Piper Chilson

What is your position within your company?
I am president and chief executive officer of Pearland, Texas-based Magnum Roofing.

What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
My company performed an asbestos shingle tear-off on the steep-slope portion of a roof on a downtown Houston church built in 1908. We installed a radiant barrier deck with shingles for the steep-slope portion. On the low-slope portion, we removed three tar and gravel roof systems and installed a TPO roof with tapered insulation. The church is a historical landmark, and we had to keep the historical attributes.

Why did you become a part of the roofing industry?
I married into the industry. I started by helping my husband with outside sales for other companies. Shortly after marrying, we formed Magnum Roofing. I began to learn the roofing trade and really enjoyed it. To this day, I still am learning. However, I wouldn't change my job for the world. I love being a part of this industry.

What was your first roofing experience?
When I was engaged to my husband, he needed help with a roof repair, and I offered. The job was to fix a chimney leak. The leak was ongoing, and other contractors had tried to fix it many times. We tore out all the shingles and flashings around the chimney to find a 1-inch-thick layer of tar from where other contractors had tried to repair the leak. After tearing everything out, we installed new flashings, underlayment and shingles. The chimney never leaked again.

Log in or register for FREE access to this article and other Professional Roofing online content.

Not a user?

Register now for free access
  • Full access to every article
  • Online Web exclusive information
  • Photo gallery
  • Breaking news
  • Online classified ads

Already a user?

User name:



Forgot Your Password?