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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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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Climate Change and Roofing

With 60 degree days in December, Ohioans can be wondering how climate change can effect their environment. For us, it makes us think about how it will effect the roofing industry. The roof construction industry is just now figuring out how the changing planet temperatures will effect what we do. The issues fall into two different categories: Environmental Impact Risk Prevention.

Environmental Impact

According to the National Roofing Contractor's Association residential and commercial buildings account for 30-40 percent of the US carbon emissions. This has created more demand for green roofs and materials with next generation insulation systems. It's also increased the demand for roofing systems that qualify for environmentally friendly tax credits! At C.H.I. we can help our customers get an ecologically advanced roof system if that is what they need. Call 513-731-ROOF if you'd like to learn more about how we can be good to the environment and to your building!  

Risk Prevention

By nature, roofs are meant to handle the great outdoors. The roofing industry is evolving to handle the more extreme weather patterns that have been hitting North America in the last few years. If the precipitation increases in your area, your roof can feel it. You'll want to spend mor time paying attention to your roof, your attic, and the interior of your home. If you see any leaks or precipitation inside your roofing system, its time to call 513-731-ROOF for a free consultation! 

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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 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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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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