Thermoplastic polyolefin, known as TPO for short, is a roofing material that combines the benefits of PVC and EPDM into a single membrane roofing system. It’s a relatively new material in the roofing industry but is proven to be a worthwhile roofing replacement option for commercial buildings. We’ve compiled a list of TPO benefits to help you decide what material to use for your commercial roof.
TPO is lightweight and doesn’t require the intense fabrication processes that metal and asphalt shingles do. It comes in single-ply sheets that are easiest to put on flat roofs but can also be installed on pitched roofs. Because it’s so quick to put together, you’re mostly paying for the cost of the material.
The nature of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is that of a bacteria and mold-resistant polymer. It’s also strong enough to withstand damage to punctures, impacts, and the elements. You won’t spend hours cleaning and pressure washing, but doing a thorough check at least once a year is sufficient. This is standard for all roofing types. Further, TPO is a flexible material; therefore, it can stand up to the temperature-dependent expansion and contraction of the building.
Exceeds Energy Star Standards
TPO roofing systems keep buildings cool by reflecting the UV rays from sunlight. This means heat isn’t absorbed into the thermal mass of the building very easily and ends up helping decrease air conditioning costs. As a result, white TPO surpasses the EPA’s standards for Energy Star requirements.
Relatively More Affordable
While the total cost of your roof installation depends on the size of the roof itself, you can expect TPO to cost relatively less than other roofing materials. You also have to factor in the quality of manufacturing, your roofing contractor's experience level, and the final product's longevity. As a bonus, you'll also save a good chunk on utilities, thanks to TPO's energy efficiency.
Finding The Right Roofing Contractor
As we mentioned before, the quality of your roof also depends on the expertise of your roofing contractor, and usually, you get what you pay for. Getting quotes from a few companies, and asking about their experience with TPO installations over time will help you find the right roofing contractor. Ensure they also vet the manufacturing of the material they use so that your new roofing system is as durable as possible. You should also check to see what kind of warranties they offer and read third-party reviews before making the final decision.
At Ascent Roofing, we pride ourselves on experience, quality of materials, and customer satisfaction. We'll be happy to walk you through every step of the process and help you decide if TPO roofing is right for you. Contact us today for a free estimate to get started!