AFFORDABLE ROOFING & CHIMNEY OPTIONS

Thank you for considering ARCO Remodeling for your roofing & chimney needs. We have been providing our services in the Cincinnati & Dayton, Ohio areas since 1999. We believe that your home remodeling projects should reflect your lifestyle & personal desire but all within your budget, needs, and specifications. ARCO Remodeling has the ability, professionalism, and experienced construction crews to handle any of your roofing or chimney projects.

About

A.R.C.O. – AFFORDABLE ROOFING & CHIMNEY OPTIONS

ARCO Remodeling has been serving the greater Cincinnati & Dayton, Ohio area since 1999. We take pride in being an honest, straight forward, veteran owned family business looking for steady work at a fair price. We are members of the Cincinnati BBB, Angieslist, Home Advisor, Chimney Safety Institute of America, HAAG Roofing Inspectors, National Chimney Sweep Guild, Tamko Pro Certified Installer, & the Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor Program. We have specialized our company to focus strictly on the exterior of homes even though we are also experienced framers, finish carpenters, window & door installers. Our all around experience makes us an asset to any home owner and we look forward to earning your business now and in the future.

We are strategically located between Cincinnati & Dayton in Monroe, Ohio extremely close to Highway 75 located just off Route 63. Our offices are open from 9-6 Monday through Friday.

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Advertised Specials

$75 Level 1 Inspection

Normally $125, our Level 1 safety inspection of the firebox, lintel, damper, smoke chamber, crown, cap, chase, and counter flashings includes a written report and photos. If you have not had a Level 2 inspection within the last 3 years then I recommend it instead.




$145 Level 2 Inspection

Normally $175, our Level 2 safety inspection includes a video scan of the flue tiles as well as inspecting the firebox, lintel, damper, smoke chamber, crown, cap, chase, and counter flashings with a written report and photos.




$145 Level 1 Chimney Sweep

Normally $175, includes a chimney sweep cleaning and a Level 1 inspection of a wood burning fireplace and chimney unit with a written report and picture review.





$250 - Level 2 Chimney Sweep

Normally $350, includes a chimney sweep cleaning and a Level 2 video inspection of a wood burning fireplace and chimney unit with a written report and picture review.





$175 Chimney Cap

Installation and materials provided when installing this black chimney cap up to 13x13 in size. Exterior inspection of the crown, top flue tile, chase, and counter flashings is included with this purchase.





$199 Roofing Tune-Up

Normally $325, this roofing tune up promotion is good for roof pitches up to 8/12 and up to 35 square total. It includes application of new, 50 year, sealant around penetration flashings, corners, exposed nail heads, mounted antennas, and up to 12’ of counter flashing. Also included is hammering down all nail pops & loose ridge venting. Roofing nails is the only materials included in this special.




$250 Roof Inspection

Normally $375, we are told from our realtor customers that this is a great deal for the new home buyer where the home inspector recommends a professional roof inspection. Also, if you recently had another roofing company install your roof and you are just not comfortable with the experience, this inspection can give you peace of mind. Our inspections include a written report with a photo review of any code violations or installation quality issues we discover.





Roofing

ROOFING REPLACEMENT AND REPAIR PROFESSIONALS

Making sure your roof is sound and secure is incredibly important, yet many homeowners neglect their roofs. Like everything in your home, it requires some repair maintenance about every 7 to10 years. Most roof leaks simply require a new rubber pipe flashing seal installed. A much less expensive fix that homeowners actually appreciate, especially after being told they need a new roof by other companies.

If you haven't had your roof inspected recently, we're here to help. Maintaining your roof is a low-cost way of ensuring that it continues to perform as designed.

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  • Our roofing earns the highest ratings
  • Exceeding industry standards in installations
  • Full guarantee from start to finish
  • Lifetime Workmanship Warranty
  • Gorgeous architectural options available
  • Bank financing provided on request
  • 12 Months Same as Cash Option.
  • Commercial & residential professionals

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
  • Replacement or Repair
    • Asphalt Shingled Roofing
    • Pitched / Flat Roofing
    • Rubber / TPO / ISO BoardModified Bitumen Roofing
    • Asphalt Shingled Roofing​
    • Metal Roofing
    • Skylight / Solar Tubes
    • Aluminum Coatings
    • HAAG Certified Roof Inspectors
    • Insurance Work​
    • Roof Tune-Ups & Regular Maintenance​
    • Attic Venting

Chimneys

Are you experiencing an issue with your chimney?

