In many low-sloping or flat roofs, which are prone to damage due to standing water, the torch down roofing technique is ideal to ensure that it stays leak-free. However, installing a torch down roof is not child’s play by any means. In fact, it can be quite tricky, and only professionals who are adept at installing torch down roofs will be able to handle this task. On the flip side, repairing a torch down roof does not necessarily have to be as complex.
Repairing a torch down roof with your own hands can be a little unnerving for most, but if you manage to do it, then it can be hugely rewarding as well. In fact, that is exactly what we will focus on in this article. We strongly believe that once you have gone through all the steps mentioned below, you will be more confident in taking up the task yourself, especially if your roof has not suffered any major damage.
- How do you start with repairing your torch down roof?
Before we delve into the nitty-gritty of torch down roof repair, let us begin by understanding the ways you can identify faults in your roof. In case, the source of damage is apparent; we suggest you take the time to identify any other faults in the roof which may be obscure.
- How to identify a fault in the torch down roof?
The simplest thing to start with is inspecting the interior of your house and seeing if there are any leaks in or around the ceiling. In case you spot any leak in the ceiling, be sure to mark the exterior area above the leak if you are planning on repairing it yourself.
After you are done identifying all the leaks inside or if you do not find any leaks on the interior, you should inspect the exterior next. Viewing your roof from the exterior will give you a much better understanding of the condition of your roof. Not only can you identify the major sources of water leakage, but you can also identify the potential faults or weak areas in your roof.
If your roof is more than five years old and you still have not managed to identify a single fault, then you should hire a professional roof inspector. Make sure that you hire a person who is an expert at working on torch down roofs.
- How do you repair your damaged roof?
If your roof has not suffered any catastrophic damage and you feel confident enough to take on the repair task yourself, then read through the following steps. If not, then you should hire a roofing professional who has a background in torch down roofs.
- Step 1: At first, you should clean your entire roof and remove every piece of debris, moss and dry leaves. That will reveal hidden faults if any.
- Step 2: Once you have cleaned up, mark all the cracks and holes in your roof. Then, block off each of the identified cracks or holes with a sealant before proceeding to the next step.
- Step 3: Now, you should apply a few layers of Bitumen primer over the surface of your roof. Make sure that you cover every corner.
- Step 4: Once the primer has dried up, apply a layer of all-weather Bitumen paint. If you want greater consistency with the thickness of the paint, you can lay down a glass scrim before the first coat of paint dries up and then apply the second coat on top of it. That will ensure that you have a 2 mm thick coating of paint.
- Step 5: Now, you need to wait for the paint to dry up.
That is it; you are now done with your roof repair! It was not so hard, was it?
However, that is not the end. If you want your roof to stand the test of time, you need to inspect it at a regular interval. We believe it is good practice to repeat this procedure every five years, whether you have any major faults or not.
With that, we bring this comprehensive guide to an end and hope that your roof stays leak-free for years to come. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started with repairing your roof!