Roofing FAQs

WILL I GET A WARRANTY ON MY REPLACEMENT ROOF?
Yes, and you won’t find another roofing company in the Chicagoland suburbs with a warranty as good as ours. It covers both product and workmanship.
Here’s our promise: for as long as you live in your home, everything is 100% covered, including parts and labor. Your service call, including trip charge, parts, and labor, will always be $0.00.
The ONLY exception would be the rare case where Mother Nature does the damage from a storm or anything else where an insurance claim is the appropriate remedy. Other than that, we’ll handle it.
Many roofers don’t even give you a workmanship warranty. Always get the details of a warranty before deciding on a roof replacement company.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?
There are a lot of places where you can get independent information on roofing companies. We strongly recommend you check out any roofing company before making a final decision.
You can go to the Better Business Bureau website to see our rating (it’s the highest possible: A+).
You can go to Google Reviews and see our record of 130+ reviews – people rave about our professionalism.
We’re also award winning, including national awards and multiple ‘Best Pick’ awards. And we’ve been in business for 68+ years.

WHAT IS A ‘FRANKENSTEIN’ ROOF?
Many roofing contractors in the Chicagoland suburbs sell ‘Frankenstein’ roofs.
This is where a roofer combines components from different manufacturers when replacing your roof. The goal is to throw together the cheapest combination of roof parts and then cover it all up with half-decent shingles.
So instead of a well-integrated roof system with all components coming from a single top-quality manufacturer, you get a ‘Frankenstein’ roof of random components.
We install new roofs using the very best materials, and that’s why we can offer our unbeatable Lifetime roofing warranty.

CAN I BUILD OVER MY EXISTING ROOF?
This was more common before the 2000’s but not so much anymore. Architectural shingles are more rigid and thicker making a roof over not so appealing. Also, it’s important to make sure the decking is in good condition, and proper ventilation is provided. Manufacturers also diminish their warranties for 2nd layers. Any professional contractor would advise against this.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT ROOF FLASHING IS?
Usually made of aluminum or galvanized metal, that is used over joints or penetrations on roof and wall construction to prevent water infiltration and causing damage.

HOW CAN I SPOT A FAILING ROOF?
Missing Shingles, Large Granule Loss, Splits, and Cracks In Shingles.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TYPE OF ROOFING SHINGLE IS BEST FOR MY ROOF AND MY BUDGET?
There are many styles and grades of shingles accompanied by warranties. Most colors and styles are very similar from all manufacturers. It comes down to contractor selection, finding a professional that understands the importance of proper installation and warranties will give you the quality you’re looking for. Things to consider is the duration you plan on living in your home as well. Most, if all shingles should last for 20-25 years depending on location.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN AN ASPHALT SHINGLE ROOF NEEDS REPLACEMENT
There are many styles and grades of shingles accompanied by warranties. Most colors and styles are very similar from all manufacturers. It comes down to contractor selection, finding a professional that understands the importance of proper installation and warranties will give you the quality you’re looking for. Things to consider is the duration you plan on living in your home as well. Most, if all shingles should last for 20-25 years depending on location.
Your roof will show the following signs:

  • Shingles curling
  • Granule loss or granule pile at the end of a downspout
  • Have had more than one roof repair in the last two years
  • Roof is more than 15 years old
  • Shingles are coming loose and missing
  • Shingles come loose from wind


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REPLACE A ROOF?
Your average size house should take one full working day. There are many variables to take into considerations as well: weather, roof steepness, how many layers of roofs are there? Are there more than one chimney or skylight? How high is the roof?

HOW LONG SHOULD A ROOF LAST?
Depending on the prior installation of the roof a typical roof should be “watertight” 25-30 years. That being said the color and aesthetics will not look appealing. Also, flashings and caulking will start to fail before then requiring repairs.

IF MY ROOF IS LEAKING, DO I NEED TO REPLACE IT?
In most cases no, you may need some minor repairs. If your roof continues to leak one or twice a year in different spots that most likely you need to replace your roof. Hiring a reputable quality contractor will give you expert advice on what is most appropriate at the time.

IS INSTALLING A ROOF SOMETHING AN AMATEUR CAN DO?
Yes, but highly not recommended.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET A ROOF INSTALLED IN THE WINTER?
Yes, a professional will adjust nail guns to lessen the pressure, so we do not burst through the shingles. Also, installing an SBS shingle will provide a better winter grade application.

SHOULD I REPAIR OR REPLACE MY ROOF?
The short answer? It depends. It’s a good idea to schedule a roof inspection at your home to make sure you don’t miss any telltale signs that your roofing problem could lead to major damage.

CAN YOU FINANCE A ROOF REPLACEMENT?
Absolutely! At Krumwiede, we offer easy financing for your home’s roof replacement.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BE REPLACING MY ROOF?
The answer largely depends on the level of care and maintenance the roof has received over the years in addition to the roofing materials used. Click here to see how your roof stacks up.

WHAT TYPE OF ROOFING MATERIAL SHOULD I USE?
Roofing materials vary widely, and each offer different benefits your home can take advantage of.

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