The alternative to re-roofing

The alternative to re-roofing

From the beginning of the first bitumen roofs being installed and the last 20 years or more of modified bitumen roof installations many of these now require replacement as they come to the end of their warranty period

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

From the beginning of the first bitumen roofs being installed and the last 20 years or more of modified bitumen roof installations many of these now require replacement as they come to the end of their warranty period. However, rather than replacing the roof entirely and facing significant disruption, there is another solution. We spoke to Waterproofing Systems NZ about the easier and more cost effective option.

With the early bitumen roofs now coming to the end of their warrantable and in situ lives, there are thousands of homes and buildings throughout New Zealand requiring new roofs. In many cases, building and homeowners are facing significant disruption as their roof is removed and the building has to be made temporarily waterproof while a new roof is installed.

 

“When the decision is made to remove an old bitumen roof, it is not just the roof itself that is affected,” Waterproofing Systems’ John Stallard says. “That’s because the removal of a bitumen roof has an impact on the adjoining wall cladding, and in many cases a new plywood substrate is required or in the case of concrete it needs to grinding for a new membrane installation.

 

“For the owners of these homes and buildings, this can be a significant expense. In many cases, the occupants need to move out of their home or building while work is underway. This sort of disruption can come at a hefty cost.”

However, that’s not the only solution. For many original bitumen roofs, an innovative product known as BituFLAME Plura re-roof can be used. “This is a torch-on bitumen membrane that can simply be installed over the top of existing membrane roofs,” John says.

“So rather than removing an existing, generally single-layer original bitumen roof, this product can simply be applied over the top of the existing roof - saving time, labour and significant cost and disruption.

 

“The outcome of this is a building that has an improved bitumen roof - now two layers rather than one - and with a new 15-year warranty. Depending on the size and scope of the project, using BituFLAME Plura to upgrade a roof can save anywhere in the realm of 50 per cent of the total cost of replacing the roof.” 

BituFLAME Plura is a patented re-roofing product that is available exclusively in New Zealand from Waterproofing Systems. “This is not a new product - it’s been around for about 15 years,” John says. “But it is now, when we are having all these buildings with bitumen roof warranties coming to an end, that people are really realising its benefits.”

 

BituFLAME Plura is suitable for installation over asphalt membranes, pour-on membranes and modified bitumen membranes. “The installation is a relatively simple process in which the roof is cleaned and any blisters cross cut. BituFLAME is then torched on and bonded to the existing membrane roof.”

 

Waterproofing Systems NZ works closely with a nationwide team of approved specialist LBP certified applicators, only allowing its products to be installed by those who are registered with Waterproofing Systems as certified installers.

 

If your home or building has an ageing membrane roof, make sure you visit Waterproofing Systems NZ on ArchiPro here to find out more about this innovative re-roofing system.

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The alternative to re-roofing

The alternative to re-roofing

From the beginning of the first bitumen roofs being installed and the last 20 years or more of modified bitumen roof installations many of these now require replacement as they come to the end of their warranty period

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

From the beginning of the first bitumen roofs being installed and the last 20 years or more of modified bitumen roof installations many of these now require replacement as they come to the end of their warranty period. However, rather than replacing the roof entirely and facing significant disruption, there is another solution. We spoke to Waterproofing Systems NZ about the easier and more cost effective option.

With the early bitumen roofs now coming to the end of their warrantable and in situ lives, there are thousands of homes and buildings throughout New Zealand requiring new roofs. In many cases, building and homeowners are facing significant disruption as their roof is removed and the building has to be made temporarily waterproof while a new roof is installed.

 

“When the decision is made to remove an old bitumen roof, it is not just the roof itself that is affected,” Waterproofing Systems’ John Stallard says. “That’s because the removal of a bitumen roof has an impact on the adjoining wall cladding, and in many cases a new plywood substrate is required or in the case of concrete it needs to grinding for a new membrane installation.

 

“For the owners of these homes and buildings, this can be a significant expense. In many cases, the occupants need to move out of their home or building while work is underway. This sort of disruption can come at a hefty cost.”

However, that’s not the only solution. For many original bitumen roofs, an innovative product known as BituFLAME Plura re-roof can be used. “This is a torch-on bitumen membrane that can simply be installed over the top of existing membrane roofs,” John says.

