than a business office building, which only operates from 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. In the latter case, the service could be scheduled during non-business hours, while the former is not afforded that luxury. Let’s compare the duration of restoration and replacement.

Restoration

The time of installation for a roof coating varies by coating-type and roof dimensions. But most professional coatings are installed within 1-5 days, and dry within 8-24 hours. Coatings are considered especially easy to install, and with smaller roofs, can even be installed as a DIY project. The majority of commercial systems however, must be restored by a certified professional.

  • 1-5 Days

Replacement

Replacement jobs are not quite as expedient as their alternative. Replacing a commercial roof takes around 2 weeks on average, but can take up to a full month in some cases. Like with roof coatings, the roof’s dimensions will influence how long the service requires for completion. One thing that is certain however, is that replacements take longer to perform than commercial roof restorations.

  • 2 Weeks to a Month

Longevity

Contractors Assessing Commercial Roofing System

Restorations Can Last Between 10 – 25 Years

As commercial building owners know, an investment is about more than the upfront cost. Before making financial commitments, the long term implications should be fully explored. In the commercial roofing market, the implications are contingent on a roof’s longevity. Of course, how long a roof lasts depends on a litany of factors, not the least of which is the roofing system’s material. For instance, a metal system is expected to outlast a modified bitumen one, something that should be considered when evaluating options. Other factors to consider include age, climate, and severity of existing damages. Let’s compare the longevity of restoration and replacement.

Restoration

Not to repeat ourselves, but the longevity of a roof coating is dependent on the same factors we cite above. The roof’s dimensions, material, and applied coating-type will strongly influence how long the restoration lasts. The consensus seems to be that an initial coating will last 10 years. But there’s a caveat, an additional coating can be applied at the expiration of the first one. Some have reported that coatings can add anywhere from 10-25 years to a roof’s lifespan.

  • 10-25 Years

Replacement

Part of roof replacement, is installing a new system. After tearing off and disposing of the former system, a new roof must be installed. Obviously, the longevity of that roof will depend on its type as well as the competence of the roofers performing the installation. Options include built-up, metal, modified bitumen, single-ply membranes, and more. Expect a roof replacement to last anywhere from 10-50 years.

  • 10-50 Years

Environmental Impact

As commercial building owners have grown more environmentally-conscious along with the rest of society, the emphasis on sustainable materials has increased. As one might imagine, massive roofing systems, made up of some combination of gravel, plastic, rubber and tar, are non-biodegradable. Disposing of these materials is not only costly from a financial standpoint, but from an environmental one as well. Roofs are disposed of in landfills, and as the material decomposes, it releases methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas believed to directly contribute to climate change. Let’s review the environmental impact of restoration and replacement.

Restoration

Roof coatings work towards sustainability. By salvaging existing roofs, they prevent tear-offs and disposals which as a result, reduces landfill waste considerably. Many in the industry believe that functional roofs are replaced far too early in their respective lifespans, and that the environmental impact is severe. Aside from reducing methane-producing waste, roof coatings may also help the environment in other ways. Cool roof coatings can discourage the Urban Heat Effect in which nearby buildings’ roofs collectively heat up highly populated urban areas.

  • Discourages Urban Heat Effect
  • Sustainable
  • Waste Reducing

Replacement

Perhaps the greatest criticism of roof replacement is its environmental impact. Many industry experts point to replacement as an often unnecessary measure, that is preventable through maintenance and restoration. When roofs are replaced, they are torn-off and disposed of. The materials are dumped in landfills and eventually decompose. During decomposition, roofing materials produce methane, which many in the scientific community point to as a culprit of climate change. Although landfills are more vigilantly regulated today, there was once concern of disposed roofing materials leaking into water streams. While less likely today, that fear has not completely subsided. Worse yet, disposals add another expense to an already costly service.

  • Methane Producing
  • Wasteful

 

Other Factors

Jumping to conclusions about a roofing solution is unwise, especially when there are many additional factors to consider. For instance, restoration isn’t always a viable option, even if you deem it to be your preferred choice. If damages to an existing roof are too severe, a roof coating won’t solve the problem. There are certainly cases where replacement is the only option which makes the competence of your inspector critical. So while sometimes the decision is made for you, there are other times when circumstance will play a major role. Two additional factors to be cognizant of are; business disruption, and liability insurance. Let’s take a look at other factors for restoration and replacement.

