Residential Flat Roof Installation & Repairs

Serving Chicago & The Suburbs

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Chicago neighborhoods are filled with thousands of residential flat roofs. Whether it’s a single-family home in Bucktown, an apartment building in Lakeview, a 6-pack condo in Pilsen, a 4 bedroom house in Naperville, or a ranch home in Arlington Heights, we understand the importance of keeping your roofing watertight.  Lindholm Roofing has been roofing and repairing residential flat roofing since 1949!  Making us your preferred choice for your new flat roof in Chicago.

Flat Roofing Contractors

One main difference for flat roofing systems is that the waterproofing and weatherproofing is of the utmost importance. Because the roof is flat, this enables water to pool and, without proper protection, it will seep into the roofing and, eventually, everything below. Lindholm Roofing knows the importance of this and of inspecting the roof for possible leaks. The bottom line is that a flat roof does not have the runoff that a sloped roof has and this can lead to trouble. There are several types of flat roofs, such as, Modified Bitumen, PVC, and Built up roofing (BUR).

Flat roofing can also be used for residential homes and provide some unique benefits. For one thing, this is a cost-effective approach to roofing and makes the installation much easier. This is also the ideal approach to take if you are considering solar panels or if you would like to have a rooftop garden. You also have the option of adding on by building up, with greater ease, if you have a flat roof system.

Flat Roof Repairs

Flat roof repair is even more challenging to install and repair, its materials and overall repairing techniques are different from a normal roof. Above all, it’s necessary to find the best flat roofing repairs contractors to carry out the job. At Lindholm Roofing, we are the flat roof specialists.  Many roofing contractors can repair or install flat roofs, but only our residential flat roof repair Chicagoland specialists can do a better job in repairing flat roofs.

Flat roofs require lots of regular maintenance as they are more prone to damage and leaks than some other roofing materials. A good rule for residential flat roof repair is to have a roofing contractor come and look at your roof at least once per year and after major storms or freeze-thaw cycles.

Flat roof repair costs can vary widely depending on your roofing material. If, for example, you have a flat roof with some sort of rubber membrane, such as ethylene propylene diene polymer (EPDM), we will check for any broken seams around flashing and perimeters.

It is common with rubber roofing materials for the membrane to shrink and pull away from perimeters, flashing and other seams. This is a standard flat roof leak repair that any experienced roofing contractor should easily be able to complete. On the other hand, if your built-up roof (BUR), also known as a tar and gravel roof is leaking, then it is very difficult to locate the source of the leak. In this case, the flat roof leak repair is rarely viable. A new flat roof might be your only option.

Flat Roofing is the Energy Efficient Choice

A flat roof itself offers unique opportunities for energy efficient solutions. For example, roof gardens or solar panels can easily be installed on a flat roof. However, the foundation of energy efficiency on a flat roof is the roofing itself. At Lindholm Roofing, we have a quality selection of flat roofing options; from the economically modified bitumen, to the “world's best roof” Duro-Last PVC and more. Our roofing options are superior products backed by industry leading warranties and our own satisfaction guarantee.

At Lindholm Roofing, we use Duro-Last for flat roofing because it offers over 30+ years of proven PVC roof system performance with billions of square feet of membrane installed across North America. Duro-Last has been successful since the beginning by providing our customers with unmatched service and expertise in the roofing industry.


Duro-last material is a single-ply roofing system.  These types of systems have grown in popularity over the past 30 years as a preferred commercial roofing system, due to their ability to provide strength, flexibility, and long-lasting durability, it’s no wonder that architects, roofing contractors, and building owners love this product.

The advantages of prefabricated sheets include the consistency of the quality of the membrane, accessories, and versatility in their attachment methods that may be used on a variety of commercial building applications.

Duro-last provides maximum freedom of choice in roof design, performance and appearance to suit new construction and refurbishment. In addition to providing a durable and watertight membrane roofing system, all Duro-last sheets are furnished from the factory with a highly-reflective “cool roof” surface that becomes part of an energy-efficient building envelope system. Cool roof systems reflect rays of the sun, reducing building cooling costs.

Benefits of Duro-last Roofing:

  • Proven track record of performance
  • A broad range of application methods
  • With insulation, provides an even better-performing building component
  • Choice of colors, all including “Cool Roofing” options
  • Superior waterproofing characteristics
  • High tensile strength
  • Competitive life-cycle cost

Built-Up Roofing

Built-Up Roofing (BUR) is one of the oldest and most reliable commercial roofing systems for buildings with low-slope or “flat” roof structures. Started in the 1840s, these roof systems are often referred to as "tar and gravel" roofs.  BUR consists of multiple plies of roof felts laminated together with bitumen. BUR consists of bitumen-saturated organic-fiber, fiberglass, or polyester felt. A top-surfacing or a glaze coat of asphalt, aggregate (gravel or slag), fibered, or non-fibered coatings engineered for roof coating, or a granule-surfaced cap sheet.

BUR may be designed and specified to meet a broad range of building waterproofing applications, depending on the needs of the building owner. These systems range from very basic systems designed to be vigorously maintained to upper-end systems that are constructed to qualify for a manufacturer’s warranty. Roofing manufacturers, working in close coordination with roofing contractors, will write long-term warranties for building owners based on specific design criteria. Some warranties even qualify for decades of “full-value” labor and materials coverage.  Beacon Roofing Supply commercial roofing specialists can furnish you with more details and refer you to one of our many contracting professionals.

Over the years, BUR has earned a great reputation with building owners, architects, engineers, roofing product manufacturers, and commercial roofing contractors.  The original cost of a BUR system may be greater than other low-slope applications, but when taking the long view, BUR often comes out a winner. BUR enjoys a track record that is over 150 years old, provides a thick, durable roof covering, may be used in a broad range of building waterproofing applications, and after many years of service may be maintained and repaired for extended life (many other systems must be completely replaced).

Benefits of Built-Up Roofing

  • Proven track record of performance
  • A broad range of application methods
  • Available as part of a fire, wind, and/or hail rated roofing system
  • Wide choice of top-surfacing, including “Cool Roofing” options
  • With insulation, provides an even better-performing building component
  • Superior waterproofing characteristics
  • High tensile strength
  • Competitive life-cycle cost
  • Long-term warranties are available with many BUR systems


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