TPO vs EPDM: Which Is A Better Choice For Your Flat Roofs?

When you are choosing a brand new roof either for a residential or a commercial building it’s vital to know which roof type would work at its best. If you are a flat roof lover, and water to pool you need to know the safest roofing system. A roofing system must be such that it can lower the damage or leakage risk. If you are an owner of the commercial premises then roofs tend to be flat. Flat roofing system shall hold the virtues of good roofing design, tapered insulation, and efficient drainage systems. The roofs of commercial establishments require more durability than residential roofs.

The two most common types of commercial roofs you can count upon for good durability and pleasant look are Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) roofing systems and Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) systems. Know more about these two roofing styles to make the right choice for your commercial establishments.

What is TPO Roofs?

TPO Roofing

TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin. TPO is a single-ply membrane that covers the roofing structure. TPO is one of the most popular roofing techniques today for the benefits it offers. TPO is more like a rubber material than being plastic as suggested by the name. The sheets are unrolled to cover the entire roof space roofing. These sheets adhere to the adhesive, ballasted or welded together. TPO can lower your electric bills by handling the temperature effectively, higher protection from extreme climates and other such benefits including the following:

Durability: TPO roofs can be considered when desiring a long lifespan as compared to other commercial roofing. Proper installation and maintenance can make the TPO roofs last for a couple of decades or more. TPO roofs do not demand a lot of maintenance thus saving a lot of time and money. TPO is known for its resistance to the punctures as compared to EPDM roofs, resulting in a lower risk of damage and expensive repairs.

Energy Efficiency: White TPO roofs are a good reflector of sunlight that keeps the interior of your building cooler. Being a good reflector of heat TPO helps in saving the air conditioner bills.

Easy Repairs: The heated weld seams make repairs easier to do than repairs on other roofing systems. It is comparatively easier to install a new TPO roof than to replace it.

Protection from Water Damage: TPO is a single membrane design roofing material. They can easily pool water and are resistant to extreme climate. This protects the water from building up on the roof thereby protecting the further roof damage.

Read More: Benefits You Need To Know Before Installing TPO Flat Roofs

What is EPDM Roofs?

EPDM Roofing

EPDM roofs are ruling the roofing industry for commercial buildings for several decades. These roofs are chemically taped synthetic rubber. As EPDM is mechanically fastened and is fully adhered and ballasted, often causes leakage more often as compared to EPDM roofing system. EPDM can cause leakage at seams over time in comparison to TPO, this makes TPO more durable and reliable. EPDM roofs are commonly used for commercial buildings due to the following benefits they offer:

Protection from Hail: EPDM has a rubber surface roof that provides effective protection from hail storms. With this type of roof in place, dents and other damage from hail is rare.

Durability: EPDM roofs can have a long lifespan if they are properly installed and maintained. They are excellent in withstanding the extremity of climatic conditions for years. EPDM is also known for its resistant to UV radiation.

Although EPDM roofs offer these benefits, they have a dark surface that can raise the temperature of the premise as compared to a light-colored TPO roof. Instead of reflecting, EPDM absorbs the heat instead of reflecting it which makes the interior warmer to 10 to 5 degrees than a TPO roof does. EPDM is excellent for winters but for summers it can raise your utility bill! 



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