Photo credit: Courtesy of the Family Photograph Collection of Thomas K. Chaffee III
Thomas K. Chaffee
President and Founder, 1908-1943
Thomas K. Chaffee opened the business to supply oil-based paint, “Chaffee’s Mill White,’’ as an alternative to whitewash. His customers were the numerous textile mills, then common in this region. As soon he added roofing products, he adopted the slogan “Make it White, Make it Tight with Chaffee.’’ Barrels of paint were brought up by barge from New Jersey, and then moved to the warehouse at 87 Globe Street, Providence, by horse and team.
Henry N. Chaffee
President 1943 to 1978
In 1943, Henry N. Chaffee took over for his father and continued to build on the product line, serving the needs of facilities managers throughout the eastern United States. By 1958, Chaffee’s customers began doing less roofing internally with there own maintenance crews, and began hiring local contractors to apply the Chaffee product. Chaffee formed alliances with the best contractors and started offering installed work.
Steven H Chaffee ( (left) with Henry N. Chaffee (Right))
President 1978 to 2018
In 1978, Steven H. Chaffee took over for his father, and started installing single ply roof systems, which at the time were a new alternative to Built Up Roof Systems. Shortly after Steve took over, Chaffee Roofing installed its first single-ply membrane roof at Narragansett Brewing Company in Cranston, Rhode Island. Single Ply took off fast at Chaffee Roofing, and by 1989, Chaffee Roofing had installed 5 million square feet of single ply roofing alone.
In 1998, Chaffee Roofing was named to the Stevens Roofing Systems Hall of Fame for the third year in a row, and received numerous awards for high quality installations. In 2000, Chaffee also received Carlisle’s Centurion award for surpassing 100 perfect roof installations.
By 2001, Chaffee had installed nearly 15 million square feet of re-roofing work. Chaffee received its first Carlisle ESP Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious endorsements in the roofing industry. Since 2001, Chaffee has received this award every year, including this year. See Awards for more information.
President 2019 to Present
Peter joined Chaffee Roofing in 2010 after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in business. Having grown up surrounded by roofing experience, this choice came naturally. He began working on the labor crews, installing and flashing roof systems. Peter then took over the operations department, managing all active crews. Then, Peter moved into Project Management and Sales.
By 2017, Peter was made Vice President of Chaffee Roofing, and began assisting Steve with his gradual transition into retirement and consulting.
In 2019, Peter bought Chaffee Roofing from Steve, beginning the fourth generation of family ownership. Presently, Chaffee Roofing installs TPO, PVC and EPDM systems, as well as Modified Bitumen, Shingles, Metal Roofing Systems and Coatings. Peter has continued to grow and expand the service department throughout the New England areas.
Chaffee’s Working at the Company Today
Steve Chaffee (Left), Rick Chaffee (Middle) and Peter Chaffee (Right) stocking Fenway Park.
See their profiles on the meet the team page.