Are you planning to upgrade your flat or low-sloped roof but don’t want to use PVC? There are many options available on the market, but if you’re looking for a material that’s hard to beat, TPO is your best choice. This material is said to have all the advantages of EPDM and PVC but without their drawbacks. But how can TPO benefit your residential or commercial roof? Sunrise Exteriors, a trusted name in roofing and windows, shares their insight:
The Story Behind the Material
TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) was first marketed in the early 1990s as a more affordable and efficient alternative to PVC roofing products. The material is a single-ply roofing system that’s made with a thermoplastic polyolefin membrane consisting of three layers: a TPO polymer base, a polyester-reinforced fabric center (more commonly known as a scrim), and a thermoplastic polyolefin-compounded top ply.
When manufacturing TPO, some of the commonly-used fillers include talc, fiberglass, wollastonite, metal oxy sulfate, and carbon fiber. TPO manufacturing also uses some popular rubber materials such as EPDM and ethylene-propylene which is the top choice for installation by many roofing contractors.
What Are Its Advantages?
As a roofing and siding expert, we recommend this material if you’re on a budget. The material costs less than EPDM or other rubber roofing options, making it one of the most affordable roofing materials in the market! Installation is also affordable as it doesn’t require intensive labor. But to keep the warranty intact, you’ll need to have it done by a professional roofer.
TPO roofing systems are also sustainable and energy-efficient because they help reduce carbon emissions. A typical TPO roof that’s regularly maintained will last around 20 to 30 years! This is because it doesn’t easily tear, puncture or accumulate dirt, so there’s no need to worry about mold growth. Cleaning and maintenance also won’t be tedious and it can handle thermal expansion/contraction much better compared to other rubber roofing materials!
Whether you’re looking for a professional in flat roofing or designer shingles, Sunrise Exteriors is your best choice for the job. Call us today at (816) 223-6524 or by filling out our convenient online form!