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3 Premium Shingles for Upgraded Roof Protection

Upgraded Roof Protection

If You’re Looking for a Stronger, Luxurious Shingle Roof, Consider One of These 3 Styles.

Shingles come with a crisp, clean look that many homeowners love. However, traditional asphalt shingles don’t always provide the enhanced protection that you need. For those who desire more from their roofing, consider one of these three premium shingles for upgraded roof protection.

Premium Shingle #1: Architectural

What’s great about architectural (or laminate) shingles is their blend of style and endurance. These shingles can withstand wind speeds of up to 120 mph. Because of their unique layering process, they also give off a sense of depth that you don’t get with traditional shingles. You can find laminate shingles in a vast array of colors and textures, so your can satisfy your particular design tastes.

Premium Shingle #2: Impact Resistant

Hail damage costs Americans billions of dollars in damages every year. What if you didn’t have to worry about hail anymore (at least for your roof)? With impact resistant shingles, you can be at ease during the next hail storm that plows through your neighborhood. Withstanding strikes of up to 90 mph hour, impact resistant shingles are a wonderful investment for climates with intense weather cycles.

Premium Shingle #3: Wood Shakes

While wood shakes may fall in the high-dollar range, this durable roofing material provides an outstanding natural presentation for your home. It can handle severe weather as well as any roofing system, so you can enjoy your wooden roof for many years to come.

If you’d like more information about premium shingles for upgraded roof protection, feel free to chat with our specialists at (877) 766-3341 or browse through some of our previous articles!

Why Roofing Inspection Is Important

Roofing Inspection

Roofing Inspections Can Really Help Your Roof Stay At Its Best For Longer.

When it comes to your roof, you expect your system to last you for many years. One of the best ways to do this is through regular roofing inspection. Many homeowners ignore this service, believing it unnecessary, however, when you bypass this, you may be leaving your roof vulnerable to more issues than you realize. Replacing and repairing your roof when damaged simply handles the damage that is present. However, roof inspection can do so much to ensure your roof can continuously defend your property.

What Roofing Inspection Can Do For You

Many people wait for roofing service until their roof is visibly damaged. Inspection by a professional roofer can actually find issues before they grow to a visible or un-repairable condition. Your roofer can then handle the issue early, meaning it will be less expensive in the long run. Your roofer can also take note of these issues and identify the cause of the damage. Some issues, like wear, may come from a specific source, such as repeated strikes from an overhead tree or frequent traffic along the roofing system. Once identified, you can work with your roofer to find a solution that will better protect your roof.

If you recently had your roof installed or replaced, the materials may still be under warranty. However, many homeowners don’t realize that the warranty may be contingent upon regular inspection. In this situation, it is better to be safe than sorry. Contacting a roofer and scheduling regular roofing inspection service will ensure you are always under warranty. These advantages will ensure your roof is always at its best and can actually extend the life of your roofing system. Want to get started on an inspection today? The Expert Roofing team is always available to assist you. Give us a call today at (877) 766-3341 for residential or commercial roofing inspection in Crystal Lake, IL.

Fascia and Soffit: Telling Them Apart

Here’s two words you never learned in high school: fascia and soffit. They are each protect a unique portion of your roof, but most homeowners don’t know the difference between the two. Here is a quick guide on how to identify your fascia and soffit, plus a couple interesting facts about each part.

Fascia: Gutter Support and More

Fascia and Soffit Underside

Fascia and Soffit Protect Your Home From Pests and Energy Loss.

Your home’s fascia is located on the bottom edge of your roof. Besides serving as the point of connection for your gutter, your fascia seals the gap between the soffit and your rooftop. This protects your home from nasty pests and hot outside air. Keeping your fascia in working order is important. Make sure the gutter system is regularly cleaned out, as this prevents debris and rainwater from spilling over and corroding the side of your roof.

Soffit: the Underappreciated Underside

Your soffit is located on the bottom side of your roof, where it extends beyond your home’s wall. Besides supporting the extremities of your rooftop, your soffit also performs a second valuable function. Here, you’ll find vents that allow your roofing system to exhale hot air caused by solar radiation. When your rooftop absorbs too much sunlight, your soffit works to save your conditioned air by expelling the excess heat. Keeping the vents clean and soffit sturdy will help you prevent additional strain on your HVAC unit.

Now you know your fascia from your soffit! For more information about your fascia and soffit (or any other part of your roofing system), talk to our friendly roofing professionals at (877) 766-3341.

Roof Leak Myths- Debunked

While roof leaks can be serious, they are not always money pits that warrant a completely new roof system. Keep yourself protected from overzealous roofers by knowing the reality of roof leak repair.

