Storm Damage: The Effects on TPO Roofing Membrane on Tennessee Homes

Flat roof show with Thermo Plastic roofing membrane shown.

Storms can cause significant damage to roofs, especially those made of TPO (Thermo-Plastic Olefin) roofing membrane. TPO is a popular roofing material due to its durability, energy efficiency, and affordability. Like any roofing material, TPO roofs can be impacted by wind and hail damage during a storm.

Roof Damage Caused by Strong Winds

High winds can cause significant damage to a TPO roof. Strong winds can lift the membrane, causing it to tear or become detached from the roof deck. The membrane can also be punctured by debris that is blown around during a storm. If the damage is severe enough, it can lead to water leaks and significant damage to the interior of your home.

To limit wind damage, it is important to have a properly installed TPO roof completed by a licensed and insured company like Centennial Roofing. Membrane should be fastened securely to the roof deck, and the seams should be sealed properly to prevent wind from getting under the membrane. Regular inspections of the roof should be performed to ensure that your roof is in good condition and will keep your Mount Juliet area home safe and secure.

Roof Damage Caused by Hail

Hail, a normal occurrence in Tennessee can also cause damage to a TPO roof. Hailstones can puncture the membrane, creating small holes in the roof, though maybe not immediately visible, it can lead to water damage in the building over time. Hail can cause the membrane to become brittle, making it more susceptible to future damage requiring more maintenance and inspections.

To limit the possibility of hail damage, it is important to choose a TPO roof with a high hail resistance rating. This rating is based on the thickness and durability of the membrane, and can be found on the roofing manufacturer’s specifications. Regular roof inspections should also be performed to ensure that there are no signs of hail damage. Centennial Roofing can perform annual inspections on your roof to limit the chance of extensive damage.

Strong winds and hail can cause damage to any roof, including a TPO roof, but with proper installation and regular inspections, the risk of damage can be reduced. If you suspect that your TPO roof has been damaged by a storm, give Centennial Roofing a call to schedule an inspection by a local, trusted roofer to determine the extent of the damage and complete any necessary repairs and restoration.

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