Thermoplastic polyolefin or TPO roofing products are the new kid on the block among single-ply roofing membranes. Used on flat and low-slope roofs, it is the fastest-growing segment of the commercial roofing industry with rising use in warm, southern climates where cooling costs significantly outweigh heating costs.
First introduced in the United States in the late 1980s, TPO offers a number of advantages, among them:
Environmentally Friendly: Because the material reflects solar radiation, it reduces the urban heat island effect. Some manufacturers claim it can reduce roof temperatures by 60 to 70 degrees. TPO is considered by some to be a “greener” option than other single-ply roofing systems because it produces no dioxins or chlorine and can be recycled.
Value Investment: TPO offers many of the same benefits as PVC roofing, including energy efficiency, but at a price that makes it one of the more economical options for large low-slope roofs. Some manufacturers say the product can reduce a building’s cooling bills by 30% or more, freeing up money for building improvements.
Durable: TPO can be welded and reprocessed like other thermoplastics and has good low-temperature flexibility. The membrane is strong and highly resistant to animal fats, some hydrocarbons and microbial growth and does not degrade under UV radiation. Membranes come in varying thicknesses to meet your specific requirements.
Warranties: Established manufacturers such as GAF, Versico and Carlisle SynTec Systems offer long warranties, some running 20 to 30 years depending on the product and other specifications. The EverGuard Extreme TPO manufactured by GAF comes with an up to 35-year guarantee.
In business for 25 years, ROOFCORP associates are specially trained to install TPO roofing systems, ensuring the best quality and workmanship and results that last for years to come. Contact us today to learn how these products can meet your roofing needs.