4 False Ideas About Attic Vents!

Not a lot of people know much about roof ventilation! Ventilation is a sub section of roofing people assume they know about but there are five ideas people have that are not the right idea. We'll discuss those ideas here.

1. I Have Roof Vents, So My Ventilation is Good

While there isn't a consensus on which ventilation system is the best, most contractors agree some roof vents don't work at all. For example, ridge vents while being the cheapest, without baffles a ridge vent might crate almost no ventilation at all. Another popular style are gable vents. These may only circulate a small percentage of the air in your attic. Static vents on your roof-line are effective for ventilation but generally have lots of issues with leaks. Soffit vents might leave air trapped at the top of your attic. The most effective designs of roof ventilation use a ridge and soffit continuous ventilation system. 

2. Roof Vents Remove Warm Air During Winter

Because heat rises, some people think ventilating an attic space during winter means you're releasing all the warm are and leaking all the free warmth you have. If this were actually happening, the problem would be with your insulation, not your vents! 

3. More Attic Ventilation is Good

In the same way you need the correct air conditioning unit for your home, you need the right sized attic ventilation too. Big roof vents can create additional places for your roof to be penetrated. Potentially more leaks! Preventing moisture damage is a much greater benefit than ventilation and in colder climates it's more likely your home will be better off with a vent. 

4. Roof Vents Are Only for Warm Climates 

Many people assume that the importance of roof ventilation is to increase efficiency during the summer. Good roof ventilation plays a part in this, but shingle color, sun exposure, and insulation can add a lot more to the whole system. 

If you need more guidance on your roof ventilation system- call 513-731-ROOF for a free no-risk consultation! 

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5 Home Improvement Jobs to Keep You Busy This Winter

Winter temperatures are descending on the Ohio area and we all want to spend more time inside with the heat cranked and hot coco in our mugs. Just because the world outside is too cold to venture out into, doesn't mean you can't take care of some home improvement projects to get out of your cabin-fever. C.H.I. Roofing is there to take care of all the external parts of your home, roof, gutters, siding, chimney, windows; but you can do a lot to maintain the inside comfort of your home, feel accomplished, and never leave the warmth of your home! 

1) Squeaky Door!

If one of your doors is making a loud squeak whenever its opened or closed, there's a quick fix to silence it. Find the hinges on your door frame and pull them slightly up to give you access to the frame where it lives. Apply a little W-D40 to lube up this area and slide the pin back in! This will smoothen the ride for your door frame's pin and make the loud squeak disappear! 

2) Creaky Floor Boards! 

A squeaky floorboard is a sign that your floor planks aren't aligning as smoothly as they used to. You can pick up an anti-squeak repair kit which features specifically designed screws that are easy to conceal. You can also try to dust talcum powder between the boards that are creaking to buff up the squeaky sounds. 

3) Repair Crusty Paint on Shower Ceilings

The paint above you shower gets a lot of heat and moisture and it's important to repair this area before the paint gets too far gone. You're going to want to scrape away the old paint and re-caot it with a high quality, exterior grade paint. Also make sure once it's dry to use the bathroom vent when you can to ensure moisture doesn't get trapped after you leave the shower. 

4) Replace Batteries in Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors

Once you setup detectors for smoke or carbon monoxide in your home, you don't really notice them. Tucked away on the ceiling, behind doorways, or plugged into outlets not usually used, we don't notice them until they've started to squawk about needing a new battery. One tip to get rid of that squeal is to change your batteries yearly. If you put in your calendar that one day a year is battery change day, you'll never have to hear that horrid crying sound from the other room again! 

5) Clean Laundry Dryer Vent

The vent that funnels exhaust out into the world needs to be maintained to ensure your home doesn't catch on fire! These tubes get a lot of lint and other debris from cleaning your clothes all year so take a moment to pull the dryer out from the wall, disconnect the vent pipe, and vacuum the debris contained inside. 

If you need any outside the home repairs done this winter, call 513-731-ROOF! C.H.I. Roofing is here to fix you siding, windows, and roofs! 

