BUILT UP ROOFING
Built-up roofing, also known as "BUR," is a relatively long-lasting type of roofing that does well in warmer climatic conditions, although it can also be a good alternative for roofing in wet climate conditions.
This material has been in existence for a century and has been gaining popularity because of recent upgrades making BUR a great choice for most commercial roofing application. If you are having a difficult time choosing between a built-up roof, and all the other types of roofing material, including asphalt roll roofing and slate roofing, consider the following benefits of a BUR project.
Multiple layered protection is one of the strongest considerations of BUR roofing. Multiple layers are made of a tough bitumen layer and are finished using an aggregate coating layer. This provides both the strength required by the roof to withstand violent storms, high wind, and many other natural weather calamities that often lead to the breakdown of flat roofs.
Unlike conventional metal or shingle roofing, which can be highly vulnerable to leakage, built-up roofing provides the ultimate shield against water leakage because of its layers of protection.
One greatest advantages of build-up roofing is it's performance under strained weather extremes. As already highlighted earlier, this type of roofing is almost all-weather effective, meaning you can enjoy comfortable conditions whether in warm or cold climates, courtesy of the roofing materials used in BUR. One key feature of the materials used is insulation which blocks excess heat from reaching your interior space directly. The materials also have the ability to protect you from excessive cold which might pose additional problems.
Build-up roofing has an average life span of approximately 15 to 30 years throughout which you are guaranteed exceptionally high quality service. This period may even be longer depending on how well you maintain your roof and other factors such as climatic conditions and the location of your building.
Although BUR is not the longest lasting type of roofing material known, it is certainly worth considering to have a proven roof above your commercial interior space to protect you for a relatively long time. One may argue that slate roofing, which has a life span of up to 50+ years, is the best alternative without actually weighing both products in a similar context.
Aside from the above mentioned benefits, choosing to roof your multi-dwelling apartment or commercial building with BUR makes a lot of sense for many other reasons. For instance, this type of roofing is highly adaptive to meet any form of penetration as well as its flashing configuration. In terms of tensile strength, BUR is a leader in the roofing industry. General reliability is another area of strength for BUR roofing because this style of roofing has been around for more than a century. Currently, anyone talking of BUR roofing can have no doubt of its performance because there are unending testimonials of its superb performance. It is easy to be skeptical of roofing materials that have not been around for a long time, but BUR has stood the test of time.
Maintenance on a BUR system is relatively easy. Unlike many other types of roofing with perpetual issues of leakage which end up resulting in high costs for maintenance, BUR assures long intervals between maintenance or repair. With BUR systems there are far less breakdowns of the roofing's reliability.
Built-up roofing may be the answer to your long-term roofing problems. Although there are substantial disadvantages, such as the initial roofing cost of a new BUR system, this product is a solid choice for your next flat roof.