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Gifford, IL Tornado

On Sunday, November 17th, a tornado damaged and destroyed several Central IL homes.  Among the worst impacted towns, was Gifford, IL.  Since our company and several employees are located in Rantoul, we all had family and friends that were directly affected by this tornado.  Apart from the destruction, it is truly a blessing that no one was seriously injured or killed. In these trying times, it was amazing to see the outpour of volunteers and donations to help start the rebuilding process and ... Read more

The Roofing Dog Wins 2013 Small Business of the Year

CHAMPAIGN, IL (October 4, 2013)—The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce is privileged to announce The Roofing Dog as the 2013 Small Business of the Year winner. The Roofing Dog will be presented the coveted award today at the 2013 Chamber Annual Meeting from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. When asked about winning this award, owner Cory Swanson said, “It is truly an honor and a blessing to be awarded and recognized as Small Business of the ... Read more

Roofing Dog picks up small-business honor

ST. JOSEPH — Cory Swanson is not convinced bigger is always better. Over his first 12 years in business, he built his roofing company to $2 million a year in annual revenue and about a dozen employees. But in the four years since then, Swanson — whose company is known as both Swanson Roofing and The Roofing Dog — has been satisfied to keep his company the same size. "I'm really content where we are," said Swanson, 36, of St. Joseph. "I don't need ... Read more

Dog of a brand came together gradually

ST. JOSEPH — After branding his company as The Roofing Dog, Cory Swanson saw revenues shoot up dramatically. But the canine campaign for Swanson Roofing came together piecemeal. Swanson began using The Roofing Dog brand in 2007 and 2008, after leaving his teaching job to focus on expanding the business. "In this short span, the business saw a growth of more than 122 percent, from $450,000 to just over $1 million of annual revenue," according to information the company submitted in its nomination for ... Read more

Tear Off vs. Shingle Over

Out With the Old and In With the New... When contemplating a new roof, many people hope to simply do a shingle over and avoid the extra cost and mess of tearing off the existing roof and starting from scratch.  Although that sounds like a good idea, I can assure you that the cons heavily outweigh the pros.  In fact, the ONLY pros to a shingle over is the fact that it's cheaper and cleaner.  However, what if there is an unknown leak, or bad roof flashing?  Will that get fixed or will ... Read more

Recent April Storms

This past week, we saw several strong storms with heavy rains and high winds roll through Central Illinois.  Most areas received well over 4" of rain, causing flash floods, closed roads, and property damage.  When we receive that much rain for a prolonged period of time, it is not uncommon to see water spots and leaking on your ceiling drywall.  However, what appears to be a roof leak may not always be caused by a problem with the roof.   Susceptible Areas on a ... Read more

Bathroom Ventilation

Checking for Proper Bathroom Ventilation Most home bathrooms are equipped with a ventilation fan that can be used during showers to expel hot moist air from building up in the bathroom.  Have you ever wondered where all that moist air goes?  If not, then you're not alone.  Alot of times we find that bathroom exhaust fans simply dump that air into the attic.  Now, you've got an attic full of moisture and a prime environment for mold growth.  Mold growth on plywood and OSB will actually delaminate and weaken the ... Read more

Who is Working on My Roof?

A Roof is Only as Good as its Installation When going through the re-roofing process, it is very easy to get caught up in trying to figure out which roofing materials best suit your needs.  Often times, this can lead to overlooking the fact of "who will actually be installing these materials?"  It is important, and reassuring to know that the company installing your roof has highly trained, skilled, and experienced workers.  Afterall, the best roofing materials made are only as good as their installation!  Below, we will provide ... Read more

Is Your Roof Ready for Spring?

Evaluate Your Roof With Spring right around the corner, we look forward to warmer weather, cookouts, and outdoor activities with family and friends.  However, Spring can also bring some harsh weather to our area, such as heavy rain and high winds which can take it's toll on an old, worn down roof.  Here are some tips to help you determine if your roof is ready for Spring weather: Curling shingles-  If your shingles are starting to curl or bubble, they are susceptible to breaking off in high ... Read more

Check Out our New Blog!

The Roofing Dog has a new blog that is linked in the site and you can even view our latest post on our homepage! Read more
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