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Torch Down Roofing NYC

Torch Down Roofing Installation NYC

If you have a flat roof and you need it covered, you need to find out more about torch down roofing.
While the name of it might give you pause, torch down roofing is the ideal system for a flat roof or slightly sloped roof, like those found throughout New York City and New York State.

What is torch down roofing?
It’s a unique method of providing a waterproof and weatherproof covering to your flat roof. In short, a special roofing membrane is applied to the roof using an open-flame torch. That’s why it’s called “torch down roofing.”
By heating the membrane to the ideal temperature, it’s sealed to the roof, the flashing, and any protrusions such as chimneys, protecting your roof against the elements.
Now you may ask, where do you find the best torch down roofing installation in New York City and New York State?
The answer is by calling NYC Torch Down Roofing Pros, the experts in flat roof installation and flat roof repair.
Our expertise will help you get the best torch down rubber roof, or get the best flat roof repairs.
Here’s how.
We start by examining your roof and providing advice to you on all aspects of your installation or repair. Our torch down roll roofing expertise means you’ll get a roof that lasts.
We will measure your roof, choose the best materials, and then handle the installation or repair.
Torch down roofing starts with the materials, including the key material, a modified bitumen. This is a roofing asphalt that has been modified by the addition of a rubber compound that allows the material to expand and contract.
The modified bitumen therefore provides a waterproof seal that protects your roof from the elements it faces in New York City and State. Your roof is protected from rain, snow, sleet, and the danger of water puddles that gather on the roof.
But there’s more. The modifications to the bitumen that allows it to expand and contract make it superior to a simple waterproofing technique. That’s because when it’s hot, the material will expand rather than crack. And when it’s cold, it will contract instead of separating from the roof, chimney or flashing.
That means with proper installation, your torch down rubber roof can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years.
And proper installation is the key. A torch down roofing installation involves choosing the right materials and then application by an expert. Torch down roofing installation is accomplished by heating the bitumen to the perfect temperature, creating the seal that makes the torch down roll roofing adhere to the roof.
Done incorrectly, and the material won’t adhere properly. Or it can crack during installation, or overheat. In fact, it can be hazardous to work with an open-flame propane torch. Those who don’t know the proper technique can cause fire damage or worse.
That’s why NYC Torch Down Roofing Pros are your ideal choice for torch down roofing in NYC.

Two-layer Flat Roof installation vs Three-layer System.

We’ll also work with you on decisions such as whether to get a two-layer flat roof installation, or a three-layer system.
In both cases, a base sheet and a cap sheet are installed on the roof. There is usually an initial layer of fiberglass, polyester, or other material that serves as the core for torch down roofing membranes.
With the three-layer system, the roof is finished with a granule cap sheet that helps extend the life of the roof, making the three-layer system a more durable and longer-lasting system. We can also provide you with choices in torch down roll roofing that includes small granules embedded into the top of the membrane to add color, ultraviolet protection, fire resistance, or other desired characteristics.
Whichever system you choose, however, our expert flat roof installation will ensure your roofing lasts. A two-layer system usually lasts about 15 years and a three-layer system can last up to 20 years or more.
We ensure that under the roofing we include insulation and a moisture barrier for extra protection from hot, cold and wet conditions. After that, we also install an overlay board that supports the membranes and creates a level roof. This also requires precision on the part of the installer, as an uneven roof can cause water to pool and puddle.
Then, when doing the installation, we stack multiple membranes and “torch them down” to adhere them together and to the roof. Every second layer is modified bitumen, with fiberglass or polyester membranes on the bottom and in the middle.
Here’s an example:

  • Insulation, moisture barrier and overlay board are applied.
  • Membranes are applied, starting with a fiberglass first layer.
  • Add a layer of modified bitumen.
  • Add a layer of reinforced polyester.
  • Add a second layer of modified bitumen.
  • With a three-layer system, the final layer of a granulated mineral surface is added.

By using the proper torch down technique, we adhere these materials to the flashing, the roof, and any items such as chimneys or other roof features.

There are two common types or modified bitumen used in torch down roofing: Atactic Polypropylene (APP) and Styrene Butadiene Styrene (SBS).
If it sounds confusing, it doesn’t have to be. When you use NYC Torch Down Roofing Pros, we will answer all your questions and provide guidance on the best materials for your flat roof or slightly sloped roof.
And we do more than flat roof installation in NYC. If you’ve got a flat roof that’s damaged, we are also experts at flat roof repair in NYC.
So contact NYC Torch Down Roofing Pros for all your flat roof installation and repair needs.