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American Armed Services Discount on Roofing Systems

CHI Roofing has a great respect for the servicemen and women who risk their lives for America. We understand the sacrifice and selflessness it takes to become a member of the American Armed Services, and wanted to give a little back to you and your family. That is why CHI Roofing offers any military veterans a $250 rebate on your Certified System Plus Roofing System. 

The partnership between CHI Roofing and GAF Materials makes sure your house is securely roofed for the rest of your home's life. It also means you will experience unparalleled craftsmanship, professionalism, and American made materials. GAF is an industry leader in quality roofing materials and CHI Roofing is a GAF Master Elite Certified contractor. You can trust that once your roof is covered by GAF materials by CHI Roofing you'll never have to worry about your roof again. We stand by our work and will bend over backward to make sure you are satisfied with our service. 

 

 

CHI Roofing is grateful to your service to our country and our partnered rebate with GAF is a small price in comparison to the sacrifices you've made at home and abroad. Call (531)-731-ROOF for a no risk free consultation. 

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Anatomy of a Roof

Your roof is an intricate operation. All anyone usually sees is the outside of a roof. The shingle style and color are the bulk of what people know about any given roof when they see it. GAF has an illuminating illustration here we're going to use to show you the in's and out's of a roof!

Lifetime Shingles

These are the shingles you see. They are built to last for the lifetime of your home and C.H.I. is a certified Master Shingle Installer. 

Cobra Attic Ventilation

This series of roof ventilation apparatus help set up a steady flow of air between your attic and the outside world. This protects the efficiency of your insulation and helps to regulate temp inside your home! The Federal Housing Administration 

Roof Deck Protection

This protects your roof from wind-driven rain while also adding an extra layer of protection for anything else that may hit your roof. It also helps keep your shingles in place longer!

Starter Strip Shingles

These pre-cut strip shingles will speed up installation time while helping to keep your shingles in place! 

Leak Barrier

This will help prevent water and debris from clogging up your gutters. 

Ridge Cap Shingles

These pieces help bridge the gap between different sides of your roofing and its shingles. This is imperative to having long lasting installation on your roofing!

When you're ready for a new roof, call 513-731-ROOF for a free no risk quote! 

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Are You Ready to DIY Your Roof? Here's Why The Answer May Be No

So You Think You Can Roof?

This isn't a new reality show on ABC-but it is a question you should ask yourself before you start ordering shingles to your home. DIY work on a large job such as roofing is something you really need to think about before you pull the trigger on that nail gun yourself. 

 

Roofs Are Nuanced

Some people assume roofing is just spending your morning taking all the shingles off of the roof and the afternoon putting new shingles on and you'll be done by nighttime! This couldn't be further from the truth! A roof is a complex system of components that work together to keep water, snow, debris and anything else out side of your home. Contractors like the employees at C.H.I. Roofing are trained in every aspect of this part of the job. They can open up a roof and use their decades of experience to let you know what is really going on inside your home's foundation. 

 

Be Ready To Sweat

How does carrying heavy objects up and down a ladder sound? Or schlepping them across the top of a roof? If this isn't your day to day work, it won't be fun. If you want to roof your home safe, you'll need a few knowledgable friends you can trust to help out. Honestly, best to pay professionals than worry about your friend Rick from work falling off the roof and suing you! 

Save Up Front/Pay Later

At first you may think the price of paying a professional contractor like C.H.I. Roofing to handle your roof is much higher than simply buying the materials yourself, but one hiccup in your work timeframe and you'll be paying for a rush job to get your home roofed before another storm hits. When you pay a trusted contractor to rehab your roof you are paying for piece of mind. Your job will get done correct the first time. 

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CHI Roofing & GAF Keep Your Home From Having a Rotten Roof

Buying a house comes with a long list of new things to worry about: Landscaping, Heating/cooling, Driveway, Insulation, honestly the list could go on forever. One thing that CHI wants you to strike from your list is your roof. In an ideal world, you wouldn't have to research online, ask your friends and family for a contractor you can trust with you home, but that isn't realistic. CHI Roofing are contractors you can TRUST will give you the best work possible. Our goal is to never have our customers call us unless they want to discuss new work or refer us to their friends. After our roofing work is done, you can relax, put your feet up and know your house will secure for the duration of your home. 

