If you are looking for an experienced roofing team to care for, repair, or install tar and gravel roofing on Staten Island, you’ve come to the right place. Over the years, A1A Roofing & Home Improvement has established itself as one of the leading roofing companies in the area, and we look forward to sharing our quality expertise with you. To learn more about our offerings or to schedule an appointment today, dial (917) 771-6895.


The Benefits of Tar and Gravel Roofing

Tar and gravel roofing, often referred to as built-up roofs (BUR), is a very popular style of flat roofing, most commonly used for commercial building purposes. Tar and gravel roofs offer unparalleled durability and longevity and are very affordable to install and maintain.

To reap the benefits of your tar and gravel roof, it should be installed and maintained by an expert team, and that’s where we come in. Our roofers have years of extensive experience and take pride in delivering quality services to our valued clients.

Install a New Tar and Gravel Roof

Whether you are at the onset of a building project or if you’re looking to replace your existing roofing material, when it comes to flat roofs, tar and gravel is your best choice. Not only is it fast and easy to install, but it’s extremely reliable and budget-friendly to boot.

When you contact our experts about gravel roofing installation, we’ll spring into action, scheduling an appointment at your earliest convenience. Our experts will take the time to assess the size and shape of your roof, crunch some numbers, and provide you with a detailed cost estimate before we get to work.

The installation itself should take no longer than a day to complete, and our experts will work around your schedule and accommodate your business hours as needed.

If you have questions about the installation process, our team is always very happy to chat, so reach us by phone or email.

Tar and Gravel Roofing Repair and Maintenance

While tar and gravel roofing are known for their durability, with constant exposure to the elements, it is not uncommon for your roof to experience disrepair from time to time. When it does, you need to contact a repair team you can trust. That’s where we come in.

Our team has the tools and experience to deliver comprehensive repairs and regular maintenance services for flat roofs like yours, so if you have any concerns about your roof, or if it has been a while since your last inspection, please let us know.

Having your roof inspected annually will help you extend its lifespan and save money in the long run.


Even the best roofing systems aren’t immune to problems over time. After many years of wear and tear, UV exposure from the sun’s rays, and contact with the weather, your roof could be at risk of a leak or other forms of damage.

Here are some signs to look for that should tell you it’s time to consider investing in professional tar roof repairs:

  • Broken or missing roofing components
  • Visible leaks
  • Increasing energy expenses
  • Ponding water

When you notice any of the above, it pays to move quickly to have a licensed professional handle the repair work. Our certified and fully insured roofers are here to support you with speedy roof repair services tailored to your priorities. We’ll help you address problems, shore up your roof, and ensure it remains a protective barrier for many more years to come.

Call us to consult with seasoned roofer contractors who go above and beyond to deliver streamlined flat roofing system repairs that align with your budget.


Several key indicators can help you determine when a tar and gravel roof should be replaced. Here’s what our experts consider when recommending a flat roof replacement:

  • Age of the roof
  • Condition of the waterproof membrane beneath the gravel
  • Recurring leaks
  • Extensive water pooling that lasts 48+ hours
  • Widespread blistering, cracking, or bubbling
  • Frequent repairs
  • Insulation issues
  • Sagging
  • Internal damage
  • …and more!

When one or more of the above becomes a reoccurring issue, it’s time to think about budgeting and planning for a gravel roof replacement. Let our roof replacement technicians lead the way in helping you access the most value. All you have to do is give us a call to reserve an appointment to discuss your goals with our talented roof specialists.


Carrying out BUR system maintenance at least once per year is the wisest course of action. This could be as simple as having one of our licensed professionals perform an inspection to make sure your rooftop is still offering maximum protection after storms or a long winter season.

Some of the most common maintenance services required by commercial and residential tar and gravel roofs include the following:

  • Maintaining an even gravel layer across the entire surface of your roof
  • Removing debris
  • Membrane inspection and repairs
  • Drain maintenance
  • Flashing repairs and replacements
  • Recoating and resealing
  • Insulation upgrades
  • …and more!


