The construction and maintenance of roofs is essential to the safety of homes, healthcare facilities, businesses and institutions. Knickerbocker Roofing continues to serve our clients needs during this global pandemic while following CDC guidelines for the safety of our employees and customers.


Mission Statement

The mission of Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co., Inc. is to be an outstanding solutions provider by offering quality products installed by skilled tradesmen and women in an efficient manner. As a company of substance and tradition, we strive to maintain a leadership role in the roofing, sheet metal and waterproofing industries by delivering workmanship and service that consistently meets or exceeds our clients’ expectations.


Reasons to Use Knickerbocker Roofing

  • Family owned and managed for over 130 years – Since 1886
  • All Roofing, Sheet Metal and Carpentry work performed by our own employees
  • Annual manufacturers’ roof system application training
  • Winner of the prestigious National Roofing Contractors Association Gold Circle Award for workmanship excellence
  • Annual Safety training program for all field and supervisory employees
  • Recipient of the American Subcontractors Association Safety Award
  • Recipient of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association Safety Award
  • Project safety inspections by independent safety consultants
  • Certified by all major roofing system manufacturers to furnish and install their roof systems
  • Roof inspections and evaluations at no charge
  • License and bonded with the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (License #104-003433)
  • In excess of 10 million dollars of liability insurance for your protection
  • Outstanding roof leak repair and roof maintenance programs
  • Our employees are courteous, experienced and customer service oriented
  • The most modern and safe equipment, maintained by our full time mechanics
  • We have our own fully equipped sheet metal fabrication shop to custom form your sheet metal for the perfect look and fit
  • Value engineering ideas to save you money and get the most from your investment
  • Long term manufacturers’ warranties offered
  • Our diesel powered roof vacuum system removes stone ballast and dirt clean and efficiently with no dust
  • Project performance and payment bonds available
  • Project financing available

Our History

In 1886 Bernard Kelly bought the Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co. Inc., founding a family-owned business that today – five generations and over 130 years later – has grown to be one of the largest roofing contractors in the Midwest. Here are some of the steps in our family business history.

1898 – 1915 Bernard Kelly’s new company took on some big projects in turn-of-the century Chicago, including roofing the new Public Library (we know it now as The Cultural Center) and paving Michigan Avenue when it bordered Lake Michigan’s shore.

KRP Roofing Professionals In The Past
KRP Roofing Professionals In The Past
Our History - KRP Roofing at the Wrigley Building
Our History – KRP Roofing at the Wrigley Building
Over 130 years of family ownership, experience,
Over 130 years of family ownership, experience, & reliability

1915 – 1954 Bernard was followed into the roofing business by his son-in-law, Mark A. Cronin, Sr., a founder and an early President of the National Roofing Contractors Association. Mark expanded Knickerbocker’s services to roofing railroad structures. In those days of steam engines, large wooden roundhouses were spaced about eighty miles apart along each right-of-way. Corroded by steam and the fumes from burning coal, these structures were in constant need of deck and roof replacement. Knickerbocker worked for the major railroads all across the country.

1954 – 1982 The three sons of Mark Cronin – Jim, Bob and Mark, Jr. – all graduates of the University of Notre Dame, continued to expand the services of Knickerbocker with large contracts from the steel industry, utilities, and major corporations. Our services were extended throughout the United States.

1982 – Present Today’s generation of Knickerbocker leaders includes four great grandsons and one great great grandson of Bernard Kelly, all college graduates, several with advanced degrees. All these men are substantial stockholders in the company; thus, they have a significant investment in the quality of Knickerbocker work and the reliability of Knickerbocker service.

Today, Knickerbocker Roofing is a company of substance. Because of our company’s outstanding stability we have an established line of credit and strong bonding capability. We are one of the largest roofing contractors in the Midwest. We are, also, a company of tradition – a tradition of workmanship and of service. We would like to extend that tradition to you, and we welcome this opportunity to share our Knickerbocker history with you.