Built-up roofing, or BUR, has been used in various structures for over 100 years. Of course, throughout this period, roofing manufacturers have worked on improving the strength and performance of this type of roof system. That is why it continues to be one of the most reliable types of roofing up to this day.
In this article, Precision Roofing, a reputable expert in roof replacement, shares more information about BUR.
BUR Membrane: Basic Facts
BUR membranes are made of two main components — bitumen and reinforcing fabrics such as ply sheets and roofing felt — which are layered alternatingly to create the finished membrane. For the final layer, gravel or crushed rock is typically used. Because of the materials used in making BUR, another term used for this type of roofing is “tar and gravel.”
Roofing companies usually include BUR in their recommendations to clients due to its durability. On average, BUR can last for 15 to 30 years. But of course this depends on the level of care given to the roof as well as the local climate in your area and the specific materials used in your roof system.
Pros and Cons
One of the biggest advantages of BUR is its waterproof quality and the UV protection it provides. It can also be considered fire-resistant, thanks to its aggregate top layer. Additionally, BUR is a low-maintenance roofing system. This means lower long-term expenses.
On the other hand, BUR also has its fair share of disadvantages — one of which is the complex installation process. Hazardous fumes are often produced during its installation, so roofers need to take extra precautions while working. This can also make the procedure slower, taking more time for your roofing to be finished. That said, make sure to hire a contractor experienced in installing BUR. This will give you peace of mind that the job will be done correctly and safely.
Whether residential or commercial roofing, you can rely on Precision Roofing for excellent results. Our team will make sure that your roofing needs are taken into account, as we work on your roof system. Call us at (845) 351-2009 or fill out our contact form to request a consultation. We serve customers in Middletown, NY, and the surrounding areas.