Benefits of a White Thermoplastic (TPO) Membrane Roof

Posted by Heather Johnson in "Cool Roofs",TPO Roofing Systems

11 August, 2014

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If you’ve been thinking about a cool roof for a while, you’ve undoubtedly come across the term “TPO,” which is short for Thermoplastic polyolefin. One of the fastest growing roofing systems around, white thermoplastic membrane offers reduced cooling costs and energy savings for facilities located in warm climates. White and light-colored thermoplastic roof membranes feature extraordinary tensile strength with a high level of puncture resistance and superior solar reflectivity. White TPO is a durable, versatile and cost-effective solution for both new roofs and re-roofing projects, and with minimal maintenance requirements, white TPO just might be the right choice for your facility.

Green Benefits

When the roof is cooler – naturally, the interior of your building remains cooler. White TPO reflects harsh sunrays instead of absorbing them so you will spend less money keeping your facility cool during hot summer months. White TPO meets and often exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR specifications. In addition to energy savings, TPO is 100% recyclable. As a bonus, TPO’s combination of green benefits can also help you meet your LEED point objectives.

Installation

Wide-width TPO membrane produces a cleaner and smoother roof surface than other types of roofing systems, which makes it more efficient at resisting dirt and debris build up. The wider membranes also cut down on installation time. TPO can be mechanically attached or fully adhered, but heat welding creates an impermeable surface for superior seam strength, enhanced wind uplift resistance and the best leak protection around.

Thicker is Better

When considering a white TPO membrane roof, keep in mind that thicker is better. Thermoplastic membrane is available in thicknesses ranging from 45mil to 80mil. You’ll pay a little more for thicker membrane, but compare it to applying sunscreen before you head out for fun in the sun. A thin layer protects – but a thick layer provides a strong, dense shield that blocks nearly all UV rays. Opting for thicker TPO is an investment in the life and value of your building. The slightly higher initial cost pales in comparison to the energy and damage-repair savings you’ll realize over the life of your roof.

Finding a Quality TPO Contractor

North American Roofing can install all major brands of TPO. In addition, we sell and install our own superior private label TPO membrane. Because improper welding is a common cause of thermoplastic membrane failure, it’s essential that you work with a knowledgeable roofing contractor. Qualified contractors will hold manufacturer certifications, letting you know who the manufacturers trust to install their products. North American Roofing is not only certified to install all major brands, every year we receive top honors for being one of the most professional roofing companies in the nation.

To find out whether a white TPO membrane roof is a good choice for your facility, call us today at (800) 551-5602. We offer solutions for all your commercial roofing needs.