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Built-up roofing systems in commercial buildings
When it comes to choosing the best roofing system for your commercial building, there are many things you should consider. The nature of your business, the size of your building, the climate of your area, the construction of your commercial building, the weather conditions and so on. There are plenty of choices when it comes to commercial roofing systems.
BUR or built-up roofing systems can usually be referred to as coal-tar built-up roofing, mainly because they use completely organic materials. They are steadily growing in popularity across the US. When it comes to the production process, several layers of felt are being bound together with added layers of bitumen. Also, they can usually consist of a mix of coal tar, asphalt with any other waterproof organic material. They are usually found topping flat surfaces, which is what makes them popular among commercial building owners. After being placed into position, they are covered with a specific coating.
One of the main reasons behind their popularity is the number of layers used in the production part of the process. They are significant because they add waterproof features to your building, dubbing it even more secure. Moreover, they help in dealing with harsh weather conditions. Although they tend to reduce the financial cost of a building during the years, the installation process is actually dangerous and should be performed by only the most skilled and experienced employees. That’s why the above-mentioned rise in popularity is steady, instead of rapid.
There are many benefits to installing a built-up commercial roofing system. Since its completely waterproof, thanks to the bitumen, it’s perfect to utilize in rainy, moist environments. The topping material, which is usually gravel is found to be the perfect membrane between your building and the outside world, guarding it from UV radiation and other unwanted atmospheric conditions.
Built-up roofing have become increasingly popular due to the number of layers used in the production. The layers themselves play a significant role in adding waterproof properties to the roof and providing extra security in dealing with extreme weather conditions. Not only that, they reduce the financial costs of a roof during the years. However, because of its risky installation process, some of the commercial building owners tend to avoid such type of commercial roofing. Built-up roofing can last up to 40 years when installed properly.
Among everything else, the multitude of layers guarantees significant energy cost reductions. They provide adequate thermal protection in a way that they keep the cool air inside during summer as well as not letting hot or warm air to escape during winter months.
The downsides to installing a built-up roofing system include its higher financial cost. Among other things, it also takes much more time to construct and install. Not only that, workers are continuously exposed to toxic fumes and hot materials, which calls for additional security measures.
Of course, before deciding on doing anything major on your roof, it is advised to consult with an expert.
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