Our Professionals Will Repair Your Roof Leak Quickly and Conveniently.

Ceiling and Wall Stains

Although they can be, these types of stains are not always caused by roof leaks. Often, they are caused by plumbing issues or air conditioner problems. Rule out these issues before calling a roofer to save yourself some money. Wall stains are not from roofing problems unless they are accompanied by a roof stain. It’s simply not feasible for water to leak down a wall from the roof without coming in contact with the ceiling at some point.

Leak Location

Roof leaks are visible near where the actual leak will be found. Science teaches us that water moves with gravity and water on your roof is no exception. If your ceiling is stained in the kitchen, your leak will not be found in the living room.

Fiberglass Insulation Damage

While roof leaks can cause damage to your insulation by soaking the outer paper layer, causing mold or mildew, the fiberglass composition is almost completely waterproof. This means that even if your roof is leaking directly on top of your fiberglass insulation, it may not be damaged at all.

Missing Material = A New Roof

While in some instances, too much missing material can warrant a replacement, many times, your material can simply be replaced. Shingle, metal, and tile constructs are easily replaced by a professional without the need for an entirely new roofing system.

When you need roof leak repair, the Expert Roofing team can provide the advice and guidance you need to make the right decision for your home’s roof. Call us today at (877) 766-3341.

Choosing A Chicago Roofer

Choosing a reputable Chicago roofer is important because unfortunately, not everyone in this business has your best interests at heart. There are a few things that you should be on the lookout for when you are picking a company.

The first thing you should look for is how long the company has been established in your area. If they are new to town you might want to avoid working with them because there are some companies that pop up and disappear after they have collected your hard earned money.

The next thing that is important is to look at their reviews. See what people are saying about them and get a feel for what kind of work they do. If you see a negative review ask them what happened.

You can also ask the company to show you some of their other work so you can see for yourself what there work looks like before you give them any of your money.

That can help you avoid being taken advantage of like the victims from this story:

Action 9 confronts roofer accused of taking insurance money for jobs not done | WFTV OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Action 9 investigated a roofing contractor who customers claim collected their insurance checks, but never installed new roofs. It’s a company Todd Ulrich first exposed for telling customers that they had hail damage that didn’t exist.

Orange County man says roofing company hijacked his insurance claim

“Why don’t you have a new roof?” asked Ulrich.

“Good question, because they disappeared,” Felix Bermudez said about ELR Restoration.

He said he hired ELR Restoration to replace his roof after the company found hail damage.

Bermudez said he gave ELR control of his insurance claim, and ELR cashed his $5,400 insurance check, but that he never got a new roof. Read more…

Spring Is Coming And It’s Time To Plan Your Garden

Spring is on its way and if you are like us, at Expert Roofing, you are excited about starting your vegetable garden. There are a lot of decisions to make like what seeds should you start and where should you plant them. Gardening can be therapeutic and also add a natural beauty to your home.

No matter how much room you have there are all sorts of ideas to incorporate planters and other containers to make your backyard beautiful.

Stunning Container Vegetable Garden Design Ideas & Tips | Balcony Garden Web Create a Container Vegetable Garden that gives you a bountiful harvest of fresh homegrown vegetables and herbs in limited space and also looks appealing and aesthetic! See more…

Painting Your Homes Exterior: Tips for Choosing the Right Colors

There is a lot that goes into making a home look beautiful and the outside of your house is where you have the opportunity to leave a good first impression. Of course, you want to make sure your house is in good repair but you also want to have a great color scheme that will add value and aesthetics to you your home. Check out these tips for choosing what paint colors.

At Expert Roofing, we know your home is important to you and you take pride in how it looks. We take pride in our work because what we do affects the value of your home and how it looks. If you are looking for roof repair in Chicago, Expert Roofing will work on your house as if it were our own.

Exterior Paint Colors – Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing Yours

There’s nothing like paint to transform the look of your home’s exterior, but since there’s no shortage of shades from which to choose, it can be challenging to make a final selection. We’ve collected some essential do’s and don’ts to help you find a hue you’ll be happy and proud to live with for years.

Many homeowners worry that a unique color scheme will end up costing more, but fortunately that’s not the case! Applying a little imagination to the selection process won’t stress your wallet any more than choosing a neutral shade would—so why not have a little fun?

Notice what colors exist on your exterior that cannot be changed—the dark gray flecks in your brick, for instance, or that blue cast in your roofing shingles. A cohesive color scheme will take into account these unchangeable shades. See more…

Choosing Gutters For Your Home

When inclement weather strikes it is important that your roof is in good condition to protect you and your home from the elements. Not only do you want your roof not to be leaky but you want it to remove the precipitation off your roof and away from your house.

