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Torch Down Roofing

Dedicated to flat roof repair and the many roofing varieties.

There are many things that need to be considered when constructing a home, not least of which is the roofing material to be used. The roof is an important part of the weather protection for a home and while most are constructed with a pitched roof, there are residential and commercial properties that have flat roofs installed. These need to be constructed with a good quality weather proof and waterproof material and torch down roofing can be one of the best options for this.

Torch down roofing is also commonly known as rubberized asphalt and is considered one of the best options for flat roofs or those that have a gentle slope. The material is typically modified bitumen which is combined with resins and is supplied in rolls. It gets its name from the fact that to install it a blow torch is used to melt the seams of the bitumen rolls as they are laid which secures them tightly to the roof and also provides a waterproof seal between the rolls.

While tar and gravel materials were common for flat roofs in the past, torch down roofing is now generally considered a better alternative for a number of reasons. It is extremely effective at protecting a roof from standing water and with an expected lifespan of around 20 years should help to ensure your property does not suffer from rainwater problems. During installation the smell and fumes given off by tar and gravel materials can be overpowering. However this is not the case with torch down systems and these are generally relatively clean and easy to install. Torch down roofing material also typically include resins which are UV resistant and this gives it good protection against the damaging rays of the sun.

Generally the options available when considering torch down roofing include a two or three coat system. A two coat system includes a base coat and one torch down layer. A three coat system generally includes the base material, a smooth torch down layer followed by a granular torch down material. While the torch down layers are important, it is sensible to go with a good quality base material as this provides the foundation for the system. Generally a fire resistant fiberglass material is the best option to go for.

The cost of torch down roofing will depend on a few factors including the area the property is located, the size of the roof and the contractor used. However costs in the region of $2.50 to $3.50 per square foot are not uncommon and should give a rough idea of the cost to expect when you ask for a quote from a roofing contractor. These can generally be found in a local directory and it is usually best to get a quote from a few different companies such that you can compare and contrast these to find the best deal.

If you own a property with a flat roof, then water ingress through the roof is a potential problem that can damage both the roof and other areas of your home. A torch down roofing system is one of the best options to minimize the potential for rainwater problems and when considering the roof material for your home it is an option to look into.