Tar and Gravel roofs have a long history in the roofing industry and can last up to 50-years. Despite the cons a tar and gravel flat roof may just be the solution you are looking for.

Tar and Gravel

Tar and Gravel roofs get a bad rap. They were popular in the 50’s-60’s especially on commercial roofs and while some of the criticisms are well founded, there still remains quite a number of reasons you might opt for one today.

As with any flat roof the key to seeing it last is properly maintaining it with a scheduled maintenance plan. This is especially true for tar and gravel roofs where, as you’ll find out, many of the problems can be nipped in the bud just by having a good maintenance plan. A properly maintained tar and gravel flat roof can last 40 years.



Before we get into the disadvantages, many of which you have probably heard, let’s go over the positives. Yes, there are still pros to tar and gravel roofs even with all the other modern flat roof systems out there.
Even though they are an older system, it’s a proven one. Some tar and gravel roofs around today were installed way back in the 70’s. You also don’t have to worry about walking on and scuffing them like you would on TPO of EPDM flat roofs.


That being said, we wouldn’t be doing you any good if we didn’t lay out the weaknesses of tar and gravel roofs. Remember, a good maintenance plan will help you avoid running into these problems.

AM Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal’s Tar and Gravel Roofs

If you’re interested in getting a tar and gravel roof call us and we will come see if your building is a good fit for one. If it’s not we are happy to provide you with alternatives. Inspections are FREE at AM Flat Roofing & Sheet Metal so it really can’t hurt.