Smart Roofing, Inc. – Featured Roof – DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforté Shake – Palatine, Illinois

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Featured Roof installation in Palatine, Illinois of DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles in Tahoe color. Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles are a durable and low maintenance way to achieve a natural hand-split cedar shake look with slanted sawn edges and staggered lengths.

Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles are low maintenance. Because it is a non-porous material, you don’t worry about your tiles absorbing water which can lead to freeze/thaw issues. Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles will not break like natural shake tiles – eliminating material waste. They also resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects.

Bellaforté Shake, polymer roofing tiles have achieved the highest possible test ratings for fire, wind and impact and have been approved and preferred by cities and subdivisions nationwide. This, along with a Lifetime Limited Material Warranty, gives you a more secure home for your family.

If you are ready for a new roof, or would like more information about DaVinci roofing products, contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your ALL of your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Smart Roofing, Inc. is a DaVinci Roofscapes Masterpiece Contractor.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Featured Residential Roof – Glencoe, Illinois

Smart Roofing, Inc. is proud to share this beautiful Western Red Cedar Shake roof installation in Glencoe, Illinois. This residential roof features Certi-Guard®  cedar shakes made from Western Red Cedar.

Cedar shakes are a highly durable roofing material. They hold up well during periods of heavy rain and snow and are impervious to bugs. Since cedar is a breathable material, it also helps preserve the structural integrity of the home by preventing condensation issues. This cedar shake roof installation features premium cedar shakes that have been pressure-impregnated with fire-retardant polymers to provide permanent fire protection. These products carry the label Certi-Guard® and has met C fire testing standards.

Another benefit of a cedar shake roof is that it is highly energy efficient. Testing has demonstrated that a cedar shake roof can keep an attic 28°F cooler during the hot summer months; and because the cell structure of wood makes it a natural insulator, the home will be kept warmer during the cold winter months. One of the main reasons so many people fall in love with cedar shake roofs is their unique look. No two cedar roofs look the same, so this is an ideal material if you want to add major curb appeal to your home.   (excerpts from roofcalc.org)

If you are ready for a new roof, contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your ALL of your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Smart Roofing, Inc. installs Western Red Cedar Shake Roof in Lake Forest on Smart Builders Custom Home

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. recently installed this beautiful Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Shake roof in Lake Forest.  Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Shakes are sawn on both sides giving it a look similar to a sawn shingle but with a thicker appearance, Tapersawn Shakes are known for their smooth uniform imposing look providing an exceptional looking roof.

Contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your ALL of your residential or commercial roofing needs.

 

 

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Roofing and Gutters – 5 Star Reviews

 

“Smart Roofing, Inc. installed our roof in Park Ridge, IL,  and we’ve been so pleased with it. The work was done promptly, professionally, neatly, and at a fair price. Pete and his crew were very respectful of our property, attentive to detail, helpful in trying to solve a vent issue that we had, and are just very nice to work with. Our roof looks great, and I recommend Pete and Smart Roofing, Inc. without reservation.”



“Smart Roofing, Inc. did a great job on my roof and gutters in the north suburbs of Chicago. They were thorough in discussing my job and in detailing the work to be done on site and in the contract. In addition, Pete was very patient with my incessant questions and thoughtful in his responses discussing various ways to do my job. The roofing and gutter crews were cheerful and professional in executing and cleaning up. I have no misgivings about recommending this company based on my experience with them.”



If you are ready for a new roof or gutters, contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your ALL of your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Holiday Decorating Could Damage Your Roof

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but installing festive lights on a home can be a headache and potentially cause damage to your roof. Avoid the hassle and make decorating more enjoyable with these tips to avoid roof damage.

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  • Don’t let your shingles jingle. Never hang Christmas lights from your shingles. To properly put up lights, they need to be secured to something (that’s why it’s so easy to wrap them around trees). Making even the tiniest of holes in a shingle or roof component will let moisture or leaks in and potentially rot the roof. The best way to put up lights is with clips that hang from the gutter or eaves. Also, before you even climb up to work, untangle the strands and test them to make sure they all light up.
  • Don’t let ‘er rip. We know you don’t want to be that house that leaves decorations up until summer, but don’t dissemble hastily either by pulling lights off the roof from the cord. This can cause damage to the gutter or potentially your shingle if you didn’t clip them correctly in the first place. Take the time to remove each clip individually. It’s cheaper than replacing gutters or shingles.
  • Avoid the shock. Make sure decorations, including inflatable items, are away from power lines and plugged into a portable outdoor circuit. In addition, don’t overload the breaker, which can be a potential fire risk.
  • Bring a buddy. Another person should be on hand to help secure the ladder, carry items, or to help in case of an injury or emergency.
  • Call a pro. We know most people don’t have extra money lying around during the holiday season, but if you want elaborate decorations, are not comfortable on a ladder, or have areas that are hard to access, it’s best to leave it to a professional to install lights properly without risking damage to the roof—or yourself.

Please refer to these tips so that you can help protect your biggest investment from damage, and safely bask in the season’s glow.  (http://blog.gaf.com)

Happy Holidays from Smart Roofing, Inc.!

Please contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about our roof products and services, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for any residential or commercial roofing needs.  

Smart Roofing, Inc. Repairs Wind Damaged Commercial TPO Roof

Smart Roofing, Inc. recently repaired this commercial TPO roof in Chicago where the original roof was blown off by the wind. (Windy City, indeed!) This 4-story roof repair was an insurance claim which also included masonry repairs to the building.

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What is TPO?

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together. It is typically installed in a fully adhered or mechanically attached system, allowing the white membrane to remain exposed throughout the life of the roof.

This roof system features the Carlisle Sure Weld TPO roof over R-30 ISO insulation, and includes a 20-year roof system warranty.

Please contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about our roof products and services, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for any residential or commercial roofing needs.  

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Natural Slate Roof installed in Oak Brook

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Smart Roofing, Inc. is pleased to share this natural slate roof being installed on a coach house in Oak Brook.  This type of roof is known as a Mansard roof.

Mansard roofs are otherwise known as French roof designs. This style of roof or curb roof includes a four-sided hip roof style with two distinct slopes. The steeper angle can be found on one side, and the window creates an extra floor of space in a home, called a garret.  The name ’mansard’ actually means the attic or space inside the roof structure rather than just the shape of the roof. Due to its design in the extremely close to nature of this attic space, a Mansard roof format is a green roof design that is very well respected for its efficiency as well its use of space management. (www.myroof.com)

This Mansard roof consists of Natural Slate by Evergreen Slate.  Slate quarried for roofing stock is of dense, sound rock and exceedingly tough and durable. A Natural Slate Roof can last a century, giving excellent long-term value.  Evergreen Slate is the largest producer and supplier of slate in the United States. Since 1916, the company has taken pride in providing its customers with high-quality products and excellent customer service, as the leader in the slate roofing industry.

