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Last modified: 2020-05-19 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
TPO and EPDM roofing membranes are used to cover flat rooftops. These roof covering materials are very durable and have grown in popularity in the past few years in Canada. If you want to learn more about TPO and EPDM roofing, RenoQuotes.com has prepared a global overview of these materials:
If your house is equipped with a flat rooftop or a (very) small slope, TPO and EPDM membranes can turn out to be a great option. Compared to other types of materials, they are very durable and their ecological footprint is quite small. Also, contrary to asphalt-based roof coverings and elastomeric membranes, TPO and EPDM roofing is monolayer.
The difference between which are two different materials even though they are often presented together- is their composition and their installation method:
In urban environments, white roofing has been known to help reduce the heat island effect. TPO and EPDM membranes are available in white but other shades are also possible, depending on your preferences.
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TPO and EPDM roofing is relatively affordable. They cost between $6 and $10 per square foot (including installation). TPO membrane is slightly less expensive than EPDM.
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If they haven’t been well installed, monolayer membranes can be very fragile. The joints can come undone, perforations tend to occur and stories have come out about rodents hiding in the folds. Therefore, the installation process must be done by a professional.
Even though they are more environmentally friendly than the average roofing material, TPO and EPDM roofing materials are still made of petroleum-based chemicals. However, they are recyclable.
In general, TPO and EPDM roofs are easy to clean. Once or twice a year, inspect your roof to see if all the joints are well-sealed and to check the general state of the roof. Rainwater will take care of most of the dirt that accumulates on the roof. If needed, you will find special cleaning products in hardware stores.
Much like with the installation process, it is recommended that you entrust this type of work to professional roofing specialists. The risk of making serious mistakes is simply too high. RenoQuotes.com is there to help you find your contractor.
Would you like to get more information about roofing? Check out our RenoQuotes.com roof renovation guide
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your TPO or EPDM roofing project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with 3 qualified professionals. Fill in the form on our homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from the best roofing companies.
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