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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

Built-Up Roofs Are A Time-Tested Commercial Roof With A Low Cost Of Ownership And Great Water Resistance

by Martha Soto

Built-up roofing is a low-maintenance commercial roof that has been used in buildings for a century. It's created by mopping hot asphalt onto the deck of your roof, placing fabric mats (commonly made of fiberglass in new construction) over it, then repeating the process of mopping asphalt onto the mats and placing mats over the asphalt. The built-up roof may consist of up to five layers. The asphalt acts as an adhesive to create a contiguous barrier against water, and the multiple layers act as a good insulator for the interior of your building. Here's why built-up roofs may be the best choice for your next project.

Made of Inexpensive and Readily-Available Materials

The asphalt, fabric panels and gravel used in the construction of built-up roofs are all inexpensive materials. The chief cost of using a built-up roof for your commercial building is installation — the hot asphalt has to be delivered in a special truck and mopped on to the fabric panels by hand by a team of professionals in order to deliver a quality product. Built-up roofs do not need much maintenance or repair after installation, which keeps total cost of ownership low. Combined with the low cost of materials, this makes built-up roofing a good choice for large commercial buildings.

Resists Water Intrusion Better Than Other Common Commercial Roofs

Because a built-up roof doesn't have seams, there's much less of a risk of water intruding into your building. In a typical single-ply membrane roof, the membrane panels are either welded together using a heat gun or are taped together. The seams are weak points in the roof, and it's not unusual for the panels to separate and create cracks that allow water in to your building.

Since built-up roofing is multi-layered and contiguous, there are no weak points in the roof that can easily fail. While water can erode the panels and the asphalt used to glue them together, the multiple layers give you plenty of time to repair any cracks that form in the top layer. This keeps water out of the interior of your building and prevents water damage.

Low Cost of Ownership Due to Easy Maintenance

Damage to built-up roofing is primarily caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, which break down both the fabric panels and the asphalt quickly. The gravel layer on the top of the built-up roof protects the underlying panels and asphalt from the sun, but the gravel can be blown off over time in windy areas. You'll need to inspect the roof and replace gravel if necessary. Any damage to the fabric panels or asphalt caused by wind and sunlight is easily patched by a professional, which keeps long-term costs low.

Built-up roofs are time-tested and perfect for large commercial buildings due to the low cost of material and maintenance. They easily resist water, which prevents water damage to the interior of your building. If you think a built-up roof is the right choice for your next project, call a commercial roofing specialist for a quote.