What is a Roofing Square?

What is a Roofing Square? | IBEX Roof

If you’re getting a new roof for your house or the old one renovated, you must have come across the term “Roofing Square” either from your contractor or the supplier. So, what is a roofing square? To put it simply, it’s a unit of measurement that helps in calculating the total amount of material required for roof building. How does one calculate the number of roofing squares, and how does it help estimate the total material required? 

What Exactly is a Roofing Square?

A roofing square is a 10 x 10 area on the roof that equals 100 square feet. The number of roofing squares helps contractors calculate the total square footage of your roof, and determine the exact amount of material required to build the roof. This includes the underlay and bundles of shingles. 

How to Calculate the Number of Roofing Squares?

The first step in calculating the number of roofing squares is to find out the total square footage.

For this, you have to measure the length and width of your roof planes. The number of roof planes depends on the style of your roof. For instance, a gable roof has two planes, one at the front and one at the back. Similarly, a shed or flat roof has just one plane. The length multiplied by the width of a roof plane gives you the square footage of that particular roof plane. If your house has three roof planes, add the square footage of all 3 to get the total square footage of your roof.  Now, divide the total square feet by 100 to get the number of roofing squares.

It may seem like a lot of math, but trust us, it’s quite essential when it comes to roof building. Don’t worry, though. Our team will do the math for you! By calculating the right amount of materials, we can ensure that you have just enough left over at the end for future repairs. We’ll also order your materials for you. At IBEX Roof, we’ve got you covered every step of the way!

How Many Layers of Shingles Can I Have on My Roof?

How Many Layers of Shingles Can I Have on My Roof? | IBEX Roof

Is your roof leaking? Are its shingles falling off? Are you experiencing mold growth or roof algae on your shingles? If yes, it means your roof has completed its life cycle; it’s time to get a new roof! And when you’re getting a new roof, the first question that arises in your mind is: How many layers of shingles can I have on my roof? 

Well, according to most building codes, you can have a maximum of two layers of shingles on your roof. Furthermore, based on the condition of your roof, you get to decide whether you need a complete roof replacement or just add a new layer of shingles on top of the existing ones. If you ask us, we suggest tearing down the existing roof and getting a new roof altogether! Let’s discuss the number of layers of shingles and tell you why you should do a complete tear-off rather than layering shingles on top of each other. 

How Many Layers of Shingles Can You Have on Your Roof?

The number of layers of shingles allowed on a roof depends on the type of roofing material used. For instance, if you’re installing asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, or rubber shingles, the maximum number of layers can be two. On the other hand, metal roofs or concrete roofs will pretty much stop at one layer. Whether you’re getting a new roof or adding shingles on top of the existing ones, the highest you can go is two layers. 

Now, let’s discuss why a tear-off replacement is better than multiple layers of shingles on your home.

New Roof or A New Layer of Shingles?

While adding a new layer of shingles on top of the old ones seems like a good way to save time and money, it is not a viable option in the long run. Here’s why:

  • If your first layer of shingles is compromised, placing new shingles on top of them will not fix them.
  • Roofing material weighs a lot. Homes are not designed to support multiple layers of roofs! It can cause a strain on the house between the trusses. This cracks the backing boards, allowing moisture to seep in.
  • If you decide to replace the older layer of shingles later, the new layer will also have to be torn off, adding to the cost. 
  • Multiple layers of shingles can become a hindrance if there’s a leakage and the contractor is trying to locate where it’s coming from.
  • Multiple layers of shingles can decrease the value of your house at the time of sale. 
  • Lastly, if you keep adding layers of shingles to your roof, it looks lumpy. So, limit the layers to two if you want a sleek and stylish-looking roof.

When building a roof from scratch or replacing an old one, people tend to avoid tearing it off completely to save time and money. However, while adding multiple layers of shingles seems a good idea in the short term, it can lead to more damage and cost a lot of money in the long run. The solution? Stick to the rules and keep your shingles limited to two layers.

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 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.

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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How Many Layers of Shingles Are Too Many?

How Many Layers of Shingles Are Too Many? | IBEX Roof

If you’ve ever gotten your roof replaced, you may remember the process.  It usually includes an inspection, tearing off old shingles, installing the new ones, and then cleaning up. The entire process of replacing a roof usually doesn’t take too long. In fact, many houses can be done in about a day or two. However, sometimes homeowners will ask if we can install the new shingles over their existing shingles. You may think this saves time or add extra protection to your roof. But adding multiple layers of shingles on top of your home may actually do more harm than good. Here’s why.

Follow Your Local Building Codes

Your roofer should be familiar with your local building codes, and most building codes only allow a maximum of two layers of shingles. Outside of shingles, your roof is also made up of decking and underlayment. When you layer new shingles on top of old ones, you aren’t able to see what’s going on underneath the foundation of your roof. So if the layers underneath your old shingles are old and rotten, we won’t be able to see it or fix it.

Watch for Weight

Even if your roofer DOES allow for more than two layers of shingles, your house or building may not be designed to hold the extra weight of multiple roof layers. Ultimately, having too many layers of shingles could negatively impact the integrity of your roof, causing it to sag over time.

