Roofing Systems

Types of Single-Ply Roofing Systems

Types of Single-Ply Roofing Systems

All roofs feature some slope to allow for drainage. Low-slope—sometimes referred to as “flat”—roofs generally feature a very slight slope of less than 3:12. Slopes are represented as a ratio of how much the roof rises (vertical) over the distance (horizontal) between its lowest edge and its highest edge. A 3:12 slope indicates a rise […]

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Roofing Industry Expos Provide Opportunities for Growth

Many Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co., Inc. employees recently participated in the 35th annual Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) Trade Show in Oak Brook on January 18-19, 2018.  The Knickerbocker team took the opportunity to listen to industry leaders with expertise in design, building codes, construction law and more.  We networked with specifiers, suppliers and […]

Proud Recipient of the CRCA Gold Medal Safety Award

Proud Recipient of the CRCA Gold Medal Safety Award

The CRCA Gold Medal Safety Award Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co., Inc. is pleased to announce our receipt of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association’s (CRCA) 2017 Gold Medal Safety Award. Presented at CRCA’s Annual Awards Dinner, our team couldn’t be more honored and humbled for the recognition. Annually, the award given by the CRCA recognizes […]

3 Tips to Keep Your Commercial Roof in Shape this Winter

3 Tips to Keep Your Commercial Roof in Shape this Winter

With the winter season closing in on the construction and roofing industries, commercial businesses should prepare to take a look at their current roofing systems’ longevity. Harsh weather conditions like the sleet, intense cold, and freezing drafts are here to expose all of your weaknesses. Instead of playing the waiting game take initiative on your […]

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What Roofing System Suits Your Needs?

There are five main types of steep roof systems: asphalt shingles, metal, slate, tile, and wood shake. The most common are asphalt shingles, which are found on many homes.   We would like to take a look at the other four today. Standing seam metal roofs are utilized on commercial, industrial and institutional structures as the […]

In-House Sheet Metal Fabrication Drives Consumer and Company Success

In-House Sheet Metal Fabrication Drives Consumer and Company Success

As we all know, replacing or renovating a roof isn’t a stroll in the park. It’s fairly expensive and often time-consuming – especially if the fitting, detailing and the execution aren’t done right. In an industry that is challenged by the problem of low customer satisfaction ratings, Knickerbocker continues to be a luminary – taking […]

National Safety Month: Fall Safety and Prevention

National Safety Month: Fall Safety and Prevention

Since the day we were founded in 1886, Knickerbocker Roofing has strived to play an active role in our community, providing comprehensive safety training and education. Specializing in slip and fall safety, our expert team is committed to enhancing overall safety in the roofing and construction sectors. While we focus on safety year-round, there is […]

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What You Need to Know in Roofing Now That Spring is Just Around the Corner

Here at Knickerbocker Roofing, we’re excited to be welcoming in spring! Not only is the green growing back, but longer days and warmer temperatures make the season that much more inviting. With the change in season also comes a good opportunity to check out any damage that may have been done to your roof during […]

Knickerbocker is Attending IRE March 1st-3rd!

Knickerbocker is Attending IRE March 1st-3rd!

“See new technology. Touch new products. Place orders. Revitalize your business.” The 130th IRE (the International Roofing Expo) is this week March 1st through the 3rd! Held annually, this year at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, this distinguished event hosts construction, maintenance, and roofing professionals throughout each industry. Here, attendees have the […]

Knickerbocker Kicks Off 2017

Knickerbocker Kicks Off 2017

Throughout 2016, we saw the industry continue to rebound, with growth in both commercial and residential construction. For us at Knickerbocker Roofing, this proved to be another successful year, as we proudly promoted workplace safety, responsible building techniques, and seasonal protection solutions. Now, our team is looking ahead as we gear up for what’s sure […]

CRCA Brings the Industry Together Under One Roof

CRCA Brings the Industry Together Under One Roof

What’s the benefit of belonging to a local trade organization? For us here at Knickerbocker, they are many. As a long-standing member of the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), we can testify to the valuable services and resources the CRCA offers its members and the customers we serve. So, what is the CRCA? It’s a […]

End-of-the-Year Recap: A Look Back at 2016

End-of-the-Year Recap: A Look Back at 2016

With the holidays upon us, we at Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Co., Inc. are taking the time to look back on the past year’s accomplishments. To recap some of our most important news, we’ve highlighted blog posts that detail recent achievements and outline our commitment to sustainable, environmentally friendly roofing solutions. Take a look below: […]

Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Offers Waterproofing Capabilities

Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Offers Waterproofing Capabilities

Knickerbocker Roofing has been in business for over 125 years offering industrial, commercial, and institutional roofing solutions, including inverted roof systems and vegetative roof systems. Inverted roof systems are designed to protect the roof from excessive weather conditions which are prevalent in some areas of the country, while vegetative roofing systems are designed to have […]

Prevent Leaks Before the End of Fall and Start of Winter

Prevent Leaks Before the End of Fall and Start of Winter

When you find water dripping into your kitchen, it’s too late – the leaks have already started. Here in Chicago, we start seeing heavy rains coming down in September, which of course leads us to the winter months and the snow that comes with it. Your best bet is to be proactive, and take a […]

Knickerbocker Keeps Kids Safe!

