BUR vs. Single-Ply Roofing Membranes: A Quick Comparison

Flat roofs are roofing systems that are often seen in areas that don’t experience much rain. This is because they tend to experience water accumulation and leakage issues if they aren’t outfitted with a proper drainage system and covered with a good waterproofing material. With that in mind, if you’re considering installing a flat roof for your property, it’s strongly recommended that you be cautious in its installation. In terms of materials, meanwhile, property owners can choose between two types: Built-Up Roofing (BUR) and single-ply roofing membranes. 

Here, commercial and metal roofing expert Alpine Roofing Construction gives you a quick comparison between BUR and single-ply roofing membranes.

BUR vs. Single-Ply Roofing Membranes: A Quick Comparison


Built-up roofing is a roofing system that is usually built by adding alternating layers of roofing felt with different waterproofing materials such as coal tar pitch, asphalt, cold application adhesive, or modified asphalt. Once the penultimate layer is added, the final layer will be composed of gravel, crushed rock, or other mineral substance that can help minimize sun damage.

According to commercial and metal roofing professionals, despite the fact that they can be used in residential homes, BURs are more often seen in commercial buildings as they are not only affordable and aesthetically appealing but low maintenance and waterproof as well.

Single-Ply Roofing Membranes

On the other hand, single-ply membranes are the most reliable, popular, and practical flat roof material on the market that you can consider. This is because whether it’s made of thermoset or thermoplastic membranes, a single-ply flat roof will be affordable and long-lasting. Apart from that, they’re also incredibly fire-resistant and reflective, meaning that not only can the roof slow fire in its tracks but it can also improve your building’s energy efficiency.

Need someone who can help you replace your commercial roof? Look no further than Alpine Roofing Construction. When it comes to residential and metal roofing projects, we are the number one service provider to approach and we won’t let you down! Give us a call at (214) 528-9897 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, TX, and other nearby areas in the state of Texas.

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