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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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!

Are You Due for a Roof Inspection?

Are You Due for a Roof Inspection? } IBEX Roof

This is a friendly reminder to all our customers out there to get your roof inspected! Roof inspections are quick to schedule and such an easy way to keep your roof in tip-top shape. Just like we have annual physicals for ourselves, think of this as a yearly checkup for your roof!

How Often Should You Get a Roof Inspection?

As mentioned above, we recommend getting a roof inspection at least once a year. This is a great way to check on your roof to see if there are small details that need repair. Some examples include replacing broken shingles, swapping out damaged flashing, or performing a general cleaning to keep your roof clear from debris. While these issues may seem small, they can lead to bigger problems. When you stay on top of your maintenance and repairs ahead of time, you can greatly prolong the life of your roof!

Another instance to call in for an inspection is after a major storm or event that may have affected your roof. If you know a storm is about to hit, you may want to get an inspection to document the state of your roof. Then, it will be easier to file an insurance claim afterward. You can ask your roofer to take photos and assess your roof for damage after a storm as part of your inspection.

Don’t Forget to Check Your Gutters!

Make sure your roofer checks your gutters as part of your roof inspection. Your gutter system plays an important part in keeping your roof safe by diverting water away when it rains. As you can see, a roof inspection is not only meant to find problems to fix on your roof, but it’s also meant to prepare your roof for future challenges!

Call IBEX Roof Today

When it comes to all things roof-related, IBEX Roof is on top of it. We’re here to make sure your roof stands the test of time and lasts as long as possible. Our roof inspections are thorough. No matter what type or size roof you have, we run down the same checklist for all roofs to ensure everything is covered.

If you’re due for a roof inspection, don’t wait. Give us a quick call at 360-218-3104 to schedule your inspection today. It could be the difference that helps your roof last for another five years! 

Is It Possible to Get a Partial Roof Replacement?

Is It Possible to Get a Partial Roof Replacement? | IBEX Roof

There are many reasons why you may need to replace your roof. Maybe there is damage from a storm, or maybe it’s just from regular wear and tear. But if only part of your roof is worn, can you get away with a partial roof replacement? Or must you replace the entire thing? Read on to learn more.

When You Might Need a Partial Roof Replacement

Partial roof replacements can mean a few different things and usually refer to fixing just a small portion of your roof. Sometimes, it’s as simple as replacing a few missing or damaged shingles. If the underlayment of your roof is still intact, then there is nothing else to fix. This is when it’s useful to have any leftover shingles saved from your last roof replacement; otherwise, your roofer may have to color match your shingles.

Other times, a partial roof replacement requires patching if the underlayment or decking of your roof is damaged. This could be from a fallen tree, a hailstorm, or wood rot. Sometimes, you may not even be able to see the damage below your shingles, which is why we recommend getting an annual roof inspection. If there’s damage below your shingles, your roofer will check for any water damage in your attic. Then, they will let you know the best course of action to patch your roof.

Partial Replacement vs Re-Roofing

When there is damage on more than half your roof, you are probably better off getting a full roof replacement. Partially replacing half a roof can risk the integrity of your roof and there are no promises it will increase your roof’s lifespan. Even if the initial cost of a partial roof replacement is less than a full replacement, you will ultimately be paying less in the long-term by opting for a complete re-roofing.

IBEX Roof — We’re On Top of It!

Whether your roof needs partial reshingling or a little extra care, IBEX Roof is here for you. Keep our number handy on your fridge or on your phone so that it will be there when you need us. Or give us a call today at 360-218-3194 to schedule a roof inspection and we’ll make sure your roof is ready to go for the winter!

How Do I Know if Wind Caused My Roof Damage?

How Do I Know if Wind Caused My Roof Damage? | IBEX Roof

You see your roof every time you drive up to your home, but how often do you actually notice your roof? You know it’s there, but did you stop and think there might be roof damage from wind after a storm? Once a storm has passed, have you thought about needing to get it checked?

The next time there are high winds or a windy storm, take a look at y our roof. It might surprise you but wind can cause damage to your roof. You can get a full assessment of your roof by calling your favorite IBEX Roofers today for a roof inspection! We will come out and let you know exactly how your roof is doing.

