The Pros and Cons of Commercial TPO Roofing Systems

If you need a new commercial roofing system and you’re searching for an energy-efficient option, you may want to consider thermoplastic olefin (TPO) roofing. TPO roofing systems were first used in the 1990s. TPO roofs use single-ply reflective roofing membranes and are made using polymerized polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber.

If you are still weighing your options, here are some of the pros and cons of commercial TPO roofing systems:

Advantages of Commercial TPO Roofing

  • Economical
    The first thing that makes TPO roofing systems an attractive option is a cost. The quality of roofing systems can be compared to EPDM and PVC roofs; however, a TPO roofing system can be had at significantly lower costs.
  • Versatile
    Another wonderful thing about TPO roofing systems is that they fit different building styles. Commercial TPO roofing systems can be made in white, light grey and black finishes.
  • Energy Efficient
    Whatever colour option you choose, you will benefit from the energy-saving, UV resistant properties of the TPO’s reflective design. This means you will see major savings on your cooling costs while reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Durable
    When compared to other thermoplastic roofing systems, TPO is more resistant to mould, dirt buildup, punctures and tears. A roofing system made using TPO is also flexible which means it can fit the movement and settling of the building on which it is used.
  • Easy installation
    TPO membranes are made from wide, light-weight sheets that can be easily installed with fewer seams. Since there is less work involved in installing commercial TPO roofing systems, you will save money in labour costs.

Disadvantages of TPO roofing systems

  • Questionable longevity
    TPO is still a relatively new technology. For that reason, there are questions surrounding its longevity. Newer manufacturers are still experimenting with formulas to find ways to make long-lasting systems at an affordable cost.

So, if you are looking to install a commercial TPO roofing system, you should find one created by a manufacturer who has been around from the early days of TPO roofing. Such a manufacturer is more likely to have a higher quality product.

  • Not suitable for extreme heat
    TPO roofing systems that have been installed in places that experience extremely high heat have shown signs of accelerated weathering. However, in places like British Columbia where there are more favourable weather conditions, commercial roofing systems will work quite well.

Do you need a commercial TPO system in Coquitlam or surrounding areas?

If you are in Coquitlam or surrounding areas and you are ready to experience the benefits of a commercial TPO roofing system or you have questions, contact us at Robinson Roofing and Sheet Metal.

At Robinson Roofing and Sheet Metal, we employ a staff of trade certified journeyman with some of the most diverse skill sets in the industry to date. These journeymen are experts in commercial TPO roofing installation and maintenance, and we assure you first-class service for exceptional value. You can also rest easy knowing that we are licensed, fully insured for liability and always in good standing with WorkSafeBC.

So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to request a free quote.