The construction or installation of a new flat roof on your Chicagoland structure is more than just a good decision – it’s good business. Not only will a new flat roof add aesthetic value to your property, but it will help with heating and cooling costs too. There’s no doubt that a new roof installation can be a pricey choice, but, and this is true, you could actually save money over the lifetime of the roofing. When you add up all of the repair costs and possible damage caused by a potential failure, you see that the once-prohibitive costs of new roofing could be minimal when compared to the negative impacts inherent in pushing an old flat roof past its prime.
The flat roofing products and installation techniques of today are a far cry from the traditional methods and materials used for centuries. Modern flat roofs, for the most part, are composed of large factory-made sheets of synthetic materials. These sheets can be produced from EPDM, TPO & PVC, and modified bitumen, and come in a variety of widths to make installation easier. Chicago Roofing Solutions has been installing all types of flat roofs for more than 20 years and have yet to meet the structure we couldn’t handle. We have the expertise and the resources to ensure your new flat roof is everything it’s advertised to be, so make sure you get the best quality workmanship and finest products available – call Chicago Roofing Solutions.
The sheets of material used to cover a flat roof are known as membranes. They serve one primary purpose – waterproofing. These materials, when properly installed by the experts at Chicago Roofing Solutions, aid in the removal of water and snow from your flat roof through their slope and direct that runoff to the appropriate area for drainage. Without the proper installation techniques, flat roofing can cause as many problems as it solves. This has led to flat roofing having a less-than-stellar reputation among homeowners and property owners across the nation – which is unfortunate. When properly installed, flat roofing is among the finest roofing you’ll find anywhere. But, and this is huge, only if you hire the right contracting firm to work with – like Chicago Roofing Solutions. We’ve installed millions of square feet of flat roofing across Chicago, the suburbs, and Northwest Indiana and we know exactly how to get the results you’re looking for. Plus, we offer a satisfaction guarantee on everything we do, so your new flat roof installation is absolutely worry-free.
Chicago Roofing Solutions has more than 20 years of experience applying Built-Up Roofing Systems (BUR) to flat-roofed properties. BURs are also known as “tar & gravel” roofs due to the fact they are made up of layered felts, fabrics, or mats saturated with bitumen, asphalt, or good old-fashioned tar pitch. Gravel is applied to the surface of most BURs as a mineral cap sheet, basically a weatherproof protective coating for the bitumen and underlying layers, that protects the application from wear and tear. BURs are one of the oldest methods for covering low-slope roofs still in use today.
One of the roofing solutions business owners have been increasingly looking to for the last decade, to save both time and money, is Cool Roof Coating Systems. There are a great many types of roof coatings including silicone, butyl rubber, hypalons, neoprenes, acrylics, polyurethane elastomers, and modified asphalts. While every roof is different, and certain situations may call for specific products, Chicago Roofing Solutions’ teams have the experience and expertise to know the best recommendation for every flat roofing scenario. We work directly with some of the nation’s biggest coating manufacturers and are approved to apply their products and issue their warranties. For cool roof coatings, there’s no one better than Chicago Roofing Solutions.
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer) is an amazingly durable synthetic roofing membrane used worldwide in low-slope structures. The two main ingredients are ethylene and propylene which are substances created from oil and natural gas. EPDM roofing comes in two colors, either black or white, and comes from the factory in a wide range of widths. It is also available in either 45 or 60 millimeters, and can be installed in a few different ways. Chicago Roofing Solutions can install your EPDM flat roofing by mechanically attaching it, adhering it fully, or ballasting it with all the seams sealed with adhesives or specially-formulated tape. EPDM roofing is extremely resistant to general weathering such as wind, hail, snow, rain, and temperature fluctuations and even offers some protection from the effects of fire.
Many flat, industrial, institutional, governmental, and multiunit residential entities throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs choose fluid applied roofing solutions for their flat-roofed properties. Fluid applied roofing is the process by which a flat roof is waterproofed through the use of a cold, liquid roof coating. This is an excellent option for those with a functional flat roof that is experiencing some slight degradation, and is far less invasive and costly than a new flat roof replacement. Fluid applied roofing membranes are one of the best ways owners can safeguard their flat roof and concrete decking from water damage and reinforce the overall structural integrity of their building.
