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Benefits of TPO Roofing
What is TPO?
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane constructed from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized fused together. It is typically installed fully adhered or in a mechanically attached system, allowing the white membrane to remain exposed during the roof’s lifespan. The very first sheet of TPO roofing membrane was installed in 1989 and millions of square meters of TPO have been installed worldwide since that time.
Cooling Degree Days
TPO roofing membranes are attractive solutions in warmer regions with more cooling degree days – when cooling equipment is used – than heating degree days. TPO membranes reflect UV radiation allowing the roof to stay cooler during the summer months. This helps reduce cooling costs, and decreases the overall amount of carbon emissions.
Reflectivity & Sustainability
Many companies and organizations seek out the environmental benefits of TPO membranes. The Earth Rangers Centre (ERC) in Woodbridge, Ontario installed an UltraPly™ TPO roof on their headquarters, which is one of the most energy efficient buildings in Canada. Operating at less than 9kWh per square foot, and using 90% less energy than other buildings of its size, TPO provided the reflective roof that works in tandem with skylights and solar panels that helped ERC reach an impressive level of sustainability.
- TPO is the fastest growing commercial roofing membrane on the market today, having grown from 23% to 41% in the U.S. in seven years, as of 2013.
- Since the installation of the first UltraPly TPO roofs in 1996, nearly 4,000,000,000 square feet of UltraPly TPO has been installed worldwide.
- TPO is 100% recyclable