Where Is Hypalon Among Today's Roofing Options?

Sept. 6, 2010

In a recent webinar on cool roofing, a presenter discussed some concerns with the roofing industry’s focus on single-ply roof membranes based on Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO). The presenter noted that Hypalon – the trademarked Chlorsulfonated Polyethylene (CSPE) supplied by DuPont – was now out of the U.S. market, a situation that would likely expand the use of TPO-based single-plies.

 

About the Author

Richard L. Fricklas

Richard (Dick) L. Fricklas received a Lifetime Achievement Award and fellowship from RCI in 2014 in recognition of his contributions to educating three generations of roofing professionals. A researcher, author, journalist, and educator, Fricklas retired as technical director emeritus of the Roofing Industry Educational Institute in 1996. He is co-author of The Manual of Low Slope Roofing Systems (now in its fourth edition) and taught roofing seminars at the University of Wisconsin, in addition to helping develop RCI curricula. His honors include the Outstanding Educator Award from RCI, William C. Cullen Award and Walter C. Voss Award from ASTM, the J. A. Piper Award from NRCA, and the James Q. McCawley Award from the MRCA. Dick holds honorary memberships in both ASTM and RCI Inc.

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