If you're building a new home or cabin with a flat roof design, you can't cover the roof in traditional shingles because water won't roll off the roof like it does on roofs with a steeper pitch. When it's time to get a new roof, you have a few options, but one of the common choices is a built-up roof. You've probably seen this type of roof many times because it has been used for many decades on homes and commercial buildings. Here are a few things to know about built-up roofing:
The Roof Is Applied In Layers
A built-up roof is made with several layers of roofing fabric that have been saturated with bitumen or asphalt. After a layer is applied to the roof, the crew spreads hot tar around with a mop. Then, a new layer of fabric is applied, followed by more tar until the roof is complete. The multiple layers prevent leaking, which can be a big problem with flat roofs since water doesn't drain off them very well.
Gravel Holds Down The Fabric
The top layer of a built-up roof is gravel. If you've seen homes with gravel on the roof, then you've seen this type of roofing material. The gravel is there to hold the roof in place and to protect it from UV exposure. The added plus is the beauty it brings to your roof. If your cabin has a split level that looks over part of the roof, you won't have to look at an ugly membrane roof. Instead, the roof will blend in with natural surroundings since it has a rock covering.
Built-Up Roofs Require Professional Installation
One drawback to having one of these roofs installed is that it isn't a DIY project. This may not matter unless you're determined to build the cabin yourself. The materials used require professional handling for safety reasons and to make sure your roof won't leak when the job is done. Mopping around hot tar is messy work, and it creates a heavy odor in the air too. You may not even want to be close to the cabin when the roof goes on, especially if you have respiratory problems. Once the roof is dry and covered in gravel, there are no ongoing odors.
Your built-up roof should last for many years. The layers of fabric do an excellent job of repelling water and the rocks protect the roof from UV degradation. This type of flat roofing material is the perfect match for a cabin or home in a natural setting. For more information, contact a residential roofing company near you!Share
4 June 2017
I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.