Knickerbocker Keeps Kids Safe!

Knickerbocker Roofing has served the Chicago area for over 125 years. Our family owned company offers roofing services for commercial and industrial markets, while specializing in architectural sheet metal fabrication, low slope, steep slope, green, and roof maintenance services. Although Knickerbocker’s 24-hour service hotline is dedicated to helping with any roofing issues day or night, […]

Natural Sunlight Enhances Interior Spaces

Natural Sunlight Enhances Interior Spaces

The art of roofing combines skill, experience, and insight into each building’s form and function. The skills required to install a high-quality and long lasting roof also include expert sheet metal fabrication and installation. At Knickerbocker, we are experts in all types of roofing installations including taking on the challenges of designers wishing to create […]

Knickerbocker Reviews Fall Safety this June

Worker safety is always at the forefront of what we do here at Knickerbocker Roofing. We want our employees to be aware and alert of the dangers they face on a regular basis and to work with us to reduce the possibility of an accident, minor or major. National Safety Month and OSHA Stand-Down Each […]

Befriend Your Roofing Contractor Before the Storms this Season

After the rough of winter, spring has finally started to blossom across the Midwest. Although the temperatures are growing nicer, damaging storms are still a relevant concern year round. A new report finds that heavy rainfall from storms are continually causing major flooding and tornado clusters are becoming much more frequent. Peak tornado season ranges […]

We Celebrate Responsible Building Practices in April!

In our last post we gave you the ins and outs of Earth Day and how it is a reminder to consider the environment in all decisions we make throughout our daily lives – sound familiar? Since it is finally April and Earth Day is fast approaching we are seizing the opportunity to tell you […]

Earth Day Prompts Us to Save Energy

April 22nd is the worldwide celebration of Earth Day which reminds us all of the importance of taking actions that save energy, the climate, and the Earth. This year marks the 46th anniversary of the movement that spurred us into action to tackle environmental issues in all parts of our lives. A basic campaign of […]

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

The 2015 season is officially over, and now that the first of the year has passed we’re gearing up for what will develop in 2016. Our industry has been rebounding nicely from the recession and 2016 is expected to continue this trend with growth in both commercial and residential construction. According to the Associated Builders […]

Avoid Adding Roofing Problems and Repairs to Your List of Winter Woes

Here in the Midwest, we’re accustomed to the cold winter temperatures, howling winds, snow, and ice, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we like them! Our list of winter woes can be long and we certainly don’t need to add more problems to the list. Hence the reason it is so important to properly maintain and […]

Celebrating 129 Years of History in the Roofing Industry

Today we are taking a look at history, going back 129 years to 1886*. What was happening in both the U.S. and roofing industry in Chicago? Knickerbocker is here to tell all: The Statue of Liberty, “a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States,” was dedicated here in […]

Prevent This Year’s Roofing Leaks from Rain and Snow

October is here and we’re on the brink of some hefty wet weather this fall in the Midwest. The last thing we all want to talk about is the rain, sleet, and snow that will be forecasted as we’ve spent precious moments in the beautiful summer weather these past several months. Still, the roofing industry […]

Common Myths About Roofing & The Facts That Dispel Them

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon… The great point is to bring them the real facts.” Lincoln’s theory holds true in regards to most circumstances, including roofs and roofing services. Facts can help to dispel common myths and concrete […]

Honored By the Recognition We Have Received as a Leading Contractor in the Roofing, Sheet Metal and Waterproofing Industries

Here at Knickerbocker our progress reflects our birth in 1886. The awards that we have received over the years ultimately recognize us as a leading contractor in the roofing, sheet metal and waterproofing industries. Many industries, including our own, have changed throughout the years, but our company’s mission remains strong: to provide outstanding solutions to […]

Look Up! You’ll Find Examples of Our Work All Around the Chicago Area

It would take us hours, days, weeks, to tell you about all of the projects Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving has completed over the past 125+ years. So, for today’s blog we decided to save you the time and carefully selected a few of our favorite projects from recent years. Mind that if you’re ever in […]

On the Sunny Side of the Roof: Solar Energy is Reaching New Heights

What is greater and more beneficial than the power of the sun? The effects of the sun provide needed warmth, boost productivity, and brighten moods; however, one of the most beneficial characteristics is the technological harvesting that can provide enough electricity to power entire homes and buildings. It’s truly remarkable. Up until recently, the full […]

Creating the Rooftop Garden of Your Dreams

There is currently a major trend that is taking place, not only nationally, but internationally, that is giving traditional landscaping a run for its money: rooftop gardens. From office buildings to senior living facilities, hotels to apartment complexes, and schools to sports stadiums, rooftop gardens are “sprouting” everywhere, and they are making outdoor living the latest […]

Can Your Older Roof Be Recovered?

Consider this scenario: you’re aware of the fact that your existing roof is aging and is in need of work. But the roof still seems to have some value. Therefore, you wonder whether the entire system needs replacement, or if there’s a less drastic option—one that can fix the older roof, without entirely replacing it. […]

Roofing Systems: What are They and How to Choose

In the construction or renovation of a commercial building, one question that always comes up among builders and contractors is “what type of roofing system should we use?” This, of course, is a valuable question, as the roof is an important part of any facility. In regards to commercial buildings, there are a variety of […]