If you own a business with a flat-roof building, your roofing options are limited, but more and more businesses are choosing thermoplastic roofing material (TPO). There are many benefits to this type of roof coating, but before you determine if it is the right choice for your business, check out these five facts regarding a TPO roofing membrane for your building.

They Are Made From Rubber

TPO roofs are actually made from rubber, but it's a special type of rubber called ethylene propylene rubber. Ethylene rubber and propylene rubber are mixed together with a few other ingredients to create this membrane style roof. The other ingredients, such as fiberglass, are used to help make the roof stronger without losing the flexibility of rubber.

They Are Strong and Durable

Because of the materials used to make the membrane, TPO roofs are strong and durable. One of the biggest reasons they are durable is their flexibility thanks to the rubber. This allows the roof to move as the building shifts, shrinks, or expands in different weather, which results in fewer cracks. You also don't need to worry much about decay or mildew, which is common in other roofing materials. The TPO roofs are also able to withstand pests and bacteria. TPO roofs don't require much maintenance, but as long as you keep yours in good condition, it can last upwards of 25 years.

There Are Regulations but Multiple Recipes

There are regulations in place regarding TPO roofs. Basically, these regulations ensure that the membrane is safe. However, there is no regulation on how to make TPO. Therefore, every TPO roofing company has their own formula they use to create the membrane. As a result, a TPO roof made by one company may not be as efficient or durable as one crafted from their competitor. You'll need to shop around to find a company that meets your needs. Ask to see samples of the roofing material, and contact previous customers to determine if they are satisfied with the membrane's quality.

They Are Energy Efficient

If you switch to a TPO roof, you may also see savings on your energy bills because TPO roofs can be extremely energy efficient. How efficient your roof is depends largely on the color you choose. The color options are limited (white, black, and grey), but choosing the right color will allow you to use less energy to heat or cool your building. If you want to keep the inside of the building naturally cool, choose a white roof; it will reflect more of the sun's light. A black roof is best if you want to absorb more natural heat because you live in a cold climate. If you have a white roof, part of maintaining your roof should be keeping it clean. As dirt and grime builds, it darkens the roof, forcing it to absorb more light.

They Are an Eco-Conscious Choice

TPO roofs are also a more eco-friendly choice than other roofing materials. Of course, as an energy-efficient option, they reduce your carbon footprint and lower emissions. However, they are also better for the environment because they are completely recyclable. When your TPO roof is old and ready to be replaced, the roofing company can recycle your old roof to make new membranes. This creates less waste, and processing recycled materials uses less energy than processing raw materials.

If your roof is looking old, it's time to replace it and protect your business. TPO roofs have many benefits, making them a great choice for many businesses and buildings. For more information about TPO roofs or other commercial roofing and roofing coating options, contact a roofer in your area today, such as someone from Triangle Roofing Company.