Introduction to TPO Roofing

June 21, 2015  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: Uncategorized

TPO roofingIf you are of the opinion to install an single ply roofing, you should not forget to consider TPO roofing which stands for thermoplastic olefin. It is better rated in comparison of its direct competitors which are PVC and EPDM. TPO consist the UV resistant and heat resistant quality of EPDM and heat weldable quality of PVC. Thus it outstands both of them. It is not so perfect material, it also has drawback because it is still on developing stage and it is new material for roofing in market still in the process of research.

What is TPO?

TPO was first launched in the market in 1990s to replace PVC roofing. TPO roofing is single ply roofing which consist of thermoplastic olefin which is made up of three layers:

  • TPO polymer base
  • Polyester reinforced fabric center
  • Thermoplastic polyolefin compounded top ply

Benefits of TPO Roofing

  • Economical

The reason why people get attracted towards TPO roofing is its cost effectiveness. This is why it is preferred both in commercial and residential areas. As compared to PVC roofing, TPO roofing offers same advantages of energy efficiency and weldable seams but at lower cost.

  • Suitable to different styles of home

One of the great advantages which is appreciated by homeowners is that it is suitable to many of the styles of houses. TPO is available in many different reflective colors such as black, light grey and white. There is no more that where you need to opt only white for energy saving and reflective properties. Now it is also available in TPO roofing. Recent technologies has enable all the colors of TPO roofing to be UV resistant and cool.

  • Durable

Along with UV resistance, TPO is also mold resistant, no dirt accumulation, tears impact and puncture resistant. TPO roofing is considered very flexible and it can permit for any home’s and building’s settling and movement. When compared to any other single ply roofing product, Reinforced TPO membrane can very well handle expansion and contraction.

  • Easy installation

TPO membranes are prepared with wider sheets and are light weighted. Thus these roofs are very easy to install and there are also less number of seams. As there is less time, less man power, ease in installation all in all it leads to cost saving.

  • Energy efficient

TPO roofing is highly energy efficient. The membrane of TPO roofing are very much attractive to those homeowners who want cooling along with saving cost on them. It is also very helpful to environment by reducing carbon footprint. TPO membrane has white surface which is reflective and thus it keeps your roof cooler.

Drawbacks of TPO Roofing

  • Logetivity

A big drawback of TPO roofing is that it is new material in the market. It is on a developing stage. Research is still going on to find the best chemical formula which makes the product most durable and lost lasting along with affordable price. It has been in the market since few years only. Thus this is on a test basis and its longetivity is on a question base.