Your Annual Roof Inspection Checklist

Your Annual Roof Inspection Checklist | IBEX Roof

If you’ve built a new roof for your house, we recommend inspecting it at least once a year. A bi-annual or annual inspection can help you spot potential issues and get them sorted before they become serious with a huge expense. As a homeowner, you can spot many underlying issues by just going around the house and checking out the roof from ground level or noticing other signs of damage from the inside.

So, how can you inspect your roof by staying on the ground, and what things can a roofer spot by getting up on the roof? 

A Homeowner’s Roof Inspection Checklist

Here’s a list of things you can check for on your roof from the ground or inside:

1. Water Damage

If you see dark spots or circles on the ceiling or walls inside your home, your roof leaks, causing the water to seep into the walls. 

2. Mold

If you notice small clusters of black, dark green, brown, grey, or white spots inside your home, it is a clear sign of mold growth. This is caused by excessive moisture inside the house, probably from the decking under the roof.

3. Sagging Between the Rafters 

If you see your home’s ceiling sagging or light coming through the rafters, there’s either a hole in your roof or the moisture has caused the ceiling to sag. Both these issues are quite severe and call for immediate repairs.

What You Might Not Be Able To See

At IBEX Roof, we have a very extensive list we use to evaluate your roof from the top down to inside and out. We never recommend climbing your roof to look for roof damage on your own. Here are the most common signs of damage a professional roofer might find on your roof:

1. Cracking and Blistering Shingles 

Cracks and blisters in shingles are common and are caused by excessive water accumulation behind the roofing layers. They can also appear due to improper attic ventilation that causes the roof temperature to rise, resulting in cracks and blisters on the shingles. 

2. Loose Nails

Another thing to check for is loose nails. These are also caused by moisture and high temperature on the roof and are quite dangerous as loose nails can cause roof components to come undone. 

3. Granule Loss

Shingles are embedded with mineral granules that protect them from direct sun exposure and help retain their color. Heavy rainstorms can knock off the granules causing the shingles to wear off faster than usual. Therefore, checking the granule loss level when getting your roof inspected is important.

4. Dented Flashing

Flashing is the metal sheet placed under the shingles to prevent snow and water from entering the openings and cracks on the roof. Get your roof inspected for dented or missing flashing and get it repaired because it can lead to more serious issues like rotting wood and water infiltration. 

If you’re investing a hefty amount in your home’s roofing, it should last its fullest service life. However, that’s only possible if you inspect your roof regularly, spot signs of underlying damage, and get it fixed right away.  We hope our roof inspection checklist will come in handy to keep an eye out for anything funny on your roof. And if you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate to give us a call or reach out online.

Common Types of Storm Damage in the PNW

Common Types of Storm Damage in the PNW | IBEX Roof

The Pacific Northwest region is known for its coastline, mountains, and rainy weather. And pretty much the only kinds of storms you can expect in the cities located in this region are wind and rain storms. 

However, these storms can cause potential damage to your roof, even if a roofing contractor has inspected it. Here are some of the common types of storm damage in the PNW region and how to avoid them:

1. Wind Blowing Off Loose Shingles 

Windstorms are quite common in the PNW region, given the coastline on one side and mountains on the other. Therefore, you can expect a few shingles from your roof to get blown away during a relatively wild windstorm. Roof shingles can get loose over time, and even though they usually would stay in place, strong winds can cause them to become disintegrated and tear off. 

2. Parts of Roof Coming Undone 

Apart from the shingles, a roof is comprised of numerous structural parts, including skylights, felt underlayments, vent pipes, decking, rafters, collar beams, etc. These components can crack or get loose with the passage of time. Strong winds and rain storms make it worse by causing these components to come undone. To avoid this, you should get your roof inspected regularly and get loose parts fixed as soon as possible. 

3. Trees Falling

Another storm damage that is quite common in the PNW region is trees falling during heavy storms. If you have large trees around your house, especially old trees, there’s a possibility that they might fall during a spell of strong wind and rain and damage the roof and walls of your house. There isn’t much you can do to avoid this type of storm damage; however, planting trees a little away from your house or cutting down old trees with weak and hollow stumps can help you avoid damage to your home from falling trees.

