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 in being fully transparent with our customers: no secrets, no surprises, and no subcontractors! 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!

How Annual Roof Inspections Keep Homeowners Happy

The Importance of Annual Roof Inspections | IBEX Roof

Have you scheduled your fall roof inspection yet? October and November are opportune times for your annual roof inspection before the weather gets too cold and rainy. In fact, the occasional rainfall now is also the right time to check your attic for leaks and moisture to ensure that your roof is prepared for the winter ahead. At IBEX Roof, we aim to provide quality roofs for our customers, and that includes prolonging the life of your existing roof! Read on to learn about why roof inspections are one of the best ways for a longer-lasting roof.

Safety First

Most people don’t often think about the roof over their heads, not until something goes wrong, that is. But waiting too long to inspect or repair your roof can have major consequences. A few missing shingles can turn into cracks or openings in your roof, which can then lead to water leaks, pests, or even mold. Preventing these things from happening is always the easiest way to keep your home safe and sound.

Money Saved

You can either be reactive or proactive when it comes to roof problems – guess which one method ends up being the most expensive? The best thing that can happen from a roof inspection is that your roof is in great shape. Sometimes, a roof inspection will uncover a small area of damage that would otherwise become worse and more costly over time. But catching these things sooner than later means they are less expensive to fix and less likely to turn into a major roofing emergency.

No Part Forgotten

Your roof is a lot more than just the shingles that lay on top; not every part of your roof can be seen with the naked eye. Gutters, skylights, chimneys, underlayment, and even inside your attic, are all part of your roofing system! So while your shingles may look like they are in good shape, a roof inspection will ensure that every part of your roof is accounted for. A roofing professional will know all the places to inspect and how to properly assess for damage.

A Clean Roof

Did you know that simply clearing away excess debris on your roof can prolong the life of your roof? At IBEX Roof, our cleaning services include a methodical roof evaluation so that all your bases are covered. Your pristine roof will improve curb appeal and impress passerbyers while you feel confident that your roof will last for years to come.

Peace of Mind

Roof inspections are a simple and painless way to make sure your roof is in good shape. It takes little time to do! IBEX Roof also offers free inspections for our customers, so scheduling your inspection should be a no-brainer. By just setting aside an hour of your day for us to take a look at your roof, you can get peace of mind that your roof is in good shape. 

Schedule your annual roof inspection or cleaning today by giving our office a call at 360-218-3134.

How Your Roofer Can Help You with Your Insurance Claim

How Your Roofer Can Help You with Your Insurance Claim | IBEX Roof

Hail, wind, and storm damage are common emergency situations that affect your roof. Even if you don’t see anything wrong with your roof after a bad storm, there’s likely some unseen damage going on. Therefore, we always recommend getting a roof inspection after a storm. Here is how you can work with your roofer to ensure a smoother insurance claim process.

Before and After Roof Inspections

It’s recommended not to wait until after a storm to get a roof inspection. In fact, getting an annual roof inspection can drastically improve the longevity of your roof. One way you can prepare for potential emergencies is by asking your roofer to document the state of your roof. That way, if a storm damages your roof, you can have before and after photos to prove exactly what was damaged by the storm.

Providing an Estimate

Another way your roofer can help you with your insurance claim is by providing an estimate of costs to replace your roof. Every insurance policy is different when it comes to what is covered, but most will ask for an estimate. This way your insurance companies knows how much to pay out for your claim when it is approved.

Fixing Your Roof

Obviously, your roofer is always ready to help you fix your roof. Even if you are waiting for an insurance claim to process, we don’t want the damage to get worse! We can help you create a temporary fix so that you can continue living in your home safely and securely.

At IBEX Roof, we’re committed to being your roofer for the long term. That means we’re always here to help make the best decisions for your roof. While no one ever expects to file an insurance claim for their roof, we’re here to make sure that if that time comes, you’re prepared. You can count on us to be on top of all your roofing needs! Remember that time is of the essence when it comes to emergency situations and filing claims. Give our office a call to see how we can help you prepare for all and any roofing incidences in the future, and how to ensure that your roof stays safe through it all.