What to do after a hailstorm?
If you suspect your roof has been damaged by hail, it’s important to inspect it as soon as possible. Contact your local roofing contractor who can perform a thorough inspection. In the meantime, you can check for signs of damage from the ground, such as missing or cracked shingles, dents or depressions in the roof, or granules that have been knocked off the shingles. Your local roofing contractor will look more closely for dents or depressions in the shingles, as well as any cracks or breaks in the roofing material.learn more»
Understanding the Difference Between Standing Seam – Commercial Metal Roofs
Metal roofs in Chicago, and everywhere else, may often look similar, but there are some very important differences in the panels that are installed. This difference comes down to the way the metal roofing panels lock down to the roof and to each other, to ensure the most secure, durable, waterproof, and attractive roof possible. Whether they are custom made panels from Pac-Clad, or fabricated panels from steel sheets in a sheet metal shop, the locking technique can make all […]learn more»
February 2021 Snowfall and Roofing Problems
While a fresh snowfall can be enjoyable to watch, it is not your roof’s best friend. As the snow piles up, it creates a heavyweight on the roof. Thawing, re-freezing, and new snowfall can add to the problem. The added weight will quickly become a burden on a roof. Low-slope roofs are more susceptible to damage than steeper roofs because heavy snows cannot easily slide off. Wind-blown drifting can create huge snowdrifts, resulting in substantial loads on certain parts of […]learn more»
Smart Roofing and Rebuilding Together
We love being presented with opportunities to give back to the communities that are so familiar to us. This is why we could not be happier to announce our partnership with Rebuilding Together, a premier nonprofit community revitalization organization, which helps renovate homes for people in need. One of these homes happens to be in Glenview, Illinois, and it also happened to need a new roof. We partnered with Midwest Roofing Supply, which donated the materials required, and got to […]learn more»
Cedar Shake Roofs in the Chicagoland Climate
Cedar shakes are some of the more durable and visually appealing roof coverings. At least that was the case before architectural shingles and synthetic cedar shakes were introduced, with an expected lifespan the same, or in many cases longer than cedar shake. The main reason behind this is the Chicagoland climate, and the various weather extremes and high humidity. As with any wood when it gets wet, it needs ample time and air quality to dry out, otherwise it can […]learn more»
The Importance of Flat Roof Maintenance
As a property or home owner, you rarely ever see your flat roof, which can lead to missed maintenance and a shortened lifespan. Flat roof maintenance is just as important as any other building maintenance. Whether it is a residential flat roof or a commercial flat roof, both should be inspected at least once a year to make sure everything is holding up, and that any needed repairs are done. A good roof maintenance program can extend the life of […]learn more»
The Basics of Shingle Roofs
Asphalt shingles are by far the most prominent roof covering material in the United States, and especially in Chicagoland. With such a large customer base, there are a lot of manufacturers and products, which can sometimes be overwhelming. Below are some of the basic terms and details every homeowner should know before they decide on a new roof. Underlayment: This can refer to either the felt paper or the ice and water barrier that is installed over the roof deck, […]learn more»
Moisture Issues in Masonry Buildings with Flat Roofs in Chicago
The housing bubble hurt many households when it happened, but it is still affecting families today in a different way. When the bubble was at its peak, the demand for new houses was also peaking, and builders were rushing as quickly as they could to finish up houses and move onto new ones. In the process, they often used sub-par materials and cut corners in the design. The result is that moisture is migrating into the roof systems and the […]learn more»
Chicago Bungalow Tile Roofs
Some might argue that the greatest Chicago landmark is the bungalow home. With over 80,000 bungalows, roughly 1/3 of all single family homes in the Chicagoland area, it is easy to see why the house style is so important. Smart Roofing Inc. understands this and works hand in hand with homeowners to preserve the natural beauty of the tile roofs that cover many bungalows. Properly maintained tile roofs will last just as long as the house itself, and we are […]learn more»
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. 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 […]learn more»
Proper Gutter Maintenance
Proper 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 the property, and have to be kept free of clogs, holes, and sags. Here are the most common gutter problems and how to fix […]learn more»
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 […]learn more»
Roof Maintenance & Inspections
Fall 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, […]learn more»
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. 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 […]learn more»
Chicago’s GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor
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 […]learn more»
The Importance of Commercial Roof Maintenance & Repair
The 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 […]learn more»
Chicago Roof Clean-up Tips
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 […]learn more»
Storm Damage – Roof Repair Or Replacement?
