In terms of newer styles of roofing, TPO roofing systems are by far one of the fastest growing. TPO (thermoplastic olefin) roofing is a flat, single ply roofing material that is reinforced with polyester fabric and comes in a number of different thicknesses. It was developed and introduced to the roofing market in the early 1990s as an alternative to PVC roofing products. TPO roofing has evolved into a more economic and efficient choice for roofing material. Each single-layer is made up of a TPO polymer base, a polyester-reinforced center and a TPO compounded top. Fillers for this type of roofing material include wollastonite, Metal Oxy Sulfate, fiberglass, talc and carbon fiber.
Why Choose a TPO Roofing System?
It’s an Economical Choice
TPO roofing is very attractive in both residential and commercial settings because it has a very reasonable cost. It has many of the same benefits that PVC roofing, such as energy efficiency and hot-air weldable seams, but with a smaller price tag. This, for many home and business owners, is one of the most important aspects of roof material choice. Those who choose TPO receive a high-quality roof at a much more economical cost than alternative technologies.
TPO has a high level of resistance to dirt accumulation, mold growth, punctures and tears. It is a very flexible material that allows for any natural moving or settling of your building. A reinforced TPS membrane is much more effective at handling a building’s thermal expansion than any other single ply roofing material. In fact, most TPO roofs are expected to last ten to twenty years.
A Flexible Great Look
TPO is manufactured with many different home styles in mind. Because of this, it is available in a color and style that will match the home or building that you are in. You can find colors ranging from light grey, black and white options. Due to advancements in energy saving and reflective technologies, you no longer need a white roof to receive these benefits. All varieties of TPO roofing are UV resistant and reflective.
Most TPO roofing membranes come in light weight, wider sheets than other roofing materials. This makes them easier to install, with fewer seams. This not only results in a faster installation process, but often a lower overall cost to you.
For homeowners looking to improve their cooling costs and energy savings, TPO roofing membranes are a great alternative. The white reflective surface of TPO roofing exceeds the Energy Star requirements and tan, gray and white are all listed as cool roof rated materials. This means that TPO roofing will help keep the interior of your home cooler during the hot summer months, which can help to lower your air conditioning costs.
If you are installing a new roof, either on a new home or your existing home, TPO deserves serious consideration. Due to all the benefits of TPO roofing over traditional EPDM, TPO is becoming a popular choice for roofs that require a flat, low-cost alternative. When joined with its relatively simple installation, durability, and energy efficiency, the rising popularity of TPO roofing is easy to understand.