Built Up Roofing

Built Up Roofing Repair

True Engelmeier Roofing is equipped with experience, the tools, and the knowledge to help you with just about all of your roofing needs. So whether or not the job is big or small, residential or commercial, we can help you with the utmost quality guarantee. One roofing task that we can assist with is Built Up Roofing (BUR).


What is Built Up Roofing?

Essentially, a built up roof is a custom "product" constructed on the job site.

Typically found on older homes with minimally pitched roofing or commercial buildings, a built-up roof system is composed of a roof membrane, bitumen, and sometimes an aggregates surfacing. This roofing has been in use across the US for more than 100 years. BUR roofs may also be referred to as “tar and gravel” roofs.

Why Would You Choose This Type of Roofing?

There are multiple advantages when you choose built-up roofing. One of the biggest advantages is what you would expect from every roof you invest in: durability. Many BUR roofs can have a 20-40 year lifespan before having to replace the materials. Aside from durability, there are other benefits that you would be experiencing if you chose to use a BUR roof:

  • Multi-Layer Protection: BUR supplies multiple layers of bitumen and bitumen saturate “felts.” This way it builds up a resistance to water and other elements that may cause damage and enter the structure.
  • Thermal Performance: BUR systems will save you money on heating and cooling costs since they have extraordinary resistance to heat conduction. Controlling your climate will be much easier!
  • Fire and Uplift Resistance: BUR roofing goes through FM Approvals and Underwriters Laboratories to meet a very strict standard of fire resistance. This way BUR can ensure you sufficient uplift resistance when it battles extreme wind conditions.
  • Economically Smart: The competitive cost of BUR roofing makes it one of the most economically sound investments you can make for the sustainability of your building. Its lifespan and ability to last outweighs your financial costs in the long term. You don’t want to invest just to simply continue making maintenance calls. Get your roofing done right the first time!

Why True Engelmeier?

True Engelmeier Roofing has been servicing commercial and residential buildings since 1959, which most contractors cannot say! We have been in the business for a large expansion of time because everyday people continue to trust in our brand and in our work.

Our team of licensed and insured craftsmen does not consist of temporary labor or independent contractors. Instead, we have people on staff that have been in the business for 10 years or more on average. We take pride in our quality, thus we will only employ the best to work on your roofing.

Moreover, we can setup warranties on most of the materials that we use and we guarantee a 10 year warranty on all labor! We are so confident in our work and the products we choose to use, that you get this warranty that will relieve you of mistakes gone array.


How We Do It

True Engelmeier Roofing always removes the existing roof down to the roof deck and begins building from the deck up. Our basic built-up roof consists of a 43# base sheet and three plies of fiberglass felt applied with hot asphalt. We then flood coat with hot asphalt and cover with gravel. Any metal used for gravel stop on the perimeter is 26 gage galvanized painted metal. In addition to the basic system, we can quote prices for the installation of additional products to fit your needs:


  • A slope to drain water from your roof to prevent "ponding"
  • Drains
  • Skylights
  • Insulation
  • Kitchen roof vents
  • Various flashings


How You Can Do It

If you’re ready to install, replace, or repair a BUR roof, then you can request a quote, or even faster you can give us a call at (407) 291-8600. This is highly recommended for commercial buildings so we can analyze the situation and develop quotes and a plan of action right away.

So don’t hesitate to give us a call, you won’t regret it!