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Beaver Run Drive, Long Grove, IL 60047
Cedar Shake Roof Replacement
Storm Damage Client

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Tall Oaks Drive, Kildeer, IL 60047
Cedar Roofing System Replacement
Hail Damage Client

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N. Primrose Court, Deer Park, IL 60010
Full Cedar Roofing System Replacement
Hail & Wind Damage Client

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Gray Barn Lane, Lake Barrington, IL 60010
Cedar Roof & Copper Replacement
Renovation Client

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Averill Court, North Barrington, IL 60010
Cedar Shake Roof & Copper Elements Replaced
Storm Damage Client

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Tanager Way, Long Grove, IL 60047
Cedar Roof Replacement & New Copper
Storm Damage Client

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Malmesbury Court, Aurora, IL60502
Cedar Roof Replacement & New Garage Doors
Storm Damage & Remodel Client

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Malmesbury Court, Aurora, IL60502
Cedar Roof Replacement & New Copper Sheeting
Storm Damage Client

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Fariview Drive, Deer Park, IL 60010
Cedar Shake Roof Replacement
Hail & Wind Damage Client

Roofing Annex is the Contractor of Choice for Cedar Roofing in Chicago

From residential cedar shingles and steam bent cedar shakes to large scale commercial cedar shakes, our roofers repair, preserve, and build works of art. There is an abundance of cedar roofs in Chicago’s suburbs that need attention. Our storm damage service, renovation services, preservation treatments, and maintenance plans are all well beyond the level of other roofing contractors because we developed a division to handle this niche market.

Serving a Niche

Roofing Annex® formed a division, Shake Guys®, to provide in-depth expertise with cedar roofing due to its differences in installation, peculiarities in aging with unique repair needs, maintenance hassles, and preservation know-how. Shake Guys, like Roofing Annex, serves both Ohio and Illinois from its two offices. Both locations are staffed with Cedar Roofing Experts®, Haag trained & Certified Storm Damage Inspectors, Restoration Specialists, and Project Managers who know how to pull off outstanding builds. Shake Guys understands its products and installation techniques beyond compare.

Make us your Illinois Cedar Roofing Expert® by calling us today to schedule a free roof exam and consultation – 847-278-2278

Cedar Roofing Products

New Cedar Roofing in Dayton Ohio

New Cedar Shakes on a Home in the Barrington Area. Flush butted medium shakes.

In the case that you talk to another Northern Illinois Cedar Roofing Contractor, you’ll want to be sure that their products of choice are top quality. Cedar roofs can last 40+ years with the right maintenance and preservation techniques but they won’t see 10 years if the wrong cuts nails, and installation practices are used.

It’s All About the Wood Grain

Shake Guys uses the highest grades of cedar cut from the heartwood of Western Red Cedar from Vancouver, Canada. For those looking for the best and are willing to pay for it we offer Premium 100% Edge Grain cedar. For those who want the best value product we offer a rare top tier, hand selected, #1 Grade 90% Edge Grain cedar shakes and shingles. This rare selection of grain produces shakes that a stronger, preserve better, cup less, curl less, withstand hail strikes better, and remain looking the their best longer. Most roofing companies in Chicagoland will try to use what comes easy and/or cheaper, #1 Grade 70-90% Edge Grain or #2 Grade which is really meant for siding.

Staggered cedar shake Columbus Ohio

Newly finished cedar shake roof in Kildeer, Illinois. This staggered butt configuration is used to give a rustic feel.

Shake Guys looks at the entire roofing system to make sure that a roof can breathe the way cedar needs to. All aspects of the roof need to jive; flashings, ridge caps, and the rest need to be installed in a fashion that is unique to cedar roofs! Because wood can hold moisture for some time the fasteners can fail if they’re not made of the right coated metal – a fact that a non-cedar specialist will often miss. That’s why we use top grade fasteners/nails that come with a lifetime warranty!

steam bent cedar roof in Cincinnati

This is an example of our niche within a niche, Steam Bent Cedar. This is from an Ohio client’s home.

April 9th, 2015 Hail & Wind Storm Update

Winds from 45 to 90 mph swept through Illinois causing widespread damage. Isolated pockets of hail measuring 1 to 2+ inches wide hit in places like McHenry, IL. Older cedar roofs in the region are showing signs of roofing system failure due to the severity of the wind driven hail impacts and wind torn ridge caps.

McHenry, Illinois hail damge to cedar shake

This is the sort of damage we’re seeing in McHenry where hail strikes are splitting the cedar shakes.


Our Storm Damage Inspectors have been outstandingly efficient is their advocacy of insurance claims from this storm. Cedar roofing homeowners in Chicagoland are receiving equitable funds to restore their homes, barns and businesses.

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Services for Cedar Roofing in Chicago’s Suburbs

Our Shake Guys division is proud to offer the same great benefits and services as Roofing Annex:

  • Free Roof Exam & Consultation
  • Free Estimates
  • Storm Damage Services
    • Emergency repairs and/or patches if needed
    • In-depth documentation by a Haag Certified Storm Damage Inspector
    • Complimentary insurance claim advocacy
  • Repairs
  • Maintenance Plans
  • Restoration Services (Treatments that add to the lifespan of your roof from our  Illinois Cedar Roofing Experts)
  • General Exterior Restoration (New doors, windows, siding, metal-works, and gutters)
  • Roof Replacements

Video Selections

See Shakes Guys Installing a New Cedar Roof in Lake Forest, IL

Roofers installing a new cedar shake roofing

Hear from a Barrington Cedar Roofing Client

Ohio Cedar Roofing Customer - Cedar Roofing in Chicago

Pointers for Those Looking at Roof Replacement

Key Points to took for when re-roofing in illinois


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