Built-Up (Tar & Gravel) Roofing Systems in Dallas, McKinney, & Fort Worth
BUR membranes or built up roofing is a durable commercial roof construction option offered by Paradigm Roofing. Buildings that have flat or low-sloping roofs are topped with built-up roofing, which is made from an asphalt sheeting that is applied in layers. Built-up roofing also is known as tar and gravel roofing, as the roofing surface is coated with a layer of gravel, tar paper, and bitumen.
Our Dallas roofing company specializes in built-up roofing, which can have a life expectancy of roughly 20 years depending on weather conditions. Built-up roofing usually is a light-colored material that assists in reflecting ultraviolet rays. This material often is one of the most affordable in the roofing business. Because of its durability, price and life expectancy, built-up roofing is a popular choice within commercial buildings, and our roofing professionals can provide you quality installation service.
Built Up Roofing Insulation
Built up roofing is a type of durable roofing material for commercial properties. Buildings that have small or flat sloped roofing are usually topped with built-up roofing to make for a more efficient structure. The most recent products on the market, include a rigid insulation layer. This insulation protects the commercial property from heat or air conditioning leakage. The fabrics or layers used to insulate the roof itself are known as ply sheets. These sheets are often reinforced using fiberglass mats or organic mats, depending on the type of application required for each particular job.
Properly installed insulation will ensure the warm air remains in your building during the winter, and the hot air outside cannot enter during the summer. As an extra benefit, properly built up roofing insulation can significantly lower your heating and cooling costs each month.
Built Up Roofing Cost
When it comes to the cost of built up roofing, commercial property owners should never let a contractor stiff them by including hidden fees. At Paradigm Roofs, we understand that most business owners are wary of extra expenses. This is why we vow never to include any hidden fees or additional costs that you don’t need for your roof. Before any work begins, we’ll write up a comprehensive quote for our services that are priced affordably. We want each customer we work with to know exactly what they are receiving when it comes to built up roofing.
Our quote will factor in the price of materials, the installation cost, labor, and size of the home itself. Costs can add up quickly, especially if you choose an inexperienced contractor for the job. Save yourself some money and headache by opting for the professionals at Paradigm Roofs.
Built Up Roof Life Expectancy
Most built-up roofs last between 20 and 30 years. A built-up roof is typically used for a structure that has a low slope or is almost flat. This type of roof is literally built up from the structure with alternating layers of roofing felt and liquid asphalt. The roofing experts will then press black tar paper felt into each layer of asphalt before it fully cools and hardens. The end result is a durable, thick layer. These roofs generally include 3 to 5 alternating layers of material, known as “plies.” The final portion of the roof is a thick layer of asphalt, with gravel then raked over the top and embedded in while the asphalt is still hot. These combined layers form a waterproof structure that also protects against UV-rays. Because of its many layers, a built-up roof may deteriorate if not properly maintained.
Built Up Roofing Maintenance
While built-up roofing (or tar and gravel roofing) is incredibly durable and long-lasting, it still needs to be properly maintained and, occasionally, repaired. You can expect a well-maintained roof to last 20 to 30 years. On average, however, a roof’s life expectancy begins to fall at 20 years. This will certainly happen if your roof has not been professionally installed and maintained.
A built-up roof is essentially flat, which means it is twice as likely to collect debris as a sloped roof. For basic maintenance, check for debris at least twice a year, and clean the surface, gutters, and drains of any build-up. You should also check the gravel distribution across the roof. Through this type of periodic maintenance, you can catch and solve minor issues before they require extensive, costly repairs. You should also contact a professional for high-quality, yearly roof maintenance.
Advantages of Built Up Roofing
Built-up roofing systems have numerous advantages when compared to other, more traditional roofing materials. Built up roofing is currently used extensively for new construction projects, and have quickly become one of the most common options across the world for commercial properties. These systems were designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, harsh climates, and to last a lifetime.
The most immediate advantages include the inexpensive nature of built-up roofing when examined over its entire lifespan. Business owners looking for a long-term investment could do far worse than built up roofing. Another clear benefit is the ease of repair and low maintenance requirements. Both factors will save you even more money down the road. Finally, there are plenty of versatile options that work well for any budget. If you have a set budget in mind for your new roofing project, our experienced roofing experts can work with you to remain on-budget with built up roofing materials.