Why it’s Better to Replace an Improperly Installed Roof Rather

Why it's Better to Replace an Improperly Installed Roof Rather | IBEX Roof

Let’s set the scene: you’ve just installed a brand new roof and it’s about to be tested by its first big storm. This should be a piece of cake for a properly installed roof, but before your know it, there seem to be water leaks all over. Shingles are blowing in your yard. Unfortunately, your roof was improperly installed and you are faced with two options. Option one is a long journey of endless repairs until you eventually have to totally replace your roof. Option two is to tear off your newly installed roof and replace it once again.

What does an improperly installed roof look like? 

If any part of your roof was installed improperly by an inexperienced or unknowing contractor, your whole house could be in jeopardy. This danger will become apparent the first time it rains. There are three main reasons how your roof was installed improperly, and all of them can be very destructive. 

Bad Ventilation 

Though often overlooked, ventilation is an essential part of any roof. Roof ventilation is made up of multiple intake and exhaust vents that make sure your attic is not getting too hot or cold. If your roof has an inadequate ventilation system, cold and hot air gets trapped in your home, leading to moisture buildup. This moisture buildup can cause your home severe damage. If bad enough can mean you will have to replace your band new roof in as little as 2 years. Improperly ventilated roofs can also void a manufacturer’s warranty, meaning you’ll be paying full price for your contractor’s mistake. 

Unprofessional Nailing 

While it may seem trivial, nails have to be driven into a roof correctly or serious problems will occur. For example, if your shingles are lifted or your nail heads are laying sideways, your roof was poorly nailed. This can lead to water damage. If your shingles were not nailed on the nail line, then your manufacturer’s warranty will be void. 

Bad Weather 

Unsurprisingly, if your roof is installed during bad weather, it will not last as long as it should. Any roof that is installed during rain or snow will allow dangerous moisture to enter under your shingles and rot out your roof. Roofs should be installed on dry, warm days. 

Why not just live with a poorly installed roof? 

The problems that come with a poorly installed roof greatly outweigh the headache of just getting a new one. An improperly installed roof can lead to water leaks, rot, and structural damage to the rest of your home.  In the long run, a full replacement will save you cash on repairs and your roof will last longer. In addition, your warranties will not be in jeopardy with a well-installed roof if something bad happens. But most importantly, you will have the peace of mind that your roof is prepared for the elements. While it is a colossal pain to have to replace your brand new roof, it’s worth finding a new contractor to fix the problem before your house really gets damaged. 

IBEX Roof is a manufacturer-certified roofing company that has the knowledge, experience, and accreditations to back up our roofing expertise and workmanship. We have worked with many homeowners who have had improperly installed roofs from other contractors. It’s always an unfortunate situation, but replacing an improperly installed roof sooner than later will always be the safest option for the rest of your home. If you suspect your roof was improperly installed, give our team a call.

Why Metal Box Vents Are Better Than Plastic

Why Metal Box Vents Are Better Than Plastic | IBEX Roof

There are many ways to ventilate your home and one of the most common is with a box vent. That said, your choice of box vent is essential when it comes to the preservation of your roof and your home along with it. Installing the wrong box vent could lead to dangerous leaks and unnecessary repair costs. 

What are box vents? 

Box vents are square-shaped exhaust vents made for expelling hot air from your home. They are installed high on your roof but not on the ridge. They are non-mechanical, meaning they rely on natural airflow and wind to rid your home of hot air. Most roofs will require multiple box vents to ensure that no dangerous hot air remains in your attic. Their ability to be placed anywhere on a roof makes them ideal for houses with complicated roofing systems where ridge vents may not be feasible. 

Why are they important? 

Ventilation is an often-overlooked element when one is thinking about building a home or even replacing a roof. Just like a person, a house needs to be able to breathe to remain healthy. Fresh air must be coming in while dirty air is expelled. Box vents work on the latter side and ensure that no hot, polluted air is contaminating your home. Without this exhaust system, your home would be exposed to leaks, roof damage, peeling paint, and an overburdened HVAC system. Not to mention unhealthy air quality for you to breathe, too.

Why are metal box vents the best option? 

Many places will try to sell you on why a plastic box vent is the way to go because it is cheap and allegedly less likely to dent than a metal box vent. While this is true — a metal box vent will cost around fifteen dollars more than your typical plastic vent and metal may dent when impacted — the key is that metal does not crack as easily as plastic.

The biggest flaw in plastic box vents is their ability to crack. Large hail may dent a metal vent, but it will not destroy its ability to function. A cracked plastic vent will succumb to the elements, particularly in the winter. In the summer, however,  plastic has the tendency to curl and discolor. This not only allows for debris and water to get into your home but also stands out as an ugly blemish on your roof.

The simple fact is that a plastic box vent is built to last around 10 to 15 years. A metal vent built out of aluminum can easily last as long as 50 years. This means that it will most likely outlive your roof since it is recyclable and can be used on your next roof. Yes, metal box vents are more expensive than plastic, but if you want your vent to beat the elements, then they are the superior way to go.

How to Patch a Roof Hole

How to Patch a Roof Hole | IBEX Roof

Patching holes is a common roof repair that is important to get done as soon as you realize there is a problem. You may notice there is something wrong if there’s a leak in your home and your drywall is wet. Holes in your roof can also lead to pest infestations, which, over time, can […]

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