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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Assessing the Roof of a New Home to Buy

One of the more common issues with home roofs we see is new home owners having issues with their roof, but having no idea who installed it and what the history of the roof is can leave you scrambling to figure out what kind of options you have with your new home's roof. Here are some of the things you should make sure to check out before you buy a new home, in regards to the roof! 

Try to Asses Age of Roof

If you can, ask the current homeowners or real estate agent if they know when the roof was installed. If you see any kind of bulges or curly edges, missing shingles or worn out spots. If you see any of these things that probably means the roof is quiet old. If the roof is in anyway damaged, I would use this as a bargaining chip to lower the price for the home! Also if you can find out who originally installed the roof, you can independently reach out and (hopefully the company is still in business) see when they record having installed the roof and if any of the warranties are still in play or would apply to you as a new home owner.

Check Out Ventilation

 Make sure your new home has some sort of ventilation system that can let sunshine and air come in easily. 

Drainage!

Make sure the downspouts, gutters and drainage pipes that lead to the ground drain into storm water wells. You'll also want to check for any obvious signs of past flooding or excessive water flowing around areas where the water drains. 

Mold on Roof

Mold is a fungus that can come in many shades-all are bad! Mold can form under roofs when liquid gets trapped. It's important that if you see any mold you get it addressed inside and out before you buy the home! 

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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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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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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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Increasing the Value of Your Home

The curb appeal of your home is greatly increased with a new roof. Cincinnati area numbers show a new roof can increase the value of your home on average by $14,000. 

According to this study from Remodeling Magazine installing a brand new roof can increase the value of your home by $14,214. Depending on the price of your roofing job, you can recoup the costs of your roof by up to 70%! By investing into a new roof you can ensure at the very least your resale value will go up on your home. 

Utility Costs

Then there is also the money you will save on heating and cooling. Installing a new roof will keep the heat inside when its cold outside and keep the cool inside when it's hot outside. The money you'll save on your utilities will be more than worth the amount of money you paid up front for your new roof. 

 

Lifetime Warranty

Many roofs installed over the last 30 years only came with a 5-15 year warranty. Current roofing materials espescially the ones that C.H.I Roofing uses come with lifetime warranties that will last the lifetime of your house. 

Beautify

A new shade of roofing and shingles can greatly improve the color palette and look of your home. Make the view from the street POP when you have that brand new roofing. 

 

When you're ready to improve the value of your home call 513-731-ROOF to get in touch with C.H.I. Roofing. 

 

 

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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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Moldy Roof: What to Do

Roofs can get moldy. What starts as a nice green sign of age can quickly ruin your roofing. Here's what to do to keep your roof healthy!

When it comes to your roof, mold is no joke. What starts as a small issue can grow (literally & metaphorically!) over time to become a big issues with the structural integrity of your home's roof. Thankfully if you catch it early enough, moldy shingles may not need to be thrown out and replaced, just properly cleaned and tended to. 

                                                                                                                           

Don't let the roof of your home turn into a garden unless you want it to!!

Mold & Algae

Some of the green mossy looking stuff on your roof could be mold and some of it algae, depending on moisture rates. Either way they both need to get off of your shingles and let your roof live in peace! Doesn't matter what the exact classification of the green gunk on your roof is, they all can get handled in the same way. 

Old Method

For many years it was thought the best way to get rid of mold algae and other plant life in unwanted places was to mix chlorine bleach and water and spray down the areas covered in the greenery. The roofing industry has realized that this may not be the best method for long lasting roofing. While it for sure gets rid of the mold and algae, the bleaching can stick around and damage your shingles long term if not COMPLETELY removed from every crevice of each shingle. Take it from us, there are many many tiny places bleach could slip into and remain, eating away at your roof for years to come. 

New Method

 There are now many cleaners on the market specifically designed to not have to be rinsed off after application. Spray & Forget is a great way to rid your roof of mold, algae and the hours that can accompany them. As the name clearly states, you can spray this onto your roof and let time and the product do its job. Unlike the bleach and water method, it may take a little while for the product to work its magic, but you save the time in not having to meticulously spray down your roof after application. 

