Pros and Cons of Built-up Roof (BUR) Membranes
For many years, built-up roofing was the only sort of flat roof available. While this is no longer the case and other flat roof materials have come ono the market, classic BUR is still a great option to consider. Built-up roofing uses a combination of gravel and tar, something like a refined version of road asphalt, to create a waterproof layer that protects your roof and home from inclement weather.
To help you determine if BUR might be the right roofing material for you, we put together a quick summary of the pros and cons of each.
Pros of Built-Up Roof (BUR) Membranes
Built-up roofing is an impressively long lasting roofing material, regularly making it ten to fifteen years without any trouble.
Made from a variety of resilient materials, BUR roofs are highly durable. They easily resist damage from both weather and impact.
While a flat roof may not seem like much, this particular material is offered in a variety of appearances, including smooth asphalt build-up, cold build-up, and ballasted asphalt build up. Whatever your aesthetic needs, BUR can meet them.
BUR are able to protect your home from harmful UV rays, preventing structural damage. This is often an advantage when selling your home later one, as structural soundness is key to resale value.
BUR’s low level maintenance means you won’t have to think about your roof for many years.
When the time does come to repair or replace your built-up roofing, it’s no trouble at all to remove layers and patch different areas.
Cons of Built-Up Roofing Membranes
Homeowners who consider BUR and then wind up choosing another roofing option often cite the installation process of built-up roofing as their main reason for pursuing other materials. As a number of different “ingredients” are involved with the installation, BUR has a fairly lengthy and somewhat involved installation process. Additionally, there is some risk of hazardous fumes being released during the installation.
BUR membranes are very heavy roofs. Because of this, roof beams often have to be strengthened beneath the build-up. This can create extra difficulties and add to the total cost of roof installation.
In summary, BUR memberanes are long lasting and highly durable, but also rather heavy and difficult to install. If you are looking for a sturdy roof and are willing to put up with a bit of a messy installation, BUR might just be the fooring material you need!