What Do the Commercial Roofing Terms TPO and EPDM Stand for?

If you read about roofing, you’ve probably already heard the terms TPO and EPDM. These are two frequently heard abbreviations that point to two very popular types of roofing materials used commonly in the commercial roofing industry.

TPO stands for Thermoplastic Polyolefin, and it’s a type of single-ply flat membrane roof that can be used for commercial roofing purposes quite successfully. In fact, TPO roofing is very popular in the South and in just about any area where it tends to be warmer.

EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer. It’s a special type of rubber that is highly resilient and flexible enough to withstand impact extremely well. It’s used in commercial roofing and considered one of the most popular commercial roofing materials available on the market, primarily because of its low maintenance construction, ease of installation and remarkable durability (it can last for up to 50 years).

Depending on where your building is located and what the conditions are like there, each of these two types of roofing materials can be a very good choice for your new roof. If you want to find out which one is best in your specific case, contact Priority Roofs of Dallas, a local commercial roofing contractor and ask them about both materials, as each of them has the potential to protect your building quite well.