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Tpo Roof Repair

Written by Stefan Slater
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TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a synthetic material that is commonly used in the construction industry. When a roof is constructed, it is built in three parts. The first is the structural deck, which acts as the backbone of the roof. The second is the thermal insulation barrier, which is meant to trap rising heat, and the last is the waterproofing membrane. This final section is extremely important, as it is the first and only line of defense against pesky water leaks.

In the past, this membrane was made from asphalt, rubber or metal, but more recently, TPO has begun to replace these previous materials. Introduced in the early 1990’s, TPO is both heat and UV resistant, while still retaining the ability to expand or contract during extremes of temperature. It is also environmentally friendly and even recyclable.

However, TPO is not without its drawbacks. While the material is theoretically extremely reliable and resistant to prolonged weather exposure, in reality, if it is not maintained properly the material will start to exhibit signs of sheet shrinkage, cracking, warping, and so on. Furthermore, while TPO itself is rather reliable, the seams used to connect the individual sheets are not.

TPO Roof Repair

The first step in repairing your TPO roof is to inspect it thoroughly. In fact, it is highly recommended that you inspect your roof on a regular basis, because as with any roofing system, regular inspections can save you both time and money. Catching problems early is the key here, as a minor patch-up or seam replacement is much easier to deal with than the reinstallation of a major section of your roof!

That being said, if you do catch a section of your TPO roof that needs a minor repair, you can use a bonding adhesive like Eternabond to patch it up. Products like Eternabond, Merlin and Microseal are called Micro Sealants, and once applied to a surface, they will completely fuse with the material. Eternabond is the only Micro Sealant in tape form, as other Micro Sealants, such as Merlin or Microseal, come in a liquid form and thus are a little more complicated to use. In order to utilize Eternabond, all you need to do is clean the area that needs repairing (use a cleaner), scrape away any old excess material, and lay down the Micro Sealant. Eternabond in particular is pressure sensitive, so use a hand roller to activate it.

However, if you are inexperienced with roof repairs, have a fear of heights or are lacking the proper tools, it is strongly advised that you contact a professional roof repairer to do the job for you. Climbing onto the roof of your home can be very dangerous.

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You can read about repairing your roof all over the web now a days. One thing you want to keep in mind when "DIY'ing" is that you can not have the work warrantied. Usually when you decide to DIY it is not something major so most home owners assume that they can just fix it themselves. When it comes to roof leaks however, even the most minor of roof leaks can become extremely expensive if not repair properly. At CHOICE roofing group™ their repair experts warranty all of their work so you know that you are not only investing in the professional procedures but also the peace of mind that if a problem occurs you will not be stuck holding the bill.

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came across while doing research related to roof repair, thanks

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