TPO Roofing Cost Calculator – Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co.
If you are considering replacing your roof in the near future, one option you might consider is a TPO roofing system. TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin. It’s single-ply membrane material that is made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber that are mixed together. What that means is that the membrane itself is highly reflective to the sun’s rays, extremely strong, and durable overall. While it may cost quite a bit more for the initial installation, often a TPO roof has a lower overall maintenance cost for the life of the building.
Generally speaking, a TPO roof is one of the more expensive options out there to be installed. Based on industry standards in the area, you can expect to pay any where from $5.00 and $9.00 per square foot installed, and that cost usually involved material labor, and a warranty of some type. Other than roofing contractors like Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co. who is always ready to provide free and accurate estimates, home owners also opt for an online calculator. Since there is such a significant range of prices in the Boston area alone, using a TPO roofing cost calculator to get a general estimate is a good idea. However, there are a few factors to keep in mind while using this common online feature.
Factors Outside the Calculator’s Scope
Often online TPO roofing cost calculators factor in such things as the basic cost of the material, average labor costs and the overall square footage of the roof in question. All this information does indeed allow for a great starting point, but it really only considered that. There are a number of other factors that the calculator simply can’t account for. These include the overall shape and complexity of your roof, the amount of time needed to complete the project, the time of year that the project is undertaken, and even the distance from the roofing company to your building. Believe it or not, each of these factors can, and often do have a significant impact on the final cost of installation.
While the calculator can easily tell you the overall cost based on the square footage you’ve entered, it’s important to remember that this number is based on the ideal rectangular shape. Your roof may not be as simple as the calculator is programmed to take into account. The more complex the roof in question, the more angles, vents, raised areas, or even circular shapes, the more likely you are to spend a little bit more than the calculator indicates.
Other factor that is often overlooked by TPO roofing calculators, through no fault of their own, is the overall time needed to complete the project. In an ideal world, a roofing project would be completed probably in a few days at most. However, if you live anywhere in the state of Massachusetts, you know that “ideal” and “normal” are two very different things. The weather, difficulty in obtaining the proper materials, worker illnesses, even animals can cause significant delays in any roofing project.
It should come as no surprise that another factor that often plays a part in the Boston area is the weather and the season that you choose to replace the roof. While working during the winter or during the dog days of summer isn’t recommended by most professionals, it can be done, provided that a longer work time is accounted for. The roofers need to take into account the extreme temperatures as well as the more frequent storms. For safety reasons, roofing projects, even using TPO will often take longer to install because of these factors.
Reasons to Use a TPO Roof Cost Calculator
If you’ve made it through the last few paragraphs, it can seem that the use of the TPO calculator is a waste of time. Thankfully, this simply isn’t the case. A TPO cost calculator can be quite useful, provided that you only expect what it can deliver for you. There are quite a few reasons why using a calculator can be a great way to go when thinking about replacing your roof with this state of the art material.
First, a TPO roofing cost calculator can give you some basic knowledge to use when shopping around the different reputable roofing contractors in the Boston area. Most calculators can provide estimates based on the average cost of materials and labor in your area, and some even take your location into account when doing the calculations. That way they can be used to give a basic ball park figure to work with. If the contractor that is making the bid gives you a price that is wildly different than what the calculator predicts, you might want to consider why. If the price seems lower then you expect, there may be a chance of the contractor taking shortcuts that may hurt in the long run. If the price is too high, the contractor may not be using the most cost effective materials. In either case, it’s important to discuss the bid with the contractor; some of them may be willing to work with you and your budget.
Second, using a TPO roofing cost calculator gives you an easy way to compare your options. Generally speaking, TPO roofing will cost between $3.00 and $5.00 per square foot to install. This is slightly more expensive than what you’ll find with a tar and gravel roof option, but can be a bit more cost effective than the normal prices seen with the installation of a PVC roofing system. It’s also usually much cheaper than a metal roofing system.
Putting It All Together
Of course, you have quite a few different options when it comes to replacing the roof on your home or business. TPO might not be the best one to meet your needs, but for many it should be considered based on it’s longevity, ability to help control energy costs, and overall ease of installation. While the only way to get a truly accurate price for your roofing needs is to talk to a reputable roofing contractor and request a bid, a TPO roofing cost calculator can give you a rough estimate for your personal use.