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Since 1926, Enterprise Roofing has been defining quality workmanship in Dayton. We are still owned and operated with pride by the same family that started the company.

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Our commitment to our craft is evident in the countless projects we’ve worked on throughout the years. From commercial and municipal projects to residential projects large and small, we are constantly striving to provide the highest quality. Our skilled management and staff stand by our work. Simply put, you can count on our prompt, careful, and professional attention to your project. Join our family of satisfied customers!

What is the Lifespan of Your Roof?

Roofing Materials Impact Roof Lifespan

 

What is the Lifespan of Your Roof?

When it comes to big-ticket purchases for the home, a roof usually appears at the top of the list. A critical component of your home, this multi-layered system protects against nearly everything Mother Nature can throw at it, but it isn’t invincible. That’s why keeping it in good repair throughout the year is so important—but even with consistent roof maintenance, homeowners eventually must ‘bite the bullet’ and invest in a roof replacement.

Roofing Materials Impact Roof Lifespan                          

When you begin to research your options for a roof replacement, the variety of roofing materials available can be confusing—and the right answer isn’t always obvious to the average homeowner. According to HomeAdvisor.com, “In terms of longevity, some are far better than others, but when you take their price, looks, installation, and required maintenance, some choices that might not immediately seem like the most practical end up being a perfect fit.” Here are the most common roofing options available in the Miami Valley.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs—First created in the early 1900s, asphalt roof shingles are now the most common roofing material in the United States, used on more than 80 percent of American homes. Why? The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association notes, “Over the years, asphalt shingles have evolved in performance and aesthetics while maintaining its affordability.” Yet, the economical price leads people to expect a shorter lifespan. Experts typically estimate that an asphalt shingle roof will last 15 to 20 years, depending on weather conditions and routine maintenance.

Metal Roofs—A low-maintenance alternative to asphalt roof shingles, metal roofs come in both shingle or panel versions, but they are generally more expensive. The extra cost does offer an advantage, says HomeAdvisor.com, because when installed by a professional contractor, metal roofs can last 20 to 40 years or even longer.

Wood & Shake Shingle Roofs—While wood shingles offer both beauty and insulation, a wood-shingled roof requires regular maintenance. Even cedar, known for its insect resistance, is susceptible to moisture. As a result, wood roofs require adequate roof ventilation, as well as frequent removal of leaves and other debris, to stay in good condition for 20 to 30 years.

Tile & Slate Roofs—Durable and long-lasting, tile roofs work best for homes in the south and west, where cold weather is an infrequent occurrence. High quality tile roofs can last more than 50 years. Slate roofs offer even greater longevity—lasting 100 years—but both tile and slate roofs are costly in terms of both materials and installation labor.

Determining if You Need a Replacement Roof

A roof inspection can help spot signs that you are nearing the end of your roof’s lifespan. The inspector will check for:

- Curled, buckled or missing shingles, which can indicate wear, especially if the shingle granules are also falling off

- Compromised roof valleys—the seams responsible for maintaining water flow to the gutters

- Flashing materials such as roof cement or tar, which are less long-lasting than metal flashing

- A spongy surface when walking on the roof, indicating weakness in the roof structure

Once you know about potential problems, a reputable roofing company can help you determine whether you need simple roof repairs and maintenance or a full roof replacement.

Confused by all of the material options, maintenance requirements and roof lifespans? Count on Enterprise Roofing to provide sound advice based on decades of experience right here in the Miami Valley. Call 937-53-3933 to schedule a free roofing consultation today.

A Well-Ventilated Roof Reduces the Risk of Roof Damage

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What is Roof Ventilation and Why Do You Need It?

Most people think about what the roof keeps out—heat and cold, rain and snow—but few people consider the importance of roof ventilation. While it seems like ventilation is at odds with keeping out the weather, proper roof vents are critical to keeping interiors comfortable during hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters that the Miami Valley experiences. Are roof vents on your roof maintenance checklist?

A Well-Ventilated Roof Reduces the Risk of Roof Damage

Your home needs to breathe. Without passive air vents, your attic space becomes a trap for hot, stale and moist air in the summer. In the winter, the trapped air can also lead to condensation that results in mildew, mold or rotting wood inside and melting snow that refreezes and creates ice dams outside, leading to damage to shingles, gutters and soffits. Several types of roof vents allow this escape of ‘old’ air.

Ridge vents—Running along the peak of the roof, ridge vents have an external baffle that helps increase airflow while protecting against snow, rain and dust.