Smart Roofing, Inc. will also be replacing the roof on the main house of this Oak Brook property in the Spring with this beautiful Natural Slate product.  Be sure to check back for those photos!

In the meantime, contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc.at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about our roof products and services, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your other residential or commercial roofing needs.  

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Solar Roof

Tesla announces it’s Solar Roof – are you ready?

These roof tiles are actually made of textured glass. From most viewing angles, they look just like ordinary shingles, but they allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. Other shingle options being featured resemble Tuscan clay tile shingles, slate shingles, and textured shingles that resemble wood shake shingles.

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Availability of this roofing system to be determined.  In the meantime, contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc.at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about our roof products and services, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your other residential or commercial roofing needs.  

Smart Roofing, Inc. replaces 90-year-old Lake Forest Ludowici Clay Tile Roof

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Smart Roofing, Inc., a Ludowici Crown Roofer, recently replaced the 90-year-old Ludowici Brittany shingle clay tile roof on this Lake Forest home.  A dramatic textured terra cotta tile in irregular lengths with the feel of aged stone, Brittany shingle roof tile provides a truly provincial appearance. Brittany shingle tiles are available in standard and custom matte colors, mists and blends.

 

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Since 1888, Ludowici has been protecting buildings large and small with applications ranging from commercial to university, government to military, bungalows to mansions, locally and globally. Ludowici terra cotta roof tiles are the sensible and sustainable building product choice. Every Ludowici terra cotta tile is produced using proven technology creating a finished product which meets the needs of both yesterday and the future.

-excerpt from www.ludowici.com

 

Contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc.at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about Ludowici Roof Tile products, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your other residential or commercial roofing needs.  

Smart Roofing, Inc. – St. Charles Project Completed with GAF Glenwood®Lifetime Designer Shingles

As you can see in the “before” pictures, after 15 years, this wood-shake roof was failing.  These St. Charles homeowners chose GAF Glenwood® Shingles because they wanted the distinctive look of an authentic wood-shake roof—with the added benefit of enhanced color options and the highest fire rating available.

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Glenwood® Shingles feature a triple-layer design that will give your roof the ultra-dimensional, highly desirable look of authentic hand-cut wood shakes. In fact, no other triple-layer asphalt shingle matches the thickness of Glenwood® Shingles! So now you can distinguish your property the way it was always meant to be — with a top-performing, ultra-thick shingle that delivers all the natural beauty of real wood shakes:

Ultra-Thick… Industry-leading ultra-thick triple-layer construction provides maximum dimensionality, resulting in a truly realistic wood-shake look.

Affordable Luxury… Only a fraction of the cost of traditional wood shakes.

Beautiful Design… Artisan-crafted shingle tabs give your home a dimensional look unmatched by typical shingles.

Custom Color Palette… Specially formulated color palette is designed to accentuate the shingle’s natural wood-shake look.

High Performance… Designed with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which reduces the use of natural resources while providing excellent protection for your home.

StainGuard® Protection… Helps ensure the beauty of your roof against unsightly blue-green algae.

Highest Fire Rating… Unlike natural, untreated wood shakes, Glenwood® Shingles carry a Class A fire rating from Underwriters Laboratories.

Stays In Place… Dura Grip™ Adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph!

This home, located in Silver Glen Estates in St. Charles, features the Glenwood® Shingles in Chelsea Gray.

Smart Roofing, Inc. is a GAF Master Elite Contractor.

Contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc.at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.  

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Proper Gutter Maintenance

guttersProper gutter maintenance is the #1 way to prevent expensive water damage to your home.  Gutters are designed to do one thing — channel water away from the foundation — and they’re critical to protecting the structural integrity of your house. However, in order for gutters to do their job properly, they need to be maintained property, and have to be kept free of clogs, holes, and sags.

 

Here are the most common gutter problems and how to fix them:

Clogged Gutters – This is the most common problem of all. Left untended, gutters and downspouts get so clogged with debris that they’re rendered useless. The excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can also make them sag and pull away from the fascia.  Clean them at least once a year, and twice a year if you have a lot of trees nearby.

Sagging Gutters – This is usually a problem with the hangers, the hardware that secures the gutters to the fascia. They might have deteriorated over time, the fasteners may have backed out of the wood, or they’re spaced too far apart to support the weight of full gutters. The cost to fix it yourself is cheap; hangers generally cost $10 or less apiece, and the fasteners run about $1 each.

Leaks and Holes – Leaks in gutter joints can be sealed by caulking the joint from the inside with gutter sealant.  A tube costs about $5. Very small holes can be filled with gutter sealant. Larger holes will require a patch.

Downspouts Draining Too Close to the Foundation – Downspouts need to extend several feet from the house, or they’ll dump right into the basement. Gutter extensions attached to the bottom of the downspout will discharge water well beyond the foundation. They’re inexpensive and easy to install.

Contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at 847.797.0404 or or email contactus@smartroofers.com for all of your residential and commercial roofing and gutter needs!

-excerpts from www.houselogic.com

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Is There Mold On Your Roof?

Ick. MOLD. That four-letter word can cause any homeowner to tremble.  Did you know that September is Mold Awareness Month?

Overall, mold likes to grow where it’s damp. That’s why you will sometimes see it accumulate on bathroom walls and showers, in closed-in attic spaces, and sometimes on roofs!

The best way to prevent the mold in these areas is with proper ventilation. So, adding ventilating louvers to your attic is just as important as running an exhaust fan when taking a shower.  You should also make sure to add a continuous ridge vent at the top of your roof –  especially in steep slope roofing situations. Another option to prevent mold from growing on your roof is to make sure to research the roofing material you select for your home.

The quality line of synthetic roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes are manufactured to resist these elements of nature — plus insects, decay and rot. Thanks to their proprietary manufacturing techniques and the lifetime warranty on DaVinci plastic roofing materials, you’ll never say “ick” when looking at your beautiful roof.

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. are certified DaVinci Masterpiece Roofing Contractors who have the expertise and experience to assist you with all of your roofing needs – moldy or not!

If you have, or suspect that you have, a mold problem with your residential or commercial roof, Smart Roofing, Inc. at 847.797.0404 or or email contactus@smartroofers.com!

-excerpts from blog.davinciroofscapes.com

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Coming Soon to St. Charles – GAF Glenwood®Lifetime Designer Shingles!

