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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Do I Need A Permit For My New Roof?

Do I Need A Permit For My New Roof? | IBEX Roof

As with any major home repair or renovation, it’s important to make sure everything is done correctly. That means following building codes and, if necessary, pulling the right permits for your project. A new roof permit may not always be at the forefront of your mind when you suddenly need to re-roof your home, but […]

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What Home Projects Are You Preparing For?

What Home Projects Are You Preparing For? | IBEX Roof

Preparing your home for exterior renovation is something you definitely must plan for ahead of time. Whether it’s a roof repair or replacement to siding and gutter installations, being properly prepared makes the work much easier on you and the professionals you hire to do the job.

Roof Repair & Replacement

As you prepare for roof repairs or replacement, you might want to remove wall décor if at all possible. If not, you risk the vibrations from having the work done, causing pictures or artwork to fall and get damaged.

You also want to prevent damage to your vehicle, so you’ll want to move it out of the way. By clearing the driveway, it’s also possible for the workers to get around your home without your car in the way. It’s a win-win.

Remove any antennas or satellite dishes ahead of time, so they don’t get damaged. If needed, roofers can also help remove them, and if they need to be disposed of, they will often be willing to help with that.

Siding Installation

One of the things that often gets forgotten when preparing for siding installation is whatever you have leaning up against your house. Typically, this is a shelf or storage shed. These need to be moved before the work begins.

Like roofing preparations, you’ll also want to move your car out of the way and remove anything on the walls. Doing so prevents damages to your belongings. Store your things in a safe place while the work is being done.

You may also want to ensure there’s no power to any outdoor outlets. If you do this, you’ll prevent the possibility of a shock to the workers. If you’re not sure that it needs to be done, ask them before the work starts so you can help them stay safe.

Gutter Installation

Gutter installation requires a few special preparations to make before you get the job started. Check for any existing water damage before the new gutters are installed. Any rotting or damaged wood needs to be repaired before gutters are put on the house.

You’ll also want to think about the drainage. Will you be harvesting rainwater? Or will you be directing the water away from your home? You might also want to direct rainwater towards a garden. This all needs to be decided before getting your gutters installed.

Lastly, if you’ve been thinking about repainting your home, it’s a good idea to get it done before the gutters get installed. Gutter installation can cause chips in old paint while they’re being installed. If you can get the painting done beforehand, it will stand up to the installation while giving your home a fresh look.

A Few Final Considerations

Kids and pets can easily get overwhelmed when any of these jobs are being done, so you’ll want to consider them. Talk to the kids and let your pets stay elsewhere while the work is being done.

Something else to think about is making sure shrubbery and trees are all trimmed appropriately for these types of home projects. Doing so makes it easier for the workers to get the job done right.

Don’t forget to let your neighbors know that people will be over at your home working on these various projects. They’ll appreciate the heads up, so they’re prepared for the noise that comes with doing jobs of this scale.

While some of these things may be an inconvenience, remember that they won’t last forever. Once the job is done, you’ll be grateful you did everything you needed to do to ensure a smooth process all the way around.

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.