Static vents—Available in different styles—roofline, dormer, louver or eyebrow vents—static vents have no moving parts and are spaced out across the roof in a straight line. Upkeep is critical, because static vents are simple protected holes in the roof; when the protection wears down, leaks happen.

Gable vents—Placed on the upright walls at either end of the attic space, these vents allow for cross airflow. They should be used in combination with other vents to prevent hot spots in the attic space.

Wind turbines—Have you ever wondered about those silvery, mushroom-shaped caps that sit on some rooftops? They catch wind currents, which spins an internal fan that actively expels hot air out of the attic.

Roof ventilation isn’t only about ridding your attic of old air. You also need soffit vents to bring fresh air into the home. Usually made of aluminum or vinyl, soffit vents are installed under the eaves.

Roof Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Roof Vents in Shape

Keep your roof vents clear. Over time, dirt, leaves, bird nests and other debris clogs roof vents, restricting airflow.

Repair vent screens. You need roof vents to let air out, but screens that are in poor condition make it easier for critters to enter your attic—one place you don’t want to hear the pitter-patter of little feet.

Check for weakness around roof vents. If you spot signs of rust or rot around the framing or flashing, repair it right away.

Make sure attic insulation does not impede airflow. While insulation helps keep interiors comfortable, you still need to maintain adequate clearance around roof vents and soffit vents to ensure that air can escape.

How do you know if you have a roof ventilation problem? At this time of year, it’s simple. After a snow or hard frost, look at your roof. Clear spots indicate pockets where trapped hot air is causing the snow to melt. If you see signs of trouble—whether it’s mold inside your attic or ice dams and damaged shingles on your roof, Enterprise Roofing can evaluate whether you need to replace or add ventilation to avoid further roof damage. Schedule a free roofing consultation by calling 937-453-3933 today.

How to hang Christmas lights without damaging your roof

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Do you love seeing the twinkle of holiday lights when driving through Miami Valley neighborhoods? The tradition of decking the halls—and rooflines—helps you get into the Christmas mood, but there’s nothing cheerful about potential roof damage. If you’ve already winterized your roof, then make sure you also take the time to install your Christmas lights properly.

Advance Preparation Makes Hanging Lights Easier

Nothing is more frustrating than spending hours untangling and hanging Christmas lights only to have half of them fail when you flip the switch. In addition to testing individual strands for bad bulbs, make sure you plug the strands together and test once more before installing them to ensure the connector plugs are functioning properly.

Then follow these tips for roof-friendly decorating:

Invest in mounting clips. You have to secure those lights to something, but using staples or any other invasive hanger can damage shingles. Even the smallest hole in a shingle or roof component can let moisture in, leading to potential roof damage. With the right mounting clips, you can attach lights to your gutters, under the eaves or to a wide variety of roofs. Just visit your local home improvement store to find mounting clips to fit your needs.

Use proper outdoor circuits. Overloading a circuit or using the wrong type of electrical cords may have had comic results for the Griswold’s, but it’s no laughing matter in the real world. Make sure your holiday display doesn’t turn into a potential fire risk by using cords rated for outdoor use.

Work with a friend. When you pull the ladder out to start installing Christmas lights, have someone on hand to help carry lights and steady the ladder. That way, while you hang lights without causing roof damage, your friend can ensure you do it safely.

Take down the lights with care. After the holidays, you may be tempted to yank the lights down to get in from the cold Ohio weather. It’s worth the extra time and effort to remove each light clip individually to avoid damage to your gutters or your shingles.

Winter weather is hard enough on your roof. Make sure your Christmas decorating doesn’t add to the stress. And when you do need roof repairs, trust a company that’s been serving families and businesses in the Miami Valley for decades—Enterprise Roofing. Give us a call today at 937-453-3933 to schedule your free roofing consultation.

Winter Weather Can Affect Your Roof

Watch Out for These Winter Weather Problems

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Winter Weather Can Affect Your Roof

If the The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions are accurate, the Miami Valley is headed toward above average rain and snowfall in the first few months of 2017. And while any severe weather can put your roof to the test, freezing rain, heavy snow and high winds are particularly hard on a roof. You may be able to head to Florida to escape the bitter temperatures, but it’s not an option for your house or commercial property. Understanding how winter weather affects your roof can help you minimize the risk of roof damage.

Watch Out for These Winter Weather Problems

After a rough start to 2014, home and business owners filed $1.5 billion in weather-related insurance claims between January 1 and February 21. Hopefully, we’ll avoid a similar winter this year, but it pays to know what to watch for. Here are three considerations.

