TPO roofs were constructed to avoid oxidization and therefore do not shed any layers. This type of rubber roof has no signs of gray or white streaks and does not become slippery when wet.
WHAT IS TPO?
TPO, which is short for Thermoplastic Polyolefin, came into the roofing market in the early 1990s as a viable alternative to PVC roofing materials. It instantly became very popular as it was economical and cost-efficient. TPO is the most popular RV roofing material today because of two reasons – it is cheap and it is already colored white.
ADVANTAGES OF USING TPO ROOFS
Affordable – One of the reasons why TPO is the most popular choice in RV roofing is because it is priced reasonably and yet it can last for years. This is possible if it gets proper maintenance and care. Also, TPO has the same benefits that come with using PVC, like having hot-air weldable seams and being energy-efficient, at a vastly lower cost.
Stylish – There was a time when TPO roofing was still in its infancy that you might be forced to use other roof colors than black as they absorb light and heat. However, modern roofing technology now enables TPO roofs to be UV-resistant. This also allows it to keep cool. Now, you can choose whatever color of TPO you want. It will still work the same way.
Durable – Compared with other thermoplastic membranes, TPO is resistant to mold, does not accumulate dirt, and is highly resistant to impact and puncture. TPO is flexible, so it can adjust with every move of the RV. Furthermore, reinforced TPO can easily handle thermal expansion and contraction, so you can take your RV anywhere in the country.
Ease of Installation – Usually, TPO roofing is produced in wide sheets, and it is lightweight. This makes installation on RVs much easier. Because of the width of the sheets, it is possible to not have any seams in your roof. Also, the fact that it is super lightweight makes it easy to maneuver into place. This means cheap installation costs.
Energy Efficient – TPO can help conserve energy by lowering your cooling and heating costs. The white variants of TPO even go beyond the EPA’s EnergyStar requirements, making it very adept at keeping the interior of your RV cool during the summers.
The other color variants are also great at reflecting UV rays, so you do not have to spend that much energy on air conditioning, thus reducing your carbon footprint.