This is important because the build up of water can damage your home and its foundation. Your home does this through its gutter system and it is important to have quality gutters that bring the water away from your house. Check out some tips for choosing your next drainage system.

How to Choose Gutters – Bob Vila Gutters are a critical component of a home’s drainage system, and like many exterior features, they’re subject to wear and damage. An important item on your spring maintenance checklist should be to examine and clean out the gutters. Regular cleaning and maintenance will go a long way toward getting the maximum lifespan out of your gutters.

If, however, your gutters are showing signs of severe wear—cracks, holes, and leaks, for example—or if they’re sagging or pulling away from the house or have numerous missing, loose, or bent fasteners, it may be time to look into replacement gutters. Experts point out that water damage to the roof, fascia board, decking, or rafters is a sure sign that gutters are due for replacement. “Most ordinary gutters last about 10 to 15 years,” explains Robert Lowe, director of operations for Englert LeafGuard, originators and makers of the only one-piece, seamless gutter system with built-in hood. “Dangerous water leaks and overflows can cause tremendous damage to a home, sometimes before homeowners are even aware of the problem.”

There are many types and styles of gutters on the market today, with the primary materials being aluminum, copper, steel, galvanized steel, zinc, and vinyl. Aluminum is the most prevalent gutter material and offers several advantages over other types. Aluminum is lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and available in a wide range of colors—and it’s also often the least expensive option.

Other choices among the metals include galvanized steel gutters, which are coated with a layer of zinc; these gutters are strong but may be prone to rusting. Steel gutters also are available with a coating of aluminum and zinc, which alleviates the rust problem but is more expensive. Zinc gutters, yet another option, are also strong and durable, and normally do not require painting or finishing. Copper gutters are an extremely upscale and attractive choice, but cost substantially more than other metals.

Another inexpensive option is vinyl, which is available in a wide range of colors to match many types of vinyl siding. Vinyl gutters are not as durable as metal, however; they break down over time with exposure to sunlight and will therefore need to be replaced much more frequently. Additionally, vinyl gutters typically come in 10-foot sections, and the rubber seals used to join the sections can become brittle and leak.

Most professionals note that aluminum gutters offer the best combination of style, durability, and price. “As far as replacement gutters go, you want seamless aluminum gutters with a minimum thickness of .025 inches,” asserts Lowe. “There also are numerous options for ‘toppers’ for those gutters; the most common are solid hoods and filters. The different toppers each have their good and bad points. The solid toppers are the best, because they use the reverse curve or liquid adhesion model, which works the best. The downside to these types of covers is the installation process, which is generally handled by a subcontractor. These products install under the shingles, which can cause problems with roof warranties.” Read more…

At Expert Roofing we are also experts on gutters. If you have any questions or need help choosing we can help you.

Check Out Some Chicago Furniture For Your Home

We are experts in the Chicago roofing industry and we take great pride in your home’s exterior. So you can take pride when you are filling your home’s interior with furniture. Chicago is one of the best locations for finding unique furniture stores.

You can find all sorts of one-of-a-kind furnishings for your home in the Chicago area. Check out this map of some of the best interior design stores from Curbed Chicago if you are looking to add some new home furnishings.

28 must-see Chicago furniture and interior design stores – Curbed Chicago Thanks to early industry leaders like Montgomery Ward, Sears Roebuck, and Potter Palmer’s department stores, the Windy City has a rich tradition when it comes to home furnishings. Today, Chicago’s interior decorating scene continues to serve as a major hub for wholesalers and consumers alike. From River North’s high-end gallery district to Andersonville’s antique row along Clark, Chicago’s home decor and furniture stores offer something for all tastes and personal styles. Here’s a rundown of 28 not-to-miss Chicago stores.

Note: the list is arranged alphabetically. Via

Consider These Tips When You Buy Your Next Home

At Expert Roofing in Chicago, we deal with homeowners and help them get an affordable, quality roof on their homes. A lot of our clients are first-time homebuyers who recently bought their home. We have heard stories of success and some of the frustrations that go along with the home buying process. So when we came across these “11 Myths Homebuyers Should Never Believe” we knew we had to share them with you.

Whether it is your first time buying a home or you’re moving on to something else these tips will help you during the buying process.

Real Estate Myths Not to Believe – 11 Tips – Bob Vila From the open house to securing a mortgage to closing day, purchasing a home is a complex and daunting process. Here are 11 myths that home buyers should abandon if they hope to keep a clear head and maintain realistic expectations during the house-hunting process. read more at