What is TPO?
The TPO membrane was first introduced to the roofing market in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s as a more economical and efficient alternative to other roofing products. TPO is a single ply roofing system consisting of a thermoplastic polyolefin membrane. This membrane is composed of three layers:
TPO Roofing Benefits
One of the benefits that makes TPO roofing attractive both in residential and commercial roofing is its economical cost. TPO offers many of the same benefits as PVC roofing, such as hot-air weldable seams and energy efficiency, but at a lower cost.
Fits residential and commercial applications
Many homeowners appreciate the fact that TPO is manufactured to look great on many different types of homes. TPO is available in white, light grey and black reflective color options. Now you do not need to get a white roof to enjoy the energy saving and reflective properties. Latest technologies enable all colors of TPO roofing membranes to be UV resistant and “cool”.
TPO Roofing Benefits #2
In comparison to other thermoplastic membranes, TPO resists mold growth, dirt accumulation, tears and punctures. It is manufactured to be flexible and can allow for all types of building movements or settling. Reinforced TPO membranes can handle a building’s thermal expansion and contraction more effectively than other single ply roofing products.
Ease of installation
In general TPO membranes are manufactured with wider sheets and are light weight. This means that the material is easier to install and there are less seams. Less work and time associated with the installation should translate into direct savings for you for the cost of installation.
TPO Roofing Energy Efficiency
The energy efficiency of TPO roofing membranes makes them highly attractive to home owners and commercial building owners who want to have the benefits of savings on their cooling costs as well as help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint.
The TPO membrane’s white reflective surface exceeds the EPA’s ENERGY STAR requirements and white, tan and gray are listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council. This means that having a TPO roof on your home or building will keep you comfortable on hot summer days while reducing your air conditioning costs.