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Advantages of Torch Down Rubber Roofs

The video below describes the advantages of a Modified Bitumen (MB) Torch Down Rubber Roof. It is the best roofing material and method that can be installed on commercial flat roofs, to date.  Like EPDM, MB has been used since the late 1960s. Unlike EPDM, the rubber roof material is made from modified asphalt and single-ply bitumen membranes can be combined to create a 2 ply system with which we offer a 40-year warranty.

Advantages of MB:

  •  Designed to be flexible in extreme weather conditions
  •  2-ply rubber roofing membrane is about 5 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 2 ply membrane can withstand a heavy amount of foot traffic
  •  Installation over any type of existing roof surface, with minimal preparation, results in 2 advantages in this case:
  1. Saves the cost of stripping and removing the existing roof
  2. Fusing an additional membrane, over an existing one, creates a 2 ply membrane, that will last beyond 40 years.

Disadvantages of MB:

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

Choosing a Roofing Company

There are many roofing companies to choose from. 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.

Comparing Roofing Systems

Modified Bitumen Membrane over gravel

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

Modified Bitumen Rubber after 20 years Monroeville, PA.

Above is 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.

Modified Bitumen Rubber roof membrane Pittsburgh

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

Two ply Modified Rubber system being installed. Stamford, greenwich

The image above was taken 15 years ago as I was when 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.

Rubber mats not protecting the EPDM rubber as it suppose to do.

In the image above, notice all the patched repairs. These repairs have been done on an EPDM Rubber Roof System that was less than 10 years old. There were not enough rubber mats placed in appropriate traffic areas.

Unprotected Modified bitumen rubber roof

The image above shows a SINGLE PLY Modified Bitumen Rubber Roof. Notice that there are no ceramic granules or aluminum asphalt coating applied to the membrane to protect it from harmful ultraviolet light.

Modified Bitumen Rubber - cover with another rubber to fuse together. Greenwich, CT

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.

Installing a Rubber roof over gravel - Wilton

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.

 

This Video shows how fast EPDM can deteriorate

Roofing Contractor explaining about Torch Down Rubber roofing.

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1 Comment

  1. Luis Brea

    Hey Naas and Erik

    Thanks for a great job. I have never been so pleased with people working at my house. The Two-Ply Rubber roof is by far the best roof I have ever had put on any of my buildings. It’s durable, and I have no maintenance issues. Thank you guys for an excellent job. I am very pleased.
    Luis

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