When you enlist our technicians for flat roof inspection services, you can expect an in-depth assessment from a qualified industry expert. We complete a top-to-bottom checklist that includes inspecting everything from the integrity of the gravel layer to watching out for thermal movement, which is a type of damage caused by the material’s response to changes in temperature.

Don’t let minor damage snowball into a larger and more expensive problem. Connect with us to reserve an appointment for a flat roof inspection.

Find Great Rates on Flat Roof Services

In addition to offering superior value, our team is happy to provide our clients with great rates. The total cost of your service, of course, will depend on its nature, be it a repair, installation, or general maintenance.

To find out how much your roofing service will cost, reach us today!

Contact the Area’s Best Flat Roofers

A1A Roofing & Home Improvement specializes in the installation, maintenance, and repair of tar and gravel roofing systems. Our clients appreciate our product expertise, affordable rates, and prompt, friendly service.

Speak with one of our certified roofing contractors today to learn more about our services. Contact us at (917) 771-6895.

Full-Service Roofing Company

Our company has garnered attention in the local area for our niche specialty in tar and gravel roofing systems. While other companies shy away from built-up roofing because of its complexity and labor-intensive installation process, not us—we've made tar and gravel our in-house forte.

As a full-service roofing company, we offer everything you need to build and maintain your tar and gravel roof for the best price. Contact us for:

  • Roof inspections
  • Roof installation
  • Roof repair
  • Roof maintenance

Have an inquiry? Drop us a line today. We can't wait to help.

Tar and Gravel Roofs

In the past, a tar and gravel roofing system, also known as built-up roofing (or BUR), typically consisted of tar paper. Today's systems are made up of alternating layers of bitumen reinforced advanced materials that include fiberglass roof membranes. Licensed A1A Roofing & Home Improvement roofing specialists utilize updated roofing technology for residential or commercial roof installation and also provide skilled tar and gravel roof maintenance and repair.

BUR roofs are a fantastic, economical choice for flat roofing systems. BUR roofs are robust, hard-wearing, and safe to walk on. If you need a high-performance roof on a budget, a tar and gravel roof might be the ideal choice for you.

Ballasted Roof Systems

Ballasted roofs are an alternative type of built-up roofs. Very similar in all other respects, the key difference between a ballasted roof and a tar and gravel roof is the size of the gravel stones. Ballasted systems use heavier, larger rocks that achieve a unique aesthetic and do not need to be sealed. Our contractors are pleased to offer ballasted roofing systems to give our clients an even wider range of styles to choose from.

Tar and Gravel Roofs for Your Property

Are you considering a tar and gravel roof for your property? Make your decision in full confidence with the help of one of our experts. We'd be happy to meet with you on your property for an in-depth consultation to discuss the potential of a BUR roof installation. During your consultation, you can expect our seasoned roofing contractor to provide you with professional, unbiased advice and information.

Consult With a Roofing Expert

Over the years, we've installed countless tar and gravel roofs. We'd be happy to explain to you the ins and outs of their performance, installation, and maintenance and repair recommendations. We'll also speak with you about your budget and time frame for the project in order to create a plan of action that is tailored to your needs. From there, we'll inspect the roof itself and take measurements so that we can more accurately assess the scope of the job at hand.

Finally, our contractor will put together a written cost estimate for your consideration. We'll include a full breakdown of all our material and labor fees so that you can budget accordingly, should you choose to hire us for the job.

By the way, our consultations are 100% obligation-free. Discover the value of our services, risk-free. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today.

