Preferred Single Ply Commercial Roofing - TPO
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) roofing is a popular and advanced roofing material that has gained significant traction in the construction industry over the past few decades. TPO roofing is a single-ply membrane made from a blend of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber combined with a layer of reinforcing material (called scrim). TPO roofing provides an exceptional combination of durability, flexibility, and energy efficiency.
Benefits of TPO roofing for building owners
TPO roofing is widely used in commercial applications. It is commonly used on flat or low-sloped roofs, as it provides an effective waterproofing solution for such structures. Generally less expensive than PVC, TPO single-ply roofing offer the following benefits to building owners:
Reflective. Available in various colors, TPO offers an option of high reflectivity. This reduces solar heat on the roof and, ultimately, can result in cost savings and vastly increased energy efficiency of the building - Its reflective surface helps to reflect sunlight and reduce heat absorption, leading to a cooler building interior. This can significantly lower cooling costs during hot summer months and contribute to a more sustainable and energy-efficient structure.
Adherence. TPO's lightweight nature reduces the load on the building's structure, and it can be fully adhered with glue or mechanically attached, providing various installation options to suit specific project requirements.
Seams. The characteristic of TPO materials allows for seams to be heat-fused together. Done correctly, this results in a virtually seamless roofing system.
Longevity. TPO roofing is extremely durable and membranes have an average lifespan of 20 to 25 years, depending on maintenance, location, and environmental factors. TPO roofing is resistant to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, ozone, and chemical exposure, ensuring a longer service life compared to traditional roofing options.
Environmental Benefits. Compared to other roofing materials like PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), TPO has a more environmentally friendly profile. It is chlorine-free and can be recycled, making it an attractive choice for eco-conscious builders and property owners.