Many Tampa & Orlando residents will choose either thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) as their roofing materials. These roofing choices have self-adhering surfaces, making them DIY-friendly. Unfortunately, as these self-adhesive roof materials reach the final years of their lifespan, they become prone to leaking. SYL Roofing Supply wants to tell you about torch down roofing. These roofing materials are easy to install and very affordable. If you are not familiar with this roofing type, please read on below to learn some of the pros and cons before making your roofing choice.


Torch Down Roofing – Go for the One, Two, Three-layer Variants

Before getting into the pros and cons of this roofing style, the decision needs to be made which layer variant is best for your situation.

  • Single-layer PVC offers an incredibly thick membrane. This single membrane will still provide an airtight leak-proof seal.
  • The two-layer system has an under-base coat and a topcoat. The top layer has a mixture of lime and asphalt. Once the heat is applied, the layers fuse, forming an impermeable seal.
  • Three-layer systems have a smoother layer of coating in between the base and topcoats. This variant is guaranteed not to leak until the end of the material’s life.


An Excellent Choice

  • No Fumes Torch-down variants avoid the toxic fumes that gravel and tar roofs produce. This can allow property owners to move in faster after installation.
  • Insulation and UV Protection Since an airtight seal is formed during installation, and with the materials UV reflective properties, buildings and homes maintain desired temperatures better.
  • Fire Resistance The materials used are extremely fire resistant. Many installers will add more layers of fire-resistant materials for extra protection.
  • Leak Proof Unlike more traditional roofing methods with seams and layers that leak as the materials break down, all three torched variants provide superior leak protection for years.


Some Drawbacks

  • DIY Unfriendly Because of the danger associated with the types of torches used in the installation, it can be challenging for the average homeowner to obtain the proper permits.
  • Easily Torn Strong against fires and being walked across, these roof types are prone to tears. Wind-blown debris or hailstones can tear off portions of the material. They are easy to patch, but this may affect the look of the roof. More expensive variants do offer better tear protection.
  • Longevity Single layer PVC variants are more expensive but do offer superior damage and tear resistance. PVC can have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. Two and Three-layer variants are more cost-friendly and last around 15 to 20 years. Due to the shorter lifespan and lower price point, two and three-layer styles are perfect for post damage patches.


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There you go, Tampa & Orlando, a brief breakdown of torch down roofing. Roofing type is a big decision; a lot goes into making the best choice for your situation. The good news is you don’t have to make that decision alone. Call or visit SYL Roofing Supply today; we have the knowledge and experience to help you with those choices and installation of your new roof.