In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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Built-Up Roofing: What You Should Know

Built-up roofing (BUR) is one of many types of roofing material you can choose for your home. It is ideal for a home with a low-slope or flat roof. Built-up roofing has multiple layers of materials, including bitumen, aggregate, and various other roof coatings. You can also opt to get an extra insulation layer when installing this roofing. If you have a low-slope asphalt roof, you might want to consider built-up roofing instead. Here is more information about this type of roofing to help you decide:


There are multiple benefits to choosing built-up roofing. The first benefit is the fact that the multiple layers provide more durability and stability. The investment you make in this type of roofing allows you to have a roof that can last a very long time. Built-up roofs also tend to be lower in maintenance than other roofs, and they provide protection from UV rays. Another great reason to choose built-up roofing is the fact that the extra layers provide protection from the elements, including water and fire. This is an amazing benefit since it can help reduce the amount of repairs you need in the future, further protecting your investment.


As with all roofing materials, there are also some drawbacks to be aware of for built-up roofing. The majority of drawbacks have to do with the labor and installation process. First of all, when this roofing is being installed, you might smell some unusual and strong fumes and vapors. This is unavoidable since it comes with the installation of the different layers of the roof. You may also have a harder time finding a contractor, since you need one with specific experience for this type of roof. This means you might also be paying more for labor costs for built-up roofing.

Other Varieties

When you choose built-up roofing, you can choose from the standard variety and other types. The following options are very common among people who want this style of roofing:

Cold asphalt – Cold asphalt built-up roofing is just like traditional BUR except it doesn't use the standard hot asphalt for application. Cold asphalt is used, which is either installed through a spraying tool or by applying the asphalt layer with a squeegee to the roof surface. It has very good performance and can sometimes handle more weather conditions than what you get with a hot asphalt BUR.

Ballasted asphalt – There is also ballasted asphalt BUR, which has multiple layers like traditional built-up roofing, but more asphalt layers are used. In traditional BUR, just one layer of asphalt is used in addition to the other materials, such as aggregates. This is great because with the additional asphalt layers, you have better fire-resistance.

For more information about this type of roofing, speak with a contractor from a company like Darnell Construction.