Modified bitumen roofing is composed of asphalt and usually reinforced with either polyester or fiberglass making them a blend of the traditional and the modern. The process involves the use of two separate polymers, Styrene Butadiene Styrene (SBS) or Atactic Polypropylene (APP), that modify the membrane giving it greater elasticity and temperature flexibility across a much greater range. As fiberglass is used to fortify the entire system, there is much greater strength and puncture-resistance. Chicago Roofing Solutions installs modified bitumen flat roofing in various layers to increase the protection it offers from temperature fluctuations, wind uplift, and water damage.
Chicago Roofing Solutions offers a full range of sheet metal roofing options for our new Flat roof customers. With our own sheet metal shop, and the pros to run it, we can offer our clients anything they can imagine – as long as it obeys gravity. We can handle any type of custom sheet metal fabrication including perimeter edges, gutters, ornamentals, and more. We stock all types of metal in-house to better serve our sheet metal roofing clients including stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and more. If you’re curious about sheet metal roofing, call the experts at Chicago Roofing Solutions today.
Single-ply flat roofing systems can be broken into two distinct groups: thermosets and thermoplastics. Thermoset membranes are made up of synthetic rubber polymers, usually EPDM, CSPE, and Neoprene. These membranes are perfect for large flat roof areas because of the manufacturing specifications – they come in large unbroken sheets – which allows for large coverage with minimal seams. Thermoplastic membranes are most commonly single-ply systems made from TPO and PVC, and come with a reinforcement layer that significantly improves strength and stability. These flat roofing membranes are highly resistant to weathering and UV radiation. While easy to install, at least relatively speaking, you need a qualified, experienced professional contracting firm due to the incompatibility of these membranes with most other single-ply roofing systems. It’s better to rely on Chicago Roofing Solutions to ensure everything goes according to plan. After all, with us, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
The experts at Chicago Roofing Solutions specialize in the installation of TPO and PVC flat roofs for clients throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Both of these options are white in color and highly reflective to mitigate UV radiation. The reinforced nature of these products means they can take abuse and work perfectly in areas where wear and tear is expected. Welded together with hot air, these flat roofing membranes are ideal for 2nd generation flat roof-over applications due to their light weight. Our technicians have years of working with TPO and PVC roofing systems, so when you need answers and the best prices call Chicago Roofing Solutions at (312) 313-2851.
One of the biggest reasons flat roofing’s reputation has taken a hit over the years is the tendency of some companies to skimp on the investment they make in training their employees. Though some may see roofing as simply manual labor, they are actually missing the forest fro the trees. Yes, roofing is hard work, but it’s tough on more than just a physical level. Flat roofing is an art form. The materials we use are not made specifically for your roof, unless we crafted sheet metal in our shop, and in order to get everything to fit snugly and securely it takes knowledge of your materials, an eye for the right details, and years of on-the-job experience. This isn’t simply an opinion either. Ask any roofing contractor in the nation what makes a good flat roof, outside of materials, and they’ll tell you – every single time – it’s good installers.
Flat roofing, when installed properly, is among the finest choices property owners can make when considering new roofing. But, the detailed installation work performed on these systems plays a part in their success or failure. In some flat roofing systems, the detail work is available from the manufacturer and can be bonded to the main sheet, but with materials like tar papers this is usually not the case. This is work that must be done by the installer, and stands as one more reason it’s so important to go with a contracting firm with experience and know-how. After all, success depends largely on the installer’s level of skill, their enthusiasm for the job, and the in-depth training they’ve received. It should come as no surprise that results can vary widely between one company and the next. So, why take chances with anyone but the best? Call the expert artisans at Chicago Roofing Solutions today.
If you’re in Chicago or the surrounding communities, and have flat roofing needs of any kind, from emergency roof leaks to new roof installations, there’s only one name you need to know – Chicago Roofing Solutions. Our 20+ years of experience and 100% satisfaction guarantee make us the company to trust for all of your flat roofing projects. Call (312) 588-6969, use our contact form, or send an email to learn more about our products and services.