Thermoplastic Polyolefin: What It Is And What It Means To Residential Roofing

By now, you are aware of traditional asphalt shingles and you know you can revert to wood shingles too. As a consumer who has shopped around for a new roof, you may even be aware of metal or aluminum roofing materials. However, there is another roofing material, and not many have heard about it or even know what it is. This new roofing material, thermoplastic polyolefin, is making waves in the residential roofing industry. If you want to know more about it and what it means for roofing and what it means to you as a consumer, the following article will explain.

What Thermoplastic Polyolefin Is

Thermoplastic polyolefin is a fancy way of saying "rubber". To be more precise, it is a number of different man-made rubber chemicals combined to make a rubber-like material. To break the phrase down, it goes something like this:

  • "Thermoplastic," can be divided into "thermo" and "plastic." The first meaning "heat" and the latter meaning "folded into shape while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form."
  • "Poly," which means "many" and "olefin," which refers to a synthetic fiber produced from polyethylene or polypropylene, which are both petroleum-based by-products.

Therefore, thermoplastic polyolefin is a combined, multiple-fibered, man-made substance produced in a thermal process, which is designed to resist all manner of temperatures, as well as resist mold, mildew, rust and leaks. It makes it an ideal material for roofing because of these properties.

What It Means to Residential Roofing

Roofing materials made of thermoplastic polyolefin last longer than any other material. They are easily molded and/or extruded to any shingle style and come in white, gray or tan. If you, as a consumer, choose thermoplastic polyolefin, you will still have to replace your roof once every ten to twenty years , but it is still more durable than some other roofing materials.

What It Will Cost You, If You Can Find a Contractor

Because this type of roofing material is fairly new, it might be difficult to find a roofing contractor that offers it as part of his or her product line. If you can find a contractor that offers thermoplastic polyolefin roofs, it will cost more than most other materials because of its manufacturing and installation processes. Still, if you like the idea of a roof that is extremely energy-efficient and resists most of the problems other roofing materials encounter, then it is worth the investment.

To learn more, contact a residential roofing company like Drey Roofing