TPO Commercial Roofing

TPO polymers are a combination of EBR (polypropylene plastic or polypropylene and ethylene propylene rubber) and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer rubber). Other elements are put in the mixture before it is formed into a roofing membrane. The membrane is attached to the roof board with fasteners. When joined with other components (like a weathering package, fire retardants, and insulation), the TPO membrane becomes a part of an entire roofing system.

TPO Roofing Experts

TPO membranes are created by calendaring with lamination, extrusion with lamination, or extrusion-coating techniques. Polypropylene and Ethylene Propylene polymers are blended and usually are reinforced with polyester to create TPO sheets. To achieve desired physical properties, TPO sheets contain colorant, flame retardants, UV absorbers and other proprietary substances.

TPO Roofing is relatively new in the commercial roofing market. TPO is designed to be the perfect combination of EPDM (rubber) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) which is why it is one of the most popular roofing products available these days, despite its relative youth. Due to its advantages, TPO has quickly climbed the tanks in today’s market. It is flexible, strong and very resistant to harsh temperatures and wild weather. Although TPO roofing has many advantages, it lacks the long track record that more traditional roofing systems boast.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about the composition and advantages of a TPO roofing system. We will be more than happy to help you decide if TPO is right for your building.

Looking to replace or repair your commercial roof with a TPO system?

If you’re interested in learning more about TPO roofing systems and you live in the Albany, NY area, give Giuffre Contracting a call at 518-935-4675 or fill out our contact form and we will get right back to you.

TPO Roofing Systems

TPO is favored due to its strength, ease of installation, and longevity. It can be heat-welded during installation because of the material’s thermoplasticity, which is a huge advantage since the seams are usually the weakest part of a roof. In fact, TPO seams are usually 3-4 times stronger than EPDM systems and 6 times stronger than systems that use glue seams or tape systems! TPO is resistant to chemicals, does well in high heat, is flexible in cold temperatures, and is generally quite affordable. With proper installation and maintenance, TPO systems can last 10-20 years. Another great benefit of TPO is that it is environmentally friendly.

No plasticizers are involved in TPO roofing systems, they don’t degrade under UV radiation, and they come in white (which reflects heat, helping the building stay cool). Plus, they can be made from some recycled materials! TPO is the perfect choice for your “green” building.

Like most roofing systems, TPO does have some disadvantages. Most of these shortcomings revolve around the fact that it is still so new. It doesn’t have the time-tested, reliable reputation that other roofing systems brag about. Also, remember that the strength of any roof (TPO especially) depends greatly on the quality of installation. If you choose a reliable roofing contractor and take care of your roof with yearly maintenance checks, you should have no problems with a TPO roofing system.