“So rather than removing an existing, generally single-layer original bitumen roof, this product can simply be applied over the top of the existing roof - saving time, labour and significant cost and disruption.

 

“The outcome of this is a building that has an improved bitumen roof - now two layers rather than one - and with a new 15-year warranty. Depending on the size and scope of the project, using BituFLAME Plura to upgrade a roof can save anywhere in the realm of 50 per cent of the total cost of replacing the roof.” 

BituFLAME Plura is a patented re-roofing product that is available exclusively in New Zealand from Waterproofing Systems. “This is not a new product - it’s been around for about 15 years,” John says. “But it is now, when we are having all these buildings with bitumen roof warranties coming to an end, that people are really realising its benefits.”

 

BituFLAME Plura is suitable for installation over asphalt membranes, pour-on membranes and modified bitumen membranes. “The installation is a relatively simple process in which the roof is cleaned and any blisters cross cut. BituFLAME is then torched on and bonded to the existing membrane roof.”

 

Waterproofing Systems NZ works closely with a nationwide team of approved specialist LBP certified applicators, only allowing its products to be installed by those who are registered with Waterproofing Systems as certified installers.

 

If your home or building has an ageing membrane roof, make sure you visit Waterproofing Systems NZ on ArchiPro here to find out more about this innovative re-roofing system.

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  At Waterproofing Systems, we understand that one of the major challenges for designers, engineers and construction companies alike is to protect buildings from the...

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The alternative to re-roofing

The alternative to re-roofing

From the beginning of the first bitumen roofs being installed and the last 20 years or more of modified bitumen roof installations many of these now require replacement as they come to the end of their warranty period

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

From the beginning of the first bitumen roofs being installed and the last 20 years or more of modified bitumen roof installations many of these now require replacement as they come to the end of their warranty period. However, rather than replacing the roof entirely and facing significant disruption, there is another solution. We spoke to Waterproofing Systems NZ about the easier and more cost effective option.

With the early bitumen roofs now coming to the end of their warrantable and in situ lives, there are thousands of homes and buildings throughout New Zealand requiring new roofs. In many cases, building and homeowners are facing significant disruption as their roof is removed and the building has to be made temporarily waterproof while a new roof is installed.

 

“When the decision is made to remove an old bitumen roof, it is not just the roof itself that is affected,” Waterproofing Systems’ John Stallard says. “That’s because the removal of a bitumen roof has an impact on the adjoining wall cladding, and in many cases a new plywood substrate is required or in the case of concrete it needs to grinding for a new membrane installation.

 

“For the owners of these homes and buildings, this can be a significant expense. In many cases, the occupants need to move out of their home or building while work is underway. This sort of disruption can come at a hefty cost.”

However, that’s not the only solution. For many original bitumen roofs, an innovative product known as BituFLAME Plura re-roof can be used. “This is a torch-on bitumen membrane that can simply be installed over the top of existing membrane roofs,” John says.

“So rather than removing an existing, generally single-layer original bitumen roof, this product can simply be applied over the top of the existing roof - saving time, labour and significant cost and disruption.

 

“The outcome of this is a building that has an improved bitumen roof - now two layers rather than one - and with a new 15-year warranty. Depending on the size and scope of the project, using BituFLAME Plura to upgrade a roof can save anywhere in the realm of 50 per cent of the total cost of replacing the roof.” 

BituFLAME Plura is a patented re-roofing product that is available exclusively in New Zealand from Waterproofing Systems. “This is not a new product - it’s been around for about 15 years,” John says. “But it is now, when we are having all these buildings with bitumen roof warranties coming to an end, that people are really realising its benefits.”

 

BituFLAME Plura is suitable for installation over asphalt membranes, pour-on membranes and modified bitumen membranes. “The installation is a relatively simple process in which the roof is cleaned and any blisters cross cut. BituFLAME is then torched on and bonded to the existing membrane roof.”

 

Waterproofing Systems NZ works closely with a nationwide team of approved specialist LBP certified applicators, only allowing its products to be installed by those who are registered with Waterproofing Systems as certified installers.

 

If your home or building has an ageing membrane roof, make sure you visit Waterproofing Systems NZ on ArchiPro here to find out more about this innovative re-roofing system.

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