Large residential roofing job


Hanson Roofing’s specialty is installing and repairing roofs. A roof is designed to transport precipitation away from a house without letting any water inside. The importance of a well-designed roof system is often overlooked until a problem arises. While it may seem like a relatively simple objective to keep water out, a small roofing failure can lead to costly internal issues. Installing a roof correctly is essential to protecting a home. For over 80 years, Hanson Roofing has proven time and again that it does the job right the first time. Whether your roof has surpassed its life-expectancy, or just needs a repair, Hanson Roofing has the experience and expertise to meet all of your roofing needs.

Quality Assurance

Although a roof’s primary function is to keep water out, the type, color and style of a roof is critical to any home’s curb-appeal. Asphalt shingles, wood shingles, slate, tile, metal, and flat roofs of all kinds are just a few of the roof systems that Hanson Roofing works with on a regular basis, and can install based on your particular preferences and budget. Hanson Roofing has the quality assurance that only our 80-plus years on the North Shore can provide.

We provide the following roofing types:

Example of grey asphalt roof shinglesThe most commonly used roofing material for residential homes in the Chicagoland area is far and away asphalt shingles. Their durability through cold winters and hot summers, ability to effectively shed water, as well as their relatively low price point makes asphalt shingles the most popular choice when it comes to roofing a home.

All asphalt shingles are manufactured using the same raw materials and production process, however, when it comes to style, there are plenty of looks to choose from.

  • Three Tab Shingles are the original asphalt shingle. Designed to share the appearance of slate roofing shingles, Three Tab Shingles maintain a flat profile with a uniform cut every twelve inches. This is the most simple asphalt shingle design and is the least costly shingle we install. While it is the most price conscientious option, it comes with a 25 year manufacturer’s limited warranty to keep your mind at ease for years to come.
  • Architectural Shingles are made up of the same material as a three tab shingles but the aesthetics (and sometimes coverage warranties) have been kicked up a notch. While the entry level architectural shingles are competitively priced with three tab shingles; the highest end architectural shingles can be as much as three times the price of a three tab shingle after installation. Architectural shingles are offered in 30 year, 40 year and 50 year limited lifetime warranties.

Example of cedar roof shingles on a homeOne of the most visually appealing roofing material in the industry is cedar. Consisting of thousands of individual cedar wedges each fastened to your roof deck using high quality stainless steel nails, a cedar roof yields a timeless look that has been proven to effectively shed water for hundreds of years. Although many asphalt shingles attempt to imitate the look of cedar shingles, the robust texture and natural coloration can never be fully duplicated.

At Hanson Roofing, our goal is to provide you with a beautiful roof at a fair price that keeps water outside, giving you with peace of mind for decades to come. Having installed and repaired thousands of cedar roofs throughout our storied history, Hanson Roofing is the North Shore’s premier roofing contractor for all your cedar roofing needs.

Providing You With a Water-Tight Roof that Stands Out from the Rest

Cedar roofing is among the finest options when looking to separate your home from others on your block. With several different styles, thicknesses and custom options; a cedar roof will be tailored to accentuate the unique character of your house that performs even better than it looks!

  • Machine Cut Cedar Shingles are produced from high quality Canadian Cedar, milled and taper sawn to reveal a smooth shingle face. Each shingle varies in width while the exposure, thickness and actual shingle lengths remain the same. This provides a uniform look that embodies true East Coast elegance. Machine cut cedar shingles are available in 3/8″, 1/2″ and 5/8″ butt end thicknesses to allow for you to truly make your house stand out as one of a kind.
  • Hand Split Cedar Shakes are split down the wood grain cleavage lines providing a varied butt end thickness of 1/2″-3/4″ (medium) or 3/4″-1″ (heavy). These hand split shakes allow for a more rustic natural cedar appearance that undulates with each shake in randomized harmony. This rolling appearance allows for a true woodland look that is sure to please.

Grey slate roofing material on a homeSlate is widely considered to be the most desirable roofing material in the industry. Its natural color variation, aesthetic versatility and unmatched strength make it the ideal roof for a house built to last. Installation and maintenance of a slate roof is costly, however its unrivaled durability ensures that it will be the last roof you ever need installed. Stand Out Among The House-Crowd!

Slate is a particularly strong rock that is quarried from the earth. Once slabs are extracted from the ground, it is cut to the desired length and width and split along its natural cleavage lines. Because it is quarried and not manufactured, every piece of slate is slightly different. Some customers prefer the similar color, size and thickness while others desire a wide array of colors, thicknesses and widths. When it comes to slate, there are countless options for making your house stand out in a truly unique and tasteful way.

The Reason Hanson Roofing Has Been The North Shore’s 1st Choice Since 1941

Here at Hanson Roofing, we specialize in slate roofing. Whether its maintaining your current masterpiece, matching an existing mainhouse for an addition or installing a new roof entirely, our expert slate crews have been doing it for decades. If there is one thing we know through our 77 year history, it is that attention to detail is of the utmost importance and with slate roofing, there is no exception. From the installation of the heavy duty felt underlayments, premium Ice and Water Shield, detail laden copperwork and slating itself, Hanson Roofing provides the highest quality slate roofing product in the industry and it is the reason we have been the North Shore’s first choice for slate roofing projects since 1941.

Example of copper roofing materials on a homeUnlike most shingles, metal roofs can be used on both steep and shallow sloped roof areas. Residentially, metal roofs are most often seen accompanying a more traditional roof system. Asphalt, cedar or slate shingle roof systems are commonly paired with a metal roof for lower pitched, visible roof areas. Metal roofs can be made out of a number of different metals including steel, aluminum, copper and lead-coated copper. Additionally, a metal roof can be formed and installed as a standing seam roof or as a pan seam roof.

  • Standing Seam metal roofs are typically made by bending up the edges of an 18” wide length of coil stock metal so that the edges are perpendicular to the main piece. Once in place, the top portion of each adjacent panel edge are folded together to create interlocking channels for the water to run down. A standing seam roof is ideal for nearly all types of roofs with the exception of extremely low pitched roofs.
  • Pan Seam metal roofs are made by cutting several pieces of metal into 18”x24” rectangles and then folding the edges over parallel to the main piece. These pieces are then interlocked and heavily soldered to resist all water penetration completely. A pan seam roof is ideal for a nearly flat roof that disallows for water to run off easily.

Most flat roofs are found on commercial buildings; however, numerous residential pitched roofs also have flat roof areas that are a part of the entire roofing system. In these extremely low sloped areas, water tends to flow more freely as it works its way towards the drain, thus a completely impenetrable surface needs to be installed.

Call Us Today for a Free Estimate

There are countless types of flat roofing surfaces that we install each with their own set of strengths. To best assist you, if you are having a problem with your flat roof or are looking to have a new one installed, it would be best to message or call Hanson Roofing to have an estimator come out and take a look at it for free!