In 2009, Chicago made a decision to implement limitations on the utilization of split-faced block in the construction of new homes and condominiums. The reason for this decision was due to various issues associated with split-faced block that often surfaced a few years after occupants had moved in, primarily linked to poor construction practices. Despite this, there have been recent instances in Chicago where this material has been reintroduced. Therefore, it would be beneficial to explore the advantages and drawbacks of using split-faced block for your new home or condominium.

 To begin, let's clarify what a split-faced block is. Essentially, it is an 8-inch thick cinder block with a coarse surface resembling stone. This type of block is crafted from aggregate, cement, and stone, and traditionally has been employed as an outer covering on structures in the Chicago region. However, its usage has diminished in recent times, particularly in most scenarios, due to the potential for substantial issues arising from its porous properties. Indeed, if not properly installed, it can absorb water extensively, akin to a sponge.

Considering the numerous challenges of using split faced block, why was it still a popular choice among contractors in the 2000s? Here are some factors to take into account:

  • It’s much cheaper than higher quality materials available. 
  • It’s bigger than standard brick, so takes fewer to complete a job. 
  • It’s ideal for use as a single wythe wall – further reducing costs. 
  • Its simplicity meant it could be installed by cheaper non-union workers. 

The Split Faced Block Problem 

One of the challenges posed by split-faced blocks is their porous quality. This usually leads to water absorption and subsequent water damage. Since these structures are constructed as single wythe buildings, there is no inner wall to prevent water infiltration once it breaches the outer wall. Additionally, being made of masonry, they naturally absorb moisture which then follows the pull of gravity. In multi-wythe constructions, this creates an air gap preventing penetration; however, in single wythe buildings, it results in water damage.

For a correctly installed split-faced block exterior wall, it is essential to have flashing beneath the roof parapet's coping. It is crucial to ensure that all areas susceptible to moisture intrusion are properly flashed rather than relying solely on caulking, as it does not offer the same level of protection. The use of flashing is paramount for a secure installation. Additionally, the mortar mixture used must be appropriate for the installation, and it is recommended to be prepared by a skilled roofer familiar with Chicago's weather conditions. Excessive sand content in the mortar can result in significant issues that need to be avoided.

Our Split Faced Block Repair 

Taurus Roofing & Siding offers a three-step solution to address issues with poor quality split faced block construction. Each step focuses on eliminating the moisture that has infiltrated the structure and preventing its return. The steps include:

  1. Sealing Walls: This step is crucial to prevent any further water infiltration into the building. Applying this seal will enhance the masonry's impermeability and facilitate water runoff. It is essential to have the appropriate tools and skills to ensure complete coverage in all areas.
  2. Drying Existing Moisture: This step is crucial in our repair procedure because unless we eliminate the moisture from the structure, all other efforts will be in vain. In reality, sealing will exacerbate the situation if the water is not extracted from the split-faced block. This procedure necessitates strict adherence to a "closed-door protocol," where no one is allowed in or out of the building for a period of up to three weeks. We employ powerful industrial dehumidifiers to extract all the moisture, ensuring that nothing is left behind.
  3. Make Necessary Repairs: Once all the moisture has been removed and the building has been effectively sealed, we can proceed with the required repairs to prevent similar issues from arising in the future. Should any mold be detected during this process, it is crucial to promptly engage a certified mold remediation specialist to address it. Mold can pose serious health risks!

If you find yourself facing unexpected challenges with split faced block, Taurus Roofing & Siding is here to assist you with effective and long-lasting solutions. The initial step is a thorough inspection to assess the extent of the issues and determine the most suitable course of action. You will also receive an estimate for expert repair services from our highly skilled professionals, who have earned a five-star rating on Google from satisfied customers in Chicago. We are committed to delivering top-notch results that last. Contact us at (773) 887-6819 to arrange a complimentary estimate appointment today!

Roof Repair

In Chicago, a city known for its unpredictable weather, there are numerous instances where you might urgently require the services of a reliable roof repair company - and that's where Taurus Roofing & Siding comes in. We excel in performing precise and advanced roof repairs, all while maintaining a friendly and transparent communication with you, our valued customer. This becomes crucial when you're unsure of the issue at hand and are apprehensive about being exploited by profit-driven companies. With Taurus Roofing & Siding, you can put your worries to rest. Our reputation is as significant to us as ensuring your complete satisfaction.

Multi-Unit & Condo Roofing

If you own or manage a multiunit building and require roofing services, or if you are a member or president of a condo association seeking roofing solutions, Taurus Roofing & Siding is here to help! We are the top choice for multiunit and condo association roofing services in the area. Our team of licensed and insured professionals is well-versed in the specific challenges of these settings and is committed to providing exceptional service while minimizing disruptions to your property. Get in touch with Taurus Roofing & Siding at (773) 887-6819 to discuss your property's roofing requirements for both immediate and long-term solutions.

Emergency Repair & Tarp

In the event of roofing emergencies, there's no need to worry. Just contact the emergency response team at Taurus Roofing & Siding. We will promptly send a team to evaluate the damage and provide you with repair options. If feasible, we can carry out immediate repairs or place a tarp to safeguard your property until permanent repairs can be made. Our goal is to restore your peace of mind swiftly, while ensuring you have a stress-free experience.

