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TPO Roofing: Everything You Need to Know

TPO roofing is one of the most common roof types installed on large commercial buildings.  TPO has one of the best energy efficiency savings for single-ply membrane roofing.

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What is TPO Single-Ply Membrane Roofing?

TPO is made from ethylene propylene rubber.  The latest technology is used to create a chemical bond, rubber, ethylene, and propylene. Then, several fillings are added to reinforce the TPO’s membrane for strength and durability.  Thermoplastic Polyolefin is one of the fastest-growing commercial roofing systems today. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, TPO roofing is about 40% of the industrial and commercial roofing market share.

Advantages of TPO

  • TPO Roofs are easy to install and cost-effective on labor costs. These factors make it a favorite among homeowners and roofing contractors alike.
  • TPO roofs are resistant to algae, bacteria, dirt, and build-up. The white exterior repels UV rays and expellees heat.
  • The flexibility of a TPO roof makes it resistant to tears, building settling, and weather damage.
  • Fits many types of industrial structures and multi-home sizes.
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Disadvantages of TPO

  • Different manufacturers produce widely varying qualities of TPO roofing membranes.
  • Inexpensive TPO roofs are known to develop surface cracking somewhat quickly.
  • TPO membranes are sold in small with rolls. This makes it prone to defects around the seams.

Choosing the Right TPO Roofing Contractor

When choosing a roofing contractor to install a TPO roof, also research manufacturers that offer a warranty and have a good reputation for producing high-quality TPO roofing systems. Home and Industrial building owners considering a new roof should evaluate the pros and cons of TPO roofs. Give KOG Roofing a call to evaluate your opinions and see if a new TPO roof would be in your best interest. We also service EPDM and other commercial and industrial roofing needs.

Is TPO Roofing a Good Chioce?

TPO roofs are very durable, resist to bacteria, algae, and dirt. The flexibility of a TPO roof makes it resistant to tears, punctures and impact damage such as hail. 

How Long Will A TPO Roof Last?

The material warranty period for a TPO roof is typically 25 years. TPO roof system life expectancy can last up to 30 years. 

Can You Paint a TPO Roof?

Yes, you can paint a TPO roofing system.  Although it is not recommended to do so.  TPO roofs are manufacture in the color white to deflect heat. 

What is the Meaning of TPO?

The term TPO stands for Thermoplastic Polyolefin.  TPO is a blend of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber.

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