TPO, short for thermoplastic polyolefin, is popular not only because of its quick installation but also because of its durability and energy savings.TPO is flexible and highly resistant to tears and breaks that could eventually cost hundreds of dollars to repair, as well as algae and mold that can present health risks. A properly installed TPO roofing system can have a service life span of more than 20 years, depending on weather conditions. Furthermore, a lighter-colored membrane TPO often is used in warmer climates like in Texas where it can be used as a heat-reflective material, offering opportunity for companies to reduce energy costs each year.
TPO roofs are expected to last 15 - 20 years on average, but can last up to 30 years with proper maintenance and care. This can change however depending on UV exposure, thickness of the membrane, and the material used.
Among single-ply systems, TPO is generally most affordable. At Paradigm Roofs we are transparent about our pricing which is competitive, and we don’t believe in tacking on any hidden costs for roofing services. Before any work begins, our technicians will produce a comprehensive quote for our services. You’ll know the exact costs for TPO roofing and for our labor. With a complete breakdown in hand, you can make an informed decision regarding your roof. Contact us today.
Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is made of thick, flexible thermoplastic material that–like TPO–is highly resistant, versatile and durable. Our clients that request PVC roofs are typically restaurants who might be venting off oil, requiring an extremely durable roof system to withstand such chemicals.
PVC roofs are also generally more durable than TPO and can last up to 20 to 30 years with proper maintenance and care. However, PVC roofs can be prone to cracking and shrinking in extreme temperatures, which can shorten their lifespan.
Generally, PVC is more expensive than TPO due to material costs. Because the materials are more durable, they are more costly. If you’re unsure if PVC is right for you, contact us today to be connected with our commercial team to discuss options.
EPDM, which stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, has a rubbery feel and is an option to consider with a ballast roof system. Though we at Paradigm roofing have installed EPDM systems–mainly for apartment complexes that are ballasted, EPDM is generally not as popular down here in Texas as it is in the Northeast. We receive far more requests for TPO than EPDM. A unique aspect of EPDM is that one sheet can be applied to the entire roof surface, versus in sheets like TPO and PVC. And unlike TPO and PVC, seams are glued instead of heat-welded.
Like PVC, the lifespan for EPDM is expected at 20 to 3 years. However, some can last up to even 50 years if properly maintained.
EPDM can be more affordable than TPO and PVC, but what drives up the cost of EPDM is not the application but really the size of the sheet and the delivery. For example if you have a very large commercial building or apartment complex and want one sheet of EPDM applied, you might need a massive delivery truck that can actually fit the material. In extreme cases, depending on sheet size, the installation can require cranes and helicopters.