Possible Fireplace/Chimney Problems Include:

Creosote Build Up
Glazed Creosote​e
Obstructions
Chimney Odors
Deterioration
​No Chimney Cap
Creosote Build Up

Smoke goes up your chimney and creosote clings to the walls. It is flammable and can cause chimney fires or a blockage forcing smoke into your home.

Glazed Creosote​e

Burning wet wood is the main cause of this buildup. Highly flammable & should be cleaned immediately.

Obstructions

Animal nesting, debris, leaves, and excessive creosote will create a blockage causing your chimney to backdraft smoke and smell.

Chimney Odors

A dirty chimney combined with cold, rain, or humidity can leave an undesirable odor to backdraft into home.

Deterioration

Loose bricks, missing mortar, or cracked crown can lead to major problems with the integrity of the fireplace.

​No Chimney Cap

Without protection, it is an invitation for birds & other critters to nest. Also the rain can rust out your damper.

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OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Sweeping
  • Repairs
  • Rebuilds​
  • Re-Lines
  • Caps
  • Crowns
  • ​Flashings
How often should I have my chimney cleaned?

This a tougher question than it sounds. The quick, simple answer is: The National Fire Protection Association standard 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary." This is the national safety standard and is the correct way to approach the problem. It takes into account the fact that even if you don't use your chimney often, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces should be cleaned at 1/8" of soot buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. Factory-built fireplaces should be cleaned when any appreciable buildup occurs. 1/8" is considered to be enough fuel buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney & spreading to the home.

I heat with gas. Should this chimney be checked too?

Without a doubt! Although gas is generally a clean burning fuel, the chimney can become non-functional from bird nests or other debris blocking the flue. Modern furnaces can also cause many problems with the average flues which were intended to vent the older generation of furnaces.

My fireplace stinks, especially in the summer. What can I do?

The smell is due to creosote deposits in the chimney masonry materials, a natural byproduct of burning wood. A good cleaning will help but usually won't solve the problem completely. The real problem is the air being drawn down the chimney, a symptom of overall pressure issues in the house. Some make-up air should be introduced somewhere else in the home. A tight sealing, or lock top mounted damper will also reduce this air flow coming down the chimney but backdrafting in the water heater exhaust could then occur bring carbon dioxide into the home if excess air pressure problems due exist. The best thing you can do is to higher a certified chimney professional to diagnose the complete problem and come up with a reasonable solution.

When I build a fire in my upstairs fireplace, I get smoke from the basement fireplace.

​This has become quite a common problem in modern air tight houses where weather proofing has sealed up the usual air infiltration routes. The fireplace in use exhausts household air until a negative pressure situation exists. If the house is fairly tight, the simplest route for make-up air to enter the structure is often the unused fireplace chimney. As air is drawn down this unused flue, it picks up smoke that is exiting nearby from the fireplace in use and delivers the smoke to the living area. The best solution is to provide make-up air to the house so the negative pressure problem no longer exists, thus eliminating not only the smoke problem, but also the potential for carbon monoxide to be drawn back down the furnace chimney. A secondary solution is to install a lock top mounted damper on the fireplace that is used the least.

What should I know about Creosote?​

A dirty chimney with only an eight inch of soot contains the flammable substance called creosote. A hot fire around 1000 degrees F. could easily ignite this substance into a roaring chimney fire. At the height of a chimney fire, the creosote can burn at temperatures exceeding 2000 degrees F. Flames and flying embers can easily land on the roof and ignite the wood framing of your home. The intense heat can cause the flue to crack or collapse thus causing the interior walls of your house to burst into flames. Creosote in chimneys comes in several stages. In its flaky, soot form, it is easily brushed away leaving safe and clean flue walls. When it appears as hard, brittle deposits, the chimney sweep's extra efforts in brushing will remove most of the build-up. But the nasty glazed variety is truly the most dangerous form, and the most difficult to remove in many instances. Glazed Creosote in your chimney is recognizable by its dense, shiny tar-like appearance. This unpleasant substance is basically wood tar which has become baked onto the walls of the chimney or flue lining. Once it gets burning in your chimney, it is extremely difficult to extinguish.

