Updating Your Roof This Spring? Consider TPO Roofing

TPO roofing adhesive technologyThermoplastic Polyolefin, TPO, is a single-ply, synthetic roofing membrane system that is one of the fastest growing types of commercial roofing systems for flat roofs. TPO roofing consists of a single, reinforced layer that provides many benefits to commercial flat roofs.  TPO membranes typically come in sheets that are either 10, 12, or 20 feet wide which are then easy to roll up to transport to the commercial jobsite.

According to a report published at roofingcontractor.com, commercial sales of single ply roofing systems have increased over past years and are expected to continue to increase with more than 70% of roofing contractor respondents expecting to see future sales growth of single ply roofing membranes. Single ply roofing membranes currently make up about 40% of the commercial roofing market.

The Many Benefits of TPO Roofing

TPO roofing continues to increase in popularity due to the many benefits to commercial roofing systems, which include:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Durability
  • Cost Effective
  • Versatility

Energy Efficiency of TPO Roofing

TPO roofing typically comes in a white membrane color that reflects ultraviolet radiation from the sun providing high energy efficiency. TPO roofing provides large commercial facilities with energy savings that keep buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Insulation is available in various thicknesses depending on the building requirements.

Durability of TPO Roofing

TPO roofing membranes are made of a very durable rubber compound that is flexible, resists tears and is impervious to mold and rot. TPO roofing is installed with metal pucks and adhesive that are induction welded for a durable, permanent seal. Welding the seams on TPO roofing provides durable product life lasting up to 25 years. Using a quality TPO adhesive on TPO installation pucks improves installation and longevity. TPO roofing systems are designed to drain water to avoid ponding water that might occur with other types of roof.


Commercial roofing systems are an investment into protecting your property, including your building structure and all valuable contents. Investing into a quality TPO roofing system provides many cost-saving benefits that last 25 to 30 years. TPO roofing is easy to install when done by a professional. TPO roofing is typically easier to install than other roofing systems, providing less expensive installation and cost savings for the building owner.


There are multiple options of single ply TPO roofing available such varieties of thickness of the TPO which is typically either 45 or 60 mm, various thicknesses of insulation available such as one-inch, 2-inch or 3-inch options, and color options in the standard white, although gray and brown are also available.

Roofing contractors that use quality TPO adhesive on metal pucks and plates improve product quality and ease of installation.

UNICHEM Offers High Quality TPO Adhesive

Universal Chemicals & Coatings, Inc., UNICHEM, is a leading Midwest industrial coatings supplier of custom coatings and industrial adhesives with more than 50 years of experience. Our uniBOND industrial adhesive product line includes proven solutions for a variety of industrial applications, including TPO adhesive developed for the commercial roofing market. The various metal pucks and insulation plates used for TPO roofing installation, provide added value to commercial roofers and business owners when pre-coated with uniBOND TPO industrial adhesive.

UNICHEM is a leading provider of high quality adhesive solutions used in continuous coil applied applications. uniBOND provides adhesion solutions to many applications in single stage or B- stage curing options with water cure latitudes than other adhesive products. Contact us to learn more about our uniBOND industrial adhesive solutions including TPO roofing adhesive.