The two most popular flat roofing materials are EPDM and PVC. However, a third flat roofing system has been making waves recently: TPO roofing.
TPO stands for thermoplastic olefin. The material has been used in construction since the early 90s as an economical alternative to other flat roofing systems. Like other materials, TPO has its own set of pros and cons. Understanding its benefits and limitations can help you make a better informed decision when choosing a flat roof. Let the expert flat roofing contractors at Evans Roofing and Gutters Inc. give you a quick overview of this versatile roofing material.
Why Choose TPO?
As a roof repair and replacement material, TPO offers comparable energy efficiency ratings to other PVC flat roofs. The installation of TPO is also generally similar with its membranes or sheets weldable with hot-air at the seams. The biggest difference, however, is the cost. TPO is more affordable per square-foot than most other flat roofing systems, making it a cost-effective option for roof replacement.
In addition to its low cost, TPO also comes in a wide palette of colors that blends well with many different styles. Whether you’re looking to use it for a commercial building or a residential flat roof, you can find a TPO color that will complement the rest of your home’s exterior.
Limitations of TPO
TPO requires the same frequency of roof inspection and maintenance as any other flat roof system, but the biggest criticism it receives is about its lifespan, which is around 10 years. However, this is still a good exchange for the savings you’ll enjoy throughout its lifespan.
At Evans Roofing and Gutters Inc., we offer high-quality and long-lasting TPO flat roofing systems. Give us a call at (412) 200-5331 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.