What is TPO?
TPO, or Thermoplastic Polyolefin, is a compound material formulated as a synthetic rubber that is durable as EPDM M-class rubber. The difference with TPO, in relation to other materials, is that it can be bonded or fused together without need of a taping system. When TPO is bonded, it generates a solid and massive structure that can cover an entire roof. With this kind of roofing system, a strong and durable base is established.
In more traditional roofing, the seaming can be the weakest area. With a TPO system, the worry of seaming is eliminated. Both commercial and residential property owners are turning to replacement of their regular roofing with TPO membranes as they know they are getting an extraordinarily solid and enduring roof.
Benefits of TPO
The notable features and benefits of TPO membranes are their seams that are hot air welded, which enables total seam strength to be three times stronger than other rubber roofs that utilize tape systems. TPO membranes are also about six times stronger than rubber roofs where seams have been glued.
TPO membranes are extremely flexible and easier to install than more traditional roofing materials, plus they are resistant to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation and ozone exposure. The membranes are also helpful in reducing solar heat gain, and they can reduce energy consumption, as the manufacturing process for TPO incorporates energy efficiency in its construction techniques.
TPO membranes are geared more toward commercial use as they can be coordinated with roofing that is mechanically attached to a larger structure or multi-purpose type building, but the process can be used in combination with other roofing systems as well.
Commercial users are more concerned about maintaining a dry building and installing a roof system that will provide stability, safety and endurance, and TPO membranes provide that kind of security for most any large or smaller scale commercial enterprise.
Whether you are interested in TPO as a viable roofing covering alternative for your business, or you just want to know more about how it works, complete our online contact form and a roofing expert will get back to you with the information you need concerning your business roofing needs. Or simply give us a call at 205-648-0463.