TPO vs EPDM: Selecting the Right Commercial Roofing System
TPO and EPDM are two of the most popular commercial roofing solutions in the industry. Similar in some ways, yet different in others! We’re breaking down TPO versus EPDM, and how to choose which solution is best for your commercial roof.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin, also known as TPO, is a single-ply synthetic roof membrane made of a co-polymerized rubber. TPO is durable and often white, making it highly reflective, excellent for those who are looking to reduce energy costs.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, or EPDM, is also a type of synthetic rubber roof membrane. It is very durable and has 300% elongation properties with 100% memory making it a great reroofing option. EPDM also has a long service life.
Here is a quick look at a few of the benefits of each solution:
- Flexible in extreme temperatures
- Highly resistant to punctures, tears and impact damage
- Resists dirt, bacteria and debris build-up
- Can be installed using a variety of methods including mechanically attached, point-affixed or fully adhered
- Long-lasting and durable
- Lightweight and flexible
- Resistant to wind, hail, UV radiation and extreme temperatures
- Environmentally friendly
- Can be installed using a variety of methods including adhered, mechanically fastened or ballasted
Ultimately, both roofing solutions provide a plethora of benefits and reasons to choose them. When it comes down to picking a solution, the best way to determine what is right for your individual roof is by working with a professional roofing contractor who will evaluate your roof and your unique needs to determine the best roofing solution for both your building and your business.