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. are pleased to enhance a home in St. Charles with the GAF Glenwood®Lifetime Designer Shingles from the GAF Ultra-Premium Collection.  The Glenwood® Shingles are the most authentic wood shake-look shingle you can buy, featuring an ultra-dimensional design that delivers all the natural beauty of real wood shakes.

Glenwood® Shingles are the ideal choice for homeowners who want the distinctive look of an authentic wood-shake roof—with the added benefit of enhanced color options and the highest fire rating available.  See more here: http://www.gaf.com/Video_Library/1_qlx6vsvi

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Smart Roofing, Inc. is a GAF Master Elite Contractor.

Contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc.at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.  

Check back soon for pictures of the completed roof in St. Charles!

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Bellaforte Shake Shingles

Bellaforté Shake Shingles = Peace of Mind

Bellaforte-Shake-Tuscano-02Fire. A homeowner’s worst nightmare.

It happened recently to the Matthews family in California. A chimney fire caused by hot embers and ash got through the spark arrestor and ignited the dry, combustible cedar shake roofing at the top of the chimney.  Fortunately the Alameda Fire Department responded quickly to stop the fire from entering the living areas. However, the damage to the roof was severe, requiring the old shake shingles to be replaced.

“There are several reasons why we like our new cedar shake alternative roof,” says Matthews. “The lifetime limited warranty on the product plus the Class A Fire Rating are 90% of the reason behind the total replacement.  The fact that the polymer shake product is an authentic-looking alternative and that we were ready for the roof replacement sealed the deal.

“The DaVinci synthetic shake roofing actually looks BETTER than real shake tiles. All of my neighbors were very anxious to see the finished roof and they have nothing but positive comments about it. I believe we’ll see many more of these DaVinci roofs in our neighborhood in the coming years.”

Smart Roofing, Inc. is a DaVinci Roofscapes Masterpiece Contractor.

If you are ready for a new roof, or would like more information about DaVinci roofing products, contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your ALL of your residential or commercial roofing needs.

-excerpt from http://blog.davinciroofscapes.com

Smart Roofing, Inc. Installs Standing Seam Roof in Highland Park

Standing-SeamThe roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. have recently installed a standing seam metal roof system in Highland Park, Illinois. A standing seam metal roof system is a succession of vertical sheet metal panels connected side-by-side by a vertical locking mechanism called the seam. The seams can be seen from the ridge of a roof all the way down to the eaves. The locked seam is raised by an inch or two above the panels in order to maintain water-tightness of the system. The raised seam also provides for a unique and distinctive appearance.

As with most metal roofs featuring concealed fasteners, standing seam roofs are virtually maintenance-free, fire-retardant and resistant to strong winds, and are just as quiet as asphalt shingles, clay tiles, or wooden shingles/shakes when it rains provided you have solid sheathing underneath the panels and well insulated attic space.

The Highland Park homeowner recently wrote:

From my very first conversation with you, to the last standing seam panel your expert crew installed, my experience with Smart Roofing was, in a word, fantastic.

Smart Roofing’s attention to detail and care for my home was evident in every member of your crew, right down to the impeccable cleanup. Everyone was courteous, not only to me, but to each other, and answered each of my 10,125 questions and dealt with all my concerns as if they were working on their own home. Their craftsmanship is evident in even the smallest details, which I especially appreciate.

As you promised, the new roof is well·engineered, because my house is cooler on these hot summer days. And, as you also promised, it is aesthetically beautiful, as evidenced by the many compliments I’ve received.

Thank you for truly improving my home- and for fulfilling my dream of at last having a standing seam roof.

If you are ready for a new roof, contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your ALL of your residential or commercial roofing needs.

 

-Excerpts and photo from roofcalc.net

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Home Improvement and House Design Ideas – Roof Tiles: Concrete vs. Clay

Do you love the distinct and attractive look of roof tiles? If the answer is yes, then you are among a growing number of homeowners who pick tiles as the roofing material of choice. While initially tile roofs can be a costly investment, especially if you opt for clay vs. concrete tiles, they offer many great benefits:

  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Great Curb Appeal
  • Low Maintenance

Traditional (non-metal made) tiles are available in concrete or clay, and come in a multitude of shapes, profiles and colors.

What’s The Difference in Cost Between Concrete and Clay Tiles?

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With all of the reasons mentioned above, it should come as no surprise that clay tiles cost about 30% more than concrete tiles. The average cost of clay tiles is $10 to $15 per square foot, installed.

Since both clay and concrete tiles are expensive in comparison to most other roofing choices, you should consider whether all the added benefits that real tiles have to offer are worth the extra expense. The total life-cycle cost of tiles is actually quite low compared to composition shingles, since clay tiles can last for as long as 100 years, while concrete tiles should protect your roof for 50 years plus.

The Verdict?

If unique style and authenticity is what you are looking for, then tiles can be a sound choice for your home, provided that you are also willing to invest in the structural reinforcement of your roof truss structure.

Whether you are interested in tiles or asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, natural slate, or metal roofing, this calculator will instantly give you an estimate of the cost of a new roof, based on your home’s ground dimensions and the type of a roofing system you are interested in. Just input your roof’s basic measurements and slope, and let the calculator do the rest!

Once you’ve made your decision, contact the experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. at 847.797.0404 or or email contactus@smartroofers.com to install your new roof!

 

Excerpts from www.roofcalc.net.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Best Outdoor Improvement Project: A New Roof

A 105% return! This home improvement project really pays off the most!

The National Association of Realtors and the National Association of the Remolding Industry recently came out with the “Remodeling Impact Report,” which surveyed contractors and Realtors, looked at cost spent and the impact on home values by project.

Based on that data, CNBC came up with some tips on which projects homeowners might want to follow as they pursue their quest for the perfect home.

Best Outdoor Improvement Project: A New Roof

When it comes to the outside of the home, buyers apparently value structural over decorative improvements to the interior. The No. 1 exterior renovation was a new roof, as nearly one-third of Realtors surveyed said that project helped close a sale on a home. Plus, this is a renovation that more than pays for itself.

Getting a new roof may run about $7,600 on average, while the value you are able to recover from doing this project may be as much as $8,000. You can recoup as much as 105 percent of your investment!

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SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

 

excerpt from CNBC – On the Money – Home Improvement IS Booming – Best Renovations for Your Buck

 

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Roofing for Windy Weather

Wind-Damage-2Spring storms come fast in the Midwest.  As we know, those spring storms bring windy weather which can damage your roof. Spring is the perfect time to consider a composite shake roofing tile with proven wind resistance.

Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. The composite shake tiles have passed the ASTM D 3161 test for 110 mph wind resistance, along with the UL 2218 testing for Class 4 impact resistance.