4. Rain Getting Into Cracks and Crevices 

Rain storms are common in coastal and mountainous regions, and PNW is no different. The area experiences lots of rain all throughout the year. Our roofs have many cracks and crevices, and constant rain can cause water to seep into them. As a result, the wood becomes swollen, causing the nails to come off. Also, water seepage can weaken the entire structure of the roof. The solution? Regular inspection and filling of cracks as soon as you discover them. As for crevices, keep them to the minimum. The fewer the crevices on the roof, the lesser the chance of water getting inside them. 

5. Shingle Granule Loss

The shingles on our roofs have mineral granules embedded into them to give them color and deflect the sun from the roof. Heavy rain storms can knock off these granules, which get stuck in leaves, pipes, and debris. Granule loss can cause the shingles to wear off earlier than expected. Also, the sun rays are not deflected, causing direct exposure, which can make your home’s interior warmer in the summer. So, if your roof is old or you notice granule loss, it’s time to replace your roof or repair it.

If you’re in the PNW region, you can expect common types of storm damage like shingles tearing off, roof parts coming undone, water seepage inside the house, and shingles wearing off faster due to granule loss. You can lessen the impact of these damages by getting your roof inspected regularly and repaired instantly. 

Check Out How We Treat Your Roof for Moss!

Check Out How We Treat Your Roof for Moss! | IBEX Roof

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:

Is Roof Cleaning Really Necessary?

Is That Algae, Moss, or Mold on Your Roof?

What Does Moss Removal Look like?

The Best Way to Remove Mold on Your Roof

Top 5 Roof Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

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.

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!

Why We Don’t Recommend Using Zinc Strips To Remove Moss

Why We Don’t Recommend Using Zinc Strips To Remove Moss | IBEX Roof

Unsurprisingly, it’s never ideal to have a moss garden (or any greenery!) growing on your roof. A common way to avoid or clean moss on roofs is by installing zinc strips. On paper, zinc strips sound like the perfect solution to keeping your roof moss-free. But while it may keep the moss off your roof, it could be letting water in. Today, we’ll dive into the benefits and disadvantages of zinc strips and some better alternatives.   

What is a zinc strip? 

Zinc strips are metal sheets that are installed onto your roof just below the ridgeline. Zinc is poisonous to algae, moss, lichen, fungus, and mold, making it ideal for keeping those pesky plants off your roof. It is installed just below the ridge of your roof. When rain falls, it will hit the zinc strip and carry tiny particles of zinc all the way down your roof, effectively killing anything plantlife it touches. They are sold in rolls of 50 feet and have to be installed at least every 15 feet for them to operate effectively. 

Why are zinc strips bad for your roof? 

Any harsh chemicals can quickly deteriorate your roof and greatly reduce its service life. The most significant problem with zinc strips is that they are only effective for 5 to 8 years. Afterward, you will have to rip them out and install brand new ones. Not only is this costly and time-consuming, but it can leave nasty nail holes in your roof. Furthermore, because they are installed under the shingles, they have a tendency to work nails out of their holes. When they eventually warp, they allow water to squeeze between shingle and deck, leading to even more water damage. This potential damage greatly outways the cost of getting your roof cleaned on a yearly basis. Zinc is also toxic to fish, making it extremely environmentally hazardous in coastal regions. 

What are the alternatives to zinc strips? 

There are plenty of services out there to keep your roof clean and free of plants. Our goal at IBEX Roof is to maintain the integrity of your roof so that it lasts as long as possible. We have a two-phase moss removal process that involves treating your roof with a solution that will not cause damage to your roof. We then wait about one to two months to let the moss die off naturally before coming back for a final cleaning phase. While this process takes some time, we promise it’s worth it for a beautiful and reliable roof. 

If your roof happens to be more susceptible to moss and algae growth, consider an annual cleaning plan. Our team at IBEX Roof can work with you to come up with a plan to ensure your roof looks great and lasts longer. Don’t wait until your roof becomes a “green roof” to consider a thorough roof cleaning. No matter what roofing issues you have, from maintenance to repairs to replacement, IBEX Roof is on top of it.

