As a business owner, you know that keeping up with the latest technologies is directly associated with keeping your business successful. New operating systems and products initially come to mind when thinking of new technology, but commercial roofing has come a long way as well. Here is a quick rundown of the most popular commercial roofing materials.
The newest in roofing material is now also the most popular for businesses and commercial buildings. Thermoplastic polyolefin, or TPO, is a white, single-ply membrane that remains flexible even at low temperatures. It has a 90% reflectivity rating and is resistant to ultraviolet, ozone, and chemical exposure. This plus a 20+ year life span is the reason why nearly 1.2 billion square feet of TPO was installed in 2013 alone. Because TPO is a thermoplastic, it can be heat welded together making your roof essentially one piece. The only drawback to TPO is the availability. Because of the strict requirements of manufacturing a high quality membrane, only a handful of manufacturers produce the material.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is very similar to TPO and is widely used as well. The similarities, however, are few. PVC may look like TPO and it, too, is a thermoplastic, but thats where it ends. TPO is naturally flexible while PVC requires a chemical additive to achieve flexibility. This additive can break down which attracts mold and microbes and will cause the PVC to return to its solid form. The mold or microbes usually attach themselves to the PVC and cause discoloration and darkening, which in turn lessens the reflectivity of your roof.
Not only is TPO more efficient and longer lasting, it has a better economic cost than other roofing materials, and is recyclable to boot! Save money and save the planet- all while staying at the cutting edge of technology with the roof of your business.