Restoration

Coatings are far less-disruptive than replacements. For buildings that can not afford major disruptions (i.e. hospitals) it becomes a very appealing option, if it weren’t already. Since the procedure is non-invasive, excessive noise will be avoided. Furthermore, the time taken to perform the restoration is far less than that of replacement. Some restorations can be completed in 24 hours. As for liability insurance, every commercial roofer should have it. Verified coverage is critical In the event of an accident, injury, or property damage.

  • Less Disruption / Distrubance
  • Non-Invasive
  • Not Always an Option
  • Requires Liability Insurance

Replacement

The downsides to replacement are fairly well documented. Replacing a roof is a major disruption, and one some building owners have no desire to endure. For unique roofing projects, like those of hospitals, replacements can be a major disruption. Even for more traditional buildings, the projects’ timeframe of 2 weeks or more, can prompt the suspension of business operations, furthering the expense of the service. It should be stressed however, that if an inspector finds severe damages on the roof, replacement might be the only option. As for insurance, contractors should reveal certificates of insurance with liabilities of $5 million or more, with the building owner’s name listed on the document.

  • Disruptive / Disturbing
  • Requires Liability Insurance

Final Verdict

Roof restoration is the most ideal choice for several reasons. First, it’s less expensive which is always a strong consideration. Second, it can be performed in a more efficient and less disruptive manner. Finally, it reduces environmentally harmful landfill waste which is important to many businesses in 2018. With all that being said, it’s important to stress that while restoration is a vastly superior option, it is not always a plausible one. There are some cases in which replacement is the only option, which is a conclusion that can only be drawn by a professional roof inspector. The upside of replacement is that a new roof can last up to 50 years if properly installed.

The next step is to schedule a roof inspection. Walker Commercial Roofing offers roof inspection services, as well as roof restoration and roof replacement services, if necessary. As the leading commercial roofing company in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, we pledge to provide an honest assessment of your existing roof’s condition, and present viable solutions moving forward. We specialize in commercial roof coatings, which highlights our vigilance in pursuing affordable roofing options, first and foremost. If worst comes to worst, and replacement is mandated, you can trust that the contractors at Walker Commercial Roofing will handle the job with precision and care, and prevent a similar fate from manifesting with your new roofing system. Call 817-484-5411 for commercial roofing services in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX.

Commercial Roof Restoration vs Replacement Chart

4 Common Flat Roof Problems

Commercial Flat Roof With Problems

Flat Roofing Systems are Prone to Various Damagtes

Flat roofs are frequently seen on commercial buildings, and for good reason. They fit within architectural regulations while encouraging access for surveys and repairs. Despite these advantages, flat roofs are known to run into problems throughout their lifespan. From single-ply membranes like EPDM and TPO, to built-up and modified bitumen type systems, flat roofs are prone to a considerable share of problems. Early detection is critical to salvaging a flat roofing system. which prevents costly roof replacement and allows for the more affordable roof restoration service. If you notice any of the 4 problems below, contact your local commercial roofer as soon as possible:

1) Standing Water

Some call it pooling or ponding water, but any puddle-like build up atop a roof’s surface is considered standing water. These pools of water become problematic if they don’t dissipate after 48 hours. Their onset is usually prompted by rainfall or some kind of precipitation which fails to drain in a functional manner. One of the vulnerabilities to flat roofs in general is that they lack a defined slope and therefore discourage stormwater from moving off of the surface. Standing water can influence the following:

  • Leaks: Increases the frequency and intensity of roof leaks
  • Mold: Encourages the formation of fungus like mold and mildew
  • Weight: Exceeds the roof’s weight threshold with the potential to lead to a collapse

2) Chronic Leaks

Speaking of leaks, they are probably the most common defect for commercial flat roofs. As we noted, a lack of a defined slope discourages water from moving off of the roof’s surface. Instead, it stays on the surface which eventually causes dripping from the buildings’ interior ceilings. Needless to say this is less than ideal for a commercial building. Water damage can deteriorate both the interior and exterior of your building and even threaten the health of building occupants. In summary, leaks can influence:

  • Condition: The wellbeing of your building’s interior and exterior
  • Energy: Damages insulation which allows air to escape, raising your energy bill
  • Health: The health of your building’s occupants

3) Energy Overuse

We mentioned that damaged insulation can prompt spikes in a commercial building’s energy bills, which in of itself is a sign of a dysfunctional flat roof. While you may not notice the insulation damage immediately, you will notice massive spikes in your energy bill. During the summer months insulation damage allows cold air to escape and during the winter months it does the same for hot air. As a response, HVAC units (furnaces or AC’s), are forced to exert more energy to keep the building at a comfortable temperature. If not for such overuse, building occupants will be either too hot or too cold, but conditions will be influenced either way. In summary, energy overuse can influence:

