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Roofing By Hernandez
February 24, 2018

Roofing Estimates Explained

Roofing Estimates Explained. Whether you own a residential or commercial property, your roofing is a large part of that investment and any work that needs to be done, be it repair or replacement, will require at least one (but preferably more) roofing estimates from reputable roofing contractors. With so much at stake, getting several estimates is a best practice simply because it allows you to compare one directly to another in an attempt to identify any and all discrepancies between the two. With even more estimates, you’ll get a much clearer picture of the real costs of your roofing project and be much better prepared to choose the good from the bad.

No matter how many companies you call for a roofing estimate, there are some things you can expect to find common amongst all the estimates you receive. These standard items should be clearly defined to give you the best idea of what costs what and why. These items are:

  • Project Responsibilities: Who’s responsible for specific work.
  • Project Timelines: Start and end dates.
  • Payment Terms: Payment amounts and dates.
  • Cost Labor & Materials: How much both will add to total.
  • Cost for Permitting: How much to handle permits.
  • Debris Removal: Will cleanup add to cost?
  • Materials Information: Including underlayment, flashing, shingles, etc.
  • Warranty Information: Both manufacturer and contractor.
  • License & Insurance: This should be included upon request.

When you work with Roofing by Hernandez, you can rest assured that all these things will be provided with our free estimate in the hopes that you’ll choose us to work with for your roofing project to day and all those to follow. We’re the right fit for whatever you’re planning and will deliver the results you’ve always wanted at prices you can afford. So, pick up the phone and call (312) 439-0556 today for the best workmanship in all Chicago!

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Roofing By Hernandez
August 26, 2021

HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups

HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups

No matter where you go in and around Chicago, homeowner’s associations and condo associations abound. In fact, if you own a home on the Northwest Side there’s a good chance you’re an active member of a condo association due to the high number of multiunit buildings in the area. And that’s where Roofing by Hernandez comes into play. Why, you ask? Because we specialize in working with condo association Boards and Presidents on roofing services of all kinds. One particular service we offer is the reason for this article – HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups.

With special assessments and condo association issues being mentioned frequently lately, it’s a good time to discuss why it’s so important to have an experienced, knowledgeable roofing professional check your roofing regularly to spot any issues long before they become too big to mitigate easily. Again, that’s what our HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups service is aimed at – keeping your structure healthy, your roof strong and your association members confident in their biggest investment.

What Exactly Is Included In HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups?

When you call Roofing by Hernandez to schedule a Roof Check for Associations visit from our top-rated team (we’re five star rated on Google!), you’re getting a high-level overview of the state of your roof system. It all starts with a detailed roof inspection performed by our licensed and insured professionals. It’s there that we uncover all the secrets your roofing is trying to hide and compile our findings into a report we communicate directly to you. Think of it like a mixture of the roof maintenance process and the roof repair process and you’ll have a very good idea of what’s instore when you make an appointment.

The HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups service from Roofing by Hernandez offers real insight into your structure’s roofing – whether it’s a standalone home or the roof of a multiunit building. You can expect information on all of the following:

  • Install up to 2 roof patches that will cover up to 100 sq ft. (Modified Bitumen)
  • Apply rubberized caulking around skylights
  • Will install a compression bar around chimney flashing
  • Install modified bitumen membrane counter flashings on roof penetrations
    • Roof vents, furnace vents, plumbing, and lead stacks
  • Apply rubberized caulking around compression and termination bars
  • Apply rubberized caulking around chimney flashing
  • Apply rubberized caulking on roof penetrations
    • Vent stacks, air conditioning, a/c coils, and electric conduits
  • Clean gutters free of debris
  • Install a gutter strainer inside each downspout opening up to 12 in
  • Install up to 12 gutter hangers where needed
  • Grind down up to 100 sq ft of tuck points and inner parapet walls where needed to
  • Seal all clay copings that sit on parapet walls with either cement or asphalt roof cement depending on what is cohesive to what is currently installed
  • If building has mental copings we will clean seams and re-caulk with rubberized caulking
  • Clean roof free of debris limited to 30 minutes of clean ups
    • Clean ups usually consist of leaves, branches, bottles, old roofing material, and antennas that are no longer being used.

Why Are HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups So Important?

For starters, roof checks are important in any setting as they give you – the homeowner – powerful information about one of the costliest elements of your home or condo building’s construction. Roofing can be expensive – especially when big ticket repairs or replacement issues crop up. That’s the first reason that HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups are so important. They make sure you never get blindsided by an unexpected roof problem and have to go to the membership for a special assessment. The HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Ups service from Roofing by Hernandez is inexpensive, minimally intrusive and ultimately effective. Those are reasons #2, #3 and #4 to give us a call when you’re ready to learn more.

How Does A Roof Check For Association Visit Play Out?

Just as with any service offered by Roofing by Hernandez, it all begins when you call us to schedule an appointment with our highly-rated team. During that call, you’ll speak directly with a knowledgeable roofing professional who will be happy to explain the entire process from start to finish. Assuming our answers and pricing meet with your approval, we’ll set the perfect time for our team to arrive at your home or condo building.

Once onsite, we’ll again discuss the project with you to ensure you’re 100% comfortable with the process and the access we’ll need to do the job right. After that, we don’t mess around. Our staff will get up on the roof and begin the necessary inspection steps to find out what’s going on with your roof.

How Do I Get Started With Your Roof Check For Association Service?

As a member of an Association, you and the other members of the board have to agree on everything. That’s what bylaws are all about. At Roofing by Hernandez, we understand that and the need to have everyone onboard for necessary services aimed at improving or repairing common elements or even your own property. It’s that understanding of what Associations require – be they homeowner’s associations or condo associations throughout the city of Chicago. Our impeccable customer service and unbeatable attention to detail make us the ideal choice for all your condo association and HOA roofing needs.

