At Sunset Exteriors & Restoration, Inc. our roofing crews consistently offer the best roofing value for your dollar. Modern installation practice, combined with today’s advanced roofing product and system technology, enables us to provide our customers with the most reliable and secure roofing systems. We use a GAF/ELK Timberline Architectural shingle for years of maintenance free service. At Sunset Exteriors, we only have experienced, licensed & certified Installers through the State of Illinois.

Regularly scheduled preventative roof maintenance provides you with peace of mind, and it can solve many problems you can’t see and don’t think of until it’s too late. Our Roof Service & Maintenance Agreements secure our customer’s interests throughout the full term of the guarantee. Our Roof Service & Maintenance Agreements include seasonal inspections to monitor typical aging characteristics. These inspections enable us to make proactive, preventative recommendations to solve problems before they result in damage to the roof system or adjacent building components. We prolong the service life of your roof through proper care and maintenance thereby ensuring that our customer avoids the cost and aggravation of a leaking, troublesome roof.

Warranty Work

Administered by our Service and Maintenance Department, our Roof Maintenance & Service Agreement insures you that we do all the things necessary to fulfill the requirements of your warranty. We include documentation of the inspection, numerous photos, before, during and after. We perform routine maintenance and file the administrative records required by manufacturers to keep the warranty viable throughout its entire term.

Our Roof Maintenance & Service also includes 24 hour, 7 days per week emergency service.

Roofing Q & A

How do I know if I need a new roof?

The roof should always be checked. You should keep tabs of its state. The following are signs that you may need a new roof. Your roof is between twenty and twenty five years old .The shingles are excessively cracking, curling, or they are blistering. There are many shingles that are missing and/are torn or damaged.
The roof is leaking in many places.

How much does a new roof cost?

There is no definitive answer as to how much a new roof will cost. There are a variety of considerations needed before an estimate can be given. From that information, a price quotation or an estimate could be done.

Asphalt roof shingles:

Is there a rating system for roof shingles? 

Yes, there is a rating for shingles.

How do I know if I am getting 40 year shingles?

The shingles should come with a 40 year warranty. There are numerous factors that affect their life... roof angle, amount of sun, attic ventilation, etc... But the manufacturer is the best source for its guaranteed life.

Layers of Roofing Shingle Permitted On A Roof:

What is the maximum number of layers of shingles I can have on my roof and still be within building codes? Can I have three layers?

Call your town/city's building inspector and ask. Some things to consider is pitch, and rafter size. I have heard of numerous cases of going to three layers, but personally I would always rip them all off and start fresh.


Does a dark shingle roof retain heat? Does a light shingle roof reject heat?

Yes to both questions. Choose the shingle that best fits your location...

ROOF Installation

What temperature does it need to be to install a roof?

It really doesn't matter. Shingles roofs can and are routinely applied in winter. The only drawback is that tabs do not seal completely until temperatures reach the 50s. There is a slightly greater chance of shingles breaking free until they do. On the flip side, shingles applied in hot weather soften too much in the sun, and walking on them can damage the surface... My personal preference is to shingle in fall, spring, winter and then summer in that order. After that, you can have several contractors bid on the project to get the best price.

When re-roofing, should I peel off old layers or simply add a new layer of shingles?

It is recommended that you add a new layer of shingles to your roof. Scrapping the old layers will just consume more time and energy, and at the same time by peeling off, the thickness of the shingles are decreasing, leading to possible leakages in the future. By adding new layers of shingles onto your roof, it protects the inner part of the roof and provides you relief against further leakages. Obviously, it would be a lot cheaper.

What kinds of questions should I ask a roofing contractor?

Ask your roofing contractor questions with regards to their standing in their field of expertise. It will give you a hint whether they are really offering quality service to their clients.
Ask questions with regards to their operation. This includes whether they have necessary permits and licenses to operate such business, and if they are carrying insurance in case there are unforeseen incidents that may happen during the construction.
And lastly, ask questions with regards to the actual roofing constructions and the post-construction services and warranty. Inquire if they can explain to you in layman’s terms how they will construct your roofing, what materials are going to be used, and what services and warranties they offer in case leakages or damages happened to your roof within a time period after construction.

What kinds of questions should I ask references of a roofing contractor?

Sometimes, you need referrals from people who know the roofing contractor's work you are considering, especially when you are unfamiliar with that type of business. As the roofing contractor for references, especially from customers who have had work done by him. Questions like the following can be asked of your references of a roofing contractor:
Initially, ask questions with regards to their relationship with the contractor. Maybe the contractor is a friend or a relative of your reference. That will give you an idea how well that reference knows the contractor.
You can inquire if they have acquired the services of the roofing contractor. Ask them if they have personally witnessed the construction of their roof, and at the same time letting your reference talk about the quality of service.
Lastly, ask queries on the reliability of their service, if it withstands the different outside elements surrounding the roof. In this way, you will have no doubt of the integrity of the contractor because the reference himself will tell all.

Some of the considerations are:

• Size of roof • Materials to be used
• Location of property (this is needed to determine which materials would be best for that area's weather)
• Is it for a new property or a re roofing
• State costs and taxes
• Type of property

For any questions

Bruce Schimkus: VSI certified / 5 Star Rating / N.A.R.I / Safety Services OSHA / Lead Safe for Renovation, Repair & Painting / Master Shingle Applicator / CSI / LCCC / Wauconda Chamber
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Cell : (847) 302-1646

Our restoration & remodeling company proudly serves Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, and Cook Counties in Illinois. For commercial projects we travel out of State.


Sunset Exteriors & Restoration, Inc. a leading provider of quality roofing services with GAF/ELK materials.

Whether you seek a roofing repair job or a full scale roof replacement for your property, our highly qualified certified and experienced staff will meet your needs. Some of the benefits of our roofing services includes:

• Relationship with GAF/ELK, North America's largest roofing manufacturer
• Specialization in GAF/ELK Weather Stopper Roofing system
• Select warranties that have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
• Exclusive warranty extensions that can include, labor and workmanship
• Only licensed & certified Installers through the State of Illinois
• Commercial Application at discount pricing

We feature high quality shingles in 3-Tab or Architectural Style, from many major manufacturers including GAF/ELK Royal Sovereign & Timerberline, Certainteed and Tampco. All of our work is done to manufacturer's specifications. Available in several grades and many colors. Warranties from 30 year to LIFETIME Class A fire rated. For years of trouble free service. We use licensed roofing sub-contractors. Unlimited - Certified and Insured with a $ 5,000.000 umbrella

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