Residential and Commercial Roofing
A leaky roof can damage ceilings, walls, and furnishings. Our roofing expert repair and install roofs made of tar or asphalt and gravel; rubber or thermoplastic; metal; or shingles to protect buildings and their contents from water damage. Repair and re roofing replacing old roofs on existing buildings, our Chicago Roofing roofers can do it all. There are two types of roofing—low-slope and steep-slope. Low-slope roofing rise 4 inches per horizontal foot or less and are installed in layers. Steep-slope roofing rise more than 4 inches per horizontal foot and are usually covered in shingles. Most commercial, industrial, and apartment buildings have low-slope roofs. Most houses have steep-slope roofs. Our roofing experts work on both types. Most low-slope roofs are covered with several layers of materials. Our roofing experts first put a layer of insulation on the roof deck. Over the insulation, then often spread a coat of molten bitumen, a tar like substance. Next, we install partially overlapping layers of roofing felt—a fabric saturated in bitumen—over the surface. Our Roofing techs use a mop to spread hot bitumen over the felt before adding another layer of felt. This seals the seams and makes the surface watertight. Our roofers repeat these steps to build up the desired number of layers, called “plies.” The top layer is glazed to make a smooth finish or has gravel embedded in the hot bitumen to create a rough surface.
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An increasing number of low-slope roofs are covered with a single-ply membrane of waterproof rubber or thermoplastic compounds. Our roofers roll these sheets over the roof insulation and seal the seams. Adhesive, mechanical fasteners, or stone ballast hold the sheets in place. We make sure the building is strong enough to hold the stone ballast.
When you’re planning a green roof for your home or commercial property, based on your budget and needs, there are a couple of factors to consider before you begin your project. The Environmental benefits provide a solution to many common urban environmental problems including: storm-water management, reduction of air pollution, improved air quality, reduction of the envelope of hot air that hovers over cities due to heat reflective material and lack of vegetation (Urban Heat Island Effect), decreased noise pollution, and when enough buildings with green roofs are close enough, the respiring plants can even create a microclimate that can cool a city.
Green roofs consist of an insulation layer, a waterproof membrane to protect the building from leaks, a root barrier to prevent roots from penetrating the waterproof membrane, a drainage layer made from lightweight gravel, clay, or plastic, a geotextile or filter mat that allows water to soak through but prevents erosion of fine soil particles, a growing medium, plants, and sometimes a wind blanket. Industrial companies or other businesses build green roofs to reduce costs on energy and roof upkeep. Green roofs insulate and protect buildings from harsh weather conditions and the ultraviolet radiation and will also reduce energy consumption and increase the durability of the roof. Another benefit to installing a green roof is the therapeutic value to hospitals and health facilities. These facilities sometimes use gardening as a tool to enhance the healing process for patients by offering fresh air, comfort, and a beautiful landscape to enjoy while restoring their health.
There are two basic types of green roofs:
Intensive: A heavier option, closely mimics a lush natural garden
- Soil Depth: 6 to 24 inches or more
- Weight Load: 80 to 150 pounds per sqft
- Costs: $15 to $25 per sqft
- Allows for a greater variety of plants, shrubs, and even trees
- Requires regular maintenance
Extensive: A lighter option, requires less maintenance and can tolerate harsh weather conditions
- Soil Depth: 1 to 6 inches
- Weight Load: 15 to 50 pounds per sqft
- Costs: $8 to $20 per sqft
- A limited variety of plant options
- Requires less maintenance
Although the initial costs of installing a green roof are greater than a conventional roof system, the long-term benefits and the energy savings outweigh the initial investment. The costs of your green roof will also depend upon the type of roof installed, climate, and the selection of plants. Some factors to consider with the initial cost of installing a green roof:
- Permits: Zoning and building codes vary for every city
- Consultant Fees: Contractor, Designer, Landscaper, and Structural Analysis fees
- Garden Materials: Growing mediums, plants, fertilizers, substrate containers, and pavers
- Plants: Cultivating costs are high because green roof technology is fairly new
- Irrigation System: Drip, Sprinkler, and Drainage Systems
- Maintenance: Weeding and watering extensive roofs, long-term intensive roofs
Irrigation and Drainage:
The City of Chicago encourages landscaping with native plants as an environmentally-beneficial garden design. Still, you should plan for the need to supplement rainfall with irrigation. A key environmental benefit of rooftop gardens is that they absorb rainwater and reduce runoff to sewer systems. Any excess water not absorbed within the garden must be effectively drained from the rooftop. Most gardens should be able to use the existing rooftop drainage system with only minor modifications.