To get started with a Roof Check for Associations visit, all you have to do is pick up the phone and make the call to Roofing by Hernandez at (312) 439-0556. Our highly-skilled and dedicated team will help you find the right time for our visit and explain everything about what separates us from all the other roofers in the Chicagoland area. Don’t delay another moment – get the finest roofing in town for your condo association or HOA with just one call or contact form today!

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Roofing By Hernandez
August 26, 2021

Flat Roof Repairs: Roof Tune-Ups

Flat Roof Repairs: Roof Tune-Ups

Chicago has flat roofs everywhere you look so it should come as no surprise that there are just as many roofing companies out there promising cheap roof repairs that will stand up to Chicagoland weather. But does that really solve your problem as a flat roof owner? Doesn’t it just offer a bad-aid to the problem that will have to be reapplied again and again? What if there was a way to limit that type of recurring cost and lengthen the actual functional lifetime of your flat roofing system – no matter what exact type it happens to be?

Well, you’re in luck because Roofing by Hernandez offers just the solution you’ve been looking for with our Flat Roof Tune Up service. This is the perfect maintenance and mitigation service for both residential and commercial flat roof customers as it hits checks every box your flat roof requires for a long, low-cost-to-own lifespan. And that’s what every property owner wants, right? That’s what we deliver.

So, What Is A Flat Roof Tune-Up From Roofing By Hernandez?

That’s a great question and one only the experts at Roofing by Hernandez can explain properly once they visit your property. But we can give you an overview of what’s involved once you sign up for a flat roof tune-up from our licensed and insured professionals. Let’s start with an outline of each of the steps we include and then discuss them further so you have a better idea of how they impact your flat roof for the better. Our flat roof tune-up service is basically the following steps with some changes based on your individual roof characteristics and needs:

  • Install up to 2 roof patches that will cover up to 100 sq ft. (Modified Bitumen)
  • Apply rubberized caulking around skylights.
  • Will install a compression bar around chimney flashing.
  • Install modified bitumen membrane counter flashings on roof penetrations.
    • Roof vents, furnace vents, plumbing, and lead stacks
  • Apply rubberized caulking around compression and termination bars.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around chimney flashing.
  • Apply rubberized caulking on roof penetrations.
    • Vent stacks, air conditioning, a/c coils, and electric conduits
  • Clean gutters free of debris.
  • Install a gutter strainer inside each downspout opening up to 12in.
  • Install up to 12 gutter hangers where needed.
  • Grind down up to 100 sq ft of tuck points and inner parapet walls where needed.
  • Seal all clay copings that sit on parapet walls with either cement or asphalt roof cement depending on what is cohesive to what is currently installed.
  • If building has metal copings we will clean seams and re-caulk with rubberized caulking.
  • Clean roof of debris limited to 30 minutes of clean up.
    • Clean ups usually consist of leaves, branches, bottles, old roofing material, and antennae that are no longer being used.

It All Starts With A Thorough Flat Roof Inspection From Our Team

Of course, any good roofing service will include an inspection and our flat roof tune-up service is no different. Our highly-skilled and experienced roofing professionals will take the time to get to know your roof through a thorough roof inspection – the better to provide exactly the tune-up roofing services your flat roof needs. And rest assured, this isn’t just a quick walk across the roofing for show. No, the Roofing by Hernandez team treats your flat roof like their own and goes in-depth to ensure nothing is missed, overlooked or left to chance. That’s what you should expect from a family-owned and operated five-star roofing team!

Now Our Team Will Check All Of The Rooftop Flashing Elements

Flat roofing relies on a lot of flashing to ensure moisture doesn’t make its way into the decking and cause problems for the home or business owner. In short, it works hard for you year-round and deserves some attention. And the flat roof tune-up team from Roofing by Hernandez gives it what it needs and more. We take the time to check all of the flashing around the entire flat roof to make 100% certain that there are no issues. If there are, we don’t dawdle or walk away. No, we address it immediately so that the minor issue we found never has the chance to become a headache for our customer. Again, this is not your ordinary roofing company. This is Roofing by Hernandez – where you matter more than just the costs of doing business.

Your Flat Roof Has A Lot Of Projections. We Check Them All!

We know you might be thinking, “what are they talking about?” but bear with us. When we say projections, we’re referring to anything that sticks up through the flat roofing panels that make up your roofing system. This means your skylights, your HVAC ducts, your bathroom vents, your HVAC system itself and even more depending on your specific structure and its rooftop elements. The pros from Roofing by Hernandez – pros who bring decades of flat roofing experience to the task – pay special attention to these projections to ensure there are tight seams around all of them. After all, these are basically holes in your roofing system that must be plugged effectively to ensure damage doesn’t occur where it’s tough to spot. Don’t worry though – we’ll make sure you’re in good shape as that’s what our flat roof tune-up is for!

Time to Remove Any Debris That Could Be Flat Roof Hiding Problems

Though we’re discussing this at this stage of the process, it may be handled right before or after the roof inspection – depending on the debris and dirt present. If it’s a mess up there then our team will take the time to clean it up prior to performing our inspection of the rooftop elements and materials to ensure we see everything we need to see relating to the condition of your roof. Cracks and splits may be hidden underneath any dirt and debris and those are too important to miss when inspecting a flat roof system because they, almost more than any other roofing system available, rely completely on each panel doing its job in concert with the others. This is how the flat roof barrier is formed and if it has even one defect then the whole system is compromised. Never fear, our flat roof tune-up will clean away the dirt and debris to get right to the heart of your flat roofing issues.

Flat Roofs Are All About Seams & Flat Roof Tune-Ups Address Them

You know what really sets a flat roof tune-up apart from all other flat roofing services in Chicagoland? It’s proactive. You’re not waiting for something to go wrong and hoping for the best when the bill comes. No, you’re taking control of your roofing upkeep costs and keeping them to a minimum by beating issues to the punch. Seriously, this service is roof owner empowerment. It gives you – the property owner – a say in what happens to your roof over both the short and long-term. Wouldn’t that be incredible? To know for a fact that your roof is in good shape and will remain that way and all for less than you’d expect to pay for a flat roof repair anyway? That’s what a flat roof tune-up from Roofing by Hernandez offers where your seams are just a piece of the puzzle – an important one for sure!