Wind Storms—Spring may have the reputation for blustery days, but high winds are common in the winter months too. Shingles are vulnerable during such wind events, leading to loosened, broken or torn shingles. The wind can also loosen flashing and damage more exposed areas, such as the roof ridge.

Water—Whether water takes the form of snow, ice or rain, it can cause considerable roof damage if left to its own devices. One big blizzard or multiple small snow storms can lead to a build-up of snow on your roof—and a few feet of snow can quickly exceed weight limits for a roof. If you hear creaking sounds or stress fractures above doors or windows, your roof could be sagging under all the weight. Ice dams can also build up as snow melts and refreezes, blocking gutters. When that happens, water will find a way in and cause leaks that can damage ceilings or lead to mold and mildew growth.

Trees—Just as high winds, snow and ice can take a toll on roofs, trees can cause damage too. When trees are too close to your home, broken limbs can land on the roof, damaging shingles or even breaking through.

Reduce the Risk of Roof Damage

You can’t stop ‘Old Man Winter’ from sending these dangers your way, but you can reduce the risk of roof damage. Consumer Reports offers several tips:

- Have your roof inspected to look for places where wind or water can penetrate your roof. This includes pitch pockets, vent pipes and chimney flashing.

- Check and clear the gutters so that water can run unimpeded.

- Stay alert to the snow depth on your roof. If needed, you can remove snow from the edges with a broom to prevent ice dams in your gutters.

- Make sure you have adequate insulation and ventilation in your attic, since heat loss through the roof can cause the under layer of snow to melt, leading to leaks.

- Treat your eaves with a liquid de-icer to prevent heavy icicles from forming.

- Trim overhanging tree limbs, especially if they appear weakened by insect activity or age.

By engaging in preventive roof maintenance and keeping an eye out for potential winter hazards, you can reduce the risk of roof damage. But if winter weather does get the best of your roof, Enterprise Roofing is here to help. Schedule a free roofing consultation by calling 937-453-3933 today.

Fall Roof and Gutter Cleaning Tips

Undertake preventive maintenance to save money and extend the life of your roof.

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In Ohio, fall is a short-lived few weeks that gives you just enough time to make your pre-cold weather to-do list and hopefully get the most important things done. Taking extra care of your roof this season can help protect your home from dangerous and costly roof damage that the colder months can bring. In order to ensure that your roof has the longest lifespan possible, follow these roof maintenance and gutter cleaning tips this fall.

Gutter maintenance

Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Before cold weather arrives, make sure your downspouts are clear. Remove any fallen leaves and debris that may have accumulated over the fall season. Flush gutters with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets to make sure they are secure and rust-free for the winter.

If any of your gutters or downspouts are drooping, broken or in disrepair, it’s important to fix them before winter. Fall is also a good time to consider installing gutter guards that will keep you off the ladder and your hands clean next fall. Best of all, it’s potentially a DIY project. However, if your gutters are high, you aren’t a fan of heights or your gutters and downspouts need repairs too, Enterprise Roofing can take care of both projects at once.

Fall roof maintenance

The most important thing to do for your roof before winter weather arrives is to fix any outstanding damage. Here are some roofing concerns to be on the lookout for:

- If there are leaks or gaps, you can be sure that heavy snow and ice will find its way in and cause further damage. Get them fixed lest small gaps become big problems later. Often some caulking or new flashing can fix the problem.
- Inspect your roof for wear and tear and make sure shingles aren’t curling, buckling or crackling. If shingles do show signs of damage, replace them immediately.
- Make sure your roof is ventilated and insulated properly. When there are ventilation and insulation problems, moisture can get trapped in your attic and cause mold or other problems.

Trim tree branches away from your house to keep them from hanging over your roof. This helps to eliminate the risk of limbs breaking and damaging your roof, which is often caused by the weight of heavy snow and ice building up on branches.

The most thorough way to prepare your roof for the winter is to have your roofing contractor out for a professional inspection. At Enterprise Roofing, our promise is to deliver unsurpassed workmanship no matter what the project. We’ve provided quality roof inspections and gutter cleanings to the Miami Valley region since 1926. We are very familiar with the Ohio’s unpredictable winters, and our roofing professionals can prepare your roof for nasty weather. Give us a call today at 937-453-3933 to find out how you can start preparing your roof for winter today.

Tips for Winterizing your Roof

Make sure your home is prepared for Ohio’s harsh and ever-changing winter weather.

