The 3 Most Popular Roofing Types in PNW

The 3 Most Popular Roofing Types in PNW | IBEX Roof

The Pacific Northwest is known for having a temperate oceanic climate with lots of rain and wind. Therefore, PNW residents usually build roofs that can handle moisture and have good drainage. While there are many types of roofs, including concrete, cedar shakes, metal, slate, and asphalt, the 3 most popular roofing types in PNW are:

  1. Asphalt
  2. Metal 
  3. Cedar Shakes

Let’s go over the properties of each type and see why they are so popular among the people of PNW.

1. Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing option in the Pacific Northwest. They are considered the most versatile type of roofing, available in a variety of different colors and adding a clean and aesthetic look if installed correctly. To build an asphalt roof, you need a fiberglass mat, on top of which the shingles are installed, and a layer of mineral granules is added as a finishing touch.

There are three main types of asphalt shingles:

  • Three-tab shingles: They lay flat on the fiberglass mat, and each shingle strip is cut out to look like it is made out of three different tabs. Hence the name, three-tab shingles! They usually last for 25 years.
  • Dimensional shingles: These types of shingles are also known as architectural shingles and are thicker in size than three-tab shingles. Not only are they more durable, lasting up to 30 years, but they also provide more curb appeal for your home.
  • Premium shingles: They are a bit larger than regular shingles and can look like other types of roofing materials. If maintained properly, premium shingles can last for up to 50 years.

2. Metal Roofing

Even just a decade ago, when people thought of metal roofs, they would think of a shed or outside buildings. However, metal roofing is becoming quite popular in the Pacific Northwest. This is mainly due to its water-resistant properties and also because it is now available in different colors and styles. Metal roofs are one of the best types of roofing because they are unaffected by rain and snow due to closely interlocked panels. They are lightweight, easy to install, deflect heat, and can last for more than 50 years. Plus, they can also be designed to look like wood shake and slate to make your home look aesthetically pleasing.

3. Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake roofs have been around for more than 300 years and are another popular roofing type in the PNW. They are the pioneers of roofing, giving your home a luxury look and increasing its value. Cedar roofs are expensive compared to other roofing options, but they have a low maintenance cost, save energy, and provide optimum insulation and deflection. However, cedar roofs are prone to mold growth if not installed correctly. But, if you treat the wood with products designed to keep mold and bacteria at bay, they can easily last for 30 to 50 years with annual maintenance. 

Living in the PNW means building roofs impervious to rain and wind. Although you will find houses with several different roofing types, asphalt shingles, metal, and cedar shake roofs are the most viable options in the region. If you’re not sure how to choose a roofing type that suits you best, IBEX Roof is here to help. We can find you the right match based on your budget, maintenance capability, and preference!

There is No Job Too Big or Small for IBEX Roof!

There is No Job Too Big or Small for IBEX Roof! | IBEX Roof

Our team at IBEX Roof is always here to help make sure your roof is in its best shape to protect you and your family in your home. We always recommend routine roof inspections to stay on top of needed repairs, as this will help your roof last longer. However, we know life can get busy and it’s not always easy to stay on top of your roof! While waiting too to repair your roof can mean needing a roof replacement, it’s always best to do what you can when you can. Check out the before and after of one of our recent roofing projects:

There is No Job Too Big or Small for IBEX Roof! | IBEX Roof
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To see more examples of the roof work we’ve done, click here. Helping our communities have safe and secure roofs over their heads is what keeps our team at IBEX Roof going. If you’ve been putting off your roof inspection or much-needed roof work, now is the time to give us a call!

Choosing Roof Shingles for Your Home

Finding the Right Shingles for Your Home | IBEX Roof

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 […]

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What to Know About Roof Restoration

What to Know About Roof Restoration | IBEX Roof

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!

Is it Time to Consider a Metal Roof?

Is it Time to Consider a Metal Roof? | IBEX Roof

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

Durable

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. 

Environmentally friendly 

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.  

Energy efficient

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. 

Stylish

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. 

Fire resistant  

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

Expensive 

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!

The Dangers of Exposed Roof Nails on Your Roof

The Dangers of Exposed Roof Nails on Your Roof | IBEX Roof

Ideally, you should never see the nails on your roof. Properly installed nails should be flush to the shingle they are inserted into and covered by the shingle above them. The ensures that they are secure and unseen. Over time, however, even correctly installed nails can become exposed, usually from severe weather conditions. While it may not sound like much, these exposed roof nails can cause havoc to your roof and home. 

How do roof nails get exposed?

One of the most common ways that roof nails get exposed is by harsh weather. When shingles come loose because of high winds or heavy snow, they often leave their nails behind. While this should not be a problem for a well-installed roof, this can happen fairly often if a nail is overdriven into a shingle or placed in the wrong spot. Also, improperly nailed shingles can void a manufacturer’s warranty on a roof. Once you notice the exposed nails ruining your home, you may not be able to cash in your warranty.

Another way for nails to get exposed is when a contractor repairs a part of your roof by simply nailing shingles over the damaged sections instead of taking the time to fit them under the preexisting shingles. Under this new section of roof will be exposed nails that could be letting moisture in. 

Are exposed nails bad? 

The enemy of any roof is water. If water is allowed into your roof, rot and mold are bound to follow it. This can cause significant problems that will be costly to fix. Simply put, an unaddressed exposed nail will let water in eventually. They let water in because once they are exposed, they are liable to rust away, and once they do, you are left with a hole in your roof. This is why it is so important to spot exposed nails and deal with them before they can endanger your home. Even one exposed nail can lead to water damage. 

How do I repair my roof? 

If you suspect exposed nails or other nail-related issues with your roof, give IBEX Roof a call. We can send someone over to take a look at your roof. Once we have evaluated your roof, we can make the proper recommendations on how to best repair your roof. In most cases, a simple repair can be done, but there is the possibility that you will have to totally replace your roof if the damage is extensive enough. This is another reason why it is so important to identify exposed nails early and take care of them before they become dangerous.

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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