Tar and Gravel or BUR (built up roofing) systems have been used in America more than 150 years. It is a long lasting (when installed correctly) durable and highly reliable waterproof membrane. They are installed on site with the laying down of layers of hot tar or bitumen, alternating with layers of reinforcing felts. The redundant layers give excellent protection to water and weather. The problems for this type of roof come from incorrect installation, storm damage due to wind or blowing debris that can puncture the membrane, and ponding of water because of clogged drains. Plus, service to HVAC systems can be extra costly if carless repair men’s tools or equipment are scraped across the roof or dropped on it causing damage to the roof’s waterproof membrane- sometimes the damage isn’t found until later.
Church Roofs, like any other roof, are designed to keep the weather out, and they vary greatly from one church to another- though most are considered stately and awe inspiring . They form a focal point of gatherings for generations of members within a community, and are looked upon with love and pride. The historical preservation of the roof during repairs can be maintained using traditional building materials that are common to churches, such as slate, cedar shingle, tile, copper, and asphalt shingle- if a good match to the original roofing material can be found. However, sometimes a church roof needs replacement and this requires a roofing company aware of new building materials that mimic the traditional ones, such as 50-year 3-dimensional roofing, synthetic slate, and metal shingles. Henrico Roofing can offer advice on many of the new roofing products available that will sustain the historical perspective of your church and protect the building in style through the next few generations.
Need more information? Call Henrico Roofing at (804) 894-9139