Choosing roof shingles is usually something homeowners need to decide when getting a full roof replacement. There may be instances where you’ll need to choose shingles for a localized repair, too. There’s no right or wrong way on choosing roof shingles for color and style, but here are some tips that might help you narrow […]Continue reading
If you’ve ever wondered how satisfying it is to treat your roof for moss. the answer is easy — VERY satisfying!
How We Treat Your Roof for Moss the Right Way
As part of our roof maintenance program, we’ll clean every bit of loose debris from both the roof and the gutters in addition to clearing accumulated moss while keeping your property tidy and your landscaping intact. Because we’re a roofing company and not a cleaning company, we have an in-depth understanding of how to properly clean a roofing system. This means we’ll NEVER:
- Pressure wash the shingles, as it voids their warranty
- Use harmful chemicals that can accelerate shingle deterioration
- Disturb any part of the roofing system, thus ensuring it retains its watertight seal
To learn more about keeping your roof clean, be sure to read our past blog posts:
Call IBEX Roof Today!
When it comes to all roof and gutter matters, our crew at IBEX Roof is on top of it. We know your roofing problems are the last thing you want to think about, yet your roof is an essential part of your home’s safety. Whether you need to treat your roof for moss, repair a few shingles, or get a full-on roof replacement, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 360-218-3134 today to see how we can keep your roof safe and sound all year round.
Your roof is not looking good. Maybe it’s rotting out, there’s wind or fire damage, or animals have pecked and burrowed into it. Regardless, it either needs some major work done to it or to be replaced entirely, but which one? When it comes to extending the life of your roof, roof restoration may be a better option than a complete replacement.
Why restore your roof?
Unsurprisingly, restoring your roof is going to be much cheaper than fully replacing it. Regardless of whether your roof is wood, metal, slate, or clay, new roofs are not cheap.
It’s better for the environment to restore your roof because it reduces waste. A new roof means getting rid of the old roof, which usually means a lot of garbage. Restoring your roof may mean trashing sections of it, but it will be far less waste than removing the whole thing.
The whole idea of roof restoration is to extend the lifespan of your home. This extension, of course, depends greatly on the material used for the roof. But assuming your roof is asphalt (which most roofs are), you could extend its life for 5 to 10 years. This restoration will not only improve the overall health of your home but will also return it to the energy efficacy that it had when it was new. Saving you money on heating and cooling as well.
The last reason it’s great to restore your roof is that it is far more convenient than a full roof replacement. A new roof can take weeks to install, while a roof restoration should not take longer than a few days depending on the work that needs to be done and the size of your roof.
When to replace
You are going to want to fully replace your roof when it has extensive damage. For example, if you have a significant fire, water, hail, or high wind damage, it might be time to replace your roof. Think of it like a totaled car. If it is going to be more expensive to restore your roof than to replace it, then it’s time to replace it.
Age is also a factor when it comes to roof replacement, but that varies greatly from roof to roof. If you have an asphalt roof, expect to replace it around the 20-year mark.
What does a roof restoration look like?
First, your roof will get a thorough cleaning. Moss, mildew, lichen, and other debris will be cleaned off. If your roof is metal, any rust that has accumulated will be removed. Then seams, flashing, and fasteners will be checked to make sure they are still sealed. If they are not, they will be resealed. Any sections of the roof will be repaired, which will be the most time-consuming section of the restoration. Once your roof is completely repaired, it will be primed and coated in chemicals that are made to protect your roof from water, plant, and animal damage.
When in doubt about restoring or replacing your roof, give your roofing professionals at IBEX Roof a call. Our number one goal is to help your roof last as long as possible. We present our customers with cost-effective solutions that ensure a reliable roof over their heads. Let us help you find the right roofing solution for you!
For many, metal is the perfect material for your new roof. They come in tons of shapes and styles, they’re durable and energy-efficient, but they are also expensive and noisy. So what’s suitable for your home? If it’s time to consider a metal roof, here are some pros and cons that might help make the decision a bit easier.
The Advantages of a Metal Roof
The most popular type of residential roofing material is asphalt, which lasts anywhere from 12 to 20 years. On the other hand, metal roofs have a lifespan of 40 to 70 years, meaning that a metal roof is going to last as long as your home does.
Since metal roofs last so long and since they can often be reused when they are done, metal roofs are extremely environmentally friendly. Especially when compared to petroleum-based asphalt or wood shingles, which last half as long and produce a lot of waste. Not to mention that metal roofs are also the perfect platform for solar panels.
Since metal roofs reflect light instead of absorbing it, they are very energy efficient, especially in the summer when you do not need to crack up the air conditioning because your roof is already keeping you cool.
Metal roofs come in just about any color and style you can imagine. They can look like traditional slate, clay half-round, and even cedar shingles. Whether it’s copper, steel, or aluminum, there are 100 colors to choose from and just about any style you can dream up.
Moss and animal proof
Unlike cedar and asphalt, metal roofs are utterly unaffected by moss and fungus. It may not look great growing on your roof, but you will not have to worry about it affecting the integrity of your home. Also, much like the moss and fungus, it is not a great look for your roof to have animals on it, but if there are, none of them will be able to burrow or peck into your roof. Both of these factors are just another reason why metal roofs last as long as they do.
Metal roofs are perfect for areas that are prone to wildfire because they are extremely fire resistant. In fact, metal roofs are considered class A when it comes to fire retardancy, meaning they are one of the most fireproof roofs money can buy.
Disadvantages of a Metal Roof
All the pros of metal roofs come at a serious cost which is why they are some of the more expensive roofs money can buy. Since the material you choose for your metal roof varies greatly in price, a wide range of costs is available. Copper is going to be on the more expensive side, while aluminum will be cheaper, and steel falls somewhere in between. Regardless, on average, a homeowner can expect to pay anywhere from $5.00 to $9.00 per square foot.
Susceptible to denting
Unfortunately, there is no roof out there that is impenetrable. Although metal is one of the most durable roofing types out there, significant hail is known to dent metal roofs. While it’s rare for hail to penetrate the roof, it will not look as good if your roof is covered in dents, and there is no real way to fix them without replacing sections of the roof.
If it’s time to consider a metal roof, we’re here to help. Our roofing specialists at IBEX Roof can help you install a great metal roof for your home or building. We know that changing up your roofing type is a big decision. If you have questions or concerns about what type of roof is best for you, give us a call today. We’ll be here to guide you through the entire process so that you can feel confident with the roof that goes over your head. When you partner with IBEX Roof, you can trust that we’ll be on top of it!