Now That The Work Is Done It’s Time For A Proven Flat Roof Sealant

Finally, after everything else has been done and our top-rated team is satisfied with the results then we’ll move to the last step in the flat roof tune-up process – the application of an industry-leading sealant. This is done to deliver protection to the work completed and the roofing material as a whole. While not permanent – as this coating will need to be redone during your next flat roof tune-up, this coating helps to ensure your roofing is in peak condition from the moment we leave until the next time we visit for another flat roof tune-up. On that note, we recommend calling at least twice a year to ensure that all is well with your flat roofing. Think of it as a low-cost way to stay ahead of the curve and out of big-ticket roofing shopping for good.

You’re Just A Phone Call Away From A Flat Roof Tune-Up

After everything you’ve read and the experiences you’ve had to date owning a flat roof, don’t you think it’d be a good idea to call Roofing by Hernandez at (312) 439-0556 to learn more about our flat roof tune-up service? We do and we think you’ll agree after you hear all the many benefits for your residential or commercial flat roof. Just think about how incredible it will be to know exactly what’s going on with your flat roofing from month to month, year to year. How empowering it will be to take control of roofing costs from here on out – no more surprise roof repairs, no more roof replacement nightmares coming out of the blue. Just the peace of mind that comes knowing Roofing by Hernandez is on the job with flat roof tune-ups schedule regularly. Make the call or use our contact form to schedule a free estimate visit today!

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Roofing By Hernandez
August 26, 2021

Residential Shingle Roof Tune-Up: Avoiding the New Installation

Residential Shingle Roof Tune-Up: Avoiding the New Installation

If you own a Chicagoland residential or commercial property with an asphalt shingle roofing system, you should know that there’s a lot more to owning a roof of that type than just admiring its aesthetic value – at least if you want to avoid roof replacement and the associated new roof installation costs. Luckily, you have the licensed, insured and highly experienced professionals from Roofing by Hernandez on your side so you’ll always be a phone call away from the finest shingle roofing services in Chicago and the surrounding communities. And at incredibly low prices too!

But don’t worry, there are some things you can do to lengthen the functional lifespan of your roof shingles with a pro on your side. We’ll cover the steps the team at Roofing by Hernandez will take once you sign up for regular roof maintenance – the absolute best way to avoid new installation costs tied to your existing shingle roof. First, let’s look at what damages an asphalt shingle roof here in Chicago. That includes, but is not limited to:

  • The Elements: Weather plays a huge role in the effective lifespan of your asphalt shingle roof.
  • Pests, Moss & Algae: A variety of living things can wreak havoc on your asphalt shingle roof.
  • Shoddy Installation: Substandard roof installs can cause a lot of unseen damage over time.
  • Ignoring Maintenance: Just like any working system, roofs take maintenance to remain effective.
  • Environmental Factors: Some roofs suffer greater environmental degradation due to location.
  • Lack of Repairs: If an asphalt shingle repair was botched or overlooked trouble will always follow.

What Can We Do Together To Help Avoid Roof Installation?

Okay, so we’ve covered all the different ways that your asphalt shingle roof can sustain damage in and around Chicago. But what can you do as a property owner to forestall the costs of new roof installation? How can you avoid them for as long as possible? That’s easy – roof maintenance from Roofing by Hernandez. But here are a few steps a home or business owner can take on their own to make roof maintenance more effective in the long run. And by that we mean saving you money over time by limiting the roofing costs you pay out.

Why is that important you ask? Simple. Think of your asphalt shingle roof as a working system – like a sailing ship. It does work by repelling moisture and the elements while performing a necessary function in completing the structure of your residential or commercial property. The roof – be it shingle or any other system – plays an integral role in structural integrity and we all can agree that that’s an important job. You wouldn’t set sail on a boat that had not seen maintenance in a decade so why trust your roof to chance in the same way?

Here are a few preliminary steps you can take as a property owner before you call Roofing by Hernandez for a free roof maintenance estimate:

  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed back away from your roof. Falling limbs and leaves are a problem waiting to happen so avoid it by keeping your roof clear of vegetation.
  • While staying safe – no hanging from DIY harnesses or ropes, remove all debris and leaves from the roofing regularly. Don’t use a hose to spray it off as you may just make it worse.
  • Visually check your shingles from the ground or from the street to identify any missing or broken shingles. Check for discoloration. This is especially important after storms and high winds.
  • Clear your gutter system frequently to ensure organic matter buildup doesn’t begin to encroach on the asphalt shingle roofing. Water pooling in gutters is a major problem.
  • Watch your downspouts during rainstorms to catch any issues with water flowing efficiently through the system. Leaks or drips are signs of clogs and should be checked by our pros.

What Is Roof Maintenance from Roofing by Hernandez?

Want the short answer? It’s the most effective and affordable way to extend the functional lifespan of asphalt shingle roofing in all of Chicagoland. As to what it entails, that will be a little bit different for each customer and each particular asphalt shingle roof that we maintain. However, every roof maintenance visit will include all listed below (where applicable):

  • Remove and replace up to 25 shingle tabs.
  • Nail down any pop-up nails.
  • Nail down aluminum air vents.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around chimney flashing.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around all plumbing, venting, soil, and lead stacks.
  • Clean gutters free of debris.
  • Nail down all loose gutter spikes.
  • Will install up to 25 gutter hangers where needed.
  • Install gutter strainers in each downspout opening.
  • Re-Attach any downspout that have pulled away from the building.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around skylights.

Avoid Installation with Maintenance – Step #1: Roof Inspection

The most important element in avoiding new roof installation costs through roof maintenance – and one that’s present in every roof maintenance visit from Roofing by Hernandez – is a thorough roof inspection. Our highly-skilled professionals will walk every inch of the roof and examine it closely from every angle to find even the slightest hint of an issue. And we’ll listen to you about any past issues or repairs so that we can focus even more closely on those areas. That ensures that we always keep our eyes on what’s most advantageous to your asphalt shingle roofing’s long lifetime.

