TPO vs. Standing Seam Roofing Systems

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TPO Roofing

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply roofing membrane made of rubber which can be installed in a variety of ways. This, combined with its energy savings, makes it one of the most popular roofing materials in industrial real estate development.


• Roofing can last 15-30 years
• Customers choose installation method (ballasted, fastened, or attached)
• Customers have a variety of options for type of insulation


• Simple to install
• Type of installation can result in lower costs
• Bright white material option reflects UV rays and lowers energy costs
• Class A Fire-Rating can be achieved
• Made from recycled materials
• Low maintenance and repair costs


• Relatively short lifespan (15-30 years)
• Quality of materials varies by manufacturer
• Durability can vary based on type of installation and materials used

Standing Seam Roofing

Standing Seam metal roofing is a metal roofing system designed with concealed, unexposed fasteners. This design makes it more durable than traditional metal roofing as well as other roofing systems.


• Roofing can last up to 50 years
• Differentiated by hidden fastener system


• Very long lifespan (50+ years)
• One of the most durable roofing systems available
• Considered noncombustible and rust resistant
• Concealed fasteners eliminate possibility of many leaks and damage
• Made from recycled materials
• Reflective properties can decrease energy costs


• More expensive to install
• Repairs may be more costly than rubber roofing materials
• More noisy than other roofing options

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