Generally green roofs are designed for flat and/or slightly sloping roofs, although systems are being introduced that can be installed on a roof with a 6:12 pitch.
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Gaf-Elk: 3 tab shingles
Marquis® WeatherMax® 3-Tab: The top of the line in traditional 3-tab shingles, Marquis® WeatherMax® is designed for the discriminating homeowner who demands outstanding performance, classic detailing, and a traditional appeal. For just pennies more than the standard 3-tab shingles, Marquis® WeatherMax® shingles provide outstanding, all-weather performance. This shingle comes with a 30-year limited transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection for the first five years (non-prorated material and installation labor coverage.) 3 tab shingle
Royal Sovereign® 3-Tab: Royal Sovereign® shingles combine a simple, timeless beauty with GAF-Elk’s well-known quality, making it the most-preferred fiberglass strip shingle in its class among contractors and builders. The Color Lock™ firing process maintains true color longer. Class A fire listing from Underwriters Laboratories – the highest rating possible. 25-year limited transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation labor coverage) for the first five years. 3 tab shingle
Timberline® Prestique® Lifetime High Definition® Shingles: Increase your resale value for just a moderate amount more than the standard architectural shingles. In return, you can enjoy having the longest-lasting, thickest, and most-dimensional wood shake look for your roof. Thanks to layers that are up to 32% thicker than standard architectural shingles, combined with our patented High Definition® blends, Timberline® Prestique® Lifetime shingles offer a natural beauty and increased thickness that you’ll notice and appreciate. 30-year limited transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation labor coverage) for the first five years.
Timberline® Prestique® 40 High Definition® Roofing Shingles: Perfect for those who want to upgrade from standard architectural shingles. Thicker than standard architectural shingles, Timberline® Prestique® 40 shingles feature GAF-Elk’s patented “High Definition” color blends and enhanced shadow effect. Class A fire listing from Underwriters Laboratories, the highest rating possible. Heavyweight design and extra-strong Micro Weave® core makes it a popular choice in the Timberline® series – the most popular architectural shingles in North America! The dura Grip® adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles warranted to withstand winds up to 110 mph. 40-year limited transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation labor coverage) for the first five years. Architectural shingles
Timberline® Cool Series: Now get potential energy savings (and even tax credits) when you install GAF-Elk Timberline® Cool Series Shingles. Thanks to modern reflective technology, you can join the green revolution with Cool Series roofing shingles. Our highly reflective shingles can help to reduce temperatures in your attic, so your home will stay cooler in the summer. Cool Series shingles use specially-designed roofing granulates that have a greater reflectance than traditional shingles. The result is, it minimizes the transfer of heat to the space below to keep you cooler. Timberline® Cool Series shingles are made with the patented StainGuard® algae protection to assure the beauty of your roof against unsightly blue-green algae.
Timberline® ArmorShield II Impact-Resistant Shingles: Potential Insurance Savings and Extra Protection with the beauty of Timberline® shingles. Passes UL 2218 Class 4 impact test and may qualify for insurance discounts of up to 30% or more. Each shingle is labeled with special information needed to qualify for premium discounts according to the requirements of the Texas Department of Insurance – a standard that most hail insurers accept. Revolutionary design includes FLX™ formula for rubber-like flexibility and ArmorStrip™, a patent-pending puncture resistant elastomeric tape for maximum impact. Architectural shingles
Camelot® Lifetime Designer Shingles: Combining Uncompromising performance with timeless beauty, Camelot® shingles may be the finest designer asphalt shingle ever made. Camelot® is GAF-Elk’s top of the line shingle – yet it’s only a fraction of the cost of expensive slate or wood shakes. Over 400 pounds per square for ultimate durability, Camelot@ shingles are up to 60% thicker than each layer of many other premium asphalt shingles. Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty.
