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What is TPO Roofing?
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing systems are the fastest growing commercial membrane solutions on the market. TPO roofing systems are single-ply, or made up of a single layer of synthetics and a reinforcing scrim used to cover flat roof substrates. With impressive reflectivity and damage resistance, TPO is incredibly versatile and in high demand. TPO roofing systems are fairly new to the roofing materials industry and are regularly growing in popularity and being used throughout the US. TPO is both durable and cost efficient, making it an exceptional choice when re-roofing or installing a new roofing system.
What is Single-Ply Membrane Roofing?
There are many advantages that make TPO roofing systems such a popular roofing choice. Some of these include:
- Flexibility: A TPO roofing membrane is highly flexible, making it more resistant to tears, punctures, and damage from regular moving/settling of a structure.
- UV Resistance: TPO can withstand ultraviolet damage and chemical exposure. This not only extends your roof’s lifespan but also helps dramatically lower your HVAC costs on high-temperature days.
- Environmentally Conscious: As a larger percentage of consumers are seeking environmentally-friendly construction materials, TPO becomes increasingly popular. This is because:
- TPO membranes do not contain chlorine, which is a known environmentally hazardous chemical contained in some other roofing materials.
- TPO membranes are typically white in color, which allows them to reflect sunlight, thus lowering your AC bill in the summer. Additionally, white TPO can be Energy Star rated and is considered a “cool roof.”
- TPO is 100% recyclable. Used TPO can even be incorporated into new TPO roofing membranes.
Strength: The seams of a TPO roof are sealed by heat welding, which uses hot air. This creates a flexible but strong hold up to four times stronger than EPDM (rubber roofing) seams, which use adhesive or tape.