Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! | IBEX Roof

Wow, this year seemed to have passed by pretty quickly! As this year comes to a close, we want to express our gratitude to our IBEX Roof family and all who have trusted us to keep their homes safe and sound. We cannot wait for another great year. Merry Christmas, everybody, and we’ll see you in 2022!

Are Your Shingles Strong Enough to Hold Santa’s Sleigh?

Are Your Shingles Strong Enough to Hold Santa's Sleigh? | IBEX Roof

Christmas is right around the corner, so you want to make sure your roof is ready for Santa’s upcoming visit! The question is, how do you know if your shingles are strong enough to hold the weight of him, his sleigh, and his reindeer?

Material and Design

If a roofer can stand on your house and work on it, then it’s resistant to anyone getting up there, including Santa. Materials make a difference, so you need to ensure that the best options are chosen for your roof. That means making sure the materials are suitable for our Pacific Northwest climate! 

For example, if your roof is flat, you’re going to want the materials that work for a flat roof instead of a traditional roof. You wouldn’t put typical asphalt shingles on a flat roof. Likewise, you wouldn’t use slate shingles on a home that couldn’t support the weight. Materials and design go hand-in-hand when making sure your roof is strong enough.

Keep Your Roof Strong

To keep your roof Santa-ready, you want to make sure it’s cleaned regularly throughout the year. You also want to keep up with inspections and repairs to keep your roof in top shape. That means cleaning gutters, inspecting adjacent structures, and keeping an eye out for potential cracks. You want to catch those cracks as soon as possible so you can prevent any significant damage.

If there’s snow in the wintertime, you may want to call someone to shovel the snow from your roof. Santa will appreciate it because it means he won’t have to wade through the snow and your roof will be able to take on the cold wintery weather like a champ. Because snow is slippery, always call a pro to shovel snow off of your roof so you don’t risk a fall!

Spotting Issues

When getting your roof inspected, ask your roofer to keep an eye out for curled or missing shingles. The occasional shingle is easy to replace, and professionals can get it done quickly for you. If there is a large area showing significant damage, you may be facing a complete roof replacement.

Stay on top of things, though, and your roof will be ready when it’s finally time for Santa to land his sleigh on your rooftop. Plus, you and your children will sleep soundly knowing that he’ll be safe up there.

Roofing Problems to Watch Out for In the New Year

Roofing Problems to Watch Out for In the New Year | IBEX Roof

Freezing temperatures, snow, and ice can cause significant problems to our roofs. Even if we don’t experience these types of weather conditions as often as other regions, it’s still important to stay on top of your roof’s health before damage occurs. You never want to be caught unaware with any emergency roofing problems!

Initial Installation Problems

If your roof isn’t installed correctly, you’ll have major problems when winter weather hits. You need to catch the issues before the cold arrives. Some of the more common errors include:

  • Measurements
  • Materials
  • Underlayment
  • Flashing 

When measurements aren’t correct, you’re left with gaps between your roof and home. These gaps can lead to leaks from the rain or as the ice and snow melts. Not having correct measurements can also result in getting the wrong materials or not enough of what you need.

Underlayment materials can also cause problems if they’re not up to code in your area. Once a roof is installed, you also want to ensure the flashing is installed correctly before the cold weather hits. You may face leaks and cracks where the joints meet your roof if it’s old or improperly installed.

Damaged Shingles

Cracks in your shingles might not seem like a big deal, but when it’s raining or you’ve got snow melting on them, they can cause major problems. Get your roof inspected ahead of time for crumbling or curling shingles and get them replaced as soon as possible. As always, it’s best to hire a professional to take care of your roofing issues, especially in the winter.

Ice Dams

Ice dams occur when water accumulates under shingles between thaws. Snow or ice melt and then refreeze as it flows down the roof. Water can then get trapped behind the ice and work its way through the roof joints. If that happens, you’re looking at the possibility of significant structural damage.

To avoid damages, you need to check your existing roof ventilation system. You also need to make sure any existing cracks are sealed to keep water from getting in. Also, remember to remove snow and ice regularly during the winter to prevent the chance for accumulation.

Proper Maintenance is Key

A couple of other things to remember have to do with making sure your gutters are clear and trimming any overhanging tree branches. Clogged gutters can keep water from going where it’s supposed to, and tree branches can fall on your home, causing damage to your roof.

Whatever you do, you want to prevent damage and major roofing problems as much as possible, whether it’s checking for shingle damage or pruning branches to keep them from falling. Being proactive can keep your roof in check and prevent roofing issues in the new year.

What Do Your Shingles Look like Today?

What Do Your Shingles Look like Today? | IBEX Roof

Have you scheduled your fall inspection yet? If not, now is a great time to do so before winter gets colder and the holidays occupy our minds. If you are planning on decorating the exterior of your home with Christmas lights and other decorations, an inspection can also be really crucial in ensuring your roof is ready to get dressed up!

Why Routine Roof Inspections Are Important

Most roofs don’t need to be inspected more than once a year. But it’s still an easy task to put off when you’re not thinking about it. However, these inspections can be crucial in detecting small problems with your roof before they turn costly and expensive. When we can tackle roof repairs proactively, you can extend your roof’s lifespan at least a few years. And, if there’s nothing wrong with your roof? You can at least have peace of mind that your roof is still strong and reliable! 

Take a Look at Your Roof Today

Another way to motivate yourself to schedule an inspection is by taking a look at your roof. If you haven’t maintained your roof in a while and it’s not brand new, it’s possible your roof may have some debris or even moss and algae on it. If that’s the case, you know it’s time to call the IBEX Roof team and schedule a roof cleaning. Again, this can help you prolong the life of your roof so that you won’t be due for a replacement any time soon! If you notice any missing or broken shingles, sagging in your roof, or anything that doesn’t look quite right, that is also a telltale sign to call your local roofer. 

Stay Safe and On the Ground

We always encourage homeowners to keep an eye on their roofs. If something looks off,  give the IBEX Roof team a call! However, we NEVER recommend climbing your own roof to perform your own inspection. Our team of experts is trained to detect vulnerable areas of your roof that are hard to see with the untrained eye. Your roof is more than your shingles; if there is wood rot underneath, it’s possible for you to fall through with the wrong step. Additionally, our roof inspectors are properly insured and have the right safety equipment to perform a thorough evaluation of your roof. 

Is it time to schedule your annual inspection? Give our friendly office staff a call today and we’ll be happy to help!