Avoid Installation with Maintenance – Step #2: Necessary Repairs

So, what do we do after we complete our roof inspection? We address each and every issue we identified to be certain that they pose no more danger to our customer or their shingle roofing. That includes simple roof repairs like replacing broken or missing shingles and/or flashing that could allow water to make its way into the roofing system and cause havoc. This includes flashing that’s in hard-to-reach areas too – like around chimneys and skylights – so you’ll be completely covered and safe from moisture until our next visit. Oh, we may even recommend repairs or replacements for existing system elements like gutters and downspouts if we believe it in your best interests. Plus, we handle that work ourselves so no need for another contractor!

Avoid Installation with Maintenance – Step #3: Clear Communication

With Roofing by Hernandez, you’ll always know exactly what’s happening with your asphalt shingle roofing – so long as our roof maintenance teams are on the job. We pride ourselves on our open and honest communication with home and business owners and always provide recommendations we truly believe are to their benefit – from roof maintenance to roof repairs to roof certifications. It’s why we have a five-star reputation across the web from customers just like you – customers who needed an honest contractor to assist them in avoiding the costs of new roof installation. If we can, we will and our roof maintenance plans are the most effective step you can take to extend the lifetime of your roofing for years and years to come.

Avoid Installation with Maintenance – Step #4: Detailed Recordkeeping

We know what you’re thinking – why does recordkeeping matter? Believe it or not, it matters in exactly the same way a report on a used car helps a buyer or a mechanic. By understanding what’s been done to a roof, when it was done and how it was done, we can better understand the issues we see today, tomorrow and years after. Think of the recordkeeping you and the team from Roofing by Hernandez do as a guidebook for any contractor or inspector who comes afterward – and then consider that everything you can share with them will mean less time onsite and lower costs for you across the board. And again, this will help you stave off new roof installation by giving your roofer the best information available about your asphalt shingle roof’s history.

Call Roofing by Hernandez For Help Avoiding New Roof Installation Costs

When you’re ready to discuss how Roofing by Hernandez can help you avoid new roof installation costs, all you have to do is reach out to our team for quick answers and a free estimate visit. Our highly experienced staff will walk you through the process of setting an appointment and address any concerns you may have about the costs and timelines associated with service. It’s that easy to get started when you choose our family owned and operated roofing team for all your roofing needs – especially roof maintenance where we excel above all others in the Chicagoland area. Call (312) 439-0556 or use our contact form today!

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By:
Roofing By Hernandez
August 19, 2021

How Chicago Weather Impacts Your Roofing

How Chicago Weather Impacts Your Roofing

As a Chicago-area homeowner – whether your home is in Des Plaines or Lincoln Park, you’re going to have to deal with the weather and its impacts on your roofing every single year that you own the home. It’s just a fact of homeownership in the Upper Midwest. Seriously, here in Chicago we not only see savage Midwest seasons – often one after another – but it’s all exacerbated by the big body of water we have sitting off our Eastern limits.

You can be sure that Lake Michigan has something to say about how long your roof will last. And it’s not a gentle neighbor so you’re going to have to fight back to keep your roofing in good shape for as long as possible. That’s where roof maintenance from Roofing by Hernandez comes in. It can help you mitigate the issues caused by the weather and strengthen your roof’s chances of lasting for as long as the manufacturer intended.

How Does Weather Impact Roofing Systems In Chicago?

Okay, so we’ve established that weather is the enemy of your Chicago-area roofing. And we’ve touched on the fact that roof maintenance from Roofing by Hernandez can help you fend off the weather’s advances. But exactly how does Chicago weather make its presence felt where roofing is concerned? There are a couple ways this happens so let’s take a look at each of them:

Weather Impact #1: High Winds

Probably the most common weather impact on roofing seen in the Chicago area comes from high winds. They call Chicago the Windy City for more than just weather but that definitely plays a role in living here. High winds can make any roofing system fragile due to the way they hit the structure. Crosswinds and updrafts can get under roofing material – especially asphalt shingles – and wreak havoc once the drafts hit the cracks. While this may not be obvious to the casual observer, these small cracks being widened every time a windstorm kicks up will lead to serious trouble – from water seeping in, missing roof elements like shingles and potential fall damage if something comes loose. Best to call for a roof inspection right away!

Weather Impact #2: Hail Storms

Depending on how long you’ve lived in the Chicago area, you’ve probably become acquainted with hailstorms. Yes, they hit the city pretty frequently and that could increase if the climate experts are right in the long-term assessments. And that would be bad for all the homeowners in the area because hail is a major contributor to roof damage throughout the area. No matter what type of roofing system you have in place – be it flat roofing, low-slope roofing or pitched roofing using asphalt shingles – hailstones can do tremendous damage and leave you with thousands in repair or replacement costs. If the hailstones are big enough – if the thunderstorm is powerful enough – you’re going to need an expert roofer for immediate roof repairs.

Weather Impact #3: Snow & Ice Dams

Again, if you’re a Chicago-area homeowner then you know what an ice dam is and how much snow we see here each and every year. Even in light winters, ice dams are a real concern for homeowners across the region. Why? well, that’s pretty clear to anyone who’s seen one. They’re huge, often weighing hundreds of pounds, and can come loose at any time. And because the ice is attached to your home’s edges, this can lead to enormous damage to your property and/or anyone near it when it falls. Plus, we have tons of snow that has to be cleared from roofing to ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage that you’ll have to pay to repair. That’s where ice dam removal and snow removal services from Roofing by Hernandez truly come in handy. You get expert service with just one phone call!

What Can You Do To Protect Your Chicago-Area Roof From Weather?

There’s a very simple way to protect your home’s roofing system from the negative impacts of Midwest weather – start a conversation with Roofing by Hernandez about all the ways we can assist you in preventing weather from becoming a problem. From roof maintenance plans that catch any and all issues long before they become bigtime problems to affordable and lasting roof repairs that do more than just apply a temporary stopgap, our licensed and insured professionals treat your roof like they would their own and never settle for anything less than stellar service.