 

Also, the more you keep your gutters and roof clear of tree debris like leaves, sticks, and mud, the easier your roof will stay mold and algae free. If you think there's deeper issue at work than what a simple cleaner can help solve, don't hesitate to call 513-731-ROOF to get one of our roofing experts on site to assess the damage!  

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Proud Past Projects: Home on Miami Avenue, Cincinnati

This home is a beautiful structure and they trusted C.H.I. Roofing with the roofing and windows! We are very proud with how great this work looks even years after it was finished. 

 

 

We were even able to install these pillars for the homeowner. 

 

The valleys and shingles on this roof are still holding up impeccibly to the weather of southern Ohio.  

 

 

If you want your home to look just as good as this one does, call 513-731-ROOF for a FREE no-risk estimate. 

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Quality Material Means Quality Work

The materials your contractors use matter. No matter how skilled a roofer is, if they don't have the best quality materials the work will still be less than desirable. That is why CHI Roofing only uses the leaders in the industry when it comes to roofing, windows and siding. We deal directly with these manufacturers and can guarantee a lower price than you'll find anywhere else. Our company maintains the certifications of our suppliers to ensure your job is done to the exact letter of the manufacturers suggestions. Let's take a look at who we source from and why: 

                                                                                              

GAF Roofing Shingles & Materials is North America's largest and most respected manufacturer of all the elements we use to repair a roof. Whatever color, style, and protection you are looking for GAF makes it at the highest industry standard. CHI Roofing is proud to be a certified GAF Master Elite Contractor. 

 

North America's leader in producing roofing and siding for sustainable habitats, CertainTeed pairs high quality products with a business plan focused on the environment and philanthropy. CHI Roofing is proudly certified as a CertainTeed SELECT Shingle Master Contractor. 

  

Pella Windows are an industry leader in innovation, sustainability, and energy efficiency. With almost 100 years in the business of manufacturing windows, they continue to innovate and expand their wide line of sizes and styles. Any purpose or design you can think of, Pella has it and CHI will install it exactly how it should be done. 

 

Certified with the coveted Good Housekeeping Certification, James Hardie is America's number 1 brand of siding. Their wood and vinyl siding are Engineered for Climate® so whatever our environment puts your building through, James Hardie siding will be able to withstand it. 

 

We wouldn't work with our suppliers if they didn't put as much craft and integrity into their products as we put into building with them. They stand by their products and we stand by our expertise in finishing the job right, the first time. We would love to speak with you about how CHI Roofing and our partners can make your property shine in ways you've never seen it before. Call (531)-731-ROOF for your free, no obligation consultation. 

 

 

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The Pros of Leaving Your Roofing to the Pros

While you can try and DIY your roof's repairs with a little gumption and some youtube DIY videos, there's more than a few reasons to leave your roof in the hands of experts like C.H.I. Roofing. 

 

We all have those home repair tasks we're pretty sure we can handle ourselves. We've seen enough HGTV to know sort of what we are supposed to be doing when it comes to installing a new fixture or cosmetic piece in any of our home's rooms. When it comes to your roof, however, there's many reasons to cut to the chase and call a proffesional like C. H.I.

Safety

 

Falling from a roof is no joke. If you're at all hesitant to pull out your ladder and climb up however many stories your home is, we understand. Its very dangerous! That's why hiring someone like C.H.I to take care of your roof will elevate any concerns for your own personal safety. It's all fun and games till someone slips on a shingle! Leave it to the pros. 

Expertise

C.H.I. Roofing is certified by their manufacturers to ensure the best possible application of your shingles, siding, ventilation, and windows are installed to last a lifetime. Don't make the mistake of doing it yourself, only to have to do it 2 or 3 more times!

Convenient

Instead of taking the time to have to learn the proper and best way to fix your roof, wouldn't you rather pay an expert to handle it in the right timeframe? C.H.I. Roofing will handle the job so you can handle the rest of your household!. 

 

If you're ready to let the pros take over, call 513-731-ROOF

 

 

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