Having withstood the test of time for over 100 years, it’s no surprise that built-up roofing (BUR) remains a popular commercial roofing option in Colorado (and across the country)!
At Arapahoe roofing company, we pride ourselves on being an authority figure on built-up roofing, and we’ve been installing BUR since our company began in 1967.
Built-up roofing is the epitome of “form over function”—it might not be pretty, but it gets the job done and can stand up to just about anything Colorado’s climate can throw at it.
Designed for long-lasting performance, durability and minimal maintenance, BUR is perfect for most commercial roofs. And if you’re in the market for a BUR roof repair or replacement, you’re in the right place.
For schools, hospitals, office buildings, and much more—built-up roofing has kept Colorado’s commercial spaces protected for 100+ years.
Browse our case studies to learn more about our past work, and why Colorado business owners choose Arapahoe for all of their roofing needs.
At up to 20 years, built-up roofs offer some of the most comprehensive roofing warranties available.
But a warranty means nothing without a roofer that knows how to make the most of it…
And that’s where our warranty & repair services make all the difference.
At Arapahoe, we’re dedicated to providing top-rated warranty and repair services, and the knowledge and education to help you make the most of your business’ built-up roof system.
With annual maintenance and repairs, you can make sure your roof lasts 20-30 years (and even longer) while avoiding more expensive issues.
Typically, the roof will remain in great working condition, but general maintenance on certain parts of your BUR system (flashings at walls and curbs and penetrations) should continuously be monitored and maintained to ensure the life of the roof far exceeds expectations.
Contact Arapahoe Roofing Company today to learn more about maintenance, warranty, and repair services, or schedule your free estimate now!
So, what makes built-up roofing such a popular choice? Well, it comes down to the construction of a BUR.
Built-up roofing (BUR) is composed of a multiple layer system installed using hot or cold asphalt. Many different designs are available from multiple manufacturers.
A typical BUR installation starts with layers of insulation (mechanically fastened or embedded in asphalt), followed by a cover board, and multiple plies of fiberglass felt. After this, a cap sheet is installed with either hot or cold asphalt or gravel.
Click the video to see a quick video showing the installation of BUR Roofing from our partner, JM.
Even after a century of use, built-up roofs are only getting better…
Still, like every other roofing system, built-up roofing has both advantages and disadvantages. So, let’s get down to the details—here’s our list of the pros and cons of built-up roofing:
Keep in mind: It’s no accident that built-up roofs are so popular here in Colorado. BUR has plenty of pros and cons, but we’ve found that it is overwhelmingly loved by our clients due to its longevity and durability.
Along with the advantages we’ve already mentioned, there’s another key benefit of built-up roofing that may help you make a decision.
Most commercial roofs fall into two categories—flat roofing and low-slope roofing.
The good news is, built-up roofing can be applied to either roof type, making it a versatile choice for your commercial space.
Keep in mind that prices can vary depending on your roof slope, building location, and square footage—and your final decision should be made with the assistance of a roofing expert.
The bottom line is, built-up roofing is a top pick for Colorado business owners. Once a built-up roof is installed, we rarely see building owners make the switch to a different roof system.