2021 TPO Roof Cost and Pros & Cons of TPO Membrane Roofs

Say it with me: Thermoplastic polyolefin. Yes, TPO is much easier. According to Firestone Building Products’ white paper, TPO is technically a polypropylene based plastic combined with ethylene/propylene rubber.

So, plastic and rubber, mixed is what comprises a thermoplastic roofing membrane designed primarily for low-slope roofing applications with energy-efficiency in mind.

Much of the information online boasts how TPO is increasingly popular in commercial flat roofing. The thing is, we aren’t concerned with commercial buildings, and instead focus on the membrane options available, along with the costs, for adding this material to a residential roof.

Cost and Value

The main thing with effectively estimating the price to install a TPO roof is finding a qualified professional who can do the job. Mechanically attaching the material, or even gluing (fully adhering the membrane to the roof deck), is something most roofers can probably do.

via Atlanta Roofing Specialists

Effectively hot air-welding the membrane seams takes special care, skills, tools, and experience. If the hot air welding of the membranes’ seams is not done properly, then the entire TPO roof system could be compromised at the seams, and hence be subject to costly roof leaks.

In our research, RoofingCalc.com lists residential TPO roofing costs at $6.50 to $12.50 per sq. ft. for materials and professional installation, however some residential and commercial contractors will install it for as low as $5.50 to $7.50 per sq. ft., but only on larger straightforward projects or very simple and easily accessible residential projects that can be completed in a day or two.

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Synthetic Shake and Shingle Pricing Guide for 2021

Synthetic shake and shingles are polymer-based material, or a combination of plastic and rubber. They are used on roofs where homeowners desire the classic look of wood or natural slate, with the added benefits from the synthetic blends.

Synthetic shingle roofs are relatively new to the residential roofing market, first arriving in the early 1990s. Their durability, environmental friendliness and affordability have all contributed to their rising success.

Cost

For a 2,000 square foot roof on a typical, single-family house (up to two stories high), it will cost between $8.50 and $12.50 per sq.ft. installed. This results in an average total price range of $17,000 to $25,000. If the existing roof needs to be torn off and disposed of first, this can sometimes cost an additional $2,000 to $3,500 more.

The location of your home can greatly influence the overall cost of a new roof. Expect to pay more for a new roof on a house in an expensive coastal city relative to the cost of new roof in rural areas in the South or Midwest.

A more complex roof with multiple cut-up angles, dormers, peaks and valleys, or steeper pitch than average would add to the complexity of the project, and hence cost more as a result.

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Zinc: The Dark Horse of Metal Roofing – Zinc Roof Costs 2021

There are not many roofing materials that can match the longevity, durability, malleability, flexibility, resiliency, and cost-effectiveness of Zinc.

Not even aluminum or copper! Zinc roofs are known to last for hundreds of years, even in the most extreme environments.

How Much Does Zinc Roof Cost?

Truly unmatched durability, longevity, and classic beauty — that’s what zinc roofing offers to a homeowner. — At $12.50 to $18.50 per sq. ft. installed, it is the kind of value that is simply unmatched in all other roofing materials.

Zinc — Most Amazing Building Envelope Material You Never Heard of!

In the US, the whole idea of using Zinc as a roofing or cladding material for a house may sound other-worldly.

Aluminum and steel dominate residential metal roofing market, while asphalt shingles are by far the most popular overall roofing material.

When you also factor in natural slate, clay tiles and cedar/wood roofing options, Zinc barely registers on most people’s radars. Though this trend is changing, slowly.

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