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PVC vs. TPO Roofing Comparison

PVC and TPO are among the top roofing material options in the roofing industry. They are sturdy and reliable roofing options that are widely used around the world. PVC and TPO each have their own strengths which make them suitable for different commercial jobs. We can help you determine which is right for you based on the materials characteristics and benefits.

Is PVC or TPO Roofing Right For You?

Both are great options in terms of commercial roofing but you should consider their strengths. PVC is a highly durable material that weathers the elements extremely well and requires less maintenance. This comes with a higher initial cost but you spend much less on repairs. TPO is a popular new roofing material that provides sturdy protection against elements and is very energy efficient. It insulates your building and helps reduce heating and cooling costs. Contact us today if you have any questions on which one is right for you!

Best Value For:
Energy Efficiency
Minimal Maintenance
100% Recyclable
Water & Fire Resistance
Least Expensive


TPO Roofing Pros and Cons

TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a relatively new rubber and plastic mixed roofing material. Its fast growth in popularity is due to its cost-effective and energy-efficient nature. TPO roof seams require hot air welding to ensure a complete seal. Done properly, you are left with a long-lasting leak-proof roof.

Benefits of TPO include:

  • Cost-efficient
  • Easy maintenance
  • Energy efficient
  • 100% recyclable
  • Can be installed over existing roofs

Disadvantages of TPO:

  • Seam welding requires high-quality installation (We’ve got you there)
  • Limited color options
  • Relatively unproven product due to its newness

PVC Roofing Pros and Cons

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is known for its high durability and weather resistance and is often considered the most durable single-ply roofing material on the market. Due to high durability and weather resistance, RVC roofs are highly versatile and have many different applications from large-scale to small-scale commercial roof projects.

Benefits of EPDM:

  • Highly durable
  • Long lifetime
  • Less maintenance
  • Water and fire-resistance
  • 100% recyclable

Disadvantages of PCV:

  • Higher cost
  • Requires complete removal of old roof before installation

An advantage of TPO roofing systems is the white color which reflects UV rays, lowering cooling costs. The majority of EPDM roofs are black, though color coatings are available. If left black, EDPM can melt small amounts of snow in the winter, but will also absorb heat in the summer raising cooling costs.

Contact Roofed Right America for more information regarding EPDM vs TPO roofing systems
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