built up roofing system phoenixBuilt-up roof systems, abbreviated as BUR, are one of the oldest roofing systems used for commercial roofing contruction purposes. Not only are they reliable, in the event of damage, they are easy to repair as well. With these roofs, we intend to provide customers extra protection to render better performance in the extreme weather conditions.

Phoenix Property Owners – What is a Built Up Roof System?

Essentially, a built up roofing system consists of layers of roof felts that are laminated together. Bitumen, asphalt or some other roofing adhesive is used in between the layers. Emerging as a safer, durable and lightweight alternative, a lot of business owners are finding them to be an ideal choice for their office buildings. They are particularly useful for roof structures that are low-slope or flat.

Built-up roofing system are a choice that can never go wrong because they can be designed and built to cater to the building owner’s needs. In addition, since these built up roofing systems incorporate multiple layers, they offer superior protection in the event of hail or snow (for our Northern AZ commercial property owners).

With over 30 years of experience, we have the expertise needed to give your building’s roof the ability to easily withstand harsh weather in Arizona.

Why Use Built-Up Roofing Systems in Phoenix for Your Building?

There are many advantages that an owner enjoys when he chooses to have a built-up roofing system installed on his building.

  • Built up roofing systems are a cost-effective solution.
  • It is applied with minimal hassle such that building occupants are not disrupted.
  • It ensures impact and fire resistance.
  • It is decorative, hard wearing and comes in a variety of skid resistant finishes.
  • Built up roofs are easy to clean.
  • This system has a superior ability to bridge joints and cracks.
  • Built up roofs promise excellent color stability.
  • Reflective materials can be used over the top coat so as to reduce the effect of ultra violet radiation.
  • Long term warranty comes with many built up roofing systems.
  • It has commendable waterproofing capabilities.
  • Tensile-strength for build up roofs is high.
  • With insulation, performance of a building component can be significantly improved.
  • Built-up roofing systems reduce heating and cooling costs.

How a Built Up Roof is Installed in Phoenix

Roof Surface Preparation

  • Any buckles, raised edges or blisters that exist on the surface are flattened and removed.
  • The existing roof is then checked for vents, valleys, flashings, drains or edging to determine if repair is needed.
  • It is ensured that the surface is free from rust, paint, dirt, oil, gravel or grease.

Sometimes existing roofs have to be completely removed if:

  • The deck is deteriorated and fail to qualify for a reasonable subsurface.
  • The structure has been roofed many times as this can lead to high weight load.
  • The old roof has moisture such that it cannot be dealt with.

Roll Roofing Phoenix

Roll roofing starts next and the adhesive is applied on top. At this point, it is important to ensure that the roofing adhesive is applied uniformly using a roofing brush between the layers of roll roofing. This adhesive is applied after an hour of the cement application. The drying time is around 2 days provided the weather is warm and dry (we can assume that it will be in most cases!). If it is possible to lift the roof, it shows the cement is wet and will some more time to dry.

Before you opt for your built-up roofing systems, it is important to determine whether it is a hot applied roofing system you want or a cold applied roofing system will work for you.

Get a Visually Delighting Roof For Your Phoenix Building

At Jim Brown and Sons Roofing, we ensure that your roof installation is as easy for you as possible. Since we have over 30 years of experience in the industry, we facilitate our customers to make well-informed decisions in terms of quality and components so as to meet and exceed expectations every time. It is with this attitude that we ensure durable, affordable and weather resistant roofs every time such that our customers enjoy them year after year.

Contact us today to get your building a roof where you achieve the perfect balance of aesthetics and durability.

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Phoenix Built-up Roof FAQ

What does "built-up roofing" mean?

Built up roofing in simple terms means multiple layers of roofing products usually referred to as a base, ply and a cap. The base is exactly what is sounds like: the layer on the bottom creates a base. This can be a fire rated material which some building codes require. The second layer, called a ply, is an intermediate layer of an asphalt based felt. You can add one layer of ply or three layers of ply. Usually, the more layers the longer the warranty and longevity of the roof.  The last layer, referred to as a cap, is a thicker layer of an asphalt based membrane that has granules adhered to the membrane to provide a protection from the sun and other environmental factors. These layers are either adhered with hot asphalt or a they are self-adhering sheets.

How do you install built-up roofing?

Built up roofing is installed in layers that are adhered based on the type of material that is being installed. It can be adhered with hot asphalt, a glue adhesive, or the membrane is a self-adhering product that requires no other product to adhere it to the roof deck.

What does a built up roof look like?

Built up roofs typically are grey, white or tan granules that look like 3’ wide sections that can be as long as 180’ long. They are installed in a staggered or brick layered pattern.

How much does a built up roof cost?

This depends on how many layers, size of the roof, and access to the building. You can expect to pay as little as $250 a square to $1,000 a square. Typical installations for homes are around $10,000. For commercial buildings, it’s hard it give a budget number without taking into consideration of parapet walls and roof mounted curbs.

What are the benefits of a built-up roof in Phoenix?

You can get a fire rating is the most common reason, economical price for new builds, and longevity with easy maintenance.

What makes built-up roofing stronger than other roofing types?

The layers are where the strength is. Think of it as skin. Would you just want one layer of skin or 5 layers of skin to protect you? The thinner the skin, the easier it is to bleed. The thinner your roof the easier it is to leak.

What are the major issues with a built-up roof?

Built up roofing remains to be one of the best roofing systems out there. The reason it has declined in installation is due to environmental issues. Built up roofing is an asphalt based system and the cost of asphalt has been on the rise for years. If the system is applied with hot tar, the fumes that are off-gassed are not preferable for some installations. Another downside is insurance costs to the contractor. The risk for injury is higher with hot asphalt and torch down so you may have a hard time finding a contractor that will install a built-up roofing system that isn’t self-adhered.

Is a built-up roof the right choice for my house?

You should discuss your options with a contractor that performs both systems to give you an honest opinion on what is best for you. Do you have problems with birds, insects, and rodents? Then a built up roof would be best for you. Do you have hard to reach areas that would make installation difficult if not impossible? Then foam might be a better solution. Also, make sure to discuss the longevity expectations you have with your roof and home. These are all important factors in making the right choice for you.

What is the lifespan of a built-up roof?

If you do the minimum, you can expect 10 years before you might need to start looking at maintenance and repairs. If you install a better system with multiple layers, you could get 30 years on a well maintained roof.

What are common repairs for built-up roofs?

Split seems, bubbles, and material degradation in areas where water sits. All can be repaired without replacing the roof.