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Old 08-06-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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TPO Roof - Good Product or Not?

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We are first time RV buyers. The new or almost new RVs we are looking at have a TPO roof. I've heard a Fiberglass roof is the best but the ones we have liked so far have TPO. Is this material prone to leaks? Thoughts or advice please.

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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I'm told that a one piece fiberglass roof is best, but only if it is like the front and rear end caps: one piece. Your other choice runs a close second, IMO, with as few seams as possible. Any join is an invitation to trouble.

On our Thor tour yesterday the guide strongly recommended inspecting the roof regularly. Best to spot a problem early.

All the best on finding just the right rig for you!
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The TPO roof on our 5th wheel is 9 years old. Still brilliant white, no leaks or problems, no EPDM-type streaking.

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The TPO roof on our Bounder is 7 years old. No leaks & no tears. We inspect it at least once a yr.

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Our TPO roof is fine, and it is 6 yrs old. We inspect it periodically.
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My TPO is over 5 years old and looking good. I wash it with Murphy's Oil Soap as per the Mfg instructions and add a little dawn cause I want to . Always comes clean.
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Our BriteTek (a type of TPO) is still great after 11 years and it's always been stored outside.
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Thanks so much everyone, sounds like TPO is good!! Appreciate all the feedback
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TPO roofing is the latest development in roofing designed for flat roofs. It was developed by Dow Chemical in the early 1990s. It is tougher than EPDM and does not sluff off like EPDM.
Like any other RV roof there is seam and protrusion maintenance required, no matter what the roofing material is.
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Thanks so much... Learning as we go, I appreciate your feedback
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Our BriteTek (a type of TPO) is still great after 11 years and it's always been stored outside.
Forgot to add: On a Newmar the BriteTek carries a 12 year materials warranty, the optional molded fiberglass only has a 1 year warranty.
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FYI; Brite TEK is a trademark sold by Dicor and is EPDM with a top layer of TPO added. It was developed by Carlisle Syntec Inc.
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TPO is a tougher rooking material than EPDM. Less streaking and maintenance.

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