Built-Up Roof Gravel and Ballast Removal

Adler Roof Vacuuming has been leading the industry for over 40 years. As the premier roof vacuuming company serving the entire east coast, you can rely on Adler for all of your roof vacuuming needs. BUR gravel and Ballast removal are just some of Adler’s roof vacuuming services. Read on to learn more about your options to protect an industrial flat roof, and how Adler can help during the BUR gravel and ballast removal processes.

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Styles of Flat Roof Protection and Coverage

Built-Up Roof Gravel Removal

Built-up roofs are a style of flat, or low slope, roof structure that relies on a certain layering style to protect and extend the lifespan of a roof. The layering style usually consists of variants of smaller stacked gravel and tar. Materials used could be tar, asphalt or bitumen, gravel, crushed stone, and more. A built-up roof will have the stone or gravel embedded into the tar or asphalt.

Built-up roofs protect the building beneath from various weather conditions such as high UV rays, rain, snow, and ice. In extreme weather conditions, the BUR layering style can help to regulate overall building energy costs.

Adler BUR and gravel removal will vacuum off all loose rock quickly and effectively. Adler's vacuuming services allows for a less labor-intensive job and better contact with the loose gravel. Debris and dust fragments are controlled and minimized as well.

Ballasted Roof Rock Removal

A ballasted roof uses larger and heavier stone, compared to a built-up roof, and is laid over the roof membrane. The stone, gravel, or rocks are used as a weighted barrier for the materials below.

The weight of the gravel or stone is helpful for distribution purposes. In a scenario where there is more equipment on one side of the building than the other, a roofer might increase the amount of stone on the opposite side of the roof. The weight of the gravel or stone is also effective in locking down any lightweight material that might have been laid below.

When equipment stored on the roof needs to be fixed, adjusted, or exchanged, the roof is sheltered from foot traffic and the potential of scraping or scratching.

A ballasted roof will also protect the building from extreme weather, similar to the BUR. The properties in the stone allow for heat absorption and natural insulation to block out the cold.

Adler Ballast and Stone removal removes all rock quickly and effectively from the roof. The vacuuming services allow for an efficient job process, as opposed to shoveling and wheelbarrowing rock away. Dangerous debris and dust fragments are controlled and minimized as well.

Irma Stone Removal

Irma stone is a style of built-up roof for a commercial building's flat or low slope roofs. This system consists of a weather-protecting bottom membrane, laid directly on the roof. On top of the weather-protecting layer would be a moisture-resistant layer. Optionally, fine mesh is laid down to sift out any debris. This layer is held down with a form of ballast or gravel. Irma roofs are a great way to extend the life span of your industrial flat roof.

Adler irma stone removal vacuums and removes all rock quickly and effectively. This style of roof vacuuming service is conducted efficiently, compared to traditional methods of shoveling and wheelbarrowing. Roof Vacuuming lessens the risk and danger associate with loose debris and dust fragments.

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Green Roof Soil Removal

Green roofs are increasingly more common among large commercial buildings, especially in large cities; it is beneficial to make use of the surface area available. The U.S General Services Administration provides information that a green roof, which consists of planters or soil, can “reduce building energy use by cooling roofs and providing shading, thermal mass and insulation”.

Adler soil removal services can vacuum soil and dirt off roofs reaching up to 40 stories high. Adler is well versed in roof vacuuming and has experience vacuuming from hundreds of planters along the Manhattan skyline, from Rockefeller Center’s roof. With the use of state of the art trucks, it is a simple process for Adler to vacuum out all unwanted soil from a roof top.

Concrete Paver and Brick Removal

Some commercial roofs will use concrete pavers or brick to cover the surface. These materials are heavy and strong, in the case of extreme weather or wind, they will remain in place.

Adler concrete paver and brick removal is a two step process. The first step is to break up the material into smaller pieces with a jack hammer. The second step is to vacuum the material off the roof.

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Materials Used for Flat Roof Maintenance


Ballast is a material such as aggregate which uses its weight and gravitational force to hold down roof membranes. Ballast is laid loose on a flat roof. This type of aggregate can be gravel, stone, slag, pea gravel, or mineral granules.


Gravel is specified as small fragments of rock, differentiated by mineral type, size range, and sometimes other characteristics.

River Rock

River rock is a type of stone that is smooth because it has been weathered down and exposed to moving water. They are not pointy or sharp, which is beneficial when laying them on a built-up roof. In this scenario, they will not poke or puncture the material below.


Slag is smooth, like river rock, but generally a bit smaller in size. It is a glass-like stone that is often used for a BUR system.

Pea Gravel

Pea gravel is a small stone, also referred to as pea shingle, which is a type of gravel with rounded edges.

Whichever style of flat roof protection you might have; BUR, ballasted, or Irma stone, Adler has you covered for all of your roof vacuuming needs. Adler roof vacuuming services will remove gravel, stone, and more from your flat roof, reaching up to 40 stories high. Explore the full range of roof vacuuming services, including soil removal and snow vacuuming.

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Why Choose Adler Roof Vacuuming Services


We are family owned and operated for the past 40 years and still going strong. We were the main vac truck contractor in 2001 doing the clean-up of the World Trade Center disaster, Hurricane Sandy, and BP Oil spill in the Gulf. We’ve worked over the years for literally 1000’s of general contractors, building owners municipalities and manufacturers. Many of our employees have been with us over 20 years which is the real benefit in dealing with our company. Knowledge and expertise yields efficiency and safety which together will save you time and money in the long run.


With Adler, you will find a positive solutions oriented attitude. Our team is always accessible and eager to respond to your needs. At every level of our organization, you will see a commitment to consistently high customer satisfaction. We are driven to be your single source for all of your roof vacuuming needs.

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We believe in safe environments. Safety is not only the law, it is our goal; we consistently strive for zero risks for both our employees and customers. Our comprehensive Health and Safety policy along with our focus on employee training allow us to create the safest environment possible. Therefore, we have achieved:

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