TPO is one of the most popular and readily available commercial roofing systems on the market today. This single-ply membrane falls in the same price range as its contemporaries, PVC and EPDM, but curiously surpasses them both in terms of utility and resilience.
In this post, Coleman Roofing shares everything you need to know about TPO roofing.
What Is TPO?
TPO is short for thermoplastic polyolefin. It’s a type of single-ply membrane roof first introduced back in the early 1990s as a more economical and efficient alternative to the then-popular PVC roof. This membrane roof is composed of three distinct layers: the TPO polymer base, the polyester-reinforced fabric scrim, and the thermoplastic polyolefin top ply.
Like other membrane roofing systems, TPO uses common fillers such as talc, fiberglass and carbon fiber to reinforce it. Rubber is also used during the manufacturing process of membrane roofs such as EPDM.
What makes TPO stand out is its higher durability when compared with other thermoplastic membranes. It has a natural resistance to mold growth, dirt, and shrugs off tears and punctures easily. Reinforced variants of TPO also boast a natural adaptability to the thermal expansion and settling of many commercial buildings, which means they don’t get worn out easily as the property ages.
An Affordable Roof
One of the main draws to TPO is that it has a reasonable price despite surpassing EPDM and PVC in terms of sheer durability, energy efficiency and longevity. This is due to the rather simple and straightforward manufacturing process and the fact that TPO is itself a mixture of other membrane materials.
TPO is also easy to install, another reason why it’s more affordable compared to its contemporaries.
At Coleman Roofing, we will properly install your new TPO roofing system so you can take full advantage of its benefits. We also offer a wide selection of metal roofs. Call us today at (225) 960-6720 to learn more about our services. We are local roofing experts in Lafayette, LA.