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About Gethin

Chess Roofing & Siding was started by David Chess in 1974. David and Sharon Chess are the business owners and live in the community of Ferndale. Chess is exceptional in residential roofing and siding experience and expertise. Keeping up on new and innovative products to offer for all types of jobs small and large. Gethin loves to help with the tough choice of color and design options that are available to enhance the appearance and curb appeal of your home. The company is active in the Ferndale and South Lyon Communities and help to support or sponsor many community events and programs. Gethin Jones, son of Sharon Chess, is business partner of Chess Roofing and Siding. He brings 20 years of experience with expertise in business management and sales. The crews with Chess have been with the company for many years. They are trust worthy and exceptionally thorough when working with our homeowners. Our crews are what make us the Company to depend on to get the best workmanship possible while working on your home.

Social Media and Review sites

Social media is certainly the trend to keep your name out front and on top of the contracting business or any business for that matter. It’s wonderful to see Likes and comments regarding the company and the work we do. … Continue reading

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How Does Homeowner’s Insurance Work?

I wish I could tell you specific details, but I can’t. Our experience, particularly this year with a July hail storm has been spuratic.  In most cases an adjuster comes out to assess the damage, sometimes meeting the contractor on … Continue reading

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What Are Cedar Shakes

In Michigan the majority of the homes built in the 1900’s had wooden cedar shingles.  The roofs were constructed of repurposed barnwood or planking of abstract sizes and large spaces between the boards.  The shake shingles are about 5″ to … Continue reading

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Can Siding Be Done In The Winter?

The short answer is sometimes. Most siding is made of vinyl.  In extreme temperatures a possibility of cracking when cutting and nailing may occur. Siding is best done when temperatures are above 32 degrees. If the materials are stored in … Continue reading

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Can A Roof Be Installed In The Winter?

The short answer is yes. However, weather factors must be considered when roofing in the winter. Strong winds Temperature; we generally do not work in weather below 20 degree’s unless sunny, with no wind.  This may mean a shorter work … Continue reading

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How to find a contractor you can trust?

The best way to find a great contractor is to ask a friend, co-worker or family member.  Having someone you know recommend a contractor is usually a safe way to go, especially if the person referring the contractor was extremely … Continue reading

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What to Consider When Siding

There are so many products to use for siding your home.  When making your decision think about your surrounding environment. You should use at least a mid-grade vinyl if you are not looking to upgrade.  If you use a lower … Continue reading

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How to Question Your Contractor

When a contractor or salesperson comes to do an estimate there are a few key things to make sure he has included.  Some companies offer a great deal to get you to call and then add cost onto the back … Continue reading

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What Not to Use When Breaking Up an Ice Dam on Your Roof

Often we are called in the dead of winter to remedy a leaking roof.  The customer will say he did everything to remove the ice dam and just couldn’t brake it up.  Homeowner’s often use drastic measures to remove ice … Continue reading

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Is the Frankenstorm ‘Sandy’ Doing Damage to Your Roof or Siding?

The winds are blowing steady and strong in the Metro Detroit area and may cause damage to your roof and siding. Look up when leaving your home to see if shingles are lifted or missing tabs.  They may be on … Continue reading

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