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Old 05-13-2006, 10:31 AM   #31
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Torchdowns are VERY popular in my area.

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thank you so much i'm doing a torch down too and i was looking for help in doing it too and you helped me alot! the pics are nice i'll take pics when i'm done with my roof. and i have friend that dose roofs for living helping out with it too...
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To me, it sound like Do-It-Yourself people want to Do-It-Themself. I know I do. Rock on DIY
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I hear you on the DIY, but torching a roof is not a DIY project.
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We're installing a torch-down roof onto our patio cover. Does the flashing go under the underlay or does it sandwich between the underlay and the roofing material?

When nailing down the underlay what is the specific nail spacing?
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What type of underlay, and the roof field goes on first, turning up the wall 3 inches and then the modified bitumen flashings go on over that.

THIS IS NOT A DIY PROJECT. THERE IS SERIOUS RISK OF BURNING YOUR HOUSE DOWN!
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Hello Mike, or any other flat roof leak problem solver,

I have a 60 year old 1200sqft cabin i have completely remodeled myself over the last 3 years. I put off replacing the 5% pitch flat roof that has flat roll roofing which has obviously expired 2 months ago. I have a steady leak in the house which requires me to empty buckets frequently and one for my tears. There is nothing to repair, no holes. It seems as though the material on the roof is so old and thin it's simply super saturated and with all this rain it's just gravity taking over at this point. I want to do torch down myself and would model my actions on your experiences. It's wet and cold here in Gig Harbor, WA. Can i do this project given the 30-50 degree temperatures? Also, can you email me any info on "Ron" the consultant you hired? Anyone else out there that could be my "Ron". After busting my back on this place for 3 years, i'll be damned if I'm going to spend more paying a company for a couple of days work than what i've spent on the house in 3 years of my slave labor.

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Must thank you for taking the time to give us an end result synopsis. You truely are an inspiration and I commend you for your spirit not to cave in to the skeptics. I am in the same boat you were in, but mine is wet and miserable right now. Looking for some sunshine here. Thanks. Tina
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Mike,

Can you tell me what Polyglass products you used specifically. I just went to their site and found dozens of products in the same category. You can email me at tinawitte@msn.com if that's ok. Anyone else, need torch down products for a cabin on Puget Sound that has severe winds occasionally and lots of rain. Property is surrounded by 100+ft fir trees, has i chimney, 2 toilet vents and one bathroom fan vent. 5% pitch and no overhang at walls. Thanks a bunch. Tina
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The roof looks good, but do you have any secondary drainage? Does it drain to gutters, or roof drains? If you using roof drains, you need to have overflow scuppers or drains so that no more than 4" of water builds up if the primary drainage gets blocked
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Hi, and thanks for responding sir. The roof has no obvious large holes or tears. Instead it has thousands of crack and bare spots, in addition to having probable 10,000 nails 1/4 of an inch apart at every overlap. It's an asphalt roll roof product that is suppose to last maybe 5 good years and i think it's been there for 15. It's porous at this point. There is no question about replacing it. It's just a matter of when's can i do a quality job given the current weather. Even if i could find a 5 day dry spat in the near furture, it's still going to be damn cold. Is there a downside to putting torchdown on in cold temps? The roof 1/2 inch raised lip at the back and sides that has aluminium 90 degree flashing flush with the roof and the vertical cedar siding on the exterior walls. Very primitive. The front of the roof, where it drains, has a nice plastic gutter and downspouts that seem to work very well. So, no pooling or drain problems. I would like to pay someone for consultations on this issue. Maybe reviewing photos, then suggesting products and links to directions, then an appointment to get me started and a final inspection. Thanks a bunch you guys. tinawitte@msn.com
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I repeat my past response...you may be safer doing EPDM.
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Hi Folks,

Instructions are available on the following web pages:

www.theroofcentre.vom/section%201.pdf

www.chesterfelt.co.uk/debotec.asp

There are others but these two together made the method clear for me without seeking an expert.

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Hi All,

My wife and I are building a 400 sq foot extension to our house and doing all the work ourselves except the foundation. So far, all the walls are up and the roof rafters and OSB are going down this weekend.

I have an existing torch down roof with a 1:12 pitch and need to tie the new roof to the existing roof. Since the new extension is only on one half of the existing roof, the new roof is in the same plane as the existing roof. That's a pretty lousy explanation, but look at it this way. The original roof has only two sides that slope 1:12 from the middle. We're building the new extension so it extends only from half of the length of the house starting at the middle.


After the OSB goes down we hope to install the torch down by overlapping the existing torch down for about 2 or 3 feet to assure no leaks. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.

Additionally, I've never put a torch down roof on, but it doesn't appear to be that hard. We have permits to do the work and we're pretty good at framing, electricity and plumbing, so how hard can the roof be? :-)

Is anyone aware of a DIY site that explains the torch down procedure?

Thanks all! Nice site. :-)

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Good job - I have done two of these DIY. Sorry I didn't jump in on the thread earlier. Did you use the granule coated or the uncoated top sheet? The first torch down I saw, and did not DIY, was on a house I owned. It was not pre-coated and then was finished off with a silver coating. I did tow, after watching it done, with a granule coated. I had no penetrations to deal with. I too read, and re-read, the mfgs documentation. I had a hose and fire extinguisher at the ready.

Now, what am I going to do with this darn torch in my garage!!! I spent $100 on the thing.
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you could burn weeds with it,light the grill,scare off solicitors.
sell it the classifieds.
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Yea, also thought about trying to melt snow with it! For now its collecting dust in my workshop waiting for my next DIY torch down job!

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