EPDM and TPO Roofing

EPDM and TPO Roofing

If you’re looking for a new roof for your business, you have a few different options to choose from. One of the most popular choices is EPDM roofing, made of synthetic rubber. TPO roofing is another option, it’s made of thermoplastic olefin and is becoming more popular due to its durability and low cost. DE Commercial Roofers can help you decide which type of roofing is best for your business.

EPDM roofs are generally easier to install than TPO or PVC, which is why they’re often chosen for large roofs. TPO roofing is a newer type of roofing material that’s becoming more popular for flat roofs due to its durability and affordable cost. While it can cost more to install, it has some of the same great qualities as EPDM, and it doesn’t have some of the drawbacks like chemical sensitivities or glued seams. We also specialize in Commercial Asphalt Shingle Roof Repair & Installations, Metal Roofs, and Commercial Roofing Inspections.

Overall, both EPDM and TPO Roofing are excellent choices for commercial applications – it just depends on what your specific needs are. If you’re looking for something affordable and durable with little maintenance required, go with EPDM. If you want a material that can reflect heat away from your building, TPO is the better option. Whichever you choose, we will be able to help you get the job done right!

How to Choose Between Different Single-Ply Membrane Roofs

Businesses with flat roofs have a few options for what roofing material they use. DE Commercial Roofers offers installation, repair, and replacement for both EPDM and TPO roofs. EPDM and TPO are both single ply membrane roofing options. Our experienced roofer can evaluate your specific roof and help you know which roofing material is the best choice for your building. 

TPO Roofing

If you own a restaurant, usually TPO or PVC roofs are the preferred choice, due to their superior resistance to breaking down from chemicals like grease. White TPO roofing is also great for reflecting UV rays and helping reduce cooling costs for businesses. There are even tax incentives for having a cool roof. Additionally, TPO seams are heat-welded which provides unparalleled leak protection. However, this requires special equipment and training. TPO roofs are becoming the top flat roofing choice for businesses and homes.

EPDM/Rubber Roofs

EPDM roofs are generally black. This single-ply roof is also known as a “rubber” roof. Rubber roofs are durable, easy to install, and resistant to punctures. In recent years, EPDM manufacturing has included pre-applied adhesive and sealant, increasing the durability and lifespan of the seams. Rubber roofs have been used for years, and are one of the most popular roofing options. They are generally less expensive than TPO roofs and have a similar warranty period.

EPDM and TPO Roofs Have Similar Installation Options

Fully-adhered installation refers to an adhesive being laid down over the entire decking or insulation. After this, the membrane is rolled out. Fully-adhered roofs are recommended for areas with lots of severe weather and wind.

Ballasted roofs rely on weights, like stones and pavers, to secure the membrane in place. This is a quick and easy way to secure the membrane, and is ideal in some instances. However, the roof must be able to accommodate this extra weight.

TPO and EPDM can also be installed using fasteners. These fasteners securely hold the roofing membrane in place, and are specially designed to help prevent punctures and leaks.

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Property managers and business owners who have a low-slope roof can choose between many types of roofing. Our roofing contractors have worked with many kinds of roofing materials, and provided repair and maintenance. We can advise you on what will work best for your situation and why we recommend a particular single-ply membrane over another. Factors such as heat, business type, cost of maintenance and budget all go into your decision. We look forward to helping you make an informed choice. Our free estimates provide you with upfront pricing that allow you to compare quotes with no hassle or stress.


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