TPO roofing; you’ve probably heard of it. TPO is short for thermoplastic polyolefin; it’s a reflective, singly-ply roofing membrane made from ethylene-propylene rubber and polypropylene polymerized together. TPO roofing was introduced to the Charlotte area and the nation in the 1990s as a more efficient and economical alternative that was thought to replace PVC roofing products. As a single-ply roofing system, it is composed of three varieties of layers, including a TPO polymer base, a polyester-reinforced fabric center (scrim) and a thermoplastic polyolefin compounded top ply. Some manufacturing companies include fillers within their TPO polymer base, and they can include fiberglass, carbon fiber, talc, metal oxy sulfate, wollastonite, ethylene-propylene rubber and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer).
Benefits of Installing TPO Roofing
TPO roofing is attractive to many homeowners and commercial business owners because it can be installed at a reasonable cost. If you’re familiar with PVC roofing, you already know many of the benefits, such as a lower cost to install, energy efficiency and hot-air weldable seams.
It fits a variety of home and commercial building styles.
When you choose TPO roofing for your Charlotte home or commercial building, you’ll soon learn it’s an excellent choice. TPO roofing not only looks great on all styles of homes and commercial buildings, but it’s available in many different colors, including black, light gray and white reflective colors. If you’re thinking you want to save some extra money by buying a TPO roof color that seems like it would give you a few extra energy saving properties, think again; all TPO roofing colors are just as energy efficient as the next, meaning, you don’t need to purchase a white TPO roof to enjoy it’s all-encompassing energy saving technologies. All colors of TPO roofing membranes are UV resistant and “cool.”
There are many thermoplastic membranes available in the roofing market, but TPO is the most durable. Plus, TPO resists mold growth, tears and punctures and dirt accumulation. It’s built with a flexible compound so that it follows the settling or movement of a home or building and is reinforced for thermal expansion and contraction that’s much more effective than other kinds of single ply roofing options.
It’s easy to install.
Generally, TPO membranes are lightweight and manufactured a little wider than other roofing options; this provides roofers with an easier and faster installation process because there are fewer seams, less work and less time spent on installation. Moreover, TPO roofing may give you direct savings on the cost of installation.
It’s energy efficient.
TPO roofing is highly attractive to home and business owners looking to save. Not only does this material help to decrease monthly energy bills, but they have a small carbon footprint. By reducing energy used altogether, you can bet that TPO roofing is the most energy efficient style of roofing available today. Plus, the white TPO reflective surface actually exceeds ENERGY STAR’s EPA requirements while tan and gray are listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council. What does this mean, exactly? TPO roofing will keep the interior of your home or commercial building cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
TPO – The Not-So-Good Features
It’s been known to have questionable longevity.
Although TPO roofing is efficient and can save you money, you may have to replace it within 10 years of installation. Unfortunately, manufacturers are still searching for a new and improved chemical formula that creates a much more durable material that is made to last longer than a standard roof (15 to 20 years). While TPO roofing is sold at a competitive price, keep in mind that it is only good for about 10 years from its original installation date.
It doesn’t do well in high temperatures.
TPO roofing is a great option for individuals who live in moderate weather locations, including Charlotte. However, for those who live in Florida, Texas and other southern states, TPO may not be your best option. Simply put, TPO does not handle heat well and based on researcher’s findings, a TPO roof that exceeds 160 degrees Fahrenheit may not be able to perform with energy efficiency as you had originally intended.
Learn more about TPO roofing for your Charlotte home or business today!
Our roofing experts here at Ace Roofing in Charlotte want you to save money on a product you’ll love. Get to know more about our roofing products, such as TPO, online today. We’re more than happy to schedule a free roofing inspection when you contact us. Get in touch with us now and learn how TPO may be able to change the way you view energy efficiency for good.