Smart Roofing, Inc. is a DaVinci Masterpiece Roofing Contractor who has expertise and experience successfully installing DaVinci synthetic slate and shake roofing systems. Choosing a contractor like Smart Roofing, Inc. is your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional roofing contractor. Call us at (847) 797-0404. or email contactus@smartroofers.com.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – April 2016 Chicago Roofing Hail Damage Experts

Identifying whether your roof, siding or windows have sustained damage from a hail storm may be difficult. The experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. can help! Also, many insurance companies will consider paying for storm or hail damage. SMART Roofing, Inc. has helped thousands of customers in the Chicago suburbs navigate the insurance roof claim process. Call us at 847.797.0404 or email contactus@smartroofers.com today!

Chicago Hail Storm Damage – Hail from a 1/2-inch to 1 inch fell as the storm passed through Elgin, Arlington Heights and other northwest suburbs, according to the weather service.  A second line of storms hit suburbs including Arlington Heights and points east to near Lake Bluff.  According to the National Weather Service, there were  damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

 

Hail was reported in the following areas:

  • 1.00 INCH IN LINCOLN PARK.  
  • .75 INCH IN  LAKEVIEW SECTION OF CHICAGO.  
  • 1.00 INCH NEAR IRVING PARK AND PULASKI.  
  • 1.00 INCH NEAR MONTROSE AND OTTAWA IN CHICAGO
  • .88 INCH IN WOOD DALE.
  • .88 INCH IN WILMETTE.
  • .88 INCH IN HUNTLEY.
  • 1.00 INCH IN ALGONQUIN.
  • 1.25 INCH IN  VERNON HILLS.           
  • 1.00 INCH  IN MUNDELEIN.     
  • 1.75 INCH IN WAUCONDA.               
  • 1.00 INCH IN GLENVIEW.               
  • .50 INCH IN MOUNT PROSPECT.
  • .50 INCH IN ARLINGTON HEIGHTS.
  • .88 INCH IN ELK GROVE VILLAGE.  
  • .88 INCH IN CRYSTAL LAKE.            
  • .75 INCH IN STREAMWOOD.
  • 1.00 INCH IN ELGIN.

If you have or suspect you have hail damage to your home or commercial building, contact the roofing hail damage experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Park Ridge New Construction – Standing Seam Metal Roof

Smart Roofing, Inc. is pleased to share photos of this Park Ridge new construction where a standing seam, curved panel metal roof is being installed.

PicMonkey CollageNot Just Metal, But Standing Seam – There’s metal roofing, and then there’s a particular type called standing seam metal roofing.

Houses in your neighborhood with metal roofs most likely are of the standing seam variety. Continuous panels run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves. Between the panels are seams connected by fasteners which are raised above the level of the metal roofing. This is where we get the term standing seam, because the seam is raised or standing, as opposed to flush-mounted.

SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

Remember to contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Your Chicagoland Ludowici Roof Tile Crown Roofer

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Smart Roofing, Inc. is proud to announce it’s certification as a Ludowici Roof Tile Crown Roofer.

 

A quality roof system is no accident. It takes quality products and expert installation to protect your property against the elements for years. Since 1888 Ludowici has been protecting buildings large and small.  Clay tile roofs have been the preferred choice of discerning architects, designers and owners for centuries because of the natural warmth and permanent beauty of clay. Ludowici’s clay roof tiles provide 126 years of proven ability, limitless product offerings and the Industry’s best warranty.

The Ludowici Crown Roofer training program requires partner roofing contractors to learn the company’s wide selection of roofing tiles, trim fittings, underlayment and fasteners, and train in how to work and detail each one. This detailed hands-on training includes measuring, layout, cutting, notching and roof tile replacement. It’s a process that ensures that the high-quality Ludowici clay roof tiles are installed according to the highest standards. Equipped with time-tested know-how, factory-trained Ludowici Crown Roofers like Smart Roofing, Inc. are roofing contractors who use the best roofing components and materials available.

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Your Windy City Roofing Experts

Wind Damage Visible (2)ABC 7/CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago area is in for a windy Wednesday. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph are expected in most of the area during the day, with potential for wind gusts greater than 55 mph, ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler said.

A High Wind Warning will be in effect for Cook, DuPage, Kane, DeKalb, McHenry and Lake counties in Illinois and all of southern Wisconsin from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. A High Wind Advisory will be in effect for counties along I-80 and south of I-80 during the same time period.

The weather service said the strong west winds could make travel difficult Wednesday, especially for high-profile vehicles on north-south roads. Property damage is also possible.

If you have or suspect you have damage to your home or commercial building, contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Chicago Wind Damage to Roofs

With near hurricane-force winds throughout Chicago and Chicago’s suburbs on Friday, many areas have reported shredded roofs, broken windows, and trees and fences which toppled over.

In one picture tweeted by a resident, the roof dangled over the side of a brick apartment building.  “Pretty sure my roof is supposed to be more ON the roof. #WindyCity,” M.L. tweeted, with a photo of torn roofing material and what appeared to be broken plywood. Communities in the greater Chicago area saw gusts often reach more than 60 mph and even 72 mph in one spot, the National Weather Service said. -(excerpted from WGN news)

In severe wind storms, it is common for shingles or sections of the roof to be missing altogether.  On other types of roofs, including wood shake roofs, metal roofs, tile roofs and slate roofs, damage can include broken or cracked shingles, missing shingles, torn or split seams, and missing sections of the roof. If a tree limb or other debris has fallen onto your roof during the storm, you may have structural damage, and will want to exercise extreme caution.

 

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Common Signs of Roof Damage:
•Missing shingles
•Bruises or dented asphalt shingles
•Cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles
•Granules collecting in gutters or downspouts
•Leaks in your roof or ceiling
•Dents on vents, gutters or flashing

If you have or suspect you have damage to your home or commercial building, Contact the roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Experienced, Efficient Roofing Professionals

Read what our Chicago and Northwest Suburban roofing customers are saying about the roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc.!

January 20, 2016

“I have hired Smart Roofing, Inc.  three times, which, in itself, speaks of how pleased I am with their company’s work and service.

Most recently, I downsized from a bi-level home in Morton Grove to a tiny raised ranch in Chicago. Smart Roofing, Inc.  replaced the roofs, soffits, fascia, gutters and siding on both house and garage, and transformed a dated, ugly-duckling house into a color-coordinated, tidy, well-appointed little bungalow.

The workers were experienced, efficient and careful. Mike Strugala, my customer service representative, was prompt, knowledgeable, and responsive to my questions and concerns.

Thank you, Smart Roofing and Mike Strugala. Know that I will happily recommend your company to others as the occasion arises.”