What causes glazed creosote to accumulate?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as creosote-free wood burning. Creosote accumulation will occur no matter what kind of wood is burned and no matter what kind of wood burning system is used. What determines the type of creosote and its severity is how the fuel is burned. Solid fuel authorities agree that the amount of smoke, the temperature of the fire and the regulation of air (turbulence) are the major variables which determine the amount of build-up. A low burning fire, for example, with wet wood, will result in incomplete combustion; the number one cause of glazed creosote accumulation. An improperly installed fireplace insert, one that allows the smoke to cool too quickly in the firebox, is another situation which causes severe glazing. To combat this problem and reduce the accumulation of creosote build-up, flue gases should be kept between 250 degrees and 500 degrees F (be sure to ask your chimney sweep professional about proven methods to assure correct burning.). If your chimney sweep technician has already diagnosed glazed creosote as a problem in your chimney, take his or her advice seriously. DO NOT continue to use your affected fireplace or wood stove. The simple fact is that a hot fire could easily ignite the glazed creosote and result in a dangerous chimney fire. A low burning fire under such hazardous conditions will only worsen the glazed creosote problem.

Why does my chimney need a cap?

A chimney cap keeps out the rain. If this was the only reason for installing a cap it would be enough but its not. I have seldom seen an uncapped chimney over five years old that was not suffering from some kind of water damage. Go over to your fireplace right now and look at the back fire wall near the base. Take a screwdriver or coin and run it across the mortar between the bricks. Seem a little crumbly? Or, maybe it's obvious just looking at it. Rain puddles up on the smoke shelf, mixes with creosote in the chimney and turns into a highly corrosive acid which seeps down and attacks the mortar joints on the back wall of the fireplace. The mortar becomes weak and presto, the bricks on the wall become loose. Besides that: Rain can set off a bad smell in the chimney. This will even happen in warm weather, especially if the chimney is dirty or has animal droppings on the smoke shelf. Rain speeds the rusting of metal parts of your fireplace. Damper hard to move or frozen? A cap keeps out birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other "unwanted guests." Birds are fun to look at but they do have a few bad qualities when perched on your chimney. Their droppings accumulate in a huge vulgar mass on the smoke shelf inside the chimney causing a bad smell, which becomes a breeding ground for mites and bacteria. A squirrel can wreck a house faster than a dozen two-year-olds. Once they get inside the chimney the only way out for them is through the damper. Raccoons love to raise their young in the nice dark and warm smoke shelf, just a couple of feet from your living room.

Does my fireplace need a heat shield?

The two main reasons for the breakdown of fireplaces and chimneys are heat and water. A chimney cap takes care of the water damage, the "heat reflector/heat shield" takes care of the heat! In an unprotected fireplace, heat is absorbed into the back wall of the fireplace which causes the bricks to crack and the mortar that holds the chimney together to break down, leading to expensive repairs. A fireplace with a "HEAT REFLECTOR/SHIELD" protecting it has a back wall that is now exposed to 1/3 less heat. The heat is also now radiated into the room where it should be and damage to the fireplace is significantly reduced or stopped! How much additional heat? 30% to 40% increase depending on the fireplace. Whatever the increase, it's always noticeable. You'll feel the difference.

What should I do in order to safely enjoy having a fire in the fireplace?

Easy tips for starting your fire:
Open the Damper (This is forgotten more often than most people care to admit.)
Gather Ingredients: (You will need three things to start a fire.) Tinder: Crumpled up newspaper makes the best tinder. You can also use small twigs, pine needles, or pine cones. Kindling: Large twigs, small branches, and small splits of wood anywhere from 1/4" to 1" in thickness will do. Fuel is the most important ingredient for building a good safe fire and usually the most over looked and I'm not talking about lighter fluid. Fuel: Use only well-seasoned hardwood. If you have to burn softwoods, be certain they are well seasoned. Look for split, dry wood that has been stacked for up to a year. Loose bark and cracks in the ends are signs of seasoned wood.

Staging the Fire: Arrange two small to medium sized pieces of firewood on the grate, and place some crumpled up newspaper for tinder between logs. Now cover the tinder with several pieces of kindling. Be generous with the kindling - it's the most important element in starting your fire. Now, place two more pieces of firewood on top of the kindling and two more at right angles to these two. Leave some space between the logs for air circulation.

Warm up the Flue: For fireplaces, warm up the flue by holding a piece of burning rolled-up newspaper in the (opened) damper region for 10-15 seconds. This helps the flue establish a good draft. Immediately proceed to the next step before the flue cools.

