When it comes to commercial roofing, there are several types to consider. The most common are metal roofing, Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM). It is important to understand the differences between each roofing material so that you can choose the most effective material for your business.
Metal roofing is made from interlocking metal pieces or tiles, normally made from aluminum, copper, steel, tin or zinc. These tiles are light-weight which provides increased wind resistance and the interlocking panels can help in blocking attacks from pests and insects. Since metal can withstand high heat, it can also be a very cost-effective option, as it will help lower energy costs. However, with changing weather conditions, the metal tiles can also expand and contract, causing the hardware used to install the metal to degrade or loosen over time.
TPO roofing is made by a single-ply layer of synthetics, made with fillers consisting of thermoplastic or rubber. Generally, TPO is light in color which reflects the sunlight, allowing for lower heating/cooling and energy costs. The lighter color often allows for cooling inside the building – making it a better option for those who live in a warmer climate. The material has flexibility, helping in resisting tears and impact damage from weather conditions. Because it is able to help in preventing debris buildup, it is also best at preventing bacterial and mold growth – allowing for less maintenance. TPO can be a great option due to the easy installation, durability while being a sustainable and economically efficient option.
EPDM roofing is made from durable synthetic rubber membrane, also known as rubber roofing. Because of it’s synthetic rubber material, EPDM roofing can withstand the toughest weather conditions. While TPO is generally white or light in color, EPDM is made with a black or dark colored membrane, which can provide heat retention during the winter months – an advantage to those living in colder climates. This can allow for lower energy costs and can be very energy-efficient. Choosing EPDM roofing can be a good decision because it is more affordable, easy to maintain and is resilient to high temperatures and abrasive chemicals. It is dependable, long-lasting and can be a benefit to those living in colder climates.
An essential part of protecting your building’s interior is to make sure that the commercial roof is in good condition as this covering is one of the first lines of defense. Deciding between which type of roofing material that should be used for your business can be a big decision. It is very important to take into consideration your geographic location, weather conditions and any external factors that may affect the building’s roof. Contacting a professional who can address any questions or concerns will be the first step in making the best decision.
If you would like to learn more about commercial roofing and which material is best for you, please contact Tesson Roofing & Exteriors, LLC at 314-932-1042. We will take time to help you understand all of your options and which is best for you!