Can You Install a Roof in the Rain?

Can You Install a Roof in the Rain? | IBEX Roof

The forecast has been a bit rainy and this is usually when homeowners find out whether or not they have a leaky roof. Once your roof starts leaking, it’s crucial to work fast to prevent the problem from getting worse and to keep your home dry. But what if it’s still raining outside? Is it possible to repair or even install a roof in the rain?

Roofing in the Rain

When it comes to residential roofing, almost all roofs can be inspected or repaired in reasonable rainy conditions. In fact, it’s best not to put off any repairs needed on your roof in case it gets worse and quickly turns into a roofing emergency

Roof replacements, on the other hand, may be more on a case-by-case basis. We do our best to keep track of the weather forecast closer to the dates of any roof replacements. If the weather doesn’t seem favorable as your appointment approaches, we will try to reschedule during a time with better weather. However, sometimes even the forecast gets it wrong! In this case, we take all measures to work quickly and efficiently to deliver you a top-quality roof to keep you and your family dry and safe. 

Staying Flexible

If we had control of scheduling the weather, that would be awesome! But since we can’t do that, the next best thing is for us to keep track of the forecast. The weather changes rapidly especially in the fall and spring, and it’s best to schedule your roof inspections, repairs, and replacements, ahead of time. We usually book up during these times so that we can stay flexible in the event that the weather doesn’t fully comply with our safety practices. 

Why Customers Trust IBEX Roof

Rain or shine, IBEX Roof never leaves our customers hanging. We organize our schedule so that we never have to leave in the middle of a project and we never move on to the next job until yours is complete! The last thing we would ever want is to have a leak in your roof because of the rain. There’s no need to worry about how you can install a roof in the rain because we’re on top of it! If it’s time for your home to get a new roof, give us a call today at 360-218-3104.

Why Fall is the Best Time for Roof Care

Why Fall is the Best Time for Roof Care | IBEX Roof

What a beautiful week it’s been and we’ve been enjoying roofing in the fall weather. Right now is the perfect time to get your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced, and we promise it’s not just for our sake. Here are three big reasons why fall is the best time to schedule in your roof care appointments!

Better Weather

Now that the weather is cooler and not as hot or humid, it’s the most ideal climate for installing new roofs. Whether that’s too hot or too cold can affect the integrity of shingles and their ability to properly bond. That doesn’t mean that your roof will be installed badly (we are professionals, after all!) but ideal temperatures will ensure that your roof replacement will go as smoothly and swiftly as possible.

Less Rain

Additionally, less rain means fewer chances of inclement weather postponing your roof care. Roof work can be done in light rain, but heavy rainfall and storms can postpone your appointments. When you schedule your roofing to be done in the fall, there’s less chance of your schedule being pushed around.

Prepping for Winter

The biggest reason to prepare your roof in the fall is to get it ready for winter. Inspections ensure that any small damages are repaired and that there are no leaks for when the rain or snow comes. Even if a small area of damage doesn’t seem like a big deal, we highly recommend getting it repaired as soon as possible. Any cracks or open crevices in your roof can be widened by freezing rain or ice, potentially causing leaks. Additionally, pests may use these areas to take shelter in your attic. If that happens, it will be a much bigger problem that will be both expensive and a headache.

There is no better time than scheduling your roofing in the fall. Every roof IBEX Roof climbs gets evaluated under the same thorough assessment. It’s our top priority that your roof keeps your home protected and that you feel prepared for the upcoming winter. Give us a call today at 360-836-0535 to get a free estimate on your next roofing project.

Should You Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home?

The first thing potential homebuyers see when they come to your house is the outside, a large part of which is your roof. And the roof is often an important aspect of houses that buyers consider when purchasing a new home. But does that mean you have to replace your roof before selling your house? Not necessarily.

Replacing vs Repairing

Your realtor may recommend getting some type of home inspection before listing your home. This gives you an idea of what types of repairs to make in order to improve your curb appeal and increase the value of your home. Keep in mind that every city and locality may have different rules about what inspections are required and which ones are optional when it comes to buying or selling homes.