Talk to Your IBEX Roofer Today

So how many layers of shingles are too many? Two layers are the recommended maximum. But it also depends on other factors, such as the state of your roof and what types of shingles you choose. In some cases, it’s best to stick with just one layer of shingles. The best way to find out is to have your roofer perform an inspection prior to your roof replacement. 

Our IBEX Roof experts can help answer all of your questions about getting your roof replaced and how to do it right. Our goal is to make sure your roof lasts as long as possible; we would never want to jeopardize the integrity of your roof. The last thing anyone wants is to replace their roof sooner rather than later! Give us a call today at 360-218-3194 with any questions you may have and we’ll be happy to answer them. Don’t forget to also ask about our roof specials so that you can save on your next roof!

What Affects The Time It Takes to Replace Your Roof?

What Affects it Takes to Replace Your Roof? | IBEX Roof

When you think of a roof replacement, the first thing you think of may be our roofers tearing away your old roof and replacing it with a new one. And while that is the bulk of the process, it’s only one part of the entire project! There are many factors involved that will ultimately affect your roof installation time, from beginning to end.

Getting Started

Every roofing project has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the beginning, we have to inspect your roof to assess whether or not it needs to be replaced. Sometimes, it’s possible that your roof may have extra life left in it — we don’t want to make you replace a roof if we don’t have to! If your roof can simply be repaired, we will let you know and come up with a maintenance place that will help prolong the life of your roof until it is time for a full replacement.

Once we’ve determined you need a replacement, the next step is to choose the style and color you want for your roof. Then, we will need to order the materials before getting started on the installation.

What Affects Roof Installation Time?

There are many things that can affect the time it takes to install your roof. One of the major factors is the type of materials you want. It may take longer to get started on your installation if we can’t get all your materials together. Additionally, not every type of roofing material is installed the same way. Some types of roofs require a longer process to install.

Other factors that will affect your roof replacement time include the size of your home and historic status. Obviously, a larger house will take more time to install. Even so, asphalt shingle roofs often still take only a day or two to complete. Historic homes, on the other hand, have several rules that need to be followed in order to protect the historical integrity of the home. Therefore, it may take longer to install a roof on a historical home to ensure all the proper guidelines are being followed. 

Another major factor that could affect your roof replacement is if your roof deck is damaged. This is a major component of your roof. If it requires repair or replacement, then we will fix it before we install the rest of your roof.

Finishing Up

Lastly, another part of the roofing process is the cleanup! We make sure to clean up all the debris and trash from your old roof; your landscape will look as good as we found it! By the time we leave, the only thing you will notice is the amazing roof left behind. 

IBEX Roof is here for you whenever you need us. Our friendly team is here to guide you through the entire roofing process. Our entire philosophy is to provide roofing services without any secrets or surprises! From the moment you call us to the moment we complete your project, we strive to be transparent in everything we do. That means being open and communicative about how long your project will take and how much it will cost.

Have a question about the roof installation time of your project? Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to answer!

Do You Need a Roof Replacement?

Do You Need a Roof Replacement? | IBEX Roof

A brand new roof is a large investment and one that is beneficial to prepare for. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t feel adequately prepared when it’s time to replace their roof. Even if you don’t need a new roof right now, it’s a great time to think about when it will be the right time. So when exactly do you need a roof replacement? Here are some questions to consider so you are ready for a roof replacement — when the time is right.

What Type of Roof Do You Have?

The first step to figuring out when to replace your roof is by knowing what type of roof you currently have. Do you have a three-tab asphalt roof, architectural shingles, or a metal roof? Different types of roofs have different lifespans and rules for maintenance. 

How Old is Your Roof?

Once you know what type of roof you have, it’s time to figure out when it was installed and its repair history. If you are not the original owner, it might be a good idea to ask the previous owners of your home about the roof’s installation. Even a ball-park estimate is good enough. Another option is to ask your realtor to see if they can look up the house records. 

Knowing the age of your roof is helpful because then you can gauge where your roof is in its service life. The average service life of an asphalt roof is between 15-30 years, whereas metal can last up to 70 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its service life, it’s time to start considering and saving for a new roof.

Are You Having Roof Problems?

If your roof is constantly needing repairs, a roof replacement might be more budget-friendly in the long term. Common signs of wear and tear in a roof include curling or missing shingles, clogged storm gutters, damaged flashing, or moisture in your walls. While the occasional leak can be repaired, it’s not normal to experience this often unless there is something wrong with your roof.

When to Call the Experts?

Any time you suspect a problem with your roof, it’s time to call your local roofer. And even if you’re roof seems to be doing well, it never hurts to schedule an inspection! At IBEX Roof, our roofing contractors begin every project with a thorough roof inspection. This allows us to provide a detailed assessment, expert recommendations, and an accurate estimate. When you give us a call, you can trust that IBEX Roof will be on top of it. We’re happy to look at your roof and let you know how much service life it has left. We can also make recommendations on how best to maintain your roof. That way it lasts as long as possible before it’s time for a replacement. And, if it is time for a replacement, we’re ready to help you with that, too! Give us a call today or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.

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!