Tar and Gravel Roof Installation

A1A Roofing & Home Improvement installs tar and gravel built-up roofing systems using advanced roofing technology that consists of layering high-quality tar-saturated paper and liquid with gravel, asphalt, rolled asphalt, or modified bitumen. Layers are "built-up" to reinforce the roofing system and provide exceptional durability. The final layer of the completed roof installation is coated with bitumen (tar) and a layer of gravel to secure the entire system and to provide maximum protection from the sun's UV rays and impact resistance.

Our roofing installation method is tried and true. We've honed our process to be quick, efficient, and minimally disruptive. Although tar and gravel roofs are known to be labor-intensive to install, we've developed a sound strategy that reduces redundancies and wait times. When you hire us for BUR roof installation, you can expect a lightning-fast turnaround time.

Plus, in the interest of your complete satisfaction, we'll work around your schedule and maintain a clean and tidy worksite for your health and safety. If you'd like updates on our work, our project supervisor will gladly provide you with regular reports on our progress, and up to date completion time estimates.

Tar and Gravel Roof Maintenance and Repair

When properly installed and maintained by a qualified roofing professional, a tar and gravel roof provides property owners with a durable and cost effective system with an average lifespan of 20 - 25 years that can be extended with regular maintenance. Over time however, surface gravel may become worn down from wind, sun and weather damage and leaks can become a problem around flashings, eaves and roof decking.

Some common BUR repairs include:

  • Open joints
  • Blisters
  • Undulations or waves
  • Cracks

Thankfully, our roofers are extremely familiar with BUR roofs and can quickly diagnose and restore your roof to like-new condition.

Our experienced A1A Roofing & Home Improvement roofing technicians promptly identify any built up roofing problem during a licensed roof inspection followed by qualified repair of roof leaks, gaps and holes. From the metal flashings to sealants, each roof component on both the interior and exterior of your home or business property is carefully evaluated as part of a preventative roof maintenance checkup that also includes practical recommendations for roof safety practices in between inspections. A1A Roofing & Home Improvement provides detailed price and work estimates prior to carrying out any repairs and customized tar and gravel roof repair to your exact requirements and budget.

Advantages of A Tar and Gravel Roofing System

Built-up roofing systems have been a popular choice among commercial property owners for decades, and with so many advantages, it's easy to see why. Tar and gravel roofs are:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Multi-layered advanced roofing technology offers improved lifespan and easier maintenance
  • Easy to repair and maintain
  • Attractive appearance - Gravel roofs blend in and enhance windows or decks
  • Fire-resistant
  • Excellent UV protection
  • Cost-effective commercial and residential roofing system

Recognized for its overall value by building owners, roofing technicians, and architects alike, A1A Roofing & Home Improvement quality manufactured roofing products and extensive built-up roofing repair and installation that are backed up with both manufacturer warranties and labor guarantees.

Roof Maintenance Tips

A cost-effective investment for residential and commercial property owners, protect your investment in a tar and gravel roof with regular repair and maintenance from A1A Roofing & Home Improvement

  • Sign up for an annual licensed roof inspection and a complete evaluation following an extreme weather conditions such as a windstorm, snowstorm or heavy rain.
  • Visually inspect your tar and gravel roof whenever possible to check for cracks or surface bubbling or other signs of wear and tear. Contact A1A Roofing & Home Improvement for prompt and certified roof repair to extend roof lifespan and steer clear of costly roof repairs which could have been avoided.

Licensed Roofing Contractors

Day in, day out, we stake our reputation on the quality of our workmanship. To provide our clients with the highest quality results, we pour the highest level of training into our staff. All our contractors are licensed, vetted, trained, and boast specialized education in built-up roofing systems.

What's more, individually, we're well-versed in state safety codes and regulations. Collectively, we employ stringent protocols in our daily operations to adhere to them. In our minds, a superior roof is firstly a safe roof. With the basis of sound job site security and building practices in place, we then add our skillful touch to craft roofs with unmatched precision and structural excellence.

