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BUR vs. Single Ply Membranes: A Quick Comparison

BUR vs. Single Ply Membranes: A Quick Comparison

Two popular flat roof materials are BUR and single-ply roofing membranes. Which is better? Read on as the roof replacement

experts at ABM Services & Renovations share a quick comparison.

BUR System

BUR, or Built-Up Roofing, is a roofing system designed with several plies. BUR is manufactured by alternating layers of roofing felt with different waterproofing materials such as modified asphalt, coal tar pitch and a cold application adhesive. To minimize sun damage, BUR is finished off with a final layer of gravel or crushed rock. This is where it gets its other name, “tar and gravel” roofing. 

BUR is more common on commercial properties than on residential properties, but it’s still a great choice for homes with flat roofs. Just make sure the installation is done by reputable professionals that have plenty of experience working with BUR. This will ensure the installation is done properly and that your new roof will perform as expected for many years. 

Single-Ply Membrane Roofing System

TPO, or Thermoplastic Polyolefin, is a thin rubber-like single-ply roofing membrane that’s usually recommended for low-slope roofs. These thermoplastic membranes are made from plastic polymers and have seams formed with heat or chemical welding. The membranes are then reinforced with a layer of polyester or fiberglass for increased strength and stability. 

In short, both BUR and single-ply roofing membranes offer many benefits. If you’re not sure which option would best suit your needs, don’t hesitate to consult with your roofer.

When it comes to reliable roof repair and replacement services, ABM Services & Renovations can guarantee excellent workmanship and customer service. Call us today at (770) 288-2368 or fill out our convenient online request form. We serve Atlanta, McDonough and the neighboring GA areas.