Grand Canyon™ Lifetime Designer Shingles: Carefully sculpted shingle tabs combined with a subtle “shadow effect” result in a sophisticated yet rugged design. Grand Canyon’s massive, extra-thick shingle tabs are up to 20% thicker to give your roof the unmatched dimensionality and depth of real wood shakes. At over 400 lbs. Per square, compare Grand Canyon shingles to any of the so-called “heavyweight” shingles on the market. Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty.
Country Mansion® Lifetime Designer Shingles: Unique design creates a timeless, turn of the century look, great for historical properties, Victorians, or even charming cottages. Artfully sculpted shingle tabs and versatile color palette will make your home look great. Class A fire listing from Underwriters Laboratories – the highest rating possible. Custom specified, ultra-high performance Micro Weave® core provides better protection layer for layer.
Slateline® Designer Lifetime Shingles: Patented, extra-large shingle with bold shadow lines and tapered cutouts help create a timeless, turn of the century look. Class A fire listing from Underwriters Laboratories, the highest rating possible. Double row of Dura Grip® adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles confidently warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph. Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty.
Grand Sequoia® Lifetime Designer Shingles: Patented, extra-large shingle with unique design helps create a dramatic visual impact for prestigious homes and properties. Class A fire and wind ratings from Underwriters Laboratories – the highest ratings possible. Super-heavyweight design and extra strong Micro Weave® core provide outstanding performance in all climates. Lifetime limited transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection for the first ten years (non-prorated material and installation coverage)
Most low-slope roofs are covered with several layers of materials. Our roofing experts first put a layer of insulation on the roof deck. Over the insulation, then often spread a coat of molten bitumen, a tar like substance. Next, we install partially overlapping layers of roofing felt—a fabric saturated in bitumen—over the surface. Our Roofing techs use a mop to spread hot bitumen over the felt before adding another layer of felt. This seals the seams and makes the surface watertight. Our roofers repeat these steps to build up the desired number of layers, called “plies.” The top layer is glazed to make a smooth finish or has gravel embedded in the hot bitumen to create a rough surface. A small but growing number of buildings now have “green” roofs that incorporate plants. A “green” roofing job begins with a single or multi-ply waterproof layer. After it is proven to be leak free, roofers put a root barrier over it, and then layers of soil, in which trees and grass are planted. Our Roofers are responsible for making sure the roof is watertight and can withstand the weight and water needs of the plants.
Our Chicago Roofing experts also install equipment that requires cutting through roofs, such as ventilation ducts and attic fans. Our roofing techs are experts in waterproofing and damp proof masonry and concrete walls, floors, and foundations. To prepare surfaces for waterproofing, we hammer and chisel away rough spots or remove them with a rubbing brick, before applying a coat of liquid waterproofing compound. We also may paint or spray surfaces with a waterproofing material or attach waterproofing membrane to surfaces. We usually spray a bitumen-based coating on interior or exterior surfaces when damp proofing.
Using the latest roofing technology, tools and materials, our highly skilled team of workers dedicate all of their time and effort ensuring your roof not only meets your requirements but also exceeds your expectations Great Green Roofing Ideas And Products that we use and stand by. Duration® Series shingles with SureNail® Technology are as easy to sell as they are to install. With more durability and greater bonding strength than previous shingles, Duration Series shingles with SureNail Technology can withstand hurricane-force winds up to 130-MPH*. And they offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty**. Plus, more accurate fastening helps roofs go on faster, improving productivity and reducing cycle times.
*130-MPH wind resistance only applies to Duration Premium shingles.
**See actual warranty for complete details, limitations and requirements.
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