Coal Tar Pitch

Coal tar roofing is still one of the most durable, inexpensive roofing systems in the industry.

What is Coal Tar Pitch Roofing?

“Pitch” is the thick black substance that comes from the distillation of coal tar. Commonly referred to as “tar and gravel” roofing, coal tar pitch roofing falls under the larger umbrella of roofing systems known as built up roof membranes (BUR). More durable than other roofing materials — asphalt, EPDM, or TPO — its molecular structure provides a natural resistance to elements such as UV exposure, ponded water, insect damage, and much more. Coal tar roofing has a “self-healing” property that allows it to self-level, which means it can be used on roof slopes that are considered dead-level, or flat.

What are the Benefits of Coal Tar Roofing?

  • Time-Tested: One of most reliable roofing systems for over 100 years.
  • Long-Term Savings: Superior durability means fewer maintenance fees over the years.

  • Low Maintenance: When cracks develop from rapid temperature changes, the self-healing properties allow for the coal to soften and reseal when the temperature rises.
  • Exceptional Durability: This time-tested material is resistant to the following:

    • UV rays
    • Chemicals
    • Insects
    • Impact/Foot Traffic
    • Water Immersion
    • Cracking/Tears
    • Harsh Weather Elements
    • Temperature Fluctuations

If low-maintenance and long-term performance is what you're looking for in a flat or low slope roofing option, then coal tar pitch may be your solution.

Why Hi-Rise?

You can trust the Hi-Rise team to provide you with the expertise you need when choosing a low-slope commercial roofing system. All of our roofing technicians are trained and certified installers of the following roofing manufacturers: Firestone, Owens Corning, Carlisle, CertainTeed, Johns Manville, and Versico.

We believe in the products our partners provide because we have seen the longevity and customer satisfaction with their roofing materials. By partnering with manufacturers that are industry-recognized leaders in commercial low-slope roofing applications, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality roofing system.

Call us today to see if a coal tar roof system is right for you. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have! If it’s over your head, we’re on top of it!

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