Life-Cycle Costing Benefits Point To TRO Roofing

by: Elite Roofing and Home Improvements

Imagine the central boiler at your facility quits. Would you consider replacing it with a big wood stove? Probably not, and for several good reasons. The technology is old and inefficient for starters, and you know you're going to spend a lot of labor keeping it running well and cleaned.

Now imagine that your roof quits. What was once a single leak has multiplied into many problems. As a result, you are spending way too much labor time trying to find the actual leak sources, protecting sensitive office or manufacturing equipment, replacing stained ceiling tiles, and emptying buckets of tea-colored water.

Just as you would not consider a wood stove, why would you consider replacing your 20-year-old leaky roof with more "old" roofing technology? Now is the perfect time to upgrade that old built-up or modified roof using state-of-the-art, advanced material -- technology that has several major advantages over traditional roofing materials, along with the potential to provide a significant return on your investment.

TPO roofing membranes (Thermoplastic polyolefin) have been available for nearly a decade now and have become one of the most "favored" single-ply membranes for commercial roofing applications. Furthermore, reflective white TPO has the potential to provide a significant return on a building owner's investment through its ability to help cut energy costs.

There are many things to consider when evaluating options for a new roofing system. The challenge is to strike a balance between solving existing problems and preventing foreseeable future problems, while doing so at the lowest cost. The real trick is to sort through all the evidence to find the actual lowest life-cycle cost for the roof.

Defining Life-Cycle Costing

Life-cycle costing is a mix of the following four criteria, where average cost of each component is factored in and projected over a 10-year period, or over the period equal to the anticipated length of the roofing warranty:

* Actual installation costs.

* Actual energy costs (i.e. yearly air-conditioning costs).

* On-going maintenance costs.

* Leak and repair costs.

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