08 Feb

The Difference Between TPO and PVC Roofing

Categories: Commercial Roofing

tpo and pvc roofingWithin the sphere of single-ply commercial roofing – meaning roofing needs for businesses and other companies that aren’t residences – there are two roofing materials that buyers need to make a decision about. The choices are TPO roofing and PVC roofing. The two are both very effective in their jobs, but are slightly different when it comes to the material they’re made of.

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) Vs. Polyvinylchloride (PVC)

TPO stands for thermosplastic polyolefin. This material is energy efficient and reflective of sunlight. TPO is also very easy and quick to deal with when it comes to installation, so it’s a nice go-to when the roofing needs are immediate. It is extremely durable and lasts for a long time, as it is resistant to grow mold or suffer cracks.

When it comes to PVC (which is a material called polyvinylchloride), commercial building owners might purchase this material instead if they’re less likely to have extreme weather. PVC is good for more moderate climates and flatter roofs; it is very low maintenance, which is a plus. Like TPO though, it is also energy efficient.

In fact, with both materials you’re likely to have lower bills due to the cooling effect these roofing materials have.

Whichever Roofing Material You Choose…

Make sure your commercial property’s roof is installed by the expert team at Peak Roofing & Construction. We understand that your roofing needs are specific to you and your building. We’re not going to install PVC when you actually need TPO on your roof or vice versa. Your roof deserves a long life with the best material possible. Let Peak help you decide! (972) 335-7325.

Jeff Riss

Jeff has 20 years of sales experience, a love of roofing, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He leads Peak Roofing & Construction’s team but also is known for getting his hands (and knees) dirty on a job site. His passion for customer service, integrity, and quality craftsmanship drives his success. Peak Roofing & Construction is a family-owned, locally-operated business focused on doing things the right way. His deep understanding of roofing, gutters, windows, fences and exterior painting provide a strong foundation for running the business and serving his customers.

2 responses to “The Difference Between TPO and PVC Roofing”

  1. Dick Johnson says:

    I have a couple neighbors with TPO roofs. Mine is PVC because the main problem I see with the TPO roofs is that they don’t cover the parapets on a flat roof, which is where most of your roof leaks occur.

    • Mary Beth Barnett says:

      Both PVC and TPO roofs are valid options. It really comes down to the specific roof and goals of the owner. A TPO roof, if installed properly, can cover the top of a parapet similar to a PVC roofing membrane. The biggest differences are your PVC roof is more fire resistant than a TPO membrane and is more resistant to UV from the sun making it less brittle over time. That is why it can cover the top of the parapet more easily than a TPO membrane. We always recommend talking to a roofer like Peak Roofing & Construction that has experience with both materials.

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