Torch Down Roof | Discover The Basics, Prices & Benefits

A torch down roof is one of the most common types of roofs, especially for low sloped or flat roofs. Torch down is essentially built up or modified bitumen roofing. Discover the basics, prices and advantages.

“When compared to traditional asphalt shingles, torchdown roofs are slightly more expensive. With that said the more money you spend, when compared to traditional asphalt roofs, will be made up in the repairs you will not have to pay for.”

Torch Down Roof Basics

A torch down roof is made of layers of fiberglass, polyester, and bitumen. This mixture is then layered between layers of asphalt and gravel. This layering takes place on site to ensure that the product covers every inch of roofing. To seal these different layers together, installers will use giant blow torches to create a watertight seal. This is where this type of roofing gets its name. The final result of the vulcanization with the blow torch is a strong united fiberglass sheet. The life span is about 20 years, and it requires less maintenance than traditional tar roofing. The final product is also much nicer looking than tar and gravel roof.