Winter is your roof’s least favorite season. Ohio’s harsh winds, often heavy snows and extreme temperatures can make your roof susceptible to costly and dangerous damage. A well-maintained roof protects your home from snow, leaking from ice dams and even structural collapses. The key to protecting your roof in the winter is thorough preparation and planning before the colder weather arrives.

Here are a few tips to prepare your roof for what winter will bring:

Give your roof a routine inspection. Check for any outstanding damage and address it immediately.

- Roofing materials should be evaluated to ensure they are sufficient to stand up to winter weather. Be sure to replace any shingles that are worn.

- Clean your gutters for any debris that has accumulated throughout the fall months. Clogged gutters can accumulate ice and snow, which can lead them to fall and cause leaking, structural roof damage and even foundation damage. Make sure to eliminate the possibility of these issues prior to winter.

- Insulate and ventilate the attic to reduce the risk of ice dams forming when the temperature drops. Ice dams are formed when your roof is warm and melts snow that has accumulated on your roof. The melted snow then freezes on your roof overhang and ice accumulates, forming a dam. Melted snow water continues to trickle down to the overhang and backs up behind it, flowing under the shingles and potentially into your house.

- Trim overhanging branches to eliminate the risk of frozen limbs falling onto your roof.

- Make sure roof flashing is secure.

- Inspect the attic for any leakage or damage and address it immediately if needed.

- Make sure your downspouts are clear and can drain properly.

The best way to keep your roof lasting for years is to schedule routine roof inspections with your roofing contractor. Roofing professionals can identify what type of roof you have and exactly what it needs to be best prepared for winter. Experienced roofing professionals take all of the guesswork and safety concerns out of roof inspections. Experts are able to identify subtle signs of potential problems that you can address prior to harsh weather or further damage.

Enterprise Roofing has spent decades gaining a thorough understanding of the intense winter that can hit the Dayton region. We are a trusted name in the Miami Valley region, dedicated to providing our customers quality workmanship that’s done right the first time. Give us a call today at 937-453-3933 to schedule your free roofing consultation.

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Roofing Contractor

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Find the right roofer for your replacement or repair by asking questions that matter.

 

You have a lot of options when choosing a roofing contractor for your repair or replacement job and finding the right one can be tricky. After doing your research and choosing a few prospective contractors, it’s important talk with each one to find out more about the company and the work they do. Make sure you’re asking these four important questions before you make a decision:

- Ask for references from current projects and roofing projects that happened a few years back. This helps give you an idea of workmanship and professionalism of the roofer’s work now and also how the work holds up after a few years of use.

- Is the company licensed and established in your area? Many contractors travel to areas that have recently been affected by inclement weather and move to the next area after their work is done. This poses a problem when things go wrong. Will the roofer be around if you have a warranty claim? A roofing contractor who is licensed and established in your area will understand local weather and is more likely to be available if you ever have a roofing issue.

- Will the company give you an in-person estimate? Estimates need to be done in person. There is no way a roofing professional can determine exactly how much your job will cost or what needs to be done without an in-person examination.

- What are the details of the warranty? Make sure to ask how long the company guarantees its work. If you’re planning to sell your house soon, find out of the warranty is transferable from owner to owner. Typically, roofing warranties last for a year at minimum and the roofer covers the work while the manufacturer covers the supplies. These are two separate warranties, so make sure you understand and have copies of both.

If you’re looking for a reliable roofer in the Miami Valley region, call Enterprise Roofing today. Our roofing experts will give you an in-person consultation for free along with comprehensive answers to all of your questions. Family-owned and operated, we promise transparency to our customers and provide the honest, quality work you are looking for. Give us a call today at 937-453-3933 to get started.

When Is Emergency Roof Service Necessary?

Make sure you know what to do in case roof damage causes an emergency.

Any roofing repair is important, but determining whether damage has put your home in an emergency situation is imperative to protecting your home’s structural foundation, your safety and your wallet.

A good rule of thumb is that anytime the plywood underneath your shingles is exposed, it is an alarming situation and your roofing contractor should be called as soon as possible. Whether high winds have ripped shingles off of your roof, a tree limb caused damage or insect infestation resulted in substantial deterioration, all these situations require prompt roof attention.

Other emergency situations that require an immediate response are ones that pose a safety threat to your living environment. As always, use your discretion when handling roofing situations. It’s always better to call your roofer sooner rather than later when you find the first signs of any roofing damage. A few emergency scenarios could include:

-Hail or rain damage

-Heavy ice buildup

-Damage from strong win

-Falling tree damage

-Roof leaking

-Exposed roofing

If you experience any of these or other emergency roof situations, seek safe shelter immediately. Emergency roof issues can lead to fires, extreme water damage and other devastation. Make sure your family has a plan, just in case of an accident. If anyone is injured, smells smoke or sees flames, call 911 immediately.

