Thermoplastic polyolefin, or TPO, is a single-ply roofing material used for flat and low-slope commercial and industrial roofing systems.
While TPO is a newer roofing material, having been used for the last two decades in the roofing industry, it’s a popular choice among business owners because of its properties and affordability.
CDS Roofing works with industry-leading brands such as GAF and Johns Manville to provide our customers with the highest quality commercial TPO roofing materials. We have over 30 years of experience and are a family-owned and operated business serving Charlotte.
Our commercial roofing contractors have found TPO to be an excellent option for flat and low-slope roofing applications for properties that want a lightweight, affordable, and flexible material.
Commercial roofing contractors such as CDS Roofing work with TPO because it’s a high-performance material for a more affordable cost. Other beneficial properties of TPO roofing include:
TPO is a cool roofing system, meaning it helps deflect heat by reflecting the sun’s rays. TPO’s color is partially responsible for this, as it comes in lighter colors such as white and tan, so your roof will not absorb heat, which reduces heat-related damage and improves energy efficiency.
TPO is easier to keep clean than some other types of flat roofing materials and resists algae and mildew growth, which makes it a more attractive option for buildings combined with its neutral coloring.
TPO is strong and flexible, which helps it resist punctures and tears and expand and contract better with temperature changes. Commercial and industrial roofing customers choose TPO because it can last up to 30 years with proper maintenance and also be coated to extend its life.
If you’re searching for a roofing material with an excellent fire rating, many TPO products have a Class A fire rating, which is the highest available and the best choice for commercial properties that have a higher risk of fire or exposure to fire.
While TPO has many benefits, it isn’t the right choice for every flat or low-slope roofing system. For example, it doesn’t provide the chemical, grease, or acid resistance that PVC does, and so it is not the right choice for properties that use these materials.
TPO also doesn’t tolerate high temperatures as well as some other roofing materials, so if your building gets a lot of sunlight or is located in an area that has extremely high temperatures, TPO may age faster than you expect and need to be replaced sooner.
As TPO tends to come in smaller rolls, it may not be the right choice for very large commercial or industrial buildings, as its application can result in more seams and, therefore, a higher potential for leaks if the roof is not properly maintained over its lifetime.
The commercial roofing contractors at CDS Roofing offer free roofing estimates. We exclusively work with commercial and industrial customers, so learn more about the benefits of TPO and whether it could be the right choice for your roof by contacting us to speak to a commercial roofing inspector today.
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