When you are looking to replace or install a brand new roof, you may be doing a bit of research on your own. You may see a lot of people talking about “BUR roofs”, but what does BUR stand for? It is important that you learn basic terminology so you can understand the different roofing options available to you. Paradigm Roofing wants to ensure our customers are completely informed when they make decisions about their roof. Here is a brief overview of what a BUR roof is and if it is the right material for your property.
What Does BUR Stand For?
BUR or “Built-Up Roof” membranes are one of the most popular roofing choices in the country. BUR roofs are also known as “tar and gravel” roofs. BUR systems are constructed in layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics to create a strong and durable roofing surface.
Who Uses BUR Roofing?
Usually, flat top commercial or warehouse-style buildings are the most common customers for BUR roofs. The layers are applied on top of a layer of coal tar and then smoothed out. The layers are topped with gravel or other types of granules, which can only stay on a flat surface.
How Long Does BUR Roofing Last?
BUR roofing can last about 25 years if maintained properly. Of course, if you live in a climate that is prone to severe weather, your roof may need more regular repairs to keep it in optimal condition. It is recommended that you have a roofing professional come and inspect your roof on a regular basis so you can catch small leaks before they turn into costly repairs.