After you reach out to (531)-731-ROOF for your free, no obligation consultation, our experienced team will come to your location and give you an honest, no-nonsense quote on repairing your roof. We don't play bidding wars with our customers. We know the fair price for quality work and will deliver on our promise. 

Once you decide to go with CHI Roofing, you can have your choice of styles, materials, and manufacturers. The video below shows the process from taking out the old roof, assessing any internal or structural damage, relaying the internal pieces and laying down your preferred shingles. 

 

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Damaged Roofing Can Give Squirrels Access to Your Home

As the tree leaves turn from green to yellow and brown, we see more and more squirrels scurrying around the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. In an effort to stockpile supplies for winter, these cute but scrappy critters are on the hunt for nourishment. What any homeowner will tell you is while squirrels may be a nice signal of fall, squirrels making a nest in your attic is a royal pain. Squirrels are constantly chewing to maintain their sharp teeth, and if their home is under your roof they will find any number of things to chew on. The cute critters are very comfortable around people and have been scanning the neighborhoods, roof by roof, looking for a place to make their winter hiding. Don't let your house be their next hotel! 

 There are a number of ways critters like squirrels (and also birds) can get into your home:  

  • Gaps Between Gutters and Roofs

The Red Squirrel looking for gaps between your roof and gutter!

 

The edge of your roof where it connects to the gutter is a prime location for rain, leaves, and general outdoor substances to erode at your houses foundation. Even the smallest spaces between roof and gutter can be made big enough to give squirrels access to your attic. Frequent professional gutter cleanings paired with a trusted roofer like CHI can ensure your home doesn't become homes for uninvited wildlife. 

 

  • Holes in Roof Ventilation 

A Fox Squirrel scoping out your roof vents and chimney for a warm place to crash. 

 

Most likely there are necessary ventilation pieces on the top of your home. After time weather can erode these pieces and leave light for squirrels to slide into. Proper maintenance and frequent visual checks of your roof's ventilation can ensure you have an air-tight defense against cute critters like the fox squirrel. 

 

  • Uncapped chimneys

The Eastern Grey Squirrel cataloguing all the uncapped chimneys in your neighborhood. 

If there is any space between your brick chimney outlet and your roof, squirrels will find a way in. Wear and tear is sometimes hard to keep track of as getting the ladder out and climbing up to your roof can be a tiresome chore. It's however necessary to keep track of your chimney's status. 

 

Don't let your home house critters in the winter! They won't pay for the heating or construction bills after they leave! 

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Does Your Business Need A New Roof or Just Repair?

As a business owner, you want to cut costs whenever you can. The roof to your business can easily be overlooked amid the countless things you have to keep your business moving forward. Use this list to figure out if you need quick patchwork or a full re-roofing for your business's building. 

 

 The roof of your business is often the last thing on your mind. Every business owner has a long list of things they need to keep tabs on to maintain their business moving forward. Unfortunately, it usually takes a giant leak into the office before anyone takes a look at the structural integrity of your commercial roofing. Its the case with many businesses that you are inheriting someone else's work when it comes to the roof over your head. Follow these tips for seeing what kind of improvements your roof may need to avoid a costly emergency job: 

 Small Repairs:

You should be able to clearly see pieces of your roofing that may just need small repairs, not an entire replacement. If you see a small rip or tear, but the membrane is still completely intact and the insulation inside the building, you can easily apply a quick fix to extend the life of your roof without breaking the bank. A quick fix is preferred when compared to a complete overhaul of your roof. 

Coating:

While this won't fix any tears, this can reinforce your roof for another couple of years depending on the service. Coating can give you a prolonged roof life without spending weeks having a crew rehab the entire roof. 

Full Roof Re-Cover:

If your roof hasn't been previously re-covered and the membrane is not as intact as it should be, you could go for a second covering on your roof. It can give you another warranty extension and ensure you won't have any new leaks when a snowstorm hits. Also, construction won't be as invasive and disruptive to workflow in your company. 

 Complete Roof Replacement:

If a quarter of your total room is damaged, you'll need to invest in a complete roof replacement. In the long run you'll save on energy, repairs,a dn if you ever want to sell you've just raised the property value of your building. 

 

When you're ready to get the pros involved- call 513-713-ROOF  

 

 

 

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GAF Roofing Apps!

One of our favorite roofing suppliers is GAF out of New Jersey. They make shingles to last a lifetime They are at the cutting edge of the roofing industry and as such have a line of awesome apps for your iPhone! 

GAF Videos

GAF Videos is a collection of how-to videos found all over the web. There are tips and tricks and guides for correct installation of GAF products! Also available are testimonials from satisfied customers. 

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GAF Roofing Wizard 

A fun app that will help you decide the look of the new roof on your home! 

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Color Swatch Collection 

GAf Colors is an application that provides the user with an easy way to take a look at all of the shingle options in one place. 

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Virtual Home Remodeler

An app that allows you to apply different roofs designs to your home via picture on your iPhone! 

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C.H.I. Roofing is a proud certified contractor for GAF! Call 513-731-ROOF for a free estimate 

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GAF Shingles Get Put to the TEST

One of the reasons we work with the shingles made by GAF Roofing is they are the longest running producer of the highest quality shingles in the market. They test their products year after year to keep improving their already lifelong guarunteed shingles are always getting pushed to perfection.

 

GAF's Advanced Protection Shingle gives you the very best in weight and performance in the business. They performed over 185 tests in making their Advanced Protection Shingles and that leaves you with an asphalt shingle that is the top of its game in the following categories:

  • Fire Resistance
  • Toughness
  • Granule Adhesion
  • Wind Uplift Resistance
  • Flexibility

GAF is the first manufacturer to have all of it's shingles pass the industry's two toughest wind-resistance tests: ASTM D3161 (110 MPH) & ASTM D7158 (150 MPH)

Testing Pics from the GAF Website: 

 

Here's a cross-section view of GAF's Timberline Advanced Protection Shingle

If this is the kind of protection you want for your home call 513-731-ROOF for a free no-risk consultation! 

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Home or Business: C.H.I. Roofing Can Beautify It

If you need new roofing, siding, or windows for your home or business C.H.I. Roofing is the one-stop business to make your property look beautiful and new.

C.H.I. Roofing prides itself on picturesque work that will last a lifetime. When you have us handle the roof, siding, windows you can be assured the improvements will last for the lifetime of your building. We're available to give a new life to you property no matter what state your structure is currently in.   

 

 

From flat commercial roofs to shingles and all different kinds of siding, C.H.I. Roofing's collective decades of experience will be there to make sure you get the best for your home or business. Call 513-731-7663 for a free no-risk consultation! 

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How to Find A Chimney Leak

One of the true joys of the winter is getting to settle down in front of a fresh, roaring fire. If you are a home owner lucky enough to have a chimney and fireplace in your home. One of the toughest parts of a chimney is finding out where a leak is to cover it up! Here is what you should do to cover up a leak in your chimney!

 

Leaks around fireplace chimneys are common and can be hard to identify the source. Chimney roof leaks are usually caused by gaps or cracks between the metal flashing used to join the chimney to the roof and the chimney. 

First you need to inspect the flashing for gaps and cracks. 

Then you need to apply roof cement to the gaps or cracks. 

Finally, attach any loose flashing securely to the chimney with nails! 

If you're finding any issue that you don't feel like you can handle, call 513-731-ROOF

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How to Remove Snow & Ice From Your Roof

While the heat is still teasing the Cincinnati area, we all know that snow and ice is right around the corner. Snow and ice can take over your roof and it's important to keep tabs on how the accumulation of precipitation is sitting on your home. 

Dangling and jagged icicles aren't just a danger to people, they could also be a hazard to your home. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and stops melting snow from draining off the roof. What happens is the water will start to backup underneath the shingles and will eventually get into the interior of your home. 

