Bitumen Roofing

Bitumen roofing represents a large portion of commercial and private roofing in Ireland today. Bitumen roofs have a very strong record of reliability and provide a very cost effective roofing solution.

At Select Roofing we have built up a depth of experience in delivering Bitumen Roofing Solutions across a wide variety of industries.

There are two main categories of bituminous roofing systems in the Irish marketplace.

Modified Bitumen Membranes

This type of roofing is an evolution of asphalt roofing. It is made from asphalt and a variety of modifiers and solvents. There are several ways of connecting pieces of this material. In a heat application process the seams are heated to melt the asphalt together and create a seal. There is also a cold-applied adhesive application process, and some self-adhesive forms of this system. This material is also referred to as APP or SBS.

Built Up Roofing Membranes (BUR)

A built-up roof membrane consists of several layers of roofing felt adhered together by bitumen (asphalt or coal tar). In a typical built-up roof, they felt is laid over a mopping up pitching, followed by a second mopping of bitumen, and then the second felt, and so on. Thus, a number of felt layers (called plies), separated by inter-ply moppings of bitumen, are necessary to build a built-up roof membrane-hence, the name “build up” roof.

A built-up roof normally consists of 3 to 5 plies. The greater the number of plies, the thicker and, hence, stronger and more durable the membrane. The last felt is typically covered with a surfacing material to protect the membrane from the effects of weather and external fire.

At Select Roofing we are experts at designing and installing bitumen roofing from industry leading manufacturers:


So whatever your bitumen roofing needs or specifications, contact the roofing experts at Select Roofing today to discuss your possibilities and arrange a site survey. Call us in Ireland – 01 4642534 or in the UK – 0044 1753701109, email or click the button below.