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Tar and Gravel Bur Systems:

Built up roof: A roof consisting of multiple plies of roof felts laminated together with bitumen. Built-up roof material can consist of bitumen-saturated felt, coated felt, polyester felt or other fabrics

  • A surfacing is generally applied and can be asphalt, aggregate (gravel or slag), emulsion or a granule-surfaced cap sheet.
  • B.U.R.’s come in two basic types, asphalt and coal tar, and three basic components – (1) the waterproofing component, (2) the reinforcing component, and (3) the surfacing component which is used to protect the other components from the elements.

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The application of gravel or slag surfacings are probably the most popular. The next most popular surfacings are probably the granule-surfaced cap sheets. Then come the emulsions which can be spray, brush, or roller applied.

  • Base sheets are usually installed and are usually mechanically-fastened (nailed) to the deck or substrate
  • Then come the felts, these can be installed with either hot asphalt or coal tar, or cold-applied liquid adhesive, a.k.a. solvent-based asphalt or "cutback" asphalt.
  • Last is the surfacing cap sheet, with gravel or slag, 400 – 500 pounds per square of gravel or 300 – 400 pounds per square of slag is embedded
  • An aluminum reflective coating should be applied after the emulsion cures to help reflect damaging UV rays.
  • Built-up roofs can be installed over just about any type of roof deck as long as the proper substrate is use
  • The service life of a roof, under ideal conditions, should last at least 15 - 25 years, depending on 3-4-5 ply installed.