 

January 25, 2016

“I’m writing to let you know how pleased my husband and I were with Smart Roofing’s recent replacement of our cedar shake roof. Your workers were unfailingly hard working, professional, polite and helpful. They were especially careful not to damage our extensive outdoor plantings and were always willing to accommodate our requests.

We were also gratified that you sent someone out immediately on a weekend to look at our porch roof, which had been replaced by another firm, and which we suspected was causing a leak in our powder room. Again, the representative from Smart Roofing, Inc. who came was polite, helpful and cleared the snow off the roof, which temporarily stopped the leak. When the weather permitted, your workers quickly fixed the problem without any additional charge to us, for which we were most grateful.

There is no question that we will call you for all our future roofing needs, and please feel free to use us as references should the occasion arise.”

 

SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Franklin Park Flat Roof Completed

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. recently completed a flat roof project in Franklin Park.  Here’s what that customer shared about their experience with Smart Roofing, Inc.:

“Smart Roofing took great care in understanding my needs and finding the best solution for my uninsulated flat roof.  The job was done in one day, at a fair price, and it looks great.  I wish I had done it sooner, as my heating bills have been cut in half.  It will probably pay itself off in a few years.  Thanks to Mike and his great team!  Highly recommended.”

SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Ludowici LudoSlate Roof In Progress

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. are completing another beautiful roofing project in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs using LudoSlate by Ludowici.

Lroof2-ludowiciudoSlate interlocking tile has the texture and varied thickness of natural hand split slate and can be laid staggered for a more rustic look. The tile have a ceramic finish that comes in 11 standard colors as well as custom colors or blends and is warranted for 75 years in all climates. Unlike rubber or plastic slates, LudoSlate has 120 years of proven technology behind it, is Class A fire resistant and will never curl or fade. LudoSlate is lightweight, easy to install, maintenance free.

Contact the roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com to learn more about Ludowici LudoSlate, and
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for all your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Glenview Roof Replacement

The roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. completed another beautiful roofing project in the Chicago Northwest Suburb of Glenview, Illinois. This new roof features GAF Timberline Glenview roof collageArchitectural Shingles.

 

GAF Timberline Architectural Shingles with advanced protection technology are the #1-selling shingles in all of North America. Choosing GAF Timberline Architectural Shingles will not only protect your most valuable asset – they’ll beautify your home for years to come.

Contact the roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – The Ice Dam Cometh

We all know that winter weather is coming soon.  Extreme weather is the new normal, so it’s important to be sure that your home is constructed to withstand wind-driven rain, snow, ice and everything else Mother Nature brings.

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The good news is, if you understand how ice dams form and know about high-quality products and proper roof system installation methods, you can help protect your home from the damaging effects of ice dams.

An ice dam begins to form when warmed air in an attic space causes snow on the roof to melt. The water flows down the slope of the roof toward the eave where it refreezes because the eave overhangs unheated space. As the process continues, ice builds up at the eave, forming a dam. Standing water becomes trapped behind the ice dam and can leak into the home or building at fastener penetrations, usually right over an exterior wall.

Roof system designs should incorporate building materials such as underlayments that limit the formation of ice dams and help prevent leaks caused by ice dams. Underlayments protect roof systems by minimizing leaks caused by ice dams, but they do not prevent ice dams from forming. Roof assemblies designed with proper insulation and adequate ventilation will help limit the formation of ice dams by minimizing the heat transfer from the home’s or building’s interior to the air in the attic space. The combination of air sealing, insulation and ventilation is crucial.

 

Contact the roofing professionals at Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs before The Ice Dam Cometh.

 


-excerpts from NRCA Professional Roofing

 

 

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – A DaVinci Roofscapes Masterpiece Roofing Contractor

Smart Roofing, Inc. installs DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforté Slate roofing in Park Ridge and Chicago North Shore neighborhoods.

DaVinci Roofscapes is known as the most realistic and durable composite slate and shake shingles on the market. Bellaforté Slate roofing tiles are an eco-friendly way to beautify and enhance the value of your home with the look of authentic natural slate. Bellaforté Slate roofing tiles will not break like natural slate tiles, and are a non-porous material which means you won’t need to worry about the roofing tiles absorbing water (which can lead to freeze/thaw roofing damage).

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Smart Roofing, Inc. is a DaVinci Masterpiece Roofing Contractor who has expertise and experience successfully installing DaVinci synthetic slate and shake roofing systems. Choosing a contractor like Smart Roofing, Inc. is your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional roofing contractor. Call us at (847) 797-0404. or email contactus@smartroofers.com.

Smart Roofing – Roof Maintenance & Inspections

gaf roofFall is the time for roof maintenance, roof inspections and roof repairs.  Before the cold, snowy weather returns, contact us to schedule maintenance and repairs to your roof.

Gutters: Gutters are one of the most important parts of a home, and blocked gutters are a big source of leaks. If gutters are clogged with leaves, shingle granules, branches, and other debris, then water can’t funnel off the roof and away from the house. That can cause severe damage to the roof, walls, and gutters, and can be quite pricey to fix.

Shingles: An inspection will uncover any shingle tabs that have come loose or have broken, curled, or warped. Another possibility is that a branch could’ve fallen on the roof and caused damage. These simple repairs will help avoid costly water issues down the road.

Vents: Neoprene or rubber can crack with age, while critters can cause damage to any vented area on the roof. Resealing will fix these vent problems and help keep animals and water out.

Flashings: Chimneys have three potential issues: flashing, siding, and the cap that can contribute to leaks. An inspection will ensure the area is properly flashed and sealed. Flashing on skylights can easily get water trapped behind them as well.

Attic: Many times it’s the attic that is the source of the problem rather than the roof. Issues such as improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, fans, or animal or bug infestation can cause mold, algae, or moisture condensation in the attic space.

Remember to contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Fall Home Maintenance

Prevent roof damage and boost energy efficiency in your home before the cold weather hits Chicago.  Smart Roofing, Inc. can help you with your home maintenance checklist.leaves on roof

Care for trees and shrubs. If you have trees on your property, know how to prune properly to avoid falling limbs in winter storms.  Beautiful autumn foliage is less attractive on the ground than it is in your trees. Have fruit trees? Be diligent about cleaning up fallen plums, pears and apples or you could find yourself playing host to millions of fruit flies.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation, sidewalks and driveways, so that they don’t become icy.

Make exterior repairs.  Look for signs of damage to your roof, siding and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it now.

Stock up on winter supplies. Fall is the time to prepare for Chicago’s cold and snowy winter.  Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; purchase a roof rake for heavy snowfall.

Shut off exterior faucets. lawn sprinklers, and store hoses. Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Contact a landscaper to properly drain lawn sprinklers. Drain hoses and store them indoors.

Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. And be sure to add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one — it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!

Remember to contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.

-excerpts from houzz fall home maintenance checklist

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Storm and Rain Roof Damage

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The Chicago area got soaked by heavy rain Thursday night and early Friday, with some suburbs getting more than 3 inches of rain. Identifying whether your roof, gutters, siding or windows have sustained damage from a storm may be difficult. The experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. can help!  Call us at 847.797.0404 or email contactus@smartroofers.com today!

 

 

Below are the 24-hour rainfall amounts from the National Weather Service for areas with over 1-1/2″ of rain:

LINCOLNWOOD – 2.80
EVANSTON – 2.63
WOODSTOCK – 2.63
GURNEE – 2.62
WAUKEGAN – 2.61
LINCOLNWOOD – 2.59
MOUNT PROSPECT – 2.57
CHICAGO – 2.32
HARWOOD HEIGHTS – 2.17
LAKE BLUFF – 2.14
MUNDELEIN – 2.00
HARVARD – 1.95
LAKE FOREST – 1.86
WHEELING – 1.86
PARK RIDGE – 1.85
OAK PARK – 1.73
BOTANIC GARDENS – 1.69
OHARE – 1.65
HIGHWOOD – 1.58
WORTH – 1.50
SCHAUMBURG – 1.49

Smart Construction Group – Insurance Restoration – Arlington Heights

Smart Group,

I wanted to thank you for the insurance work you did on my house this summer. Pete, thank you for seeing the big picture on what I really needed done and introducing me to Rich. Rich, you were great to work with and definitely know your profession.

The definition of getting what you pay for and getting it done ON TIME was defined by the job Smart Group did on my house. The attention to detail was amazing and flawless. To the owner of Smart Group; Pete and Rich are a huge asset to your company!

Thanks Again,

Mr. & Mrs. Satisfied Customer, Belmont Ave, Arlington Heights

 

Smart Construction Group and Smart Roofing, Inc. – Your Local Insurance Restoration Experts!  Contact SMART today at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartgroupchicago.com for your insurance restoration needs.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Time For A New Roof?

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Summer is over, and the kids are back to school. Like you, we’re sad to see the longer days and warm sunshine fade away, but we want to help you get your roof ready for the Chicago winter ahead. Believe it or not, NOW is the time to schedule your roofing repairs or new roof replacement.  With the cooler temperatures, this is the perfect time of year for roof repairs and maintenance or a new roof. Contact Smart Roofing, Inc. today at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Chicago’s GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor

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Don’t trust your biggest asset to just any contractor. Smart Roofing is a GAF factory-certified Master Elite roofing contractor serving Chicago and the Chicago suburbs for over 20 years! Because of GAF’s stringent standards, only the top 2% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite contractors!

 

Choosing a Master Elite contractor like Smart Roofing, Inc. is your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional roofing contractor. Call us at (847) 797-0404. or email contactus@smartroofers.com.

Smart Roofing, Inc. Installs Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Wood Shake Roof in Glenview

This new custom home in Glenview, Illinois is a current North Shore project of Smart Builders, Inc.

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Smart Roofing, Inc. installs a premium grade Western Red Cedar Wood Shake roof in Chicago’s North Shore neighborhood of Glenview. These Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Wood Shakes were manufactured in British Columbia, and combine a traditional look with reliable performance. A cedar shake roof will be as durable as it is beautiful. Cedar’s natural versatility makes it the ideal choice for your roof.

Contact SMART Roofing, Inc. today at 847.797.0404 for your commercial and residential roofing needs!

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Roof Damage – Severe Storms & Hail

Residents of the Chicago suburbs are all too familiar with the type of damage that hail storms can cause, but when it comes to the roof hail damage, you may need to call a professional.Hail-Damage

Many homeowners make the mistake of only looking for damage in the form of missing shingles. However, there could be damage underneath the shingles which can cause leaks to occur well after the storm has passed. If you are unsure of whether your roof or gutters have been damaged, look around at your landscaping to see if hail has blistered any nearby trees or shrubs. When hail is strong enough to do damage to these elements, chances are, you also have some sort of roof hail damage.

Golf ball-sized hail and 60-mph winds were recorded in the severe storm blast. Identifying whether your roof, siding or windows have sustained damage from a hail storm may be difficult. The experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. can help! Also, many insurance companies will consider paying for storm or hail damage. SMART Roofing, Inc. has helped thousands of customers in the Chicago suburbs navigate the insurance roof claim process. Call us at 847.797.0404 or email contactus@smartroofers.com today!

Strong winds, heavy rainfall and hail dime to golf ball size hail were reported around the following Chicago suburbs:

Roselle 1.75″

Crystal Lake 1.75″

Palatine 1.5″

Bartlett 1.5″

Algonquin 1.5″

Barrington 1.25″

Arlington Heights 1.0″

Evanston 1.0″

St. Charles 1.0″

Bloomingdale 1.0″

In Rosemont, high winds and hail damage brought down a sports dome. The strong storm cell downed power lines and left at least one person injured in north suburban Evanston as well as Rogers Park and Montrose Harbor on the North Side of Chicago. (Fox News)

 

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. Installs French Style Clay Tile Roof in South Barrington

South Barrington-Enclave tile roofSmart Roofing, Inc. recently installed a French Style Clay Tile and Standing Seam Copper Roof on the guard house for the Enclave Subdivision in South Barrington. There are four popular styles or patterns of clay and concrete roof tiles, These are: Mission Style; French Style; Interlocking Shingle Style; and Spanish Style. Large and durable, French Style tile has deep locks on all four sides.  In addition, two prominent flutes on the surface of the clay tile allow for fast drainage.  These flutes in the clay tile produce a shadow effect for a highly refined appearance.

Contact SMART Roofing, Inc. today at 847.797.0404 for your commercial and residential roofing needs!

 

Smart Roofing, Inc. replaces 100 year-old slate roof on Chicago North Shore Winnetka Residence

rightleftSmart Roofing, Inc. completes slate and copper roof on vintage Chicago North Shore residence. The existing 100 year-old slate roof on this home in Winnetka was replaced with a 3-color blend, graduated exposure, Evergreen slate. Installation of Hunter “cool vent” panels on the entire roof, new copper gutters & downspouts, and a custom soffit venting system was created to allow for proper air movement. The insulation panels and fascia vents will help the roof assembly breathe properly. The roof system installation is an example of modern roofing technology installed on a classic Chicago North Shore residence. The roof system will allow for many decades of trouble free roof service.

Contact SMART Roofing, Inc. today at 847.797.0404 for your slate, cedar, shingle, or tile  roofing needs!

