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What is Torch On Roofing?

Torch on roofing is an immensely popular roofing solution for flat roofs throughout BC. In fact, it accounts for up to 80% of the market share of roofing products. While often compared to tar and gravel roofing, torch on roofing is the most lightweight solution available. A highly technical process, torch on roofing generally uses two plies of Modified Bitumen Membrane, each about 3-4 mm thick. Now, if you’re wondering how torch on roofing got its name, here’s why: both sides of the ply feature a thermofusible plastic surface, meaning they can be joined together seamlessly using heat. Which, in this case, is done using a propane torch. After the roofing material is rolled onto the roof and thermally welded, a permanent bond is formed between the layers. And unlike some other flat and sloped roof solutions, torch on roofing leaves no unpleasant fumes during the installation process.

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Why Torch On Roofing?

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Do you own a building with a flat or gently sloped roof? Is it located in an area that gets a lot of rain? Do you ever wish your building didn’t get quite so warm inside during the hot summer months? When it’s time to get a new roof, you should consider the many benefits of torch-on roofing.

Torch-on roofing (also known as torch-down roofing, asphalt roll roofing, or rubberized asphalt) protects your home and business from the elements better than any other material out there. It’s a very cost-efficient way to block heat, weather, and UV rays, and can last 20 years or more. But it’s no DIY project—Torch-On Roofing requires a very skilled set of hands to install and repair.

This type of roofing provides excellent protection from the elements, blocking heat, rain, and ultraviolet rays more efficiently than almost any other roofing material you can find. Due to its durability, it’s also a very cost-effective roofing material—a properly installed torch-on roof can last for more than 25 years.

Installing a torch-on roof on your house or commercial building doesn’t take a long time, but it is a specialized process that requires skill and expertise to do it correctly. Thankfully, Canuck Roofing has just the hands to do it. Canuck Roofing has more than 25 years of experience installing torch-on roofs for home and business owners in Vancouver, West & North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey and beyond. If you are not sure if we service your area, just give us a call.

How Much Does Torch on Roofing Cost in Canada?

When looking into how much torch on roofing costs in Canada, there are a few factors to consider. The installation cost will vary depending on the size and layout of the flat roof, as well as the current torch on roofing cost per roll. However, while the cost of installation is important to consider, the savings that will occur with a torch on roofing system are also worth noting.

This method of flat roofing can last 25-30 years and offers superior waterproofing and UV reflecting capabilities. Due to the UV resistant qualities of torch on roofing, your building will use less energy for heating and cooling. Not only is this better for the planet, but for your hydro bill as well. Torch on roofing is also incredibly low maintenance, keeping the labour and repair costs to a minimum. So, when you pay the torch on roofing cost in Canada, you’re not just paying for any old roof. You are investing in a roofing system that will protect your assets, extend the life of your building, shrink your carbon footprint, and save you money long-term.

While factors such as the torch on roofing cost per roll, location, and conditions affect the installation cost, Canuck Roofing prioritizes high quality work at affordable prices. For a personalized quote, please reach out to our team directly.

The average price of discounted torch down roofing ranges from 365$ to 460$ for 1200 square feet.

If the materials are of superior grade, torch on roofing costs can range from 850$ to 1075$. The high-cost torch down roofs has extra benefits like high-quality underlayment, better damage resistance, more demanding and thicker materials, longer life span, etc.

The cost of materials alone will be 1$ to 2$ per square foot ($100 to $200 per square). And the installation cost will be 2 to 4 dollars per square foot. The price is slightly more than an asphalt gravel roof. But the maintenance cost is low.

On a roll, the standard roll length is 10 meters. There are 20, 15, 10 meters. That means the area of a standard roll is 10 m2 = 107.64 square feet.

torch on roofing cost per roll

What’s So Great About a Torch-on Roof?

There are many considerations to take into account when choosing the right type of roofing for your property. Your geographic location, the climate, and the shape of your roof structure are all big factors that can determine the best type of roof for your needs.

Torch-on roofing is the best to use on low-slope or flat roof construction. There are several ways in which a torch-on roof can be a better choice than a more traditional gravel application.

Benefits of Torch On Roofing

  • They can last for up to 25-30 (or more) years
  • They’re a completely sealed, weather-resistant system
  • The material is bonded together, preventing leaks under the heaviest of rainfall
  • They’re easy to maintain
  • It’s easy to add new components, like skylights or vents
  • Certain types of torch-on roofing can help reflect UV rays, keeping your house cooler

Trouble with Tar & Gravel roofing

  • Must remove old roofing first
  • Much heavier material
  • Lengthy install process
  • Difficult to repair

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Advantages of Torch-on roofs:

There are a number of positive qualities you can find in torch-on roofing that can make them a good choice for a business or residential property.