Get started today by calling (312) 439-0556 or submitting a contact form inquiring into any of our weather-related roofing services. Our helpful, friendly staff will answer all your questions and provide you with clear recommendations and pricing in a free estimate covering any service you require. So, don’t delay – make the call now to ensure Chicago weather doesn’t get its claws into your roofing system!

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August 19, 2021

Roof Maintenance vs. Roof Replacement

Roof Maintenance vs. Roof Replacement

One of the most frustrating parts of being a Chicago-area roofing professional – like the kind that work at Roofing by Hernandez – is watching an installation fall apart because of the lack of adequate roof maintenance. You’d be surprised how many homeowners simply don’t think about roof maintenance or believe it to be something only commercial roofs require. But really, roofs are all made from the same materials – no matter what type of roof they happen to be.

So, in order to try to convince our customers that roof maintenance – the kind of roof maintenance delivered by the licensed and insured professionals from Roofing by Hernandez – is a better option than leaving your roofing to its own devices. Or worse still, waiting until roof repairs just won’t cut it anymore to think about preventative attention for what is one of the largest investments you’ll make.

Roof Replacement Is Expensive & Repairs Are Short-Term Solutions

Let’s take a look at average roof replacement costs versus the costs of proper roof maintenance from Roofing by Hernandez. We’ll start with a cost per square foot average for replacement:

  • Average Cost-Per-Square Foot Roof Replacement: $250 – $1,000

As you can see, it gets really expensive when you start thinking about roof replacement as the only available solution to an existing roofing issue. Roof repairs are not much cheaper.

Speaking of repair, we might as well take a look at the costs of the average roof repair in Chicago. Keep in mind, these prices are based on the materials and labor involved:

  • Average Cost of Roof Repair – Chicagoland: $250 – $750

Now let’s compare that to the average cost of roof maintenance for a home in the Chicago area when Roofing by Hernandez is on the job. Needless to say, this is the best pricing in town:

  • Average Yearly Cost of Roof Maintenance: $750

It’s All About Prevention – Maintenance Keeps A Roof In Good Shape!

Okay, we can guess what you’re thinking. Why spend more for roof maintenance than a roof repair? The answer to that question is obvious when you think about it. Roof repair is addressing a problem. It’s fixing something broken with your roofing system. It’s trying to shore it up. It’s not correcting it long-term and it’s not supposed to as that’s what replacement is for. No, roof repairs are short-term solutions in most cases – say 2-5 years – and not meant to renew the system’s overall installation.

Roof maintenance, on the other hand, is all about preventing any issues in the first place. It’s about keeping the costs down long-term by ensuring that no problems ever get past the identification and mitigation stages. And that – no matter what type of roofing system you have in place – is the pathway to a long and worry-free life for your roof. And far fewer homeowner headaches for you!

Would You Ignore A Check Engine Light? Then Don’t Ignore Your Roofing!

The best way to think about roof maintenance is the same way you think about your vehicle. You get oil changes every 3,000-5,000 miles. You take it to a mechanic when it needs a tune-up. You give it the attention it needs because it works hard for you. You don’t want it to breakdown on you at the worst possible time do you? Of course you don’t and that’s how it should be when you think about your roof too.

It’s working hard for you around the clock – especially with Chicago’s Midwest weather – so it deserves a professional’s attention yearly to keep it strong for as long as the manufacturer intended. That’s right, roofing systems today are built with roof maintenance in mind so give Roofing by Hernandez a call at (312) 439-0556 or submit a contact form to learn more about our proactive and affordable roof maintenance plans for your home today!

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August 18, 2021

The How-To of Modern Roof Installation

The How-To of Modern Roof Installation

Roofing by Hernandez is here to shed light on the new roof installation process!

Okay, so you’ve decided it’s time for that new roof your home has been in need of for some time but you’re still in the dark about the actual process you’ll be signing up for. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few answers beforehand? You know, to have some idea of what to expect and what to watch out for? Well, you’re in luck because the team at Roofing by Hernandez has put together this article to cover everything you need to know about new roof installation.

Before we dive in, it’s important to remember that everything we explain here is just an example. Every roofing project is different and brings its own set of challenges that you and your roofing professional – hopefully, Roofing by Hernandez – will have to overcome together. This is just a reference for you to feel more comfortable when signing on the dotted line.

While we’ve tried to be thorough, there may be questions that aren’t answered by what we’ve shared here, so we invite you to contact us at your convenience for detailed answers to whatever you’re interested in. Just call (312) 439-0556 or use our contact form and we’ll call you!

New Asphalt Shingle Roof Installation

Prep for Day #1: Dumpster Drop-Off

The day has finally arrived! It’s time to start on your new asphalt shingle roof installation. But wait – we’re not sending materials to your location just yet. No, we need to tear off the roof first and for that we’re going to need a dumpster.

We use a dumpster drop-off truck that brings it just where we need it and picks it up when we’re all through. The truck will arrive within the window we provide for you – usually between 7:00 and 10:00 am. You’ll need to ensure that all vehicles and obstructions are moved the night before to allow easy access to the drop-off location.

Working Day #1: The Tear-Off Process

Once we know the dumpster is onsite, we’ll send our professional crew to your location to begin the work. Normally, we time this very close so that we’ll be there within an hour of dumpster drop-off – so long as that’s okay with you.

Now that we’re at the property, we start tearing off the old roofing material and depositing it in the dumpster. No muss, no fuss – just quick, expert work. For most roofs, this process takes most of the first day on the jobsite. We’ll apply dry in as we tear off the old shingles to protect the wood from any weathering while the new roof installation is underway. This begins at the furthest point of the roof from where our dumpster is located so that we don’t damage the new material as we work.

Working Day #2: Asphalt Shingle Installation

The next day will begin bright and early with our team onsite to handle the shingle installation steps. Normally, we work out the best starting time prior to getting underway, so you’ll know when to expect us on day #2. Our pros will commence roofing as soon as the step on the property and keep that flow going all day long.

