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 may be known by several different names—torch-down roofing, asphalt roll roofing, or rubberized asphalt—but all these terms refer to SPS-saturated, polyester-reinforced fiberglass rolls that are rolled out onto flat or low-sloped roofs and sealed with an open flame that bonds the material to the layers underneath, welding the rolls together.
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 materials—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 correctly. Canuck Roofing has more than twenty-five years of experience installing torch-on roofs for home and business owners in Vancouver, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Burnaby, and beyond.
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 best 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.
Drawbacks of tar and gravel roofs:
- Old roofing has to be removed before installation
- They’re made of heavier materials
- They have a lengthy installation process
- Tar and gravel roofs can be difficult to repair
Advantages of torch-on roofs:
- They can last for up to 25-30 (or more) years
- They’re a completely sealed, weather-resistant system
- The material is bonded together, preventings 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
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.
With a quality installation job and yearly maintenance checks, you can expect a torch-on roof to last for twenty-five years or more. 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
Lighter-coloured torch-on roofs can reflect ultraviolet rays, keeping the interior of the building cooler in hot weather and helping to reduce air conditioning costs. A torch-on roof can be a great way to make a building more energy efficient, and in some cases can qualify for LEED credits.
- Water Resistance
Torch-on roofs are completely waterproof. The installation process bonds the roofing material to the roof structure and welds the rolled-on pieces together, creating a seal that can prevent leaks under even the heaviest rainfall.
- The Smell
You’ll often want to keep your distance from a tar and gravel roof while it’s being installed. The hot tar kettles used to apply them can give off quite a powerful odor. That’s not the case with torch-on roofs. In most cases, you won’t have any need to leave the property while the roof is being installed.
- Cost Effectiveness
Durable, long-lasting, and resistant to weather and damage, torch-on roofs can prove themselves to be a great value for your home. Because of the specialized installation process, the initial investment in a torch-on roof might be more expensive than other options, but the benefits it provides and its potential to help you save on your energy bills by keeping your home cool during heat waves can make it one of the most cost-effective roofing types in the long run.
- Versatile and Easy to Modify
If you need to do modifications on your roof, torch-on roofing will provide few impediments. Installing a skylight, for example, can be done without much difficulty. You can also use torch-on roof membranes for other projects, like decking, providing a durable waterproofing layer that you can easily build on top of.
Trust Canuck Roofing’s Experience with Torch-on Roofs
We’ve been serving the Vancouver area for over twenty-five 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.