Tips for Evaluating a Roofing Contractor’s Safety Performance

One of the most important steps when choosing a roofing contractor is to assess their safety performance. Every professional roofing organization should have a program in place for training workers and maintaining conformance to OSHA safety guidelines. In addition, they must carry both liability and workers’ compensation insurance to protect you, their business, and their […]

Embracing New Standards of Energy Efficiency

According to one study, about 48% of all energy produced in the U.S. goes toward heating, cooling, and providing power to buildings. The use of more efficient building materials, adopting sustainable construction practices, and installing more efficient building systems has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Here in […]

Celebrating Earth Day with a Green Roof and Knickerbocker

With Earth Day 2013 here, we thought it is the perfect time to dive deeper into climate change and the real value of green roofs. In case you are not aware, each April 22nd more than a billion people across the globe take part in Earth Day. It is an opportunity for everyone to acknowledge […]

Tile & Slate – Natural and Sustainable Roofing Options

Are you looking for a steep-slope roofing solution that offers a stately aesthetic appeal, requires minimal maintenance, and lasts practically forever? Then two traditional building materials, tile and slate, both used by craftsmen over many centuries for constructing long-lasting roofs, might be the right choice for you. Roofing tiles, made of kiln-fired clay ore, exhibit […]

Weathering the Roofing Storms

Rain, snow, high wind. There are many types of storms that can hit at any point, and your building’s structure needs to be able to withstand these strong conditions and any potential debris. More than necessary, then, is to ensure your roof is sturdy enough in these storms, or can easily be repaired to ward […]

We are at the Center of your Sheet Metal Roofing Project

Take a stroll down State Street in downtown Chicago and pause in front of Chicago landmark, the Sullivan Center. What do you see? Surely, a variety of restaurants and shops that constitute the ground level of the enormous building. Look a bit deeper, and you’ll notice the ornate architecture that has helped solidify the Sullivan […]

Sustainability and Roofing

What does sustainability mean to the roofing industry? Seems like a simple question, but it’s not so simple to answer. Different roof types impact the environment in different ways. When sustainability in roofing first became relevant, the thought immediately jumped to green roofs, which provide rainwater management while protecting the underlying materials, insulating the building, […]

The Importance of a Proper Roof Maintenance Program

Have you checked out your roof recently? Now that the fall season is upon us, and winter is right around the corner, now is a good time to have your roof properly inspected and ensure that any potential issues are identified prior to them becoming actual problems. As professional roofing contractors, Knickerbocker understands the utmost […]

Go Green…with a Garden Roof

Gardens and roofs. Have you ever thought of putting the two together? In current years, garden roofs have become extremely popular, especially in larger cities such as Chicago, and buildings have seen much value in them. Recently, there has been a lot of political support for garden roofs here in Chicago—due to the positive environmental […]

Tips on Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Are you getting a new roof? If the answer is yes, then you have landed on the right page. With over 125 years working in the roofing industry, we consider ourselves masters in roofing. We can help point you in the right direction as you determine your roofing needs. Here are five things to consider […]

Setting High Standards for Over 125 Years

1886 was certainly a busy year. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York. The Hall-Heroult process for refining aluminum was created. Germany’s Karl Benz received a patent for the first gasoline-powered automobile. Most importantly, in our eyes at least, Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving was established. As our name implies, we were built from […]