When the work hits a certain completion percentage, we’ll perform an in-progress roof inspection to ensure everything is going according to plan – not to mention satisfy any local ordinances and zoning laws.

Installation Complete – Timeline Depends on Specific Roof

Once that’s out of the way, our team will work hard until all of the shingles have been installed and the new roof is in tip-top shape. At this juncture, we’ll take time to inspect the roof with you, the customer, to point out what was done and ensure you’re completely satisfied. It’s that easy!

New Metal Roof Installation

Prep for Day #1: Dumpster Drop-Off

Just as with an asphalt shingle roof, the metal roof installation process begins with the dumpster being dropped off at your location. This is the depository of all the debris and detritus from metal roof installation, so it’s a vital component of the process.

We will have a dumpster brought to the location on a trailer and dropped off at a specific location on or near your property. The truck will be there in a tight window in the morning – usually 7:00 to 10:00 am. You’ll need to make sure that vehicles and obstructions are moved the night before to allow access to the drop-off location.

Working Day #1: The Tear-Off Process

We now have the dumpster in place and our team will be set to arrive shortly after – say 30 minutes to an hour. We’ll be sure that this is worked out with you prior to the project kicking off, so don’t worry that we’ll be a nuisance.

When tearing off a metal roof, it’s important to be careful that the process does not damage the wood underneath of the structure itself. Our experts will start on the farthest edge of the roofing, away from our dumpster, and move toward it laying down dry in as we go. This is a material designed to protect the structure from weathering as the installation is ongoing. You can always count on Roofing by Hernandez to be thinking of you and your best interests!

Working Day #2 to #4: Old Material & Complexity Impact Installation Time

The dry in has been laid down successfully and all of the old materials have been cleared away. We’ll have timed the metal roofing materials to be delivered at precisely this time so as to get started immediately. Why the rush? Because unlike many roofing materials, metal roofing requires a steady hand and an experienced eye to get just right.

Depending on the roof’s complexity, and the materials that preceded it, metal roofing usually takes anywhere from three days to more than a week – again it’s all about complexity. See, when we install a metal roof we do it one section at a time, so the pitch and valleys take extra time to get right. That means a longer installation process than traditional shingles or flat roofing.

Just as with asphalt shingle roofing, it may be necessary to perform a roof inspection once the work has progressed to a specified point – say 25% complete. This is a rule laid down by certain municipalities, so check with your Roofing by Hernandez professional when discussing your roof to find out more.

Installation Complete – Timeline Depends on Specific Roof

Once that’s out of the way, our team will work hard until all of the shingles have been installed and the new roof is in tip-top shape. At this juncture, we’ll take time to inspect the roof with you, the customer, to point out what was done and ensure you’re completely satisfied. It’s that easy!

New Roof Installation Is Easy When You Choose Roofing by Hernandez!

As we’ve outlined the process for you, you should no longer worry that a new roof installation is a project to dread – especially when you choose to work with Roofing by Hernandez. We’re Chicago’s best roofing professionals with decades of combined new roof installation experience. Give us a call at (312) 439-0556 when it’s time for your new asphalt shingle or metal roofing and we’ll deliver an exceptional experience along with the finest roof installation in town!

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August 18, 2021

The Facts About New Roof Installation from Roofing by Hernandez

The Facts About New Roof Installation from Roofing by Hernandez

You need answers about new roof installation and Roofing by Hernandez has them!

If you own a home for long enough, chances are you’re going to need new roof installation at some point. It’s the same for every homeowner and many just aren’t confident about the whole process. What does the process look like when you’re a customer? How long does the whole thing take to complete? If these questions sound familiar, don’t worry because you’re not alone. We’ve heard them from homeowners for decades and have all the answers about new roof installation you’ll ever need. Just read on to learn more!

Okay, so maybe there’s not every possible answer to every possible question in the article to follow. That would make a very long, very boring article, honestly, but we’re always happy to provide specific new roof installation insight whenever you need it. Just call (312) 439-0556 or use our contact form and we’ll call you!

Hypothetical Asphalt Shingle Roof Installation Project

Morning of Day #1: Dumpster Delivery

Alright, you’re our hypothetical new roof installation customer and your home needs new asphalt shingles. That’s excellent and we’re ready to help after you’ve completed the paperwork. The first thing we schedule is dumpster delivery. We can’t tear off the old roof without somewhere to put that material and that’s where the dumpster comes in handy.

We provided you with a window for this delivery and informed you that you would need to move all vehicles and obstacles from the dumpster’s chosen location. The truck will be at your property between 7:00 and 10:00 am so watch for them and get ready to start roofing!

Roofing Day #1: Tear-Off Old Roofing

So, once we have verification that the dumpster is onsite, our team will arrive to begin the work – usually between 25-45 minutes after delivery of the dumpster. We do our best to time this right as every minute of daylight we’re not on the roof is a wasted opportunity to get more done.

The tear-off of the old roofing material begins at the edge of the roofing furthest from where we’ve placed the dumpster. This is done so that our team can apply a dry in material that covers the exposed wood and protects your structure’s interior as the installation is ongoing. You never know when a shower might pop up so better safe than sorry is our motto  – and another reason to choose Roofing by Hernandez for your roof installation projects.

All of the torn-off material will be carefully placed in the dumpster so that it’s removed completely from your property when all is said and done. Last, we’ll have the shingles brought to the jobsite just as we complete the dry in work so that we’re ready to go in the morning.

Working Day #2: Asphalt Shingle Installation

This is the big day! We’ve removed all of the old roofing material and applied dry in material to keep the woodwork safe. Now it’s time to lay down the new material including the industry-leading asphalt shingle products we rely on. The work usually can be completed in the second day but we can never be certain until we’re onsite and handling the specific roof. Some like to surprise you with unseen damage or structural issues.

That’s where the inspection comes in. Many municipalities in the local area require that a roof inspection takes place as soon as the work progresses to a certain degree – say 25% completion. We’ll check with your municipality prior to getting underway so you can sit back and relax.

