Built-up roofing, also known as BUR or tar and gravel, is a reliable, cost-effective roofing system that has been used for well over one hundred years in the construction industry. It is widely known for its durability, versatility, and resistance to water, UV rays, fire, extreme temperatures, and harsh weather.
A BUR is usually made by building up at least three layers of different roofing materials on top of each other. This system is designed so that each layer is applied one at a time with the next one being heated and rolled onto the previous layer. The first layer is a base sheet that is usually mechanically fastened with screws and washers. Then, subsequently, other layers are built up on top by alternating layers of bitumen, also known as tar or asphalt, and reinforcing fabrics such as fibers and felts, thus creating a strong and durable bond and waterproof membrane barrier. To top it all off, the final layer is typically ballasted with a layer of gravel or mineral granules to provide added protection from the elements.
Here at Reimagine Roofing, we specialize in installing Built-Up Roofs for both commercial and residential properties. Our experienced roofers are highly trained in this type of system and will work with you to find the perfect solution for your building. We use only the highest quality materials and if you are looking for a reliable and cost-effective roofing system for your commercial or residential property, a Built-Up Roof may be the perfect solution to protect your flat roof for many years to come. Contact us today to learn more about our services and pricing.
Still not sold on getting a tar and gravel roof? No worries! We have other flat roofing options available such as: