About TRC

Our History

It all started “By the Sea”

The play “By the Sea” played a pivotal role in the development of Total Roofing and Construction Services, Inc. Gregory Cooper founder and current president was the superintendent for University of Chicago’s roofing project when he requested for the day off to attend his daughter’s kindergarten play. Informed that taking a day off was not possible and would be fired if absent, that afternoon Gregory quit and attended the recital.

After attending his daughter’s play he decided to start his own company. In 1986, the company was formed to provide income and the flexibility to raise his family. Greg’s experience as a roofing apprentice and union journeyman provided him the skill, experience, and knowledge for installing a quality roofing system.

The first office was his quint house in Dolton, IL. Company phone was his home number and all the roofing equipment was stored near the back of the house. After developing a local reputation and numerous clients he relocated to a retrofitted office building in Thornton, IL.

That building was the old Thornton brewery, a famous Al Capone hangout spot. During the late 90’s and early 2000’s to-do projects included: World Music Amphitheatre (Now-First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre), Alpine Valley Music Amphitheatre, Intercontinental Chicago Hotel, Westin Hotel Chicago, and other high raises that required a bigger workforce and warehouse. In 2000, operations moved from the old Thornton Brewery building to an old restaurant in Dolton, IL. The founder grew up one block away from today’s location, but chose it for proximity to service the Chicagoland and the Northwest Indiana region.

Today, the kids are grown up and involved in all aspects of Total Roofing & Construction, Inc. from project managing, administrative assistants, safety, marketing, and sales. Anyone you contact from our operation is as committed too residential and commercial roofing as the president. As the next generation begins transitioning over responsibilities many of our founding principles and workmanship remain the same. Our confidence to provide you a quality roofing system stems from because of our result in the past and belief in the future.


Safety First

Did you know that roofing is one of the top 10 most dangerous job’s in the United States? Every year our company furthers our in-house training program’s, safety expectations, and construction equipment to create a safe working environment.

Safety is critical to each project! However, commercial projects present numerous obstacles due to their overall size and potential for error. The Total Team has taken a proactive stance in enhancing our safety standards. Team Total experienced no life threatening or serious injuries throughout the calendar year. This year our goal is to repeat with no serious injuries. We believe improving our safety protocols and fall protection manual is key to these goals.

We’ve instituted the standard safety accountability system to improve safety within all aspects of the Total Roofing & Construction Services workplace. This system allows us to enhance communication in the construction workplace, limit potential injuries, follow governmental regulations, and creates personal accountability, which creates a safer environment for all.

Safety First

Total Safety Training

  • Fall Protection Classes
  • OSHA Training Seminars
  • Regular Job Monitoring
  • CPR & First Aid Training
  • Monthly Safety Discussions
  • Equipment Checks
Safety Training


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