The debate between EPDM and TPO is alive and well in the commercial roofing industry. When it comes to choosing your roofing materials, you need to look at more than just the aesthetics. It’s not just a matter of black vs. white. Or in this case, black EPDM vs. white TPO. Let’s take a look at some of the variables you’ll have to consider before choosing between these two classic low-slope commercial roofing options.

Variable that can affect your choice of roofing materials

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EPDM is a great commercial roofing product. The one downside is that the black color generates a lot of heat.

The location of your building, the number of units or residents within the building, and what the building is being used for are the main considerations to factor in when choosing between EPDM and TPO. The geographical location of your building will also determine if your roof is going to spend most of the year trying to cool down your building, or if it is trying to heat up your building.

However, some cities, despite location have urged commercial building managers and owners to start thinking about using materials that are lighter in color to eliminate “heat pockets” created by black roofing materials, like EPDM. To combat the local “global warming” effect in big cities caused by black commercial rooftops, more building owners and managers are choosing TPO for no other reason than its cooling potential.

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White Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) has a cooling effect, reflecting and deflecting the heat from the sun.

However, as much as we want to take environmental considerations into our roofing choices, the bottom line is that you need to choose the materials that will best serve your building and its function. There are no cookie cutter roofing choices. You must choose the best roof on a building to building basis. But, you don’t have to make the decision on your own. Talk to us about the best roofing solutions for your commercial building. Whether it’s TPO, EPDM, or a third option. Our main concern is that you roof to be designed and installed properly to protect the building, as well as finding options that will help reduce energy costs and minimize the environmental impact.

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