Pros and Cons of Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing

At Apex Commercial Roofing, we strive to offer the very best in commercial roofing, and one option that we are proud to offer is thermoplastic polyolefin roofing. This material was introduced in the early 1990s, and since then, it has become a highly popular choice for commercial roofs. In this article, we will go over some of the main pros and cons of thermoplastic polyolefin roofing to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Pros of Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing

  • Affordable Cost – The average cost of a 1,500-square-foot thermoplastic polyolefin roof is around $7,400. While that’s a bit higher than the typical cost for a rubber roof of the same size—roughly $7,000—it is less than the estimated $8,000 price of a PVC roof.
  • Ease of Maintenance – This type of roofing is highly resistant to punctures, tears, mold growth, and even dirt accumulation, making it very easy to maintain.
  • Energy Savings – A third advantage of this type of roofing is that it is great for reducing passive heat loss or gain, which in turn makes it easier to keep your building comfortable. Thermoplastic polyolefin roofing has been shown to greatly reduce air conditioning costs in the summer, which makes it a great choice for anyone concerned about lowering their operating costs or increasing their energy efficiency.

Cons of Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing

  • Less Established – One potential drawback of thermoplastic polyolefin roofing is that, since this material is still relatively new, it hasn’t undergone the extensive product testing that more traditional materials like shingles have.
  • Variable Quality – Another drawback of this type of roofing is that the quality of the material can vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Fortunately, our team makes sure to only stock materials from top manufacturers whose quality you can trust.