Many types of commercial roofing systems require frequent maintenance to perform properly over the years. This can be time-consuming and financially onerous for business owners. Fortunately, with built-up roofing, you can significantly cut down on maintenance requirements without compromising the performance or longevity of your commercial roofing system.
What Is Built-Up Roofing?
Built-up roofing is the most popular material for low-slope roofs. It is composed of layers of bitumen surfaces and coating. This roofing material has been tried and tested by customers for over 100 years with technical advances making the material more durable over time.
One of the most recent product innovations is an added layer of rigid insulation for improved energy efficiency. Built-up roofing has an average lifespan of 15 to 30 years. It is suitable for both commercial and residential roofing systems.
What Are the Types of Built-Up Roofing?
There are two types of built-up roofs: asphalt and ballasted. An asphalt built-up roof can either be applied hot or cold. The hot applied built-up roofing system incorporates rubberized hot melt adhesive instead of coal tar pitch on the roof surface for maximized watertight security, while the cold applied built-up roofing system is simply sprayed on or applied with a squeegee on the roof surface. It doesn’t emit toxic fumes during application.
In ballasted built-up roofs, the membrane is ballasted onto the roof surface rather than anchored or adhered as with asphalt built-up roofs. It provides a great surface finish with strong fire-retardant properties.
Why Is Built-Up Roofing Ideal for Low-Slope Commercial Roofs?
Built-up roofing is low maintenance and offers better weather protection than other commercial roofing systems. Investing in a built-up roof for your commercial property will save you time, money and headaches when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
At Wilson Roofing, our expert roofing services help ensure that your roof remains in top condition throughout its service life. Call us at (855) 501-2220 for more information. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate or service request. We proudly serve homeowners in Austin, TX.