To remove ice DIY, there are roof salt products that can help to thaw the ice. Avoid using salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow off the roof as they are super corrosive and can also damage grass and tress if they come in conatct. 

You can also setup your roof with gutter screens to keep debris, water, and ice from building up in your gutter. 

If you'd like to remove snow you can get a roof rake that you can use from the ground. 

If you feel like the snow and ice has gotten to much to handle on your roof or you're worried there may be damage, call 513-731-ROOF for a free no risk consultation! 

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Increasing the Curb Appeal All Over Cincinnati

C.H.I. Roofing has been a trusted home contractor for almost a decade in the Cincinnati area. We've done work to make homes and businesses look beautiful and stay that way. 

This home we did the pillar, roof, siding and windows! It looks incredible. This is in the Indian Hill neighborhood in the east side of Cincinnati.

This condo is in Water's Edge a far north suburban neighborhood near Mason! We did roofing for all of the condos and years later they still look sleek and full of life! 

This roof is in the Hyde Park bar Keystone Grill. It looks amazing and they have great food and brews inside!!

This incredible home is on Hopper Road in the Cold Stream area on the far east side of Cincinnati. It's tucked away from the road, but is quite a sight to see up close.

If you'd like your home or business to have these beautiful looks, don't hesitate to call 513-731-ROOF for a free no risk estimate! 

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Inspecting Your Roof After A Storm

The rainy season is upon us in the Cincinnati area, and as much as we'd love for everyone to have a perfect roof with no leaks or issues, we know from our day to day operations that's just not the case. Unless you've got your roof outfitted with care by the professionals at C.H.I. Roofing, there is a chance your roof won't be able to handle that next storm blowing through. 

 

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                                     After the sky stops looking like this, it's time to inspect your roof!
Checklist for Roof Inspection After A Storm
1) Check out the Attic!
Before you put on your rain boots and slog outside, head upstairs to your home's attic. One of the obvious indicators of damage from the storm will be puddles of water on the floor or slivers of sunlight peeking through your ceiling. If you find either of these, call 731-ROOF to get our staff on-site as soon as possible to discuss tackling this issue. Your home is an important family investment and you need piece of mind it will be secure. 
                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                    Even picturesque attics like this one can succumb to storm damage! 
2) Pull out the Ladder and Check the Roof!
After you've checked your internal features, take a few minutes to head outside and (safely) climb up to inspect your roof and gutters up close.  Any obvious damage should be visible with the naked eye after a storm.     
             
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                            If you can, try and pry your children off their video games for a moment to check out the roof! Double check their findings to be sure ;) 
Check the gutters for any standing water or piles of leaves. Unclog any issues if you're able to. Check for any places where the gutters and roof have separated, as that can quickly lead to a space for the elements and animals to find their way in. In general look at the rest of the roof for dislodged shingles, gaps, tears, or any other unsightly issues. 
3) Call 731-ROOF
C.H.I. wants to help keep your home secure from all that mother nature can throw at it. If you see any sign of damage we are here for you. 
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Just Because It's Not Leaking, Doesn't Mean Water Can't Damage Your Roof

As a business owner you can have a huge problem on your hands if the roof of your business is leaking into an area where your customers are. But what can you pay attention to before the  leaks start to happen? 

STANDING WATER PUDDLES!

Flat roofs like the one above are common for commercial buildings. These roofs however, aren't literally flat, they simply have a very slight pitch to them. Because of this they don't drain as easily and this can lead to standing water on your business's roof. When water stands for more than 48 hours you can find a lot of problems. For instance: erosion of roof membrane, premature roof system failure, damage to roof deck, vegetation or algae growth, & accumulating contaminants. 

The more the rain water stays on your business roof, the faster leaks will start to happen. The best way to combat this to begin with is to get your roof installed by a trusted contractor like C.H.I. Roofing. But if you have found this issue well after installation, C.H.I. Roofing can still help you with repairs if you need it! 

Call 513-731-ROOF for a free consultation!