Premium Built-up Roofing Materials

It's very simple: to provide our clients with the best roofs, we source the best materials. Our company has established a long list of reputable supplier connections that provide us with premium tar-saturated paper, asphalt, and modified bitumen. We even offer a wide selection of gravel types so that you can hand-select the perfect size of rocks to achieve your desired aesthetic.

We make every effort to offer our tar and gravel roofing materials at rock-bottom prices. Get in touch with us for full pricing details. We'd be happy to take you through the cost-benefit analysis of all our options.

Sustainable Roofing Practices

We aim to the greenest commercial roofing contractor in the local industry by employing sustainable practices and using renewable energy sources at every turn. With new technology changing the industry every year, we've made it our mission to stay abreast of developments that help us build more environmentally responsible roofing systems. By implementing greener materials and strategies, we reduce waste, conserve energy, and limit our impact on the environment.

To learn more about our commitment to sustainable roofing practices, don't hesitate to reach out to our team.

Roofing Company Committed To Customer Service

When you partner with us, you're hiring a fully licensed and insured roofing team with your best interests at heart. Our company is known in the area for our client-first approach, and we intend to keep it that way. On every project, our clients can expect five-star customer service, including:

  • No-obligation consultations
  • Accurate quotes
  • Fast turnaround times
  • Extended warranties
  • Long-lasting, beautiful results

Reliable Tar and Gravel Roofing

Among all the types of commercial roofing systems that we install, tar and gravel remains one of the most popular since it was developed over100 years ago. And it’s for a good reason. When properly installed by the professionals at A1A Roofing & Home Improvement, it offers great protection from the elements and serves as an efficient insulator. It’s also relatively straightforward to repair, making maintenance visits a lot easier overall.

We follow industry-standard practices and manufacturer’s guidelines when installing all our roofing systems. This guarantees that our work will be built to last—oftentimes exceeding the expected lifespan. Our clients love the fact that they can rely on us to do the job right, on the first try.

We want you to rely on us too. Call us now for a consultation and quote on commercial roofing services.

Cost-Effective and Efficient Roofing Systems

Unlike a lot of our competition, we never sacrifice quality to lower our prices. Instead, we focus on improving efficiencies. The savings we achieve from those efforts get passed on to our loyal clients. The result is that you will get a better-quality roof installation or repair, for a lower price. But what do we mean by efficiencies?

At A1A Roofing & Home Improvement, we are constantly investing in the latest technology. Whether it’s computer tech that’s meant for diagnostics, inspection, and troubleshooting or for machinery that makes our job easier, we can work faster and more accurately than ever before. This emphasis on innovation and improvement sets us apart from the competition. And every year we are getting better and better.

Energy Efficient Tar and Gravel Roofing Systems

As the climate warms and energy prices skyrocket, there has never been a better time to invest in energy-efficient roofing systems. And did you know that even though tar and gravel roofs were developed over a century ago, they’re still considered one of the most energy-efficient roofs on the market?

Tar and gravel have been proven to help businesses manage the internal temperature of their properties. With greater control comes less energy waste and an overall decrease in the use of electricity. This is especially true in New York’s hot summer months when temperatures can skyrocket. Take control over your energy consumption and reduce your energy costs at the same time. Book a consultation with your local roofing experts to start saving money now!

Improving the Roofing Customer Experience

If there’s one thing that has been true about A1A Roofing & Home Improvement from the start, it’s our dedication to improving the customer experience. From the first moment you call till the final inspection, you will be treated with the professionalism and respect you deserve.

Moreover, we favor a communicative approach that keeps you informed at every stage of the process. Not only does this keep you updated on your project, but it gives you a chance to address any concerns you might have as the project unfolds. For us, open communication is a guarantee of customer satisfaction. Not to mention the key to building a roof that meets all your expectations.

Contact Us Today

The best way to keep your tar and gravel roof in its best possible condition for years to come is to act fast and contact A1A Roofing & Home Improvement as soon as you suspect that there's a problem.

Let us help you with your roof