Roof Installation Complete – Actual Time Will Depend on Roof

No roofing projects are the same and while we try our best to meet specific timelines, some things can happen that will be beyond our control. Rest assured, we’ll keep you updated every step of the way and ensure you’re always on the same page with our team. The end result – a spectacular asphalt roof installation!

New Metal Roof Installation

Prep for Day #1: Dumpster Drop-Off

The process for installing a new metal roof for residential customers across the area begins much the same as it does for asphalt shingles – with the delivery of a dumpster for our uses. Yes, it will be onsite for the entirety of the work but for a good reason – to ensure every bit of scrap and material ends up where it should be, not in your yard.

As we will have discussed this step in detail prior to the day we begin, you’ll be aware of the dumpster delivery in plenty of time to make certain that all vehicles and obstructions that need to be moved have been before the truck arrives to drop it off. This is normally between 7:00 and 10:00 in the morning and we’ll make sure you’re ready for it when the time comes.

Working Day #1: The Tear-Off Process

Okay, so the dumpster is in the right spot and our team can begin to tear off the roofing material – no matter what that happens to be. As you’ll have come to expect from your interactions with our team to that point, we’ll have schedule the roofers to arrive directly after the dumpster – no wasted time when working with Roofing by Hernandez!

Our experts will start removing the old roofing material at the far side of the roof from where our dumpster is located. This is done so that, as we move from one side to the other, we can lay down dry in material to protect the wood and interior of the structure until installation is completed. You’ll get forward-thinking and solid planning every time you work with Roofing by Hernandez. It’s how we operate and why we’re #1 in new roof installations – be they metal or otherwise!

Working Day #2 to #4: Old Material & Complexity Impact Installation Time

After we have removed the old material, and the dry in has had a chance to set, we’ll begin installing the brand new metal roofing of your choice. This process is handled exactly as we handled the tear-off – from the furthest side to the dumpster side. This is done because metal roofing demands it. It requires each roof section to be addressed individually, so all the valleys and peaks will need special attention to ensure that the finished product is world-class and up to our usual standard.

Because of the way metal roofing must be installed – piece by piece – it may take anywhere from three days to a few weeks. It really is wholly dependent on the complexity and challenges the roof brings to our expert metal roof installers. We never waste time but we’re also just as concerned with doing a fantastic job and striking that balance can take longer than a traditional asphalt shingle roof – no matter how skilled we are.

As with shingle roofing, we may be called on to perform a roof inspection once work has progressed to a certain point – say 25%. This is a rule laid down by certain municipalities, so check with your Roofing by Hernandez professional when discussing your roof to find out more. We’ll know for sure and make sure you do too!

Installation Complete – Timeline Depends on Specific Roof

Finally, we’re through with the new roof installation and your new metal roof looks fabulous. And it will for years to come so enjoy it and the envious looks it brings from your friends and neighbors. Before we leave, we’ll take time to inspect the roof with you and ensure you’re completely satisfied. See? We told you it was easy!

New Roof Installation Is Easy When You Choose Roofing by Hernandez!

As we’ve outlined the process for you, you should no longer worry that a new roof installation is a project to dread – especially when you choose to work with Roofing by Hernandez. We’re Chicago’s best roofer with decades of combined new roof installation experience. Give us a call at (312) 439-0556 when it’s time for your new asphalt shingle or metal roofing and we’ll deliver an exceptional experience along with the finest roof installation in town!

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August 6, 2021

A Residential Flat Roof Tune-Up Can Save You Money!

A Residential Flat Roof Tune-Up Can Save You Money!

As a family-owned and operated roofing company with more than a decade’s worth of exceptional service to homeowners across Chicago, the team at Roofing by Hernandez wants to spread one message more than any other – flat roof maintenance is important. In fact, it’s vital to keeping your flat roofing functional for as long as the manufacturer intended. You know, they design it with regular maintenance in mind and even some warranties assume maintenance will take place. So, it’s more than just another sales pitch you should just ignore.

Over the decades that our team – all licensed and insured, of course – has been roofing across Chicago, if there’s one thing that we see more than any other it’s flat roofing left to its own devices. Basically, homeowners assume that the installation is good for twenty or more years and while that may be true, it’s only going to last that long if you take care of it through a professional’s attention. That’s where our Residential Flat Roof Tune-Up service comes into play.

When you call (312) 439-0556 to schedule a Residential Flat Roof Tune-Up from the unmatched roofers at Roofing by Hernandez, you’re getting a comprehensive roofing service designed specifically to lengthen the lifespan of your flat roofing system. Just check out what comes with our service:

  • Install up to 2 roof patches that will cover up to 100 sq ft. (Modified Bitumen)
  • Apply rubberized caulking around skylights.
  • Will install a compression bar around chimney flashing.
  • Install modified bitumen membrane counter flashings on roof penetrations.
    • Roof vents, furnace vents, plumbing, and lead stacks
  • Apply rubberized caulking around compression and termination bars.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around chimney flashing.
  • Apply rubberized caulking on roof penetrations.
    • Vent stacks, air conditioning, a/c coils, and electric conduits
  • Clean gutters of debris.
  • Install a gutter strainer inside each downspout opening up to 12 in.
  • Install up to 12 gutter hangers where needed.
  • Grind down up to 100 sq ft of tuck points and inner parapet walls where needed.
  • Seal all clay copings that sit on parapet walls with either cement or asphalt roof cement depending on what is cohesive to what is currently installed.
    • If structure has metal copings we’ll clean seams and re-caulk with rubberized caulking
  • Clean roof of debris – limited to 30 minutes of clean up.
    • Clean ups usually consist of leaves, branches, bottles, old roofing material, and antennas that are no longer being used.

