Built-Up Roofing: Maintenance, Repairs and Benefits

Building commercial roofs come with their own unique needs. Depending on the type of business your run, you might benefit from one style of roofing over another. With so many options out there, like TPO, PVC, high performance SBS, and sheet metal roofing, it can be difficult to know what the best option for your commercial structure is. At ABR Construction, we know this can be an overwhelming decision. A commercial roof is a significant investment, and you want to get the most value for you purchase, including maintaining its lifespan with regular maintenance and repairs. That’s why this month on the blog, we’re taking the time to unpack one of the most versatile roofing options: built-up roofing.

What is a built-up roof?

Built-up roofing, often abbreviated BUR, is a low-slope roof that involves layering different substrates to achieve an ultra-durable product. Sometimes, this is called a tar and gravel roof, named for the materials often used to construct them. Built-up roofing is one of the most versatile styles of commercial roofing because it provides a host of benefits while also accommodating many different building shapes and sizes.

The benefits of a BUR

Built-up roofs protect against UV rays and withstand extreme heat, cold, and even damaging wind speeds—all of which are incredibly valuable features in a location like Central Kentucky. Built-up roofs are seamless as well as waterproof and fire resistant. They’re easily customizable for both functional and aesthetic purposes. For example, you may choose to add a top layer for improved reflectivity. Built-up roofing is also low maintenance with minimal upkeep needed. The average lifespan of a BUR is about 15 to 30 years, with some lasting upwards of 40 years depending on the materials.


Adding a built-up roof, while usually low hassle, can be an extensive process, which is one of the few downsides to this style of commercial roof. However, we at ABR Construction are here to help. We will not only work together with you to find the perfect roof for your business or commercial building, but we will execute the installation of your roof with our reliable contractors and dedication to great service. After the BUR is installed, by us or by another, you can rely on us to handle any upkeep or maintenance on your new roof, so you get the most out of your investment. We have an excellent roof asset management team that will carefully document your new roof at all steps of the process so you can manage pertinent information related to your investment in one convenient location through our client portal. We are the best in repair and maintenance of your existing or new BUR. Plus, with 24-7 maintenance on-call, you won’t have to worry about finding help for a sudden issue with your roof.

Let’s work together

We’re a full-service roof construction company, from consultations to execution. Contact us or call us at (859) 254-2866 to schedule a consultation with us and let’s get started fitting your business with a roof that will get you started off on the right foot. We’re located in Nicholasville, KY and proudly serve the surrounding Danville, Richmond, Mount Sterling, Georgetown, Hazard, Pikeville, Somerset, Liberty, and London, KY areas.