On the market, there is a wide selection of roofing materials or membranes for residential or commercial flat roofing. This is mainly due to modern innovations that manufacturers continue to introduce to the industry—which includes] modifying EPDM or the famous rubber roofing. Although EPDM remains one of the most valued single-ply flat roof membranes, TPO offers a wider range of advantages despite the additional initial cost. The sections below will focus on the comparison of the two flat roofing options.
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofs are made from recycled rubber material like old tires and boots. This flat roofing material is guaranteed to withstand hail storms and debris damage. Although slightly susceptible to foot traffic damage, its density and thickness will retain its durability for a long time.
TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofs are reinforced with fiberglass and talc. They have the same strength of steel and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Its protective capacity is better than EPDM.
Roofing contractors use strong adhesives to keep EPDM membranes in place, eliminating the need for special equipment during the installation process. Meanwhile, contractors use a mechanically attached system to complete the installation of TPO on flat roofs. This means no adhesives or seam tapes will be used, securing the material in a more efficient way. This also saves time in future maintenance.
Most EPDM roofs come in black color, reducing its capacity to reflect UV rays. TPO, on the other hand, comes in a wide variety of colors. However, this makes it more expensive than its counterpart. But expert roofers attest that the superior insulation and better solar reflectivity make paying for TPO worth it.
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