Thermoplastic polyolefin or Thermal Polymer Olefin (TPO) is comprised of materials combined in a thermal reactor at a molecular level: lightweight, highly resistant to tears, impact, punctures and wind uplift. Once combined, the molecules fuse together and material cannot be separated as opposed to other materials that are ground up and melted together.
TPO is one of the lightest, most recyclable materials on the market. Because TPO is a polymer, it is a great insulator that also protects buildings from the elements, it does not conduct sound, electricity or heat; keeping buildings cooler in the summer which translates to energy savings. Due to the nature of this material, it stands up to even the most extreme weather conditions without expanding or contracting deeming it one of the most weather-resistant materials on the market. TPO has a high breaking strength, tearing strength, is puncture resistant and also offers excellent resistance to solar UV damage, chemical exposures as well as remaining flexible in the cold.
TPO is a Cool Roof system available in white, tan or gray reflective surface- A cool roof is one that reflects the sun’s heat and emits absorbed radiation back into the atmosphere. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat transferred to the building below, keeping your building a cooler more constant temperature. The two basic characteristics that determine the “coolness” of a roof are solar reflectance (SR) and thermal emittance (TE). Both properties are rated on a scale of 0-1 where 1 is the most reflective or emissive. The CRRC (cool roof rating council) measures these two properties for roofing products, both for the product’s initial value and after three years of weather exposure.
Benefits of a Cool Roof:
- Increase ecological sustainabilty factor, making your building “greener” by:
- Reducing utility bills
- Increasing occupant comfort
- Decreasing the size and prolong the life of your A/C system
- Lowering roof maintenance costs and extend roof life, avoiding re-roofing costs and reducing solid waste.
- Maintain aesthetics with a roof that performs and looks good.
Having a cool roofing system installed will earn credits from the US Green Building Council’s LEED organization. If you are trying to save energy or make your building more environmentally friendly, a cool roof is one way to achieve that goal. We offer various thicknesses from 45 mil to 80 mil and for more puncture resistance we have or fleece back systems as thick as 135 mil. The membranes come in widths varying from 6′ to 12′ allowing for less seams as needed.
TPO single ply roofing membranes are among the fastest growing commercial roofing products and have gained broad industry acceptance for their many performance and installation advantages. Our knowledgable roofing experts can explain and demonstrate different brands and installation methods of TPO roofs.