TPO Commercial Roofing

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

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TPO membranes are produced by calendering with lamination, extrusion with lamination, or extrusion-coating techniques. TPO sheets are a combination of polypropylene and ethylene propylene polymers and usually are reinforced with polyester. TPO sheets include colorant, flame retardants, UV absorbers and other proprietary substances to achieve desired physical properties.

Although its one of the newer types of commercial roofs on the market, TPO roofing has quickly climbed in popularity. Designed to be the perfect combination of EPDM (rubber) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride), TPO is one of the most popular roofing products available today, despite it being so new. Its flexible, strong, and very resistant to harsh temperatures and wild weather. TPO roofing has many advantages, but it does lack the long track record that more traditional roofing systems boast. If you’re interested in learning more about the composition and advantages of a TPO roofing system, call us at 330-607-7313! We’ll help you decide if TPO is right for your building.

 

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

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TPO Roofing Systems

TPO is incredibly popular because of its strength, ease of installation, and longevity. It can be heat-welded during installation since the material has a certain thermoplasticity. This is a huge advantage since seams are usually the weakest part of a roof. In fact, TPO seams are said to be 3-4 times stronger than EPDM systems and 6 times stronger than systems that use glue seams or tape systems! They resistant chemicals, do well in high heat, are flexible in cold temperatures, and are generally quite affordable. With the right installation and maintenance, TPO systems can last 10-20 years. Lastly, if it is important to you that your roof is environmentally-friendly, TPO checks that box as well!

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

TPO does have some negatives, like most roofing systems. Most of its shortcomings are because it is still so new. It doesn’t have the time-tested, reliable reputation that some other roofing systems can flaunt. Also, remember that the strength of all roofs (TPO especially) depends heavily on the quality of installation. If you choose a reliable roofing contractor and take care of your roof with anual maintenance checks, you shouldn’t have any problems with a TPO roofing system.