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What are the advantages of a two ply Torch Down Roof System?

Watch this video to see what the advantages are of a Two Ply Torch Down Roofing System is

The video below describes Advantages Two Ply Torch Rubber Roofing – Watch Video. It is the best roofing material and method to install on commercial flat roofs, to date.  Like EPDM, MB has been around since the late 1960s. Unlike EPDM, the material is a modified asphalt, and single-ply bitumen membranes can be combined to create a two-ply system with which we offer a 40-year warranty.

Advantages of Torch Down Rubber Roofing:

  •  2-ply rubber roofing membrane is about five quarters in thickness (about 3/8″) and puncture-resistant.
  •  Rubber roofing surface has embedded granular ceramics that protect against harmful UV degradation
  • Seams are torch fused together to prevent seam separation
  •  Unlike EPDM and TPO, the two-ply membrane can withstand a substantial amount of foot traffic
  • Installation over an existing roof surface, with minimal preparation, results in 2 advantages in this case:
  • Saves the cost of stripping and removing the existing roof
  • Fusing an additional membrane, over an existing one, creates a two-ply layer, that will last beyond 40 years.
  • Designed to be flexible in extreme weather conditions
  • 2-ply rubber roofing membrane is about five quarters in thickness (about 3/8″) and puncture-resistant
  •  Rubber roofing surface has embedded granular ceramics that protect against harmful UV degradation
  •  Seams are torch fused together to prevent seam separation
  • Unlike EPDM and TPO, the two-ply membrane can withstand a substantial amount of foot traffic
  •  Installation over an existing roof surface, with minimal preparation, results in 2 advantages in this case:
  • Saves the cost of stripping and removing the existing roof
  • Fusing an additional membrane, over an existing one, creates a two-ply layer, that will last beyond 40 years.

Disadvantages of Torch Down Rubber Roofing:

  • Installation requires highly skilled roofing technicians.
  • Additional layer has an added cost of labor and materials.

An image of a Two Ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Roof installed over an old Hot Tar and Gravel commercial roof.

advantages two ply torch rubber roofing - watch-video This is one of the best roofing systems on the market
This images shows where a Two Ply Torch Down Roof is installed

An image of a 2 Ply Modified Bitumen Rubber Roof we installed over 20 years ago. Notice that there have been repairs needed since it was first installed.

advantages two ply torch down rubber roofing - This roofing system will last 40 years and longer
This roof was installed over 20 years ago and still there are no signs of degradation.

This image is another example of a Modified Bitumen 2-ply system that we installed. After 18 years, there are no signs of deterioration.

advantages two ply torch down rubber roofing - Smoothe granulated surface to protect against Ultraviolets
This is another roof that was installed close to 20 years ago. Notice how clean it is with no patches

The image above was taken 15 years ago as I was installing a 2 Ply Modified Bitumen Rubber Membrane. The black covering is the first layer called the Self-Adhering Base. The second layer is the Modified Bitumen Rubber Membrane-embedded with white ceramic granules.

Modified Bitumen Torch Down Two Ply membrane installed
Installing a Torch Down over a self adhering membrane. this is called a Two Ply Roof system

In the image, notice all the patched repairs. These repairs were on an EPDM Rubber Roof System that was less than ten years old. There were not enough rubber mats placed in appropriate traffic areas.

Unprotected Torch Down Rubber membrane - this roof is only 12 years old
This image is of a Torch Down Rubber Roof that was installed 10 years ago, and it started to give trouble. A Protection coating is necessary when a Torch Down Membrane is installed without the ceramic granules.

In the image above, we show that there is no need to strip away old roofing before installing a 2 Ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Membrane.

A proposal to install a Modified bitumen Rubber membrane over the existing roof
The best solution for this existing Torch Down Rubber roof, is to install another layer on top of it fusing the 2 layers together.

The image above shows part of the process for installing a 2-ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber Roof System over an existing Tar and Gravel roof.

Two Ply Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber membrane installed over Tar and Gravel

Choosing a Roofing Company

There are many roofing companies. In your search for a flat roof contractor, you will find that EPDM and TPO quotes are quite appealing, but you will need to remember that those quotes are for single-ply rubber membranes that puncture easily, have adhesives that fail at the seams, and shrink and degrade from harmful ultraviolet light.

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