What is TPO?
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together. It is typically installed in a fully adhered or mechanically attached system, allowing the white membrane to remain exposed throughout the life of the roof. The first sheet of TPO roofing membrane was installed in 1989 and since then millions of square meters of TPO has been installed worldwide.
Cooling Degree Days
TPO roofing membranes are highly attractive in regions with more cooling degree days – when cooling equipment is used – than heating degree days. TPO membranes reflect UV radiation keeping the surface of the roof and the building cool during summer months. This helps reduce cooling costs, and also decreases the amount of carbon emissions.
Reflectivity & Sustainability
Many companies and organizations are thrilled with the environmental benefits of TPO membranes. The Earth Rangers Centre (ERC) in Woodbridge, Ontario installed an UltraPly™ TPO roof on their office building, which is currently one of the most energy efficient buildings in Canada. Operating at less than 9kWh per square foot, and using nearly 90% less energy than other buildings of its size, TPO provided the reflective roof that works in conjunction with skylights and solar panels that helped ERC reach that 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.