High Winds and Roof Damage

Think about how much damage high winds can cause. It can topple trees, even uprooting some, and that is no small feat of strength. If these same winds blow across your roof, you can quickly lose a few shingles. When speeds are exceptionally fast, seeing patches of shingles gone in the aftermath is not surprising. Shingles are going to naturally loosen with time because of temperature changes as they expand and contract. If a strong wind gets under them, these shingles could easily be ripped up, causing further loose shingles. After a lot of wind damage, you could end up with roof leaks, too.

How Bad Can Roof Damage Get?

You might think roof damage from wind only happens with hurricane-force winds, but that is not true. Wind speeds between 47-63 mph are the first responsible for bringing down tree branches and blowing off shingles that are already loose. If wind speeds get higher and closer to 75 miles per hour, that’s where you start seeing more significant damage. It would not be surprising to see trees torn down or new shingles ripped off a roof. As wind speeds get closer to 90, you will see even more severe damage, and if winds get over 90 miles per hour, let’s say you will probably be calling your homeowner’s insurance to see if you can file a claim.

Getting Your Roof Damage Assessed

When it gets windy outside, pay attention to the wind speeds. If your roof has been exposed to wind that is over 45 miles per hour, you will want to consider getting it checked out, at least to see if you have any missing shingles. In addition to blowing tiles off your roof, you may also be missing granules from shingles. Granules will fall off the shingles with time due to exposure and blow off completely in strong winds. Having a professional inspect your roof is the way to go because even if you don’t see missing shingles, they might see some that should be replaced.

How Do You Know Your Roof Needs to Be Checked?

Aside from keeping an eye on wind speeds, there are definite signs to notice when you’re deciding whether to call a pro to come out and take a look at your roof. For example, if debris has landed on your roof, it is a good idea to have it checked.

If you see shingles in your front or back yard, give IBEX Roof a call at 360-218-3108. If any other major weather events occurred alongside the wind like rain, hail, or snow, that’s an even greater reason to get your roof assessed. When in doubt, always call a professional — we are always happy to lend a helping hand!

How to Decide Between a Roof Repair and a Replacement

How to Decide Between a Roof Repair and a Replacement | IBEX Roof

One way to take advantage of these rainy days is to use them as a tool to monitor the health of your roof. On a good, rainy day, take a look outside to make sure your gutters are allowing water to freely flow through. Additionally, go to your attic to check for any leaks or drafts. If you notice anything out of ordinary, then it’s time to call your roofer to help you decide between a roof repair and a replacement.

Routine Roof Repairs

Not every leak in your home means you need to start planning for a roof replacement. Small leaks, especially when caught early on, can be fixed in less than a day. Other common roof repairs include:

  • Replacing rusty flashing and broken shingles
  • Re-sealing fixtures on your roof
  • Unclogging gutters
  • Replacing pipe boots, chimney caps, etc.

When to Replace Your Roof

When you have a large leak or multiple leaks in your roof, it’s time to get a roof replacement, STAT! Fortunately, there are other ways to tell if your roof needs replacing before it progresses into an emergency situation. Such factors include the age of your roof, granule loss, many split or missing shingles, or an improperly installed roof. Our roof inspectors can often tell how much life your roof has left from an inspection. In fact, IBEX Roof follows a thorough evaluation process we use for every roof. From there, we can tell you when you should start considering a roof replacement.

Consider the Investment

When you have to decide between a roof repair or a replacement, you want to do what makes sense. If your roof only has a few years of life left after a repair is done, it’s probably a better investment to replace your roof altogether. There are many different factors at play when it comes to deciding the best route to choose and that’s why we always recommend getting a roof evaluation first. Our experts at IBEX Roof will inspect your roof and recommend the best course of action for your roof.

Whether you need a roof inspection, repair, or replacement, give our friendly office a call at (360) 836-0535.

How to Prepare for Any Roofing Problem

How to Prepare for Any Roofing Problem | IBEX Roof

What’s your new year’s resolution for 2021? Some of the most common new year’s resolutions include maintaining a healthier lifestyle, improving finances, and making more time for self-care. As roofers, we see the new year as a fresh start and an opportunity for homeowners to plan ahead when it comes to their roof. Actually, it makes a lot of sense to apply many of those common resolutions to your home. By maintaining a healthy roof, you will end up saving a lot of money and reducing the amount of stress in your life. Therefore, here are a few tips on how you can plan ahead and prepare for any roofing problem.