Starting the Fire: Light the tinder. Within a few minutes, you should have a nice, hot roaring fire! Important do's and don'ts. DO check the manufacturer's guidelines for your wood stove or insert. DO use seasoned hardwood. DO use commercial fire starters if you like. They eliminate the need for tinder and reduce the amount of kindling required. DON'T use charcoal lighter fluid or other flammable liquids. These are extremely dangerous. (Gel fire starters are okay.) DON'T use coal in a wood stove or fireplace unless there are specific written instructions - it will burn, but not safely. DON'T burn artificial logs in a wood stove, unless they are specifically designed for wood stove use. Artificial logs can dirty the chimney much faster than regular wood, and can be hazardous in certain situations. DON'T burn treated lumber, trash, or anything other than wood in your fireplace or wood stove.

Valuable troubleshooting hints​:

Smoke problems: Is your damper open? If it is and the smoke continues, open a nearby window a crack for a minute or two until the fire is going well - then you can close it again. If it just smokes when you light the fire, it may be because the flue is cold. Did you warm the flue with a burning rolled-up newspaper held in the damper region or a hair dryer? If not, that usually works. If the chimney continues to smoke, call a chimney professional. Your chimney may be clogged by animal nests or an accumulation of soot and creosote, or it may have additional problems.

Chimney odors: a sour, sickly odor is the smell of creosote. Crack a basement window to help with the chimney draft. The solution is to call a chimney professional to inspect & clean your chimney. Installing a chimney cap to prevent water from entering and reacting with the creosote helps prevent this issue. Your chimney professional can recommend a good solution to your individual particular problem. Chemical cleaning may be required.

​Creosote build-up: Slow smoldering fires and/or the use of unseasoned wood or wet wood can create "cool" smoke and weak draft. Under these conditions the smoke condenses and sticks to the chimney's interior, forming highly flammable glazed creosote.

When you're ready to put out a fire: separate the logs by moving them to the side of the fireplace or stand them on end in the back of the fireplace. Close the screen or glass doors tightly, but don't close the damper until you're sure the fire and coals are completely out.
How to avoid chimney fires: Creosote is the main cause of chimney fires. A build-up of creosote is highly combustible and can result in a chimney fire. To minimize creosote burn only seasoned wood. Do not burn trash in a fireplace or wood stove. Don't allow the fires to smolder. Contact your chimney professional to clean & sweep your chimney regularly.

Skylights

SKYLIGHT REPLACEMENT & LEAK REPAIR SERVICES AVAILABLE

Let the light into your home or business with the help of Skylights and our outstanding products and service. Our skilled staff has been working with homeowners and businesses for over 15 years to install high-quality and great looking skylights. Blinds and solar powered units are also available. We are proud to serve customers throughout Greater Cincinnati & Dayton, Ohio. Professionally installed skylights improve interior beauty & allow refreshing sunlight into your rooms, while also saving you money on electricity costs. ARCO Remodeling offers all types and sizes of great skylights so you can feel confident that we can install the products you want for your unique space. We like to use Velux brand but can also install any manufacture you deem necessary. We look forward to earning your business now & in the future.

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Testimonials

STANDING OUT AMONG OUR COMPETITION

Arco Remodeling  got the job done right, on time and on budget. I’ll definitely be calling this team again!

Carl D.

Had a wonderful experience with ARCO.  Patrick is not your typical contractor and I mean that as a huge compliment.  He explained everything with the use of photos he took of our fireplace and he did not pressure a sale.  He insisted we get other estimates and opinions so we felt comfortable with what needed to happen.  We ended up hiring them to completely rebuilding our chimney starting at the concrete foundation.  Very nice, intelligent, and honest.  Chimney looks great and I would recommend them to everyone.

Lucas F.

Arco remodeling cleaned our chimney last year and did an excellent job. They contained the mess, so there was no clean-up afterwards.

Also, I just had the firebox on the chimney tuck pointed last week. Their prices are very reasonable and their technicians are friendly and professional. I’m proud to be a repeat customer.

Bradley T.

Arco Remodeling was a fantastic Company to work with. Office staff was very courteous, the technicians who came to my home were very knowledgeable & respectful.

I would definitely recommend them to anyone & work with them again in the future!

Stephanie H.

Contact

LOCATION

Address:
876 Lebanon Str. Suite B,
Monroe, OH 45050

Telephone:
(513) 360-0778 | (937) 848-0480

Fax:
(513) 360-0442