  • Bills: Paying an increased amount in energy bills
  • Comfortability: Threaten the comfort of building occupants
  • HVAC Units: Force AC’s and furnaces to exert more energy, and potentially malfunction

4) Surface Abrasions

A flat roof surface is exposed to the full spectrum of weather conditions. From direct hail impact to sunlight degradation, a roof’s surface will start to deteriorate over time in the form of cracks, tears, and decay. A flat roofing system’s visibility allows property owners to spot surface abrasions fairly quickly. This will be important, as unresolved cracks and tears can eventually lead to structural damage which will eliminate coatings and restoration as viable solutions. The lone resort will be roof replacement which requires environmentally harmful tear-offs and disposal, not to mention a sizable expense. In summary, surface abrasions can influence:

  • Aesthetics: The visual appeal of your commercial roofing system
  • Performance: The ability of your roof to withstand subsequent weather conditions
  • Structure: The structural integrity of your roof

Walker Commercial Roofing

If you notice one or more of the problems above, contact Walker Commercial Roofing as soon as possible. We will send out a professional inspector to assess and survey your flat roofing system and provide a detailed report of our findings. Best yet, we will offer solutions up front, each of which we can perform ourselves. Unlike some contractors, Walker Commercial Roofing works to find the most affordable solutions. If replacement turns out in the end to be the only viable option, it will be after all other alternatives are fully exhausted.

Walker Commercial Roofing handles everything from inspections to roof replacement. Our specialty however is commercial roof coatings. As a form of restoration, coatings are a non-invasive solution that not only repairs an existing roof’s damages, but protects the roof from future threats like UV rays and inclement weather. Best of all, these coatings can be applied without disrupting building operations, allowing businesses or care centers to operate without disturbance. Call 817-484-5411 for commercial flat roofing services in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX.

3 Benefits of Commercial Roof Coatings

Roofer Performs Commercial Roof Coating on Surface

Restoration (Coatings) Have a Variety of Benefits

The commercial roofing industry is predicated on two primary services. One is roof replacement, and the other is roof restoration. Which one a property owner invests in will depend on variables that are exclusive to each specific case. There’s also some disagreement within the roofing community about which option is most ideal, and under which circumstances each should be applied. Walker Commercial Roofing strongly believes that roof restoration, and most specifically; roof coatings are the premier solution for commercial buildings throughout Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX.  To better understand our perspective, take a look at these 5 benefits of commercial roof coatings:

1) Affordability

Replacing a roof is costly, and coatings provide a much more affordable alternative. While numbers vary by individual companies, replacements generally cost more than $4 dollars per square foot. In contrast, coatings can run as inexpensive as $0.50 cents per square foot. As you might imagine, the size of a flat roof will make the disparity of prices astronomical in favor of coatings. Reasons why coatings are less expensive include:

  • Duration: The time frame of the project
  • Labor: The amount of workers and labor required for the job
  • Materials: The cost of the equipment and materials used on the project

2) Convenience

Restoration can be performed without disrupting business operations. That is not the case with replacement. In fact, to replace a roof, a building’s operation will almost certainly have to be suspended for a period time.  As you might imagine, this can be costly for proprietors from both a financial and practical standpoint. Depending on your industry, families may be temporarily displaced, or workers may lose income. Factors include:

  • Aggression: Non-invasive in nature
  • Disruption: Will not impede normal building operation
  • Term: Performed in less time than replacement

3) Environmental Impact

For environmentally conscious companies, the decision between replacement and restoration is unambiguous. Replacements create massive amounts of landfill waste. As waste decomposes, it produces methane, which is believed to contribute to climate change. In worst cases, improper disposal of waste can leak into public water streams, and threaten the health of communities, including children. Conversely, restoration creates no such waste, and can actually improve the environment by reducing a building’s energy usage through UV reflectivity. Consider these impacts:

  • Energy: The consumption of energy by a facility
  • Sustainability: Ethical use of sustainable materials
  • Waste: The disposal of harmful landfill waste which produces methane

Walker Commercial Roofing

If any of the above factors intrigue you or your business, Walker Commercial Roofing can help. We are a commercial roofing company in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX that specializes in commercial roof coatings. Our goal since day one has been to provide professional quality roofing services at an affordable price. We pride ourselves in searching for the most affordable solutions, rather than ones that are most expensive. To learn more about the benefits of commercial roof coatings, give us a call today at 817-484-5411.