Revisit Your Homeowner’s Insurance

One great way to plan ahead for roofing emergencies is by revisiting your homeowner’s insurance and seeing what is covered. Even just skimming through your insurance policy will make it easier to make decisions in the event your roof gets damaged from a sudden accident or act of nature. In some cases, insurance will only cover for partial damage, and others offer replacements for material matching issues. Some policies cover cosmetic damage, others do not. Familiarize yourself with your policy including the right numbers to call and steps needed to file a claim.

Create an Emergency Budget

An emergency budget is another helpful way to prepare for any roofing problem or other home projects. It is pretty much impossible to ignore a roofing emergency and they often happen when you least expect it. So why not at least try to prepare a little bit by creating an emergency fund.

Scope out Local Roofers

Keep your local roofer’s phone number handy so that you can call them the moment you need their services. If you don’t have a local roofer, find one! It takes time to find the right roofer for you and there is no better time than when you don’t have a roofing emergency. When researching roofers, make sure to ask for the proper paperwork and insurance information, as well as referrals. 

Schedule an Inspection or Roof Cleaning

Speaking of finding the right roofer, consider scheduling your annual roof inspection! This will ensure that your roof is in proper condition to protect your family for another year. Even if you think your roof is in good shape, an inspection can help catch small repairs. This will ensure your roof lasts as long as possible. Even better, schedule a roof cleaning so that your roof is left sparkling clean after an assessment.

It’s not always fun or easy to plan ahead, but doing so can end up saving you a lot of time and money. Our mission at IBEX Roof is to ensure quality roofs over our customers’ heads and with no headaches involved! Give us a call today at 360-218-3108 to learn more about how we can best service your roof and gutters in 2021.

Help! My Shingles are Discontinued

Help! My Shingles are Discontinued | IBEX Roof

Most roof replacements end with a few bundles of leftover shingles that can be saved for future repairs. We always recommend saving them for a rainy day (literally!). Sometimes homeowners don’t have the extra room to save their shingles or they will repurpose them for something else. Other times, they do save their shingles, which get used up for roof repairs. Either way, what happens when you need a roof repair with discontinued shingles?

Finding Discontinued Shingles

It’s not easy to find discontinued shingles, especially if your last roof replacement was done years ago. It’s always worth asking your roofer, though, if they are able to find a match to repair your roof. If they aren’t able to find the exact shingle match, they will do their best to find the closest second. The best way is by looking at the manufacturer of your current shingles as they will most likely have a similar color, if not the same one under a different name. Many manufacturers also have online tools that can show you what different colored shingles will look like on your roof.

Filing Insurance Claims

While some insurance policies might cover discontinued shingles, many don’t. The best way to find out is by checking the roof repair section of your homeowner’s insurance policy. It should say whether or not they cover the matching of discontinued shingles. More than likely, your insurance will only cover roof work needed to ensure your roof’s safety, and will not cover anything just for aesthetics.

Old Roof? Consider a Replacement!

If your roof is over fifteen years old, then consider getting a full roof replacement! This will allow you to choose a new color of shingles and not worry about matching the color of your old ones. Of course, you probably don’t want to replace your roof just for the sake of its color! Book a roof inspection first to see how much life is left in your roof. If your roof is still in pretty good shape, you may want to consider just sticking to repairs with a similar shade of new shingles.

IBEX Roof Is on Top of It

At IBEX Roof, we’ve seen a mismatched roof or two in our time! Although having two different shingle colors doesn’t affect the safety of your roof, we understand wanting to find the best match for your discontinued shingles. If you need a roof repair and your old shingles have been discontinued, we’ll do our best to find the closest match. Nowadays, brands make shingles in all different shades and colors; we know we’ll be able to find something that will make your roof look great. And if you need a roof replacement, we’ve got you covered there, too! 

Give us a call today at (360) 218-3104 for a free estimate on your next roofing project.