How Much Does a TPO Roof Replacement Cost?
TPO Roofing Costs $7 to $13 Per Square Foot Installed
While prices always vary, TPO roof replacement costs generally range from $7 to $13 per square foot. Like other types of roofing, TPO systems are priced in 100 square foot sections, commonly called “squares”. As a result, commercial roofing contractors commonly price TPO roofing between $700 and $1,300 per square. It is standard practice to include labor and installation in per square TPO roofing prices.
While this range can be used to calculate a ball park price for a TPO roof replacement, it is not accurate for every property. The best way to get a true TPO roof replacement cost is by contacting a qualified commercial roofing contractor. This is because an accurate cost requires a roof inspection.
An inspection will help determine the best type of TPO roofing system for a specific property. Additionally, it will identify if any repairs to the roofing substrate are necessary to properly install the new roof. These two variables can greatly impact the cost of installing a TPO roof.
Quickly Estimating TPO Roof Costs
Using the average cost per square, property managers can quickly answer the question, “how much does a TPO roof replacement cost?”. Here’s an outline for quickly estimating TPO roof replacement costs using the per square price ranges above. In the example the building is 400’ long by 30’ deep small strip mall.
- Multiple 400’ by 30’ to get the roof surface area of 12,000 square feet
- Divide 12,000 by 100 to determine the roof is 120 squares
- Multiply 120 by $700 then multiply 120 by $1,300
- The price range for a new TPO roof is roughly $84,000 to $156,000
While this method can be used to guess the price of a new TPO roof, the best way to know the cost of replacing a TPO roof is by getting a qualified estimate. TPO roofing prices vary for a reasons. There are different grades of TPO roofing materials. Premium materials cost more than builder grade materials. As a result, using a premium TPO roofing product increases overall job costs.
Labor rates also vary across companies and markets. The labor rates for TPO roofing crews are different in Los Angeles, CA and Tulsa, OK. Within the same market, labor rates are normally comparable, but commercial roofers with factory trained crews typically charge slightly higher labor rates than less skilled competitors.
TPO Roofing Material Costs
TPO roofing material costs are traditionally based on the thickness of the roofing membrane being installed. TPO roofing thickness is measured in mils, with 1 mil equaling approximately 0.001 inch. For illustrative purposes, the standard credit card thickness is 30 mil. The three traditional TPO thicknesses are:
- 45 mil – Builder Grade approximately 0.45 inches thick
- 60 mil – Middle Grade approximately 0.60 inches thick
- 80 mil – Premium Grade approximately 0.80 inches thick
Thicker, premium grade TPO roofing materials are more expensive than thinner builder grade products. While premium materials cost only $1 or $2 more per square foot, this causes huge price increases on large roofs. In many cases, the benefits of using an 80 mil TPO roofing system are worth the additional costs. The TPO roofing system has a major impact on the answer to our original question, “how much does a TPO roof replacement cost?”.
Benefits of 80 mil TPO Roofing Systems
While an 80 mil TPO roofing system is expensive, it is worth the investment. This is because using an 80 mil TPO roofing system has numerous benefits for commercial properties. These benefits range from making buildings more energy efficient, to reducing maintenance costs, and reducing a property’s carbon footprint.
Additionally, manufacturers traditionally offer their best warranty on 80 mil TPO roofing systems. This is because 80 mil systems are more stronger and more durable than 45 or 60 mil systems. For example, Firestone’s UltraPly Platinum TPO system comes with a 30 year warranty. This warranty is 10 to 15 years longer than the expected 15 to 20 year life expectancy of a 45 mil TPO roofing system.
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