EPDM Roofing vs. TPO Roofing

Commercial building owners with flat roofs frequently opt for either EPDM roofing or TPO roofing to protect their buildings from the elements.

Both are durable, cost-effective and provide decades of protection against the elements.

Will EPDM roofing or TPO be the best choice for your roof?

What Is EPDM Roofing?

EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene monomer, is a synthetic rubber membrane that is adhered, fastened, or ballasted to the roof.

A great choice for a flat roof, EPDM roofing has been the gold standard in commercial roofing for decades. It comes in a variety of thicknesses and can be adhered in a few different ways.

Though EPDM roofing can last for decades, it is especially recommended for commercial business owners who have solar panels or plan to install solar panels. EPDM roofing is typically black, which means it aids in heat absorption and does not impede the ability of the solar panels to absorb sunlight.

What Is TPO Roofing?

TPO, or thermoplastic polyolefin, roofing is newer on the scene and rapidly becoming as popular as EPDM roofing.

Also a single membrane roofing solution that can be ballasted, affixed, or adhered to an insulation layer on commercial roofs, TPO provides 15 to 20 years of protection against leaks and other hazards due to exposure to the elements.

One benefit of TPO roofing material is that it is white, creating a reflective surface. This is good for buildings that do not have solar panels, as it reflects sunlight and makes it easier for air conditioning units to cool the building efficiently without working overtime.

TPO roofing is a bit more expensive than EPDM, so it is a good idea to look at the energy cost savings over time compared to the initial cost of the roofing material.

TPO Roofing vs. EPDM Roofing

What is the difference between EPDM and TPO roofing, and how will it impact your roofing choices? Contact Four Seasons Roofing today to schedule a free consult to determine the best roofing solution for your building.

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