History of Ballasted Roofing

In the 1970s, stone-ballasted roofing systems began to appear. While they were similar to built up roofing (BUR), the stones were larger in size. Today, ballasted roofs have come a long way, pushed forward by the green initiative of the 1990s. At Green Leaf Roofing, our roofing contractors are experts in repairing and installing ballast roofs.

What is Ballasted Roofing?

A ballasted roof is created by loose laying the components of the roof first. This means that the roofing contractor can assemble the roofing material, thermal barrier, and insulation without fastening them to the roof deck or to each other. Then, the seams are sealed, and a waterproof layer is secured to the parapet and roof penetrations. However, it is the weight of the ballast – the organic material – made from soil now rather than stone – that holds all the components in place.

Why Consider a Ballasted Roofing System?

Installing a ballasted roof comes with a number of advantages, including:

  • Elimination of most of the adhesives and fasteners – this greatly reduces the cost of roofing installation.
  • Reduced time on the job – the project takes a great deal less time because there is less work. Large sheets can also be installed with fewer seams.
  • Durability – ballasted roofs last a long time, with little maintenance required.
  • Energy efficiency – new reflective materials are available for ballasted roofing that are still aesthetically pleasing but help reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home or business.

Green Leaf Roofing can answer any questions you have regarding a ballasted roofing system. We have qualified expert installers ready to assist you. Call our roofing contractors at 972-379-9109 today for a free quote.