22 Apr Fire Safety in Roofing Materials: PVC vs. TPO
Fire Safety – PVC vs. TPO
There is more to roofing than meets the eye. In addition to keeping your structure watertight, a good roof also needs to be fire retardant. Different materials have different levels of fire safety, so it’s important to choose the right one for your building. In this blog post, we’ll compare TPO and PVC roofs in terms of their ability to resist fire.
TPO, or thermoplastic polyolefin, is a type of synthetic rubber. TPO is often used in roofing because it is lightweight and easy to install. TPO also has some fire-resistant properties on its outward facing surface, where PVC has this protection on all sides. TPO will burn if exposed to an open flame, but the flames will not necessarily come from the top. In a kitchen fire, the flames will be going up, under the TPO where there is no fire retardant protection. TPO will also give off noxious fumes when burning.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a type of plastic that contains chlorine. PVC is more fire retardant than TPO because the chlorine in the material helps to smother flames. PVC roofs are often used on commercial buildings for this reason. PVC may also give off noxious fumes when burning.
So, which roofing material is better in terms of fire safety? It depends on your needs. If you are concerned about fire safety, PVC is the better choice. New Mexico’s wildfire season is off to an early start this year, with several large fires already burning across the state. If you live in New Mexico and you need to replace your flat roof this year, you should take a serious look at the IB Roof System. The IB Roof System is made with PVC fire retardant material that is specially designed for fire safety. The PVC material is also highly reflective, which helps to keep your home cooler in the summer months. In addition, the PVC material is ponding resistant, which helps to prevent water damage to your roof. The IB Roof System is backed by a lifetime residential warranty, so you can be sure that your investment will be protected. Contact CAS Enterprises today to learn more about the IB Roof System and how it can help protect your home from wildfire damage.
So, which roofing material is better in terms of fire safety? It depends on your needs. TPO is lighter and easier to install than PVC, but it doesn’t have the same level of fire protection. PVC is more expensive than TPO, but it provides better fire safety for your building. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what’s most important to you and your property.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the IB Roof System PVC roof. We would be happy to help you choose the best roofing material for your needs. Call today! 505-238-6520.