Unless you’re in the business, torch-on membrane waterproofing in Singapore probably isn’t something that you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. It may not even be something that you know about.
Many buildings utilize this technology without anyone noticing because it is seamless and effective.
A torch on the membrane, as the name describes, is a membrane that’s applied to a surface with a torch, which waterproofs the area.
This is perfect for low-angled roofs or concrete rooftops that tend to pool water. It can also be used for applications as wide in variety as the inside of planter boxes and as waterproof insulation in water tanks.
The membrane itself is flexible, almost spongy. It is made primarily of bitumen, a crude oil-based hydrocarbon, which is then modified with asphalt.
This asphalt most often takes the form of either Styrene Butadiene Styrene (SBS), a rubber modified asphalt, or Atactic Polypropylene Plastic (APP), a plastic modified asphalt.
This mix is then reinforced with a layer of polyester to give it structural integrity.
Both varieties of the membrane are heat-activated. And this is where torch-on membrane waterproofing has a huge advantage over traditional waterproofing methods.
The membranes can be joined together by heating their edges and bonding them like puzzle pieces to cover whatever shape, material and size of the area you have.
This means that the membrane can be custom fitted to various spaces. By using heat, it allows for stronger bonding as opposed to other waterproofing methods.
The two types of membrane each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
APP tends to be easily heated with a torch, allowing for quick installation but is less flexible and hardwearing.
SBS, on the other hand, has greater flexibility and a longer lifespan but does take longer to heat, and therefore, to install.
The process of torch-on membrane installation is entirely non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and perfectly quiet – and the resulting waterproofing is non-biodegradable and non-water soluble.
It’s so waterproof, in fact, that it can comfortably be installed in places that will be fully submerged, such as in tanks and underground areas.
The installation procedure is non-invasive and doesn’t affect the structure of the building whatsoever.
Rooftops, balconies, and terraces are all suitable locations for torch-on membrane waterproofing.
But, because of its ability to be fully submerged, it can also be applied to water features and planter boxes.
Torchon the membrane is as complete a waterproofing solution as there is.
To find out more, talk to the team at Titan Waterproofing at +65 8333 7667
We have over 40 years of experience in torch-on membrane installation and no job is too small, big, or difficult for us to handle.