Torch Down Roofing: The Basics, Installation, Pros and Cons, Maintenance, and Contractor Selection

Roofing felt with heating and melting of bitumen surface by flame from gas torch.

Torch down roofing is a popular roofing option for homeowners looking for a durable and long-lasting roofing material. In this article, we will discuss the basics of torch down roofing, its installation process, its pros and cons, how to maintain and repair it, and how to choose the right contractor for torch down roofing. Additionally, we will focus on the services offered by Pride Roofing, a company that specializes in torch down roofing installation and repair.

Understanding Torch Down Roofing

Torch down roofing is a type of flat roofing material that is made up of multiple layers of modified bitumen. Modified bitumen is a type of asphalt that has been modified with polymers, such as SBS or APP, to increase its durability and resistance to weathering. Torch down roofing gets its name from the installation process, which involves heating the modified bitumen with a torch to activate its adhesive properties and fuse it to the underlying surface.

Torch Down Roofing Installation Process

The installation process for torch down roofing involves several steps. The first step is to prepare the roof surface by removing any existing roofing material and making sure the surface is clean and free of debris. Next, a base layer of modified bitumen is applied to the roof surface and secured in place using a propane torch. Once the base layer is in place, additional layers of modified bitumen are applied and fused together using the torch. The final layer is typically coated with a reflective surface to increase the roof’s energy efficiency and extend its lifespan.

Pros and Cons of Torch Down Roofing

One of the main advantages of torch down roofing is its durability. Torch down roofs can last up to 20 years or more with proper maintenance and care. Additionally, torch down roofing is resistant to damage from UV rays, weathering, and foot traffic. Torch down roofing is also relatively easy to install and repair, making it a popular option for DIY enthusiasts.

However, there are some downsides to torch down roofing. One of the biggest concerns is fire safety. The installation process involves using a propane torch to heat the roofing material, which can be dangerous if not done properly. Additionally, torch down roofing can be more expensive than other types of flat roofing materials, such as EPDM or TPO.

Maintenance and Repair of Torch Down Roofs

To maintain and repair a torch down roof, homeowners should follow a few simple guidelines. Regular inspections of the roof surface should be conducted to check for any signs of damage or wear. Any debris or leaves should be removed from the roof surface to prevent water from pooling and causing damage. Additionally, any areas of damage, such as cracks or punctures, should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent water from penetrating the roof surface and causing further damage.

Choosing the Right Contractor for Torch Down Roofing

Choosing the right contractor for torch down roofing is important to ensure the installation is done properly and safely. Homeowners should look for a contractor with experience in torch down roofing installation and repair. Additionally, the contractor should be licensed and insured to protect both the homeowner and the contractor. Before hiring a contractor, homeowners should ask for references and check the contractor’s reputation online.

Pride Roofing Services

Pride Roofing is a company that specializes in torch down roofing installation and repair. They have over 30 years of experience in the industry and are dedicated to providing high-quality services to their customers. Pride Roofing offers a range of services, including new roof installation, re-roofing, and roof repairs. They use only the highest quality materials and employ skilled technicians to ensure the job is done right the first time. Additionally, Pride Roofing offers a satisfaction guarantee to ensure their customers are completely happy with the work they have done.

You may call us at 855-PRIDE-16 or send us a message for quotations and inquiries.