What are TPO Roofing Systems?

February 3rd, 2024 | By Dale Chastain

Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) roofing has emerged as a popular choice for commercial and industrial roofing systems. So, what is TPO, and why do many property owners and roofing professionals prefer it?

Understanding TPO Roofing

TPO is a single-ply roofing membrane that combines the durability of rubber with the performance benefits of hot-air weldable seams. Made from a blend of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber, TPO roofing systems offer many advantages over other roofing materials.

Types of TPO Roofing

Several TPO roofing membranes are available, differentiated primarily by thickness and color. The most common thicknesses are 45 mils, 60 mils, and 80 mils. The choice of thickness often depends on the project’s specific needs, with thicker membranes offering more durability. As for colors, TPO roofing is usually available in white, gray, and tan, though other colors can be custom-ordered. White TPO, in particular, is known for its reflective properties, making it an energy-efficient choice in warmer climates.

Advantages of TPO Roofing Installation

Durability: TPO roofs are designed to resist tears, impacts, and punctures. They also have good flexibility, allowing for building movement and settling.

Economical: TPO roofing installation is considered cost-effective, balancing performance and cost compared to other roofing systems.

Energy Efficiency: The reflective surface of white TPO roofing helps to reduce UV radiation absorption, leading to cooler building interiors and reduced cooling costs.

Ease of Installation: TPO membranes are lightweight, making them more accessible and quicker to install than other roofing materials.

Eco-Friendly: TPO roofing systems are environmentally friendly, as they don’t contain harmful or hazardous ingredients and are fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan.

When deciding on the best roofing system for a commercial or industrial property, understanding the benefits of TPO can be invaluable. From its durability and cost-effectiveness to its eco-friendliness and energy efficiency, TPO roofing provides a comprehensive solution for modern roofing needs. 

Whether you’re pondering over what TPO is or looking to understand the intricacies of TPO roofing installation, Chastain Roofing has you covered. With a team of experienced professionals at your disposal, we’re ready to handle any job you have for us. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.