TPO Roofing Systems

What is TPO roofing solution and why is it a trusted solution?

Short for thermoplastic polyolefin, TPO is a single-ply roofing membrane that offers excellent performance at a cost-effective price. Heat-welded seams provide superior strength. TPO's long-term heat, UV, and natural fungal resistance, plus flexibility without need for plasticizers also make TPO a reliable low-slope roofing system.

In the 20+ years that TPO has been in the field, it’s become one the most popular products used for low-slope roofing. Over 1 billion square feet are installed annually, making up over 50% of single-ply roofs being installed today.

 

The Benefits of a TPO Roofing System

The rapid rise in popularity can be associated with several of TPO’s inherent benefits, including:

• Great Value: Excellent performance at a cost effective price.

• Excellent Seam Strength: Heat-welded seams provide greater seam strength to taped and other seams.

• Long-term Weathering: Excellent long-term heat and UV resistance.

• Energy Saving: Highly reflective and emissive white surface can help reduce energy costs and urban heat island effect

• Inherently Flexible: No need for plasticizers

• Naturally Fungal Resistant: Doesn’t require biocides.

• Versatile Application Methods: Including high-performance roofs requiring high wind uplift, increased puncture resistance, or quick economical systems.

EverGuard® TPO Membrane Attachments & Adhesives

Solutions for excellent performance and value


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QuickSpray Adhesive Smooth


• Up to 10 squares (93 square meters) of coverage per canister

• Faster installation than traditional bonding adhesive

• High initial tack

• Can be applied at an ambient temperature of 20°F (-6.7°C) and above for cold weather application.

• The cylinders must be kept above 50°F (10°C).

Mechanically Attached Smooth TPO


• Up to 50% faster installation compared to fully adhered smooth membrane installations

• Reliability and cost effectiveness

• Familiarity with the industry as the most common installation method in single-ply membranes




Fully Adhered Smooth TPO


• Longer guarantees compared to mechanically attached systems 

• Excellent wind uplift ratings 

• A uniform, smooth appearance 

• Familiarity with workers, as this installation is common in the industry 

• Minimizes thermal drift while acting as a vapor barrier 



Fully Adhered Fleece-Back TPO


• Up to 50% faster installation time than traditional smooth, fully adhered systems

• Reduced labor costs 

• Low-VOC content with little-to-no odor, which reduces the disruption to building occupants 

• Additional puncture resistance due to the fleece backing of EverGuard® membrane

 

Fully Adhered Fleece-Back TPO with Low Rise Foam


• Up to 20 squares of coverage per set of containers 

• Longer guarantees compared to mechanically attached systems 

• No expensive equipment or maintenance 

• Excellent wind uplift performance 

• Increased puncture resistance due to the fleece backing of EverGuard® membrane 

• Low-VOC content with low odor

GAF RhinoBond® System


• A fast and easy installation 

• Smaller crews and install time, with up to 50% faster installation by adding a second machine 

• Quick dry-in, as membrane seams can be welded before RhinoBond® Plates are bonded

 

Selecting the Right TPO Solution

Compare TPO installation systems, including mechanically-attached, RhinoBond, and adhered solutions. 

 

 

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TPO performance that's proven to stand the test of time

A recent study of EverGuard® TPO roofs installed between 8 and 16 years ago found the all performed above ASTM standards for newly manufactured TPO. GAF analyzed membrane samples from roofs across the US and studied thickness over scrim, surface cracking, and the ability to repair aging TPO membranes.

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