Introducing Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing – a Newer Option for Commercial Buildings

If you are looking for an energy efficient and cost-effective option for your commercial roofing needs, thermoplastic polyolefin roofing might be your answer. This material was first developed in the 1990s as an alternative to PVC. It is quickly recognizable as a bright white single-ply roofing material that is common on large commercial facilities. It is durable and flexible, even at low temperatures and resistant to ozone, UV damage and some chemical exposures. It can be produced with less environmental impact than PVC and you can have fire retardant added during the manufacturing process to give your final roof a higher fire rating. The white coloration and the unique properties of thermoplastic polyolefin roofing are very reflective of heat, reducing cooling costs over time.

If you are wondering how much it will cost to install your thermoplastic polyolefin roofing, there are many factors, including:

  • Building size
  • Current roof condition
  • Ease of roof access
  • Your insulation choice
  • Your specific membrane choice
  • Number of roof penetrations (like skylights and vents) that must be worked around
  • Desired warranty

Thermoplastic polyolefin roofing is a single-ply material that comes in sheets ranging from 10 to 20 feet wide. It is a waterproof membrane that is composed of three layers. The base is made of TPO polymer, the middle layer is usually a polyester reinforced fabric, and the top layer is compounded thermoplastic polyolefin. There are many different formulations and manufacturers, so consult with your trusted commercial roofing professional about their recommendations for your needs and budget, as well as the material that will perform best in your local climate conditions.