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Commercial Built-Up Roofing Services

The Built-Up Roofing System (BUR), also known as “tar and gravel” roofing, is one of the oldest roofing systems in the US. It is commonly used for flat and low-slope roofs on commercial buildings, schools, and government facilities.

Built-up roofs are comprised of 3 or more alternating layers of bitumen (asphalt, coal tar, or an adhesive that doesn’t require heating) and reinforcing fabrics (glass-fiber or organic mats). This membrane is then covered with gravel (or some other aggregate), a layer of hot asphalt, or a coating of aluminum or elastomer.

Built-Up Roofing Wisconsin

30-35 Years

How long does a built-up roof last?

From Madison to Milwaukee, the built-up roofs we install have a service life of 30 to 35 years. Environmental conditions, foot traffic, roof slope, and the quality of the installation all affect the service life of a built-up roof. Additionally, the number of plies (the felt sheets sandwiched together) is a factor.

Built-up Roof Repair Contractors in Milwaukee Area

Although built-up roofing might be one of the most durable on the market, it still requires repairs from time to time. Whether it's the changing Wisconsin weather or natural damages that come with age like loose seams or punctures, Alois Roofing can handle any repair job. If these problems are not taken care of as soon as they appear, damage to the building can happen which might require a roof replacement. Alois Roofing has over 40 years of experience repairing built-up roofs from simple punctures to holes in the roof. We provide customers with expert services that will get your roof working like brand new.

Other roofing companies might have teams that work on all different roofing types, but not Alois. We have specialized teams that only work on one type of roofing material from installations and replacements to repairs. This provides customers with a team of roofers who have the necessary experience and knowledge to complete your repair job quickly and leave them with a roof that will live up to its service life.

The highest quality materials on the market
Teams onsite promptly to fix urgent problems
A safety-first mentality for every job
Unmatched experience

How Much Does a Built-up Roof Replacement Cost?

Estimating roof replacements can be tricky because many factors affect the cost, like roof size and damage. Alois Roofing offers free quotes for built-up roof replacements in Milwaukee for accurate estimates.

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Built-Up Roof Repair Contractors

Built-Up Roof Replacements Contractors

Wisconsin's fluctuating weather strains built-up roofs, shortening their lifespan and leading to leaks and structural damage. When it's time for replacement in Southeastern Wisconsin, trust Alois Roofing for unmatched service.

Be careful with low-cost roofing estimates when replacing your built-up roof; cheap options often lead to future maintenance issues. Alois Roofing offers expertise and quality that withstands Wisconsin's harsh climate. Our specialized team ensures efficient and effective replacement. Choose Alois for lasting results. Check out our Project Portfolio for proof of our high-quality work.

Benefits of Built-Up Roofing

  • Very cost-effective roofing
  • Multiple plies provide protection even if an outer layer is damaged
  • Excellent waterproofing
  • Low maintenance
  • Gravel (or other aggregate) surface withstands daily wear and tear well
  • Takes longer to install than EPDM roofing
  • Installation is messy and smelly
  • Traditional built-up roofing lacks flexibility necessary for large expanses of roof, particularly in cold climates. A cold built-up roof (applied with a sprayer or squeegee) performs better in our climate in Milwaukee.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Built-Up roof?

Built-Up roofing systems come in a variety of types. The most common parts of these systems are always a layer of installation, a base sheet that provides water protection and a layer of asphalt. The top layer either comes pre-coated with a mineral surface or another thin layer of asphalt is added and a mineral surface can be added.

What does Build-Up roof mean?

Built-Up roof or BUR is a type of roof that contains multiple layers made up of asphalt that is applied between sheets that provide extra protection.

How much does a Built-Up roof cost?

On average a Built-Up roof can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000 depending on different factors like materials used, roof size and roof shape.

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