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Planning Your Home's Remodel

If you're in the market to make your home look as good as it can, you want to make plans for the entire home. Just redoing your roof or siding or windows or back yard by itself can slowly over time become the only home improvement task you got around to. Plan for everything you'd like to do, make a rough budget and then start to make plans! Bundling tasks together like roof, windows and siding all with C.H.I. Roofing. 

Big Picture

So what is the plan? It helps to have an idea of the scope of everything you'd like to do. Then you can figure out how much money you are budgeting to do these things with. Will paying more for your roofing cut into your budget for landscaping? What are the MUST DO elements of your home remodel? Take in all the pieces and put a plan down on paper. 

Landscaping

Landscaping does a lot of great work to frame your home in a good light. Good or bad landscaping will skew your home whatever way it looks. Great landscaping will make a decent home look way better and no matter how great your home looks, if it's surrounded by tall grass and weeds and untouched trees, it will look like its worth much less than it actually is. 

 

                                                      Rough Yard

                                                         Great Yard

Siding

The next biggest piece to your home is its outside covering-the siding takes up the bulk of your home's look and it's always important to address. If there's dirt or a few cracks, those are usually easy to clean up or fix quickly on your own. If there are bigger changes that need to be done, call 513-731-ROOF for a free consultation for how much the project could cost!

Windows

Windows give not only a place to see the outside world, but for the outside world to see what you'd like to see inside your home. Shutters, new frames, and clean glass all give off a beautiful look when installed professionally and up kept. C.H.I. Roofing uses American Window & Glass and installs them to ensure they last as long as can be. 

Roof

The roof of your home should be smooth, clean, and a beautiful accessory to the rest of your home. If you don't look at your home and think "that roof is perfect" then C.H.I. Roofing can help! We use GAF shingles and can get any number of their roofings series in many colors and styles. We can help turn your home from "meh" to "magnificent" in a matter of 

Let CHI Roofing take care of all your home improvement needs! 

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Proud Past Project: Another Roof on Brownsboro Pl, Cincinnati

This is one of many homes on Brownsboro Place in the east side of Cincinnati. Even years after it's been kept up incredibly well and looks incredible. 

These GAF Shingles are designed to last for the lifetime of your home. C.H.I. Roofing took great care with the installation and it shows! 

 

Get a roof your neighbors will be jealous of! 

When you're ready to get a new gorgeous home roof, siding , or windows call 513-731-ROOF

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Proud Past Projects: Home on Brownsboro Pl, Cincinnati

One of the many beautiful homes we roofed on Brownsboro Place in a neighborhood on the east side of Cincinnati. 

 

There is a row of homes in this east side neighborhood that were almost all roofed by C.H.I. Roofing. You can see the care and attention to detail even years after we've finished the work 

This home picked the perfect shade of GAF shingles to match the siding in their home. 

The curb appeal of these homes improved immensely once we roofed these homes. 

 

If you're ready to install a new roof in your home, call 513-731-ROOF for a free estimate and consultation! 

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Proud Past Projects: Home on Hopper Road, Cincinnati

We've worked on some beautiful homes in our history and this home on Hopper Road in east Cincinnati is one of the most exceptional. The beautiful landscaping and home design are paired perfectly with our expert installed roofing. Check below for photos! 

 

Nestled off the Ohio River, this gorgeous estate home is even more amazing in person than any photos could demonstrate. Without an expertly installed roof from C.H.I. Roofing this home wouldn't look nearly as good as it does. 

 

The dark grayish-blue hue the shingles have pair amazingly with the light cream stone in the home. The effect of a castle grounds makes this home pop on sight. GAF shingles are built to last for the lifetime of this home. 

 

 

The intricate chimneys and window pieces on the roof were no issue for our expert contractors. They were able to swiftly and expertly install the GAF roofing to the exact specifications to keep it looking stellar year round. The owner's of this home can rest easily knowing their investment is securely roofed and weathered. 

 

 

If you're ready for a roof fit for a king, call C.H.I. Roofing at 513-731-ROOF for a FREE no risk estimate. 

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