For Melvin “Chief” Barnes, roofing has been a part of his family’s blood and sweat for generations. This time-honored family tradition has been passed alongside the mantra “treat it as if it were your own.” When Chief Roofing is on the job, you can trust that the work will be done right the first time. Quality, honesty, and integrity go hand-in-hand with the vast experience at Chief Roofing.
The Barnes family is full-blooded Lumbee Indian, a coastal North Carolinian tribe, which proudly gained Melvin the nickname “Chief.” Melvin began this labor of love following his dad’s heels at only 5 years old. He would help pick up shingles, assisting his dad with small details around the worksite, learning early lessons of a job well done. Melvin formally entered the roofing trade at 19, working with his uncles Neil and Harry, in their company. This provided Melvin with the necessary time and experience to establish his own business, introducing Chief Roofing in 1986.
To this day, Melvin is working hard with hammer in hand. Chief Roofing employs a total of 30 people, running 3 well-oiled crews to maintain the family legacy. His lead man, Elio Anguiano, has been with Chief Roofing for 24 years. They take pride in their efficiency, each member of the crew executing their craft on the job with assurance.
One’s roof, the “umbrella of a house,” is an integral component in homeownership. A leak caught early on can save one costly drywall repair. Chief Roofing delivers quality, in all regards. There will be no abandoned ladders, leaving your home looking like a worksite for days on end. A moderately sized roof will be completed in 2-3 days. Historic and large homes average 5. As a family business, Chief Roofing also knows to respect needs on an individual basis. This is where their exemplary communication, knowledge, and customer service set the bar.
“No one is contacting us happy. You’re not buying a bouquet of flowers, or beers with your buddies. This is an investment.”
When calling Chief Roofing, Makenzie Barnes and Katherine Torres are there to ensure your positive experience. They go above-and-beyond in answering any questions you may have, provide assistance where necessary, and help coordinate the best times for you to meet with the crew. These men are professionals; they aren’t coming to your home just to slap some shingles on. A red flag in hiring a roofing contractor is one who gives you a bottom-line price, without considering you as an individual case. Chief Roofing makes it a point to understand what your long-term goals are. How long will you be living in this home? What grades of materials are you looking for, and what do those grades of materials even mean?
Melvin has had the honor to reroof the homes he completed alongside his dad 30 years ago. He was roofing the Governor’s Club before it was the Governor’s Club. He is able to revisit and critique work accomplished decades ago, and still see a job well done! Roofing is a meticulous craft, one that can be done incorrectly in more ways than one. It is laborious, hot, dangerous, and a demanding profession. Roofing a house isn’t an easy task on the bodies of these men, nor is it a fun reality for the homeowner. This is why getting the job done correctly, efficiently, and with proper communication the first time is imperative to Chief Roofing. The approximate life of a roof lasts 20 years. Signs of age include streaking, thinness, fibers showing, and cracking shingles. A great way to check your roof’s health is through drainage. If you are seeing a lot of granular material loss, especially building up in the bottom of your gutters, this is a sure sign to start considering a few next steps.
Heavy rain is the foe of a roof. Makenzie recommends giving the office a call before August and September – the months of persistent rain that can be followed by hurricanes here in North Carolina. Recognizing these signs of age, or maintaining a yearly roof inspection, can help avoid the last-minute panic. Chief Roofing provides your quote free of charge and is given to you in one business day. Being proactive before the rainy season allows you to mitigate issues on your own time and keeps a better budget. Be wary of any roofer who is not local and comes knocking on your door during these months. These men are storm chasers, taking advantage of homeowners under stress.
Chief Roofing treats your home as if it were their own, a marker of an exceptional family business. Their tradition has been passed down for three generations, paving the way for Melvin’s children to keep the familial torch lit. Destin is completing his business degree this year and will be working alongside his dad much more over the summer. Makenzie has been busy building chiefroofinginc.com, creating easier customer access and information. The legacy of Chief Roofing continues to grow in this modern day. The incredible history and work ethic of Melvin has made Chief Roofing what it is today: your trusted roofing contractor, ready to exceed your expectations.
– Faustine Cavanaugh