6 Common Sources of Potential Leaks on a Flat Roof

Philosophers have long asked, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”  At Reliable Roofing, we say, “That’s not the correct question!” The correct questions is: Did that tree damage the roof membrane? Flat roofs (a/k/a “low sloped roofs”) are more prone to Read More

Can You Repair a Flat Roof in the Winter?

Flat roofs offer numerous advantages to commercial properties. Unfortunately, even architects have misconceptions about flat roofing, incorrectly believing these roof types equate to problems. Only with the subfreezing temps of winter weather can obstacles to certain kinds of roof repair occur. Commercial property owners favor flat roofs primarily because of their overall cost-effectiveness. Materials and Read More

How to Clean a TPO Roof

One type of commercial roofing membrane is becoming increasingly popular: thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO). The TPO roof offers a number of sizable advantages, from cost effectiveness to energy efficiency. But to maximize the benefits of TPO roof, it must be routinely cleaned and properly maintained. What is TPO roofing? TPO roofs consist of thermoplastic polyolefin, which Read More

What Kind of Insulation is Used for a Flat Roof?

Commercial flat roofs are economical and convenient. Flat roofs are found on all varieties of commercial structures, such as warehouses, factories, retail stores, apartment buildings and even schools. Flat roofs function with very little slope, and roof insulation is crucial. The type of insulation makes a substantial difference when it comes to energy-savings, water intrusions Read More

COVID-19 Update – Reliable Roofing Will Continue to Operate

Dear Customers, Suppliers and Friends of Reliable Roofing, As you know, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 this afternoon. This order is commonly known as the “stay-at-home” order in the governor’s attempt to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Because Reliable Roofing is a construction company, we are allowed to operate under several Read More

Fall Protection Training: Our Priority

As with working on any roof in Chicago, it gets windy, making it dangerous for any untrained worker. At Reliable Roofing, safety is our top priority.  Before every job, we ensure that all harnesses are properly fitted to prevent the risk of injury during a commercial roofing service. Here’s a snapshot of our technicians getting geared Read More

Importance of Rooftop Grease Containment

Commercial food establishments, like restaurants, cafes, hospital kitchens and coffee shops, have a critical need for exhausting the air from their kitchens. This hot air, being contaminated with grease, comes from dishwashers, ovens, stoves and grills. The way out is often through the rooftop. The smoky, grease-laden air from commercial kitchens is expelled into ducts Read More

How Winter Weather Affects Commercial Roofing Systems

Now that Old Man Winter on the way out, it is important to understand what the winter has wrought on your flat roofing system. From unpredictable freezing and thawing cycles to heavy snows, severe winter weather can take a devastating toll on commercial roofs. Roofs, especially in locations that experience extreme weather, are manufactured to Read More

What is a TPO Roofing System?

Many building owners have heard of TPO.  But do you really know what it is and what goes into a TPO commercial roofing system?  With TPO being one of the most popular roof systems, we explain the fundamentals here. Thermoplastic Polyolefin, known as TPO, is a commonly used roofing material that is also one of Read More