Do 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 […]learn more»
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 […]learn more»
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 […]learn more»
How To Prevent Ice Dams – SMART Roofing, Inc. Can Help
What is an ice dam? An ice dam can form when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roofline. Without roof snow removal, the ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. The water can then back up underneath the roof shingles and make its way inside your home. Immediate steps you can take: Remove snow from your roof after every storm. Use a roof rake to clear the first three to […]learn more»
Ice & Snow Can Damage Your Commercial & Residential Roofs. Is Your Chicago Area Roof Ready For The Thaw?
As the Chicago area is reminded once again, ice and snow can cause more than a few roofing headaches – particularly when significant accumulation is followed by periods of thawing and refreezing. Even the best roof can fail with severe weather outbreaks, fallen trees, and other unexpected events. Ice that accumulates in valleys, sidewalls, flat roofs and gutters can cause many problems with leaks. For businesses, a relatively small leak can interrupt operations, slow down workflow and result in equipment, structural […]learn more»
Cedar Wood Shakes and Shingle Roof – Replacement or Restoration?
Cedar shakes and shingles offer strength, durability, insulation, and beauty to our homes. A wood roof imparts a look of quality that few other roof coverings can match. After a few years of exposure to the weather, however, this “quality” roofing can change. With exposure to sunlight and rainfall, cedar shakes and shingles can lose virtually all their natural protectants in as short a time as five years. At this age, most cedar roofs begin to show signs of cupping, curling, […]learn more»
Chicago Carlisle Syntec PVC Roof System – Commercial Project
SMART ROOFING, INC. commences roof replacement at one of Chicago’s largest state-of-the-art food processing & cold storage freezer facilities. The approximately 120,000-square-foot facility is one of the first of a new generation of food facilities that completely separates raw product operations from cooked product operations, and incorporates innovative refrigeration and ventilation systems. A sanitary walk-on ceiling separates processing and maintenance operations by creating space above all the production areas. The new roof system will include a Carlisle Syntec Polyvinyl chloride […]learn more»
10 Tips for Fall Home Maintenance
Autumn is that fabulous time of the year when families take time out to visit apple orchards and pumpkin patches. The season offers respite from summer’s heat and gently nudges us toward the cooler, wetter and, for many, snowier days ahead. You can take simple steps now to ensure your home and yard are ready for winter. Tackle a few chores each week, and you’ll be sitting pretty before the first snowflakes fall. 1. Gutter check. Clear leaves, pine needles […]learn more»
Roof Hail Damage – Chicago
A third severe thunderstorm hit the Chicago area June 30th bringing hail and high winds that was sure to cause hail storm damage across the area. This comes after two severe thunderstorms the night before. There was widespread damage reported across the area where residents reported that there were golf ball sized hail stones reigning down. The residents of these areas are always aware of the fact these thunderstorms can bring with them the kind of hail storm damage and […]learn more»
- What to do after a hailstorm?
- Understanding the Difference Between Standing Seam – Commercial Metal Roofs
- February 2021 Snowfall and Roofing Problems
- Smart Roofing and Rebuilding Together
- Cedar Shake Roofs in the Chicagoland Climate
- The Importance of Flat Roof Maintenance
- The Basics of Shingle Roofs
- Moisture Issues in Masonry Buildings with Flat Roofs in Chicago
- Chicago Bungalow Tile Roofs
- Holiday Decorating Could Damage Your Roof
- Proper Gutter Maintenance
- Is There Mold On Your Roof?
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