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Storm and Hail Damage – Southwest Chicago – Minooka

Southwest Chicago  and Minooka Large Hail and Very Heavy Rainfall – Fast Facts:

During the late afternoon and early evening, multiple storms produced large hail and very heavy rainfall along the I-80 corridor, including across the far southern and southwestern Chicago metro area.

hailThe largest hail reported was over 4″ in diameter, measured at 4.75″, two miles north-northwest of Minooka around 7:20 pm. There were many reports of 2.5″ diameter hail and larger across Minooka from Emergency Management, law enforcement, and the public. There were multiple reports of vehicle damage from this area.

The 4.75″ diameter hail observed two miles north-northwest of Minooka was the largest documented hail stone in Illinois since at least 1961, and according to the Illinois State Climatologist, may be the largest documented hail stone on record in the state.

Do you have storm or hail damage?

A roof may be substantially damaged by hail, even though the actual shingles appear to still be in place after the storm.  Although the storms occurred last week, the damage may not cause leaking until well after the storm.  This is the time that it’s crucial to have a qualified roofing expert examine your roof and fully evaluate the storm and hail damage to your property and assist you in filing an insurance claim. Even if damage to your roof may not seem severe at the moment, it may eventually lead to additional leaks and problems down the road. Contact your local roof hail damage experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. for a free inspection 847.797.0404.

 

SMART Roofing, Inc. – The Importance of Commercial Roof Maintenance & Repair

Ponding-Water-RoofThe roof is a commercial building’s first line of defense from natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat. It is also the most vulnerable part of your building. Every day, your roof is exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it.

The International Building Code (IBC), which sets safety standards for commercial building, requires that roofs “serve to protect the building.” Having a roof that “protects the building” starts with design, materials selection, and installation at the time a facility is built or remodeled—events that occur infrequently and may be outside the scope of most businesses’ ongoing activity. But it also includes a regular program of inspection, maintenance, and repair—activities that should be part of your operational planning in order to prolong the useful life of your roof and make sure it does its job in protecting your business from weather damage.

Contact SMART Roofing, Inc. today at 847.797.0404 for your commercial and residential roof maintenance & repair.

Excerpt from Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

SMART Roofing, Inc. – Chicago Roof Clean-up Tips

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It’s time for your roof’s spring-cleaning and inspection. Not only will this make your home look better, it can also extend the life of the roof. Here are some tips on what to look for during spring cleaning.

Tree limbs. Make sure tree limbs don’t touch a roof. If they do, they can easily scrape over the shingles and loosen the protective granules. This will severely reduce the life of a roof. Trim trees close to the house to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface.

Leaves and pine needles. A little leaf or a few pine needles are fine, but if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be taken off the roof. Anything that traps moisture will cause mildew to form, block gutters, or cause extra weight on the roof. A rake or air blower can be used to clear the roof, but take care not to damage the shingles.

Moss. Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. While there are chemicals available on the market to get rid of moss, the runoff can cause damage to plants. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridgeline; as rain washes across, it creates an environment where moss cannot grow.

Mold. Discolored streaks on a roof indicate there is mold, algae, or fungus, which can eat away at the roofing material and, ultimately, cause leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold. GAF manufactures algae-resistant shingles that have a specially formulated granule that inhibits algae growth, in addition to shingles with StainGuard® Protection. Finally, do not power wash shingles! It can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.

Gutter damage. Heavy snow from the winter season can result in gutter damage while leftover fall leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters. Check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly along the roof line.

Missing shingles, chimney, and flashing. A complete inspection by SMART Roofing, Inc. can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof.

Dealing with these potential issues in a timely manner will allow your roof to stand strong through the next season of weather challenges—and for many years to come.  Contact SMART Roofing, Inc. today at 847.797.0404 if you suspect or find roof damage.

Excerpt from GAF ProBlog

SMART Roofing, Inc. – Chicago Severe Weather – Storm Damage – Roof, Siding, Windows

hailchartHail and rain started blanketing parts of Chicago Wednesday evening as a wave of severe storms that could produce hail and damaging winds, possibly some tornadoes, moved through much of the Midwest, Wednesday evening through Thursday.

As of 11 p.m., pea-to-dime-sized hail began falling in parts of the North Side as a couple of thunderstorm cells developed over the city, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornadoes came at the end of a long day of heavy weather. An earlier storm brought winds of 35 mph and heavy rainfall and hail to Chicago and Chicago suburbs.

The weather service issued a flood warning for the Des Plaines River at Riverside from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening. Minor flooding is forecast for Friday evening and expected to subside by Saturday afternoon, according to the warning.

Residents of the Chicago suburbs are all too familiar with the type of damage that hail storms can cause, but when it comes to the roof hail damage, you may need to call a professional.

Many homeowners make the mistake of only looking for damage in the form of missing shingles. However, there could be damage underneath the shingles which can cause leaks to occur well after the storm has passed. If you are unsure of whether your roof or gutters have been damaged, look around at your landscaping to see if hail has blistered any nearby trees or shrubs. When hail is strong enough to do damage to these elements, chances are, you also have some sort of roof hail damage.

Identifying whether your roof, siding or windows have sustained damage from a hail storm may be difficult. The experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. can help! Also, many insurance companies will consider paying for storm or hail damage. SMART Roofing, Inc. has helped thousands of customers in the Chicago suburbs navigate the insurance roof claim process. Call us at 847.797.0404 or email contactus@smartroofers.com today!

SMART Roofing – Your Chicago Area GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor

icon-master-eliteAsking the Right Questions is the Key to Selecting the Right Roofing Contractor. . .

 

To become factory-certified as a GAF Master Elite® contractor, a roofing contractor needs to show that they are:

Properly Licensed – Licensed by their state (or province) to perform roofing work

Adequately Insured – for your protection

Have a Proven Reputation – for providing quality roofing services throughout the community

Committed to Ongoing Professional Training – to ensure quality installation

Because of GAF’s stringent standards, only 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite® contractors!

Choosing a GAF Master Elite® contractor is your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor — not some “fly-by-nighter.”

SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

See what our customers say:  http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Contractors/Reviews/Smart-Roofing-Inc-1003847-RES

 

SMART Builders – Cold Weather ALERT

Since the Chicago area is once again being hit by record cold…….

If you notice that water is not flowing as usual, you may have a frozen water pipe. To avoid frozen pipes:

— Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
— Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
— When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe — even at a trickle — helps prevent pipes from freezing.
— Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
— If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

During these days of extreme cold, flush all toilets, run showers, and run all sinks and make sure water is flowing properly through the pipes.  Do this several times through-out the day.

Be sure that everyone in the home knows how to shut off the water at the main shut-off. If a pipe does burst, the valve should be shut immediately.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – How Much Does Snow On A Roof Weigh?

