Chicago is an awesome place to live! The 606, Lincoln Park, the Chicago Riverwalk, and Millennium Park… There’s just something to be said for the serenity of nature and you can find it all over Chicago. Millions visit our city every year with those destinations in mind and we live in their midst!
But, then, there’s the side of nature that could pose problems for property owners. Chicago’s not called the windy city for nothing and if it’s during the midst of a storm, look out! From freezing in the winter months to the blistering days of summer in the city, the varying temperatures weather roofing materials after a time. Not to mention the weight of the snow piling up or the undetected damage the humidity can cause if moisture is trapped somewhere.
Whether it be due to hail, high winds, heavy rains, or just natural aging, roof repair is not something you want to put off. If there is a problem, it will will only grow worse with time.
Scheduling a periodic inspection of your roof will catch many issues before they have a chance to become a full blown problem. If you are seeing signs of possible damage, contact a roofing professional to assess your roof and offer solutions rather than attempting the job yourself.
Should an emergency situation arise, a roofing professional will prioritize and get your problem under wraps as quickly as possible.
There are times when repair is not the best option and a roof replacement is necessary. Several major factors play a part in whether or not it is time to replace your roof. The largest problem being leakage. Once a leak is discovered from inside your home, it has most likely been going on for some time. That is a sobering thought because leakage over an extended period leads to structural damage. Water has been penetrating the roofing system, decking and insulation enroute to the ceiling where the problem is usually discovered.
Many things contribute to leakage:
- Wind damage: Short of being ripped loose completely, shingles that have suffered wind damage can be hard to spot. If exposed to high winds, moving shingles can cause the loosening of nails and damage to granules on the shingles surface that will ultimately allow leakage.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Age would be the culprit here. Both of these situations would indicate roof replacement is necessary and should be at the top of the to-do list.
- No chimney cricket: If your chimney is on a downhill slope and there is no chimney cricket installed in flashing around the chimney, moisture is likely to accumulate causing rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Large hailstones can cause severe damage to a roof, especially if the shingles are asphalt. The damage may not be visible to the untrained eye, it is best to schedule an inspection after a severe hailstorm.
There has not always been such a vast array of roofing choices available. Today, a rainbow of color choices await consumers and there are a variety of material options too. If you aren’t sure which is the best choice for you, our professional team can answer any questions you may have or make suggestions if you would like for them to guide you in the process.
Asphalt shingles have always been a popular roofing choice. They are long lasting, affordable, and come in an array of colors. In addition to being attractive, architectural shingles are rated to resist wind up to 110 mph. The 3-tab asphalt shingles are rated to resist wind speeds up to 60-70 mph.
Clay and concrete tiles
Also known as Spanish style, these roofs are more costly than asphalt shingles. Clay and concrete tiles have great curb appeal, are energy efficient, durable, and long lasting. They can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain.
Not only are they beautiful, metal roofs are energy efficient, durable, low maintenance and weather resistant. Rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph, this choice should stand up to any windy city test.
Standing seam metal roofs
This combination of beauty and brawn might be the choice for you. Standing seam metal roofs are very effective at keeping water out because their raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof. The heavy material can also better withstand the weight of any tree limbs or storm debris tossed your way.
Business owners have a lot on their minds and you don’t need concerns about your roof weighing you down. Let us help you make an informed decision regarding major roof repair or if it’s time to replace the roof all together. We know the roofing material you choose now will have a lasting effect on your peace of mind years down the road.
Built up systems
Built up roofing (BUR) has a life expectancy of 15-30 years and is often used on low-slope roofs. The technique includes layering materials. Built up roofs are extremely water resistant and are not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays. Due to the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top, these roofs are considered fire resistant. They better in warmer climates.
The initial installation is expensive, but once the job is completed additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
This roofing system is described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof. Modified roofing systems incorporate using membranes as the base material. They adhere to the roof surface and are designed for low-slope roofs. The modified roofing system is similar to the BUR system and was first used in the 1960’s.
Cold applied systems
Both built up and modified roofing systems can be applied using a “cold system.” This means that the material used to adhere to the surface of the building can be done without “mopping” the surface with hot asphalt or a like material. When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation.
The exposed white surface of Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient. Possibly not the best choice for Chicago, this single-ply roofing membrane is recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system.
Metal roof systems
The building structure, form and roof pitch are important things to consider when choosing a metal roof system. Averaging between $5 and $12 per foot, metal roof systems get expensive, but when comparing cost to a life span of 30 to 40 years, things tend to even out. Other factors for consideration are the climate and checking out any local code requirements.
Common choices for metal roof systems are steel, aluminum, copper and zinc.
- Galvanized or coated steel is the actual material used for ultimate protection.
- Aluminum is often painted for added resilience.
- Copper roofs are durable and have a long life span.
- Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Cost effective and energy efficient, roof coating and urethane systems adhere to the roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your building and the elements.
Acrylic coating is water based making it very easy to work with. It is resistant to UV rays, but does not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating, however, is an option that works well in ponding water situations. Also, this product erodes very little over time.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Because leaving them white is an option, urethane systems do very well as “cool roofs.”
Roof maintenance & inspections
Perhaps you should consider setting up a maintenance schedule to have your roof inspected at regular intervals. Catching any problems when they are in the beginning stages can keep your existing roof in peak condition for as long as possible.
Our roofing maintenance programs consist of an inspection, a full report of findings (including photographs), and rapid restoration of any identified problems.
Frequently asked questions
Whether it’s for your home or business, replacing your roof is a major expense. We’d like to make the experience as easy for you as possible. We can help you with all the different considerations that pertain to your roof and determine which will work best for your home or business.
You can find answers to some commonly asked questions regarding roof installation below. If you have others, please, contact us! We will be happy to answer them for you.
How much will a new roof cost?
That will depend on roof size, shape, and slope. In addition, of course, the materials you choose will be a large factor in determining final costs. It will also depend on things like whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed. We offer free estimates to help you determine what your expense will be.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
Perhaps. If there are multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface or unforeseen damage, a tear off may be necessary. Again, our free estimate will lay out all the specific information you need to know.
My shingles are just a few years old, but they have dark streaks running down them. Do I have to replace them?
Chicago gets humid in the summer months. That humidity makes your roof susceptible to algae growth. Sunlight decreases growing conditions, but if you are well shaded (or areas of the roof that are) dark streaks form. We can help you determine the best course of action, if the shingles are fairly new, there is probably no need of replacement.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed?
Most residential roofs can be replaced in one day. We do our utmost to protect your shrubs, lawn, and landscaping while the job is in progress. If it’s a job that will take longer, rest assured that in addition to leaving a clean work area, your home will be weather proofed for the night before we call it a day.
What types of warranties are provided?
Most manufacturers provide material warranties ranging from 5 to 50 years, depending on the product. In addition, we proudly provide our customers with a guarantee of workmanship.
What happens to the old roof debris?
It is taken to the landfill and disposed of properly.