Company Profile: History | Services | Quality  

For four generations, family-owned Riddiford Roofing Company has installed, maintained and repaired roof systems for large and small commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. A family commitment to quality in every aspect of roofing has produced over 100 years of superior craftsmanship.

President and Chief Executive George Riddiford makes providing exceptional roofing his goal every day. But the story of Riddiford Roofing Company begins long before George joined the ranks.

In 1901, George’s grandfather and partner formed Murdock Roofing Company on Chicago’s south side. Shortly after the time that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was blamed for the Great Chicago Fire, their roofing work helped to rebuild the devastated city. They used a horse and pulley to hoist materials to workers on the roof. In a short time, George’s father and his two brothers joined his grandfather, growing the business enough to support four families.

George’s father then founded Riddiford Roofing Company in 1964 with a dream of working side by side with his son. George worked at the company for his father every summer as a roofer’s apprentice, learning the business in the field before joining the office after college. He married in 1967, and his father passed away the day after the wedding after a battle with cancer. After much thought and soul searching, George decided to stick it out and keep the business and his father’s dream alive.

2000 Mass Mutual National Family
Business of the Year Award Winner

Since then, the company has seen tremendous growth over the years. Many family members have worked with and for George during this time, including his mother, his wife Pat, his brothers-in-law, his sons Joe and Chris, and one of his nephews. The company’s facilities and equipment have come a long way from the days of horses and buckets. The Arlington Heights office and shop continues to expand to meet the growing needs of their customers. With over 150 employees, Riddiford Roofing remains one of the largest roofing companies in the Midwest.

Commercial roofing can be a difficult business with heavy competition. George Riddiford, his family, and his “family of employees” work hard every day to ensure excellence.

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Riddiford Roofing specializes in providing the best roofing solution for your building’s needs. From new construction applications to roof replacements and repair, no roofing project is too large or too small for the more than 150 trained professionals at Riddiford Roofing.

No two buildings are exactly the same and no roofing application is perfect for all buildings. Therefore, Riddiford Roofing has extensive experience in all types of roofing systems including:

• Hot and Cold-Applied Built-Up
• APP and SBS Modified Bitumen
• Asphalt and Coal Tar Pitch
• Odor-Free Roof Systems
• Green Roof Systems (Intensive and Extensive)
• IRMA (Inverted Roof Membrane Assembly)
• EPDM, PVC and TPO Single-Ply
• Liquid-Applied Membranes
• Architectural Sheet Metal Roofing

In addition to traditional roofing applications, Riddiford Roofing can provide answers and expertise to your unique problems.

Asbestos Abatement
Each crew is trained and certified in safe, effective asbestos removal from existing roof conditions.

Phenolic Foam Remediation
Riddiford Roofing can treat and correct the corrosive effects of Phenolic Foam Roof Insulation (PFRI) over steel decking in any building.

Infrared Moisture Detection
Aerial infrared scanning services are available to detect moisture within roof systems. This often results in cost-effective repairs rather than total roof replacement.

General Troubleshooting/Consultation
Riddiford Roofing specialists work in conjunction with professional roof consultants, architects and manufacturer representatives to handle all types of roof problems.

Emergency Leak Repair and Maintenance
Preventative maintenance, 24-hour emergency leak repair and roof equipment installations are just some of the services the Maintenance Department provides. Click “here” to learn more about these programs.

Innovative roofing solutions including helicopter usage.

Every aspect of Riddiford Roofing is built on quality.

Riddiford employees are characterized by a high degree of loyalty and low turnover rates. The majority of the more than 150 field technicians and office staff have been with the company well over five years; many have over ten years and some over twenty at the company.

Versatile and Flexible
The broad range of services that Riddiford Roofing provides makes it one of the most complete roofing contractors in the Midwest. Constantly adapting to the changing work environment, safety and code requirements, any challenge will be handled with care and expertise.

High Quality Equipment and Materials
Riddiford Roofing utilizes the most technologically advanced equipment available. With longstanding relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, all projects incorporate top quality, proven products and systems.

Clearly written contract warranties for installations as well as manufacturers’ labor and material warranties are available.

Fully Licensed and Insured
With a strong presence in the Midwest for over a century, Riddiford Roofing is fully licensed, bonded and carries complete insurance coverage. An excellent safety record and comprehensive Safety Program demonstrates the level of commitment to providing a safe environment for customers and employees. Click “here” for more information on Safety.

A customized and cost-effective solution to any roofing application will be made while never compromising quality when you work with the professionals at Riddiford Roofing Company.

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