An Insight into Torch on Roofing
Torch on roofing materials have become a very popular choice for property owners in need of flat roof repairs. In fact, you’ll find the majority of commercial buildings throughout the country have torch on roofing already installed. While homeowners are increasingly looking to keep garages, sheds and extension roofs in the best condition possible by using torch on materials.
In this blog, we’re going to give you an insight to torch on roofing: what it is, how it works and its many advantages.
What is torch on roofing?
Torch on roofing, sometimes known as torch-down roofing, is a three-layered felt material that’s melt-welded onto the surface of a roof by a blowtorch. Once installed, it creates an impenetrable, watertight seal that’s effective against the weather for up to 20 years. Furthermore, this roofing solution is incredibly quick to fit and requires little to no maintenance afterwards – making it perfect for commercial and residential buildings alike.
Installation on residential buildings requires three layers: a vapour control sheet, reinforced felt sheet and a cap sheet with a mineral finish. Although for buildings such as sheds and garages, it’s possible to use only two sheets.
Here’s a video of Phil Dalton re-felting a flat roof for a customer in Sheffield.
What are the benefits of torch on roofing?
There are many benefits to using torch on roofing. Not only is it easy to install, making light work of the repair for experienced roofers, but it can also be installed both dry and wet conditions. This is certainly a big advantage over other flat roof materials as it means roof repairs can carry on through unpredictable changes in weather.
By the same token, torch on roofing felt can be further protected from frost and the sun’s UV rays with the addition of aluminium solar reflective paint. This helps to regulate the temperature throughout the year, keeping the roof in good nick for years to come.
In the video below, you’ll find our Phil applying a layer of solar-reflective paint to a roof.
Are there any disadvantages to torch on roofing?
One of the disadvantages to torch on roofing materials is the dangers of applying the felt. The use of hot flames means that, although a simple task for experienced roofers, many people prefer to leave this job up to the professionals.
Another disadvantage is the cost. You’ll find that torch on roofing materials usually cost a little more than other flat roofing methods, such as tar and gravel. However, the durability and weather-resistant performance of the torch on method means it is actually more financially sound in the long-run when compared with other flat roofing materials.
What materials can torch on roofing be applied to?
Torch on roofing can be easily applied to many materials. These include concrete, timber and metal flat roofs. In practical terms, these are usually residential sheds, garages and flat roof extensions. And due to the ease of installation and lack of maintenance required, flat roof materials are also perfect for larger commercial buildings too.
Furthermore, it’s possible to repair a damaged flat roof by felting over the existing material. Such is the convenience and effectiveness of torch on felt, there are many instances where this is possible. Although if the roof is in bad condition then you’ll probably want to remove the old material first.
Torch on Roofing conclusion:
Torch on roofing is an excellent solution that provides long-lasting, effective protection against wear and tear. It’s considered to be one of the swiftest and most effective flat-roof installations available, making it ideal for residential and commercial properties.
During our 30 years in the business, the Dalton Roofing team has installed hundreds of flat roofs in Sheffield and its surrounding areas. If you’re in need of flat roof repair, then get in touch with us today. We’ll be out to give you a free, no obligation-quote.