TPO Roofing

What is TPO?

TPO is not actually a plastic, despite its name. It’s actually a type of rubber, which covers a roof’s surface in a single-ply membrane. It’s a material used for flat roofs and began to be used in the roofing industry during the 1980s. Prior to that, the material had been used as a protective surface by the automotive industry. It wasn’t as widely used until the 1990s when it gained popularity among building owners.


The best types of roofs for TPO are flat or very low-slope roofs. Most traditional roofing materials are designed to work with the slope of the roof to prevent leaks, but when the roof is flat, they don’t work as well, making TPO an optimal material for a flat roof. It is possible for TPO to be used on a pitched roof, but the price will increase with the increased pitch.

Benefits of TPO roofing

There are many reasons why building owners choose to install TPO roofing instead of traditional roofing materials on their commercial buildings.


For a roofing material, TPO is very inexpensive. In fact, it’s one of the least expensive materials available for a roof. TPO roofing, on average, costs between $5.50 and $6.00 per square foot, including both materials and installation. The cost can vary, depending on whether there are old materials that need to be removed and disposed of first.

A TPO roof lasts between fifteen and twenty years before it will need to be replaced. While this isn’t as long-lasting as other materials, such as tile, a TPO roof is also much less expensive to install.

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