Rooftop Snow Removal

Chicago experiences heavy snowfall every winter, requiring the removal of snow from both flat and sloped roofs. This task can be dangerous without the necessary safety gear, training, and insurance coverage. When snow accumulates on your home or business, it's crucial to contact the experts at Taurus Roofing & Siding for prompt, effective, and friendly service. We will clear the snow without causing damage to your roof and prevent the formation of ice dams along the edges. This leaves you with a snow-free and ice-free roof, offering peace of mind knowing that you've made the best choice for your property.

Gutter Installation & Repair

Taurus Roofing & Siding is a company that specializes in creating personalized aluminum and galvanized steel gutter systems for residential and commercial properties in Chicago and its neighboring suburbs. We pride ourselves on delivering custom gutter solutions that not only meet your specific requirements but also our high standards. Whether you need a minor repair or a complete replacement of your gutter system, Taurus Roofing & Siding is the top choice in the area. Contact our skilled gutter technicians to ensure a job well done. Begin by requesting a free estimate today!


Although it may seem unlikely, a simple and affordable waterproofing treatment could be the key to avoiding extensive water damage and the costly replacement of an entire roof. Moisture can be highly damaging once it infiltrates a building, so taking preventive measures should be the top priority for both homeowners and business owners. Luckily, Taurus Roofing & Siding, your trusted roofing contractor, offers top-notch waterproofing services throughout the Chicago area. With high-quality products and competitive pricing, Taurus Roofing & Siding is your go-to choice for protecting your property from the detrimental effects of moisture. Don't hesitate to contact us today to safeguard your home.

Our Roofing Systems

The skilled and knowledgeable teams at Taurus Roofing & Siding possess expertise in various contemporary roofing materials and systems. They are proficient in installing and repairing any type of material to ensure your roof is in optimal condition to fulfill its purpose of providing structural support. Here are some of the systems we specialize in:

  • Single-Ply Roofing
  • BUR Systems
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • EPDM Roofing
  • Fluid-Applied Membranes
  • Cool Roof Coatings
  • Modified Bitumen
  • Metal Roofing
  • TPO & PVC Systems

Taurus Roofing & Siding

Instead of choosing any ordinary contractor, why not collaborate with Taurus Roofing & Siding, a Chicago-based family business that has thrived over the years. It's always reassuring to work with a company that exceeds expectations when you need it most. Reach out today at (773) 887-6819 to discuss your roofing concerns with our skilled and experienced team. Our services include:

  • The Best Roofers In Chicago
  • Respectful & Courteous Interaction
  • Trustworthy, Dependable Timetables
  • Fully Licensed & Insured Crews
  • Free Detailed Inspections with Estimates

Our Service Areas:

  • North Chicago
  • South Chicago
  • East Chicago
  • West Chicago

Proudly Serving the Following Communities:

Bensenville | Des Plaines | Elgin | Elk Grove Village | Evanston | Harwood Heights | Lincolnwood | Skokie | Morton Grove | Rosemont | Norridge  | Schiller Park | Niles | Park Ridge | Roselle | Schaumburg | Streamwood | Bedford Park | Bolingbrook | Bridgeview | Evergreen Park | Brookfield | Burbank | Burr Ridge | Chicago Ridge | Alsip | Countryside | Forest View | Hickory Hills | Hodgkins | Hometown | Indian Head Park | Justice | Lemont | La Grange | La Grange Park | McCook | Merrionette Park | Oak Lawn | Palos Heights | Palos Hills | Blue Island | Palos Park | Summit | Willow Springs | Worth | The Loop | Hyde Park | Cicero | Little Village | Logan Square | Lincoln Park | Hermosa | Belmont Cragin | West Town | River North | Near North Side | Wicker Park | Bucktown | Garfield Park | West Garfield Park | North Lawndale | Chinatown | Old Town | Near West Side | Lower West Side | Wilmette | South Lawndale | Humboldt Park | Chicagoland | Addison | Bellwood | Berkeley | Berwyn | Broadview | Elmhurst | Elmwood Park | Forest Park | Franklin Park | Hinsdale | Stone Park | Naperville | Lyons | Maywood | Melrose Park | North Riverside | Northlake | Oak Brook | Oak Park | River Forest | Riverside | Westchester | River Grove | Stickney | Western Springs | Wheaton | Woodridge | North Center | Roscoe Village | Uptown | Lakeview | Wrigleyville | Sheffield | DePaul | Park West | Andersonville | Boys Town | Country Club Hills | Homewood | Tinley Park | Markham | Hazel Crest | Crete | Park Forest | Dolton | Oak Forest | Belmont Harbor | Lincoln Square | North Halsted

Illinois's Roofing Company

For any roofing needs or related services, please contact the reliable team at Taurus Roofing & Siding. They will provide exactly what your roof requires, without any unnecessary extras. With transparent pricing, full licensing and insurance, and extensive experience in Chicago, calling (773) 887-6819 is the best way to address your roofing issues.

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