Weather-related damage is the most common cause of emergency roof repairs, especially in Ohio where the weather is highly unpredictable. That’s why the roofing experts at Enterprise Roofing are available 24/7 in case of any emergency. The Enterprise Roofing professionals are unable to work in complete darkness and cannot make repairs in extreme inclement weather, but we make it our first priority to get our customers help as soon as possible.

The most important thing to us is family. Being family-owned and operated since 1926, we understand the importance of creating a safe and secure environment in the home. We are dedicated to giving our customers unsurpassed workmanship and the reliability they deserve.  If you are interested in a free roofing consultation or have any questions about our emergency protocol, please contact us today.

Determining Whether Your Roof Needs Repaired or Replaced Before Putting it on the Market

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Deciding to jump into roof repairs or replacements is a commitment. Make sure you know your options.

 

Will replacing a few shingles really help me sell my house faster? Do buyers really care? Is it my responsibility to repair a 20-year-old roof? These are a few of the tougher questions homeowners have to ask themselves before putting their home on the market.

Since a major roof repair can cost thousands of dollars, any roof replacement or repair that has recently been completed often becomes a point of negotiation in a home sale. And it’s no wonder: according to Remodeling Magazine, full roof replacements average a 71.6 percent return on investment (ROI), while minor roof repairs deliver an average 61.7 percent ROI. But, the first step to making a decision is getting a home inspection to find out how serious or necessary any replacements or repairs are.

If a specialist reveals that there are issues with your roof, the first step is to get a quote from your roofing company to see if you can afford the repairs.

 

 Reasons to repair:

- You may be able to sell faster. That’s because eliminating roofing problems creates one less concern for homebuyers when they are considering a purchase.

- A well-maintained home is more appealing to buyers. Replacing or repairing your roof will make an enormous difference to the appearance, functionality and value of your home.

- If your roof is at the end of its useful life it may seriously factor into the final sale price.

 

Reasons to sell as is:

- If you sell in a competitive market, buyers are more likely to overlook roofing issues.

- If the repairs needed are minor and you don’t have the budget to fix them prior to selling, you may be able to negotiate a selling price without major impacts on the final sale price.

- If your roof’s warranty is transferable and you aren’t motivated to go through the repair or replacement process prior to selling, negotiating the warranty transfer to cover damages puts the repairs or replacement back into the buyer’s hands.

If you’re selling your home and looking for a roof estimate, call Enterprise Roofing today. Our roofing experts will give you a consultation for free. With years of experience serving the Miami Valley, we know what buyers are looking for. Give us a call today at 937-453-3933 to get started.

 

Frequently Asked Roofing Questions

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Four of your toughest roofing questions answered.

If you have questions about your roof you should always seek a professional consultation before making a decision on how to proceed. But, here are a few guidelines to reference when abnormalities and roofing questions arise.

Q: How do you know when an asphalt shingle roof needs replacement?

A: If your roof is more than 16 years old, considering new shingles might be a good idea. If your shingles are lifted up, have curled edges or are cracking, you may be due for shingle replacement. If you have noticed dark patches on your shingles, it means that the protective granules have worn off and shingle replacement is necessary to prevent roof leakage.

Q: How do I find the right roofing contractor?

A: Make sure to find a roofing contractor that is rooted in your community and will be able to give you support throughout your entire roof’s lifecycle. Ask friends and family for their recommendations. After you’ve compiled a list of a few roofing contractors, compare quotes. Proceed to make your decision based on work, material and support quality.

Q: How long should a roof last?

A: How fast a roof degrades depends on a large number of factors, such as quality of construction, maintenance routines, roof design and inclement weather. With this being taken into consideration, typically a roof should last homeowners around 20 years.

Q: How do I know to repair or replace my roof?

A: Always get a professional opinion before making a replacement decision. However, there are a few red flags that could indicate you are due for an entire roof replacement; leaking roofs are a big one. If your roof is continually leaking there is a good chance you’ll need an entire replacement to prevent further costly damages.

If you have questions about your roof, or are interesting in finding a contractor in the Dayton, Ohio, area, contact us today for a free consultation. Since 1926, Enterprise Roofing has provided reliable, high quality workmanship, and we are dedicated to providing our customers with lifelong support.