5 Important Facts About Thermoplastic Olefin Roofing

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5 Important Facts About Thermoplastic Olefin Roofing

29 September 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


When it comes to roofs, there are many options, and commercial roofs are no different. One roof material growing in popularity is Thermoplastic Olefin Roofing (TPO roofing). These membranes are durable, long-lasting and energy-efficient, making them a desirable option to save money. If your business is in need of roof replacement, check out these five important facts, to determine if a TPO roof is the best option to meet your needs.

It's Part Rubber

TPO roofing membrane is actually made from rubber: ethylene propylene rubber to be exact. To create ethylene propylene rubber, specialists combine rubber, ethylene gas and propylene. To help make the substance a little more durable, filler ingredients are added, which include fiberglass, carbon filler and talc. The result is a strong roof with all the benefits of rubber.

It Can Last a Long Time

One of the many benefits of TPO roof membranes is that they can last a long time. In fact, some TPO roofs can last 25 years or more. The reason for their long lifespan is thanks to the materials used to make the membrane. The rubber leaves the membranes flexible, so as the building shifts, so does the roof, preventing cracking or tearing. Thanks to the filler ingredients that make the membrane more durable, the roof can also withstand an onslaught of other dangers, including debris, routine wear and tear, bacteria and algae.

The Material Is Energy Efficient

TPO roofing membranes are also an energy-efficient option. Some membranes even meet ENERGY STAR requirements for blocking heat absorption, which means you can use less energy to effectively cool your building. There are some factors to consider when choosing your TPO roof membrane, and these factors affect the membrane's energy efficiency. First, you'll need to choose a lighter color. TPO roofs come in white, light gray and black. A white roof does a better job of reflecting the sun's light, making it the most energy efficient, but black roofs absorb the heat into your building. Last, ensure the membrane is smooth, so it easily dispels dirt, which can darken the roof and reduce energy-efficiency.  

It's Safe for the Environment

Not only are TPO roofing membranes energy efficient, but they are also safe for the environment. For starters, the materials used in TPO roof membranes don't contain chlorine, which can cause negative impacts on the environment. Best of all, however, is that TPO roofs are completely recyclable. When it's time to replace your TPO roof with a new one, roofers can take your old TPO roof and reuse all of it to create a new roof, which reduces resource consumption and landfill waste.  

It's Still New

TPO roofing membranes are still a new idea, which means roofers are still tinkering with formulas to make the perfect TPO roof membrane. Trying to find the most energy-efficient and durable membrane possible to please the customer, each specialist has their own TPO roofing membrane formula. As a result, you may find that some roofers have better membranes than others, but you might not realize that you chose a less durable option until it's too late. Luckily, there are strict standards that TPO roofing manufacturers have to follow to ensure quality, durability and energy-efficiency.

TPO roofing membranes may still be somewhat new, but they can help save you money thanks to their amazing benefits. Because every manufacturer has their own formula, however, do your homework. Shop around and ask for previous customer reviews to ensure you pick the right specialist for your commercial roof. If you would like more information about TPO roofing membranes or you want a quote, contact a specialist in your area today. 

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