The Midwest’s Wild Weather Can Wreaks Havoc On Flat Roofing

The Residential Flat Roof Tune-Up service from Roofing by Hernandez is more than just an extra that you can go for or pass on. It’s a crucial part of the puzzle when it comes to keeping your flat roof in peak condition for as long as humanly possible. That translates directly to savings for you as the homeowner – not to mention far fewer surprise or emergencies when least expected. And for the affordable price, there’s really no reason to not at least investigate our Residential Flat Roof Tune-Up service at the earliest opportunity.

Just pick up the phone today and call (312) 439-0556 or fill out one of our helpful contact forms and our staff will call you immediately. They’ll provide all the information you need to make the best decision for your home’s flat roof and schedule service at the right time for you. Don’t delay – call today!

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August 6, 2021

HOA & Condo Association Roofing: Time for A Flat Roof Tune-Up!

HOA & Condo Association Roofing: Time for A Flat Roof Tune-Up!

Do you live in an HOA or condo association around the Chicagoland area? If you answered yes, have you put any thought into how important roof maintenance is when it comes to keeping your investment in good shape? Well, you should and that’s not just some sales pitch from a roofing professional either. Flat roofs need special attention to function as intended for as long as intended when installed. Without it, the roof system can break down and you might not even realize it until it’s too late. That’s why you should call for an HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Up from Roofing by Hernandez.

So, what exactly is a flat roof tune-up? We’re sure that’s your question and will probably be the first question your HOA or condo association board asks too. Don’t worry. We have a comprehensive answer that spells out exactly what you get with our HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Up. The why it’s important will come next and that’s just as easy to answer. Your flat roof is like anything that performs a job. It can wear out. It can break down. It can have faulty installation – any number of things can go wrong. And sadly, because the system is basically a layer it can be tough to spot problems until it’s too late.

But not for the pros from Roofing by Hernandez. Our HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Up service is designed to ensure none of that ever happens to your flat roof. Our service includes:

  • Install up to 2 roof patches that will cover up to 100 sq ft. (Modified Bitumen)
  • Apply rubberized caulking around skylights.
  • Will install a compression bar around chimney flashing.
  • Install modified bitumen membrane counter flashings on roof penetrations.
    • Roof vents, furnace vents, plumbing, and lead stacks
  • Apply rubberized caulking around compression and termination bars.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around chimney flashing.
  • Apply rubberized caulking on roof penetrations.
    • Vent stacks, air conditioning, a/c coils, and electric conduits
  • Clean gutters of debris.
  • Install a gutter strainer inside each downspout opening up to 12 in.
  • Install up to 12 gutter hangers where needed.
  • Grind down up to 100 sq ft of tuck points and inner parapet walls where needed.
  • Seal all clay copings that sit on parapet walls with either cement or asphalt roof cement depending on what is cohesive to what is currently installed.
    • If structure has metal copings we’ll clean seams and re-caulk with rubberized caulking
  • Clean roof of debris – limited to 30 minutes of clean up.
    • Clean ups usually consist of leaves, branches, bottles, old roofing material, and antennas that are no longer being used.

It’s A Tremendous Value & Keeps Your Roof In Peak Condition!

At Roofing by Hernandez, we understand it can be difficult to convince all of the stakeholders in your HOA or condo association to pay for services that aren’t required to keep the structure inhabitable. However, our HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Up can actually save you a ton of money in the long run by helping you avoid the big-ticket roofing services like replacement and serious repairs. It’s all about being proactive in staying ahead of the wild swings in the Midwest’s weather.

Don’t put it off another moment. Call Roofing by Hernandez today at (312) 439-0556 or submit a contact form to learn all about our HOA & Condo Association Flat Roof Tune-Up service and schedule the best time for a visit from our team. Each crew is fully licensed and insured and dedicated to a job done right!

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August 6, 2021

Homeowners It’s Time for A Residential Shingle Roof Tune-Up!

Homeowners It’s Time for A Residential Shingle Roof Tune-Up!

As the owner of a roofing company, it pains me every time I visit a customer’s home and find rampant problems with their shingle roof – all of which could have been prevented with routine flat roof maintenance. I know, I know – most homeowners think roof maintenance is a scam put on by roofers. What maintenance could a shingle roof possibly need after it’s installed? I’ve heard this for more than a decade from homeowners all over Chicagoland. And you know what? My answer is always exactly the same. It needs quite a bit of maintenance if you want it to last as advertised.

A shingle roof should be given a tune-up by licensed and insured professionals twice a year – or at least once a year of twice is out of the question. But why is it so important, you ask? That’s simple. Flat roofing is made up of panels joined together to firm a solid, cohesive system. If any seams, any joints, any part of the system breaks down and you’re in for a lot of issues. And those issues have high costs associated.

What Can You Do As A Homeowner To Help Your Shingle Roof?

This is a fantastic question and one I’ll answer shortly, First, let’s take a look at what’s included in the Residential Flat Roof Tune-Up from Roofing by Hernandez. Everything you see listed below comes standard with our service:

  • Remove and replace up to 25 shingle tabs.
  • Nail down any pop-up nails.
  • Nail down aluminum air vents.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around chimney flashing.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around all plumbing, venting, soil, and lead stacks.
  • Clean gutters of debris.
  • Nail down all loose gutter spikes.
  • Will install up to 25 gutter hangers where needed.
  • Install gutter strainers in each downspout opening.
  • Reattach any downspouts that have pulled away from the building.
  • Apply rubberized caulking around skylights.

Give Your Residential Shingle Roof A Fighting Chance!

As you can see, this is more than just an inspection or a band-aid roof repair for a cheap price. This is comprehensive roof maintenance for your shingle roof – maintenance that can help you identify and mitigate any issues long before they turn into expensive roofing nightmares for you as a homeowner. Best of all, the price is more than affordable and the results – well, they’re as outstanding as any you’ll find in Chicagoland. That commitment to a job well done is why my team has a five-star rating on the web and thousands of satisfied customers in the area.

If you’re ready to learn more about our Residential Shingle Roof Tune-Up service then all you need to do is call (312) 439-0556 to speak with a Roofing by Hernandez professional about your specific shingle roofing needs. My team will provide you with clear pricing information and help you schedule the perfect time for our service visit. Call now!

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