When to Use Built-Up Roofing System and How Long is Its Lifespan?

Noblesville RoofersBuilt-up roof membranes or BUR have been utilized in the United States for over a century. Roof specialists like Taylor Home Remodeling install these roofing systems and they normally referred to it as “tar and gravel” roofing. Built-up roofing systems generally are made out of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics that make a finished layer. The quantity of plies in a cross-section is the number of plies on a rooftop. “Four plies” means a four-ply roof membrane construction. It is sometimes a base sheet, utilized as the bottommost ply, is mechanically affixed. Built-up roofs mainly are considered to be fully adhere if applied directly to insulation or roof decks.

The roofing felts or plies sheets are the names also called for reinforcing fabrics used for built-up roofing systems. Roof felts are made with either natural mats or glass fiber mats. The standard width for the felts used for BUR is 36 inches and the metric width is about one meter.

taylor home improvementRoof service company Noblesville are highly experienced in built-up roofing setup. The bitumen regularly used as a part of BUR roofing system is asphalt, cold-applied adhesive or coal tar. The coal tar or asphalt is heated in a pot or tanker and after that, it applied by mechanical spreader or a mop. Asphalt is refined from crude oil, coal tar is gotten from the refining of coal. Cold-applied adhesives normally are asphalt which is solvent-based. It does not need to be heated anymore.

Surfacings for built-up roof systems incorporate aggregate like slag, gravel or mineral granules. It also includes mineral surfaced cap sheets or fiberglass, hot asphalt mopped over the whole layer, elastomeric coatings or aluminum coatings.

Hybrid roof systems are made of two or three BUR membranes and polymer-modified bitumen membrane cap sheet. NRCA considers this kind of system to be a polymer modified bitumen membrane.

The normal lifespan of a BUR which is often called gravel roof is twenty to thirty years. Roofing care Noblesville recommends built-up roofing system for low slope to nearly flat roofing. Four plies of built-up roof membrane are the average number of plies in a BUR roofing system.