  • Durability

    One main benefit of torch-on roofing is durability. Torch-on roofs can last 25+ years when installed correctly and have yearly maintenance checks completed. They’re also highly resistant to rain and other damaging weather, rot, pests, and falling debris. Torch-on roofing is often a wise choice for buildings in the wet climate around the Vancouver area.

  • Heat and UV Resistance

    Some lighter coloured torch-on roofs reflect UV rays, which helps to keep your indoor temperatures cool (especially during a heatwave). This will help to save on air conditioning costs and make your property more energy efficient. In addition, there are torch-on products which can achieve a LEED credit.

  • Less Odor

    Tar-and-gravel roofs can have quite an odor, often requiring residents to leave their home while the roof is being applied. Torch-on roofs do not require a hot tar kettle on the ground, which means occupants will rarely have to leave a property during application.

  • Leak Resistant

    Thanks to the heat-welding mechanism, torch on roofing is highly resistant to leaks. Due to the thermofusible, tightly sealed surfaces of the two-ply membrane, torch on roofing is one of the best solutions for waterproofing.

  • Waterproof

    Torch-on roofs are completely sealed off, making them totally waterproof. This is hugely beneficial when it comes to preventing leaks, even during the biggest storms.

  • Cost Effective

    Since torch-on roofs are low maintenance and highly weather resistant, they’re a very cost-effective option for property owners. The initial investment might be slightly more expensive than traditional shingles, but the long-term benefits will more than make up for it.

  • Easy Modifications

    Modifications, such as installing a skylight, can be easily done to your torch-on roof without much trouble at all.

  • Additional Installation

    In addition to your roof, you can install torch-on roof membranes to your foundation or decks as well. Since the material is so durable, you can install decking over your finished product without a problem.

  • Low Maintenance

    While torch on roofing rarely requires it, this roofing material is easily repairable. Compared to other roofing types, torch on roofing is less costly and intensive to fix.

  • Flexible

    Torch on roofing comes with excess rubber to allow the material to expand and contract when exposed to extreme heat or cold. This prevents cracking in the material and enhances the lifespan and efficiency of the flat roof.

  • Additional Installation

    In addition to your roof, you can install torch-on roof membranes to your foundation or decks as well. Since the material is so durable, you can install decking over your finished product without a problem.

Cons of Torch-on roofs:

  • Only Applicable to Flat Roofs

    While remaining a highly effective waterproofing solution, torch on roofing can only be applied to flat roofs, not sloped.

  • Requires Expert Installation

    Some lighter coloured torch-on roofs reflect UV rays, which helps to keep your indoor temperatures cool (especially during a heatwave). This will help to save on air conditioning costs and make your property more energy efficient. In addition, there are torch-on products which can achieve a LEED credit.

Trust Canuck Roofing’s Experience with Torch-on Roofs

We’ve been serving the Vancouver area for over 25 years and have extensive experience installing torch-on roofs on a wide variety of different buildings. All of the torch-on roofs we install come with a minimum 10-year warranty, and we offer warranties of up to 20 years. If you’ve looked at all the options and decided that a torch-on roof is the right choice for your property, take a look at our commercial and residential torch-on roof galleries to see examples of the work we do and call us to get a price quote.

our past project of torch on roofing in West Vancouver
A Vancouver house with torch on roofing which installed by Canucks roofing
a well built torch on roofing on Vancouver home
our roofing contractors are installing torch on roofing on one of the house in Burnaby

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We have extensive experience in torch on roofing installation, and we stand by our work. We use the highest quality and most sustainable materials possible.

By working with us, you can expect to have a durable torch on roof for your business or home that is easy to maintain and clean for a very long time.


We’re members in good standing with WorkSafeBC, and our experienced team is committed
to proper safety protocols.

Every job comes with a copy of
our $5 million liability insurance coverage, making us one of
the most trusted roofing and
torch on installation companies in British Columbia.


We are committed to providing you with the best service possible to help extend the life of your
torch on roof and save you money
in the long run. Our long-lasting torch on roofing gives incredible value for your dollar, providing a
long lifespan at a low cost. In addition, we are proud to offer warranties for 10-15 years on Labour and Materials.

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Address: 4310 Norfolk Street Burnaby, BC V5G 4J9

Phone: 778-772-1969

Email: info@canuckroofing.ca