A thermoplastic roof, often called a “TPO” roof, is another popular option for low-slope commercial rooftops. It may be especially popular for those looking for a green roof option or a roof that can deal well with sunlight. TPO is made from different types of rubbers polymerized together at the chemical level to create a rubber-like material that’s very strong even in thinner sheets. Here’s why it may be the right option for your roof!
It’s Highly Cost-Effective
TPO goes a long way with just a little material (relative to many other low slope roof options) and is very easy to install. During installation, TPO strips are rolling out along the roof. Then roofers used a specialized machine to shoot hot air at the seams as they go, welding them together. Not only does this help prevent leaks, but it’s also an efficient installation process. That means it can save on labor costs, and the material itself is more affordable than related materials like PVC.
It Has Excellent Cooling Properties
TPO tends to come in white or other very light colors. It’s also a naturally reflective material and doesn’t easily absorb UV light. These qualities mean that these rooftops can endure long days of hot sunlight without transmitting that heat to the building below. That, in turn, helps the building save on cooling costs, especially in hot summer months. That means it’s a great choice for warmer climates and surfaces that get a lot of sun because of their position.
It’s Very Durable Compared to Other Membranes
Additionally, TPO is an affordable roof over the long term. While other rubber membranes are good at resisting certain categories of damage, the combined rubbers in TPO give it a wider range of resistances. It resists mold growth, caked on dirt (which can lead to other problems like moss over time), tears from impacts, and holes or punctures. These qualities make it easy for TPO rooftops to last for many years with relatively little maintenance.
It Has Multiple Thickness Options
TPO offers a number of ply thickness options and is also available in a reinforced version that’s especially thick. While this can increase the cost of the material, it also allows owners to pay a little more for a lot of extra durability. Thicker versions of TPO remain very flexible and can still handle both the heat and cold with ease, but they offer even more protection from damage and resist UV radiation more thoroughly.
It Comes With Plenty of Green Benefits
In addition to cooling properties, TPO rooftops are highly recyclable and very energy efficient in other ways. They exceed the EPA’s Energy Star specifications, too – a great benefit for businesses looking to meet specific green goals or requirements for their buildings. In the right locations, TPO rooftops can even help companies qualify for tax credits or rebates.
Interested in learning more? The next step is to find out if TPO is right for your roof and get a quote that you can work with. Contact MG Roofing today to schedule your estimate so that we can get the ball rolling.