Tar and Gravel Roofing in Santa Fe
Built-up roof membranes, referred to by the acronym BUR, have been in use in the U.S. for more than a century. BUR systems generally are composed of alternating layers of tar and reinforcing fabrics that create a finished membrane. It is then finished with an aggregate layer or coating, such as asphalt (bitumen), leading to the more commonly used label “tar and gravel” roofing.
A more conventional alternative to BUR roofing is modified bitumen, a roofing membrane consisting of asphalt and rubber polymers. Considered the natural evolution of BUR, Mod Bit combines the rugged sturdiness of asphalt with the UV resistance and flexibility of modern elastomeric membranes. In the Santa Fe area, both BUR and Mod Bit are relatively inexpensive and are designed to endure harsh weather conditions all year round.
In common use with BUR and Mod Bit roofing is the Granular Cap Sheet, a rubberized asphalt roofing product produced in rolls. They consist of a proprietary modified asphalt, a tough fiberglass reinforcing core, and a granular surface to protect against UV, weathering, and physical impact. They are generally applied atop the BUR or Mod Bit roofing materials to give added protection. However, with the advent of elastomeric coatings, Granular Cap Sheets have become less popular, owing to the weight they provide as opposed to the light elasticity of the more modern membranes.
Among those, Silicone Restoration Membranes such as Fix My Roof’s Silicone Membrane IntegriGard® Roofing Material is one of the smartest picks when it comes to protection for Tar & Gravel roofs in Santa Fe. No need to tear off and replace old roof decking, which takes up valuable space in local landfills, nor to add unnecessary weight to an already heavy roof. Installation is quick, labor costs are low and it has some of the best product statistics in the roofing industry. Learn more about our solutions for tar and gravel roofing in the Santa Fe area by talking to an expert at Fix My Roof today!