Celebrating 25 years of UltraPly TPO

In 1996, Firestone’s UltraPly TPO thermoplastic roofing membrane was first installed on a warehouse in Las Vegas (USA), in the challenging climate of the Nevada desert. Twenty-five years later, it is still performing well, even after several years of exposure in a region with very high UV levels.

Similar success stories have been observed in Europe and Asia. More than 20 years after the installation of the first UltraPly TPO roof in Europe, the membrane is showing no cracking or crazing, keeping the building watertight as the first day.

Premium quality starts with good chemistry

Thermoplastic polyolefin membranes are one of today’s fastest growing roofing products. However, not all TPO membranes available in the market are created equal.

Following years of product development, Firestone’s UltraPly TPO is based on a specific thermoplastic polyolefin polymer in which polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber have been properly balanced for optimum performance and compounded with UV stabilizers, heat and ozone stabilizers and antioxidants. In addition, the membrane contains no plasticizers, halogens, chlorine or heavy metals, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

This premium formulation, which has remained unchanged since 1996, is vital to its long-term performance.

Another key factor in the consistent success of the UltraPly TPO roofing system is the high quality of its installation. Firestone offers roofing contractors training and comprehensive support on and off the roof, so that each project is a success.