Austin Commercial Built-Up Roof (BUR) Systems
For many business owners and managers, there are two central concerns when it comes to installing a new roof: durability and affordability. While it is important to have a roof that adequately protects the business and its property, it is also important that the roof doesn’t break the bank. A built-up roof (BUR) system can address both of these concerns.
Kidd Roofing has decades of experience in installing, maintaining, and repairing built-up roofs in Texas. Our team is dedicated to providing stellar customer service and will work hard to ensure that your commercial roof fits the unique needs of your business.
As you consider your commercial roofing options, we are more than happy to help you understand BUR systems and other types of roofs. To speak with a skilled Austin commercial roofing professional, call (512) 671-7791 now.
What Is a Built-Up Roof?
A BUR system is constructed on a flat or low-sloping roof using alternating layers of roof felt and bitumen. (The most common types of bitumen used for built-up roof construction are asphalt, coal tar, and cold-applied adhesive.) The felt and bitumen materials are layered on top of each other multiple times to create a strong, resilient roof. For the top layer of a built-up roof, workers will carefully lay stone or gravel for added protection and traction.
BUR systems have existed since the early 1800s, and they remain one of the most popular choices for commercial roofing projects today. Many of the flat roofs on warehouses and other large businesses that you can’t see from street level are built-up roofs. These roofs’ lasting popularity can be explained by a number of benefits they offer.
Advantages of BUR Systems
BUR systems have been a go-to for commercial roofs for over 100 years – and for good reason. Here are a few notable advantages of installing a built-up roof on your building:
Durability: The durability of BUR systems is rivaled by few other types of commercial roofs. A built-up roof can provide dependable protection against foot traffic, storms, and harmful UV rays. These roofs are also highly waterproof and fire-resistant.
Affordability: BUR systems are a cost-effective roofing option for many businesses. There are a couple of factors that make these roofs an economical choice in the long run. For one, they tend to have relatively low maintenance and repair costs. Second, because BUR systems are used on flat roofs (or roofs with a very low pitch), built-up roofs require less square footage of material than roofs with a steeper pitch.
Cooling effect: Coats of paint or other reflective materials on a built-up roof can minimize the solar heat that the building absorbs. This helps to keep the building naturally cool, therefore keeping air conditioning costs low during hot Texas summers.
Longevity: When they are properly installed and maintained, built-up roofs have a long lifespan. On average, these roofs have a life expectancy between 15 and 25 years. Given careful and consistent maintenance work, BUR systems may even last for up to 30 years.
Built-Up Roof Services We Provide
Work on your commercial roof doesn’t end when the installation is complete. In order to maximize the lifespan of your BUR system, it is important to have regular, professional maintenance work done on your roof. Maintenance will mainly consist of routine inspections, but if need be, a roofing team should also complete any needed repairs.
At Kidd Roofing, we do it all. When it comes to built-up roofing (or other commercial roofing) service, our team offers:
Why Choose Kidd Roofing
For nearly four decades, Kidd Roofing has provided the highest-quality roofing service to businesses in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. With extensive experience in BUR systems, our commercial roofing experts are ready to install, inspect, or repair your built-up roof as needed.
Our team is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service in addition to dependable results. We have been awarded various distinctions for our work, including the prestigious GAF President’s Club Award and Triple Excellence Award. We have multiple A+ ratings with the Better Business Bureau in Texas and belong to the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin.
Contact Kidd Roofing for Work on Your Commercial Built-Up Roof
BUR systems offer a durable and affordable roofing solution to countless businesses across the United States. If you are planning to invest in a new commercial roof, a built-up roof may be the optimal route to take.
Whether you need a new BUR system or repairs done on your business’s built-up roof, Kidd Roofing can get the job done. To schedule an appointment to speak with a commercial roofing professional, call (512) 671-7791 today.