Have You Scheduled Your Spring Roof Inspection Yet?

Have You Scheduled Your Spring Roof Inspection Yet? | IBEX Roof

We’re a few weeks into spring, have you scheduled your spring roof inspection, yet? An annual roof inspection is a simple yet effective way to stay on top of your roof’s health. Early spring and late fall are two of the best times to get a roof inspection.

If you didn’t get a chance to inspect your roof before last winter, now is an opportune time to get your roof checked out. We don’t get too much snow or ice dams around here, but making sure your roof survived the cooler season and is ready for the warmer seasons is always ideal.

Don’t Put Off Your Roof Care!

In the spring cleaning mood? As part of general roofing maintenance, it’s always a good idea to clean your roof and gutter systems, as well. We know it’s not always easy to prioritize your roof when everything seems to be working, but even just setting aside an hour a week to tackle a small part of your roof care can extend the life of your roof.

In addition to scheduling your spring roof inspection, here are a few articles so that you can stay on top of your roof’s care without breaking a sweat.

IBEX Roof’s Spring Inspection Checklist

Is Roof Cleaning Really Necessary?

Common Gutter Cleaning Mistakes

The Right Time for a Gutter Replacement

The Best Way to Remove Mold from Your Roof

Need Help? Schedule Your Spring Roof Inspection with IBEX Roof

Homeowners can partially evaluate their own roof by going to the attic and checking for signs of moisture.  However, we never recommend our customers or any homeowners climb their own roof to inspect it. Roof damage is often undetectable from the ground or with the untrained eye, so it’s best to leave the roof inspecting to a roofing professional. We have the training and safety equipment needed to thoroughly evaluate your roof.

If you suspect something is not quite right with your roof, give our team a call today. We will thoroughly assess your view and provide you with the most cost-effective advice to ensure a safe and reliable roof.

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!

The Three Letter Word No Homeowner Wants to Hear

The Three Letter Word No Homeowner Wants to Hear (WOOD ROT) | IBEX Roof

It’s easier to tell there’s a problem with your roof when shingles are missing, cracked, or crooked. However, damaged shingles are not the only reason why a roof may be considered damaged. Your roof is made up of a lot more than just its shingles, in fact. Another major part of your roof is the roof decking or sheathing underneath. These are thin boards of wood underneath your shingles that provide the structure of your roof. Because these boards sit underneath your roof, is it harder to see when there is damage and, the dreaded word, ROT.

Invisible Damage

When your roof is working properly, it should be shedding water away from your home, into your gutters, and out the downspout. When you have damaged shingles or vulnerable areas in your roof, though, water can seep underneath the shingles and onto your roof decking. Because your roof decking is made out of wood, it will start to deteriorate over time, especially if it doesn’t properly dry out. When there is constant moisture underneath your roof, it’s only a matter of time that will start to decay and, eventually, rot.

Because your roof decking sits underneath your shingles, it’s difficult to tell when there is wood rot or damage outside of a professional inspection. As a note, we NEVER recommend homeowners climb their own roofs to check for wood rot because those rotted areas can easily break under your step.

Possible Signs of Wood Rot

There are two types of wood rot: wet rot and dry rot. Some signs of wood rot include:

  • There is a mildew smell in your attic
  • Parts of your roof are discolored
  • The wood feels soft and spongy (some homeowners may be able to tell this by looking in their attic)

If you suspect your roof has experienced wood rot, call our team at IBEX Roof. We will schedule you for a roof inspection as soon as possible! If wood is rotting, it is likely there is an underlying leak that needs to be repaired; the longer you wait, the more damage you risk on your roof. Being as proactive as possible will make it less likely you will need to replace your entire roof.

Our goal is to make sure your roof lasts as long as possible. The best way to do so is by scheduling annual roof inspections to stay ahead of your roof’s upkeep. At IBEX Roof, we pride ourselves on being fully transparent with our customers: no secrets, no surprises, and no uncertainty! We will never sell you any services you don’t need because we are here for you for the long haul. Give us a call today and let’s make sure to stay on top of your roof’s health!