We’ve all seen the pictures and heard the stories of roofs collapsing after large snow storms.  A February record of 42 inches of snow has already fallen on Boston. So, how much DOES snow weigh?

A one-inch layer of water or ice weighs approximately five pounds/square foot. Roofs designed for about 20 pounds/square foot snow load could theoretically hold up to four inches of ice.

How much snow is that?

Estimates are that about 12 inches of snow is equivalent to one inch of water, which means a roof can hold up to four feet of snow. Wet and packed snow weigh more, meaning that a roof may only be able to hold up to three feet of wet and packed snow.

So what do you do if you have too much snow on your roof?

The simple answer is to get it off as soon as possible. Snow rakes are available at local hardware stores and can be used to remove snow. If using a snow rake, use caution when working near overhead electrical power lines. Also, avoid excessive scraping on the roof or trying to chip off the ice. This could damage the roof and lead to a roof leak.

SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

SMART Roofing – Storm Damage – Roof Repair Or Replacement?

snow on roofDo you know the key danger signals of a failing roof?  Follow the link below for more information and how to recognize the signs that your roof needs repair or replacement.  Smart Roofing, Inc. is pleased to be a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor!

http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Key_Danger_Signals 

SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

Ludowici Roof Tile Announces New Shake Roof Tile Product

Century ShakeIn addition to Ludowici’s LudoShake roof tile,  a newly designed interlocking profile – called Ludowici Century Shake™ is now available. Each roof tile is pressed with a hand-split shake texture and then lightly scratched to create a beautiful color range on the roof. The bottom edge of each tile is produced with a rough texture to ensure an authentic appearance and is backed with Ludowici’s standard 75-year warranty.

Ludowici Roof Tile – Sustainability – Ludowici roofs are designed to last more than 100 years. Most roofing materials need routine maintenance and to be replaced every 10-30 years.

Ludowici Roof Tile – Recyclable – Ludowici roof tiles can be reused on other buildings or crushed for other applications.

Ludowici Roof Tile – Energy Efficiency – Clay roof tile has a 25% energy savings over typical asphalt shingles.

Ludowici Roof Tile – Manufacturing Process – Ludowici roof tiles are made from clay and water.

Unlike wood, rubber or plastic shakes, LudoShake roof tiles have 120 years of proven technology behind them, are Class A fire resistant and will never rot, curl or fade. LudoShake Roof Tiles are lightweight, easy to install, and are maintenance free.  Contact Smart Roofing today to learn more about installing Ludowici Roof Tile.

Smart Roofing, Inc. – Chicago & Chicago Suburbs Roofing – Tips For Hiring A Roofing Contractor

Hiring A Roofing Contractor?

Here are some tips to make the best choice:

Call your local roofing distributor and ask for a list of qualified contractors.
Why? Roofing contractors are their customers.

Call on the roofing contractor’s referrals.

The best people to verify the quality of the installation is the people they have installed a roof for. Ask the contractor if they have a job in progress you can drive by. See how the jobsite looks, ask the homeowners if this has been a good experience so far. Call for a referral on a job a few years old, did they have to call the contractor back?

Make sure they have insurance.
It is important for safety on your job and the safety of the employees. Contractors that don’t pay insurance can offer pricing way lower. Why should you care? If they get hurt on your job, you may be liable.

The lowest bid is not always the best way to go.
The lowest estimate may be a great deal, BUT do your homework. Perhaps he is not carrying insurance. Perhaps he measured incorrectly. A price too low can mean trouble.

Permits and Licenses
Not all states have contractor’s licenses and not all cities have building permits but it is always safe to check and make sure the contractor is licensed and your job is permitted when required.

This is your home.

Your roof protects the structure of your home, all of your possessions and your family. You could get kitchen cabinets on sale but there should be no cutting corners in roofing.  That doesn’t mean you can’t be a smart shopper.

A few final things to remember:

-There can always be hidden surprises when you tear the old roof off. Wood and termite damage will add extra cost to your roof.

– You always need to allow extra material for cutting, waste and doubling up on materials around critical areas.

– Proper Ventilation for your roof may be extra. Your contractor will need to evaluate each job based on insulation and your roofs ability to ventilate your house. Chances are good that you will have a good system in place. Improper ventilation could result in failure of your roof systems, such as causing wood rot or early deterioration of the roofing materials.

SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference.

Maintenance Tips to Help Prevent Roof Leaks

These 5 simple tips will help us locate current or future leaks and show how a maintenance program can help identify potential problems before they cause damage.

If it pops through the roof, we will look at it. Penetrations are the most common leak sources and will stop the natural water flow off a roof.  These include:

  • Chimneys. The top leak source. Does the chimney have a cricket? Is it properly step flashed and counter flashed? Does it need to be sealed?
  • Skylights. Water gets trapped behind them. Is the flashing in good repair? Is the skylight itself leaking?
  • Plumbing vents. Do the vent stacks have neoprene or rubber that has cracked with age? Do they need to be sealed or painted? Have critters chewed on the pipe or flashing?
  • Is the satellite or cable flashed properly?

Living on the edge. A drip edge is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is important to help ensure water is kept away from the fascia and moved off the roof.  A common leak source in the eaves and cause of wood rot is a missing drip edge. Wind-driven rain will enter the gap between the roof deck and fascia board.
A drip edge also helps to keep out insects, critters, and snakes. Make sure to check the drip edge when looking for leaks.

Every step I take. Areas where step flashing should be installed are a common leak source and maintenance item. We inspect these areas for damage:  Dormers, Roof-to-wall transitions, and Wherever low-quality sealant or mastic has been used in the past.

What’s in YOUR attic? Many times, homeowners think the roof is the culprit, but problems can come from improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic.

Be on the lookout for:

  • Algae stains on interior plywood
  • The “M” word: mold
  • Soaked insulation when it hasn’t rained
  • Black rings or rust around nails, which is the first sign moisture is condensing in attic spaces

Is there a lack of ventilation that is causing the attic to overheat or accumulate moisture?
Are the intake vents clogged with paint, spider webs, dust, or insulation?

Mind in the gutter. Many homeowners do not realize the importance of their gutters. They need to be installed and sloped properly to drain, tightly fastened, and free of debris.

A preventive maintenance plan consisting of periodic inspections, routine maintenance, and minor repairs can help avoid costly problems down the road. A thorough inspection, performed regularly by a SMART Roofing, Inc. professional roofing contractor, can monitor the roof’s condition and help prevent small problems from becoming major roof leaks.

Contact Smart Roofing, Inc. today at 847.747.0404 for all of your residential and commercial roofing needs.