Built up roofing, also known by roofing contractors as BUR, has been in use in the Chicago and Northern Wisconsin areas for over 140 years.
It was invented in Chicago just after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Built Up Roofing (BUR) is often referred to as, tar and gravel, or asphalt and gravel roofing.
A built up roofing system consists of multiple layers or plies, of felts, fabrics or mats that are saturated with bitumen, either asphalt or coal tar pitch.
Each alternating layer (ply) creates added resistance to water and weather, ensuring that no moisture gets through.
The finished surface of the roofing system can have a gravel application,
a mineral cap sheet or a weather resistant coating to help protect the bitumen and felt layers below to further extend the life of the roof.
BUR's 140 year track record is unsurpassed in the roofing industry and continues to be one of the most durable and cost-effective roofing system for low-pitch and flat roofs.
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