When it comes to the roof, the quickest way to gauge its health is by getting a roof inspection. This will let you know what repairs need to be done or if your roof is on its last legs in life. Roofs that only need a few minor repairs are usually worth fixing to boost home value. Common repairs to prepare your home for the market include:

  • Replacing damaged or missing shingles
  • Replacing flashing
  • Cleaning moss and algae
  • Partial re-roofing

If your roof needs a replacement sooner than later because of damage or old age, it will be up to you to decide if the cost to fix your roof is worth it. Your realtor can help you figure out how much the state of your roof will affect your home’s resale value before and after replacement.

Signs You Need a Roof Replacement

Some easy ways to tell if your roof is in dire need of a replacement include:

  • Lots of missing or damaged shingles
  • Sagging roof
  • Leaks
  • Little or no granules on your roof
  • Damage from ice, hail, other extreme weather conditions

When you don’t fix the damage on a roof right away, the problem usually gets worse. This could affect your home’s resale value over time, depending on how long it stays on the market. Additionally, if you are selling the house you live in, having major damage can put you and your household in danger.

When to Consider Replacing Your Roof

Some home sellers choose to wait and see how their home fares on the market before choosing to perform any major repairs on their home. If your roof isn’t in the best shape and you decide to not replace it, be prepared for your roof to be a negotiating part of your home sale. Your realtor may recommend considering a roof replacement if:

  • You’re not getting many offers on your house
  • Buyers are requesting a roof replacement before closing
  • Not doing so is significantly reducing your offer price

According to Zillow’s Consuming Housing Trends Report in 2018, 18% of sellers reported replacing or repairing their roof before selling. Zillow’s report also showed that 22% of sellers who made improvements sold their home above list price. Of course, there are a lot of improvements that can be made in a house. But the roof is such a large part of the home and one that keeps its inhabitants safe. So if you’ve already made other improvements but think your roof is holding your sale back, it’s worth considering a roof replacement.

IBEX Roof always wants what’s best for our customers, which means we always do what’s best for your roof! We never replace a roof that doesn’t need to be replaced and always make the necessary repairs so that your roof lasts longer. While we can’t help you decide whether or not to replace your roof right before selling a house, we can definitely provide different options for fixing your roof so you can make the best decision for you and your household.

Give us a call today at 360-218-3194 to set up your free roof inspection!

Replacing Your Roof: Tear-Off vs Overlay

The top of a new slate-colored asphalt roof installed by IBEX Roof

When it comes to fixing your roof, there are two options: a roof tear-off or an overlay. Both methods are as they sound. Tear-offs involve removing your existing roof and replacing it with a brand new one. Overlays, however, are when you add another layer of shingles on top of your roof, without tearing anything off. So when it comes to fixing an old roof, which one is better?

Overlaying Your Roof

First, let’s talk about overlaying your roof. This is when you put a second layer of shingles on your existing roof. If your roof already has two or more layers of shingles on it, then overlaying is not an option. Most counties and cities don’t allow homes to have more than one or two layers of shingles, so if you are considering an overlay, it is essential to check if it is even allowed.

Homeowners usually consider overlays when they are concerned about the cost of replacing their roof. However, there aren’t many situations where we would recommend getting an overlay over a tear-off, and it doesn’t really save you much. Overlay roofs have a shorter lifespan than a new roof and may sometimes end up costing more to replace later on. It also adds extra weight to your roof, which could possibly affect your roof’s structure.

If you’re selling your house, an overlay might seem like a good way to improve your home’s curb appeal and up the resale value. This is not necessarily the case. If your roof has any problems such as sagging or rot, an overlay simply covers up those problems but does not fix them. In fact, getting an overlay on top of a damaged roof can actually negatively affect your resale value. 

Roof Tear-Off

When your roof is old and it is about time for a roof replacement, we will likely recommend installing a brand new roof rather than an overlay. While there are many problems we can scope out through our roof inspection, we can’t always get the whole picture without being able to look under the shingles.

The biggest advantage of a roof tear-off is that you end up with a brand new roof. That doesn’t just include installing new shingles, but it also means replacing damaged or rotted decking, using new flashing, and installing an ice and water-leak barrier. This should ensure that your roof has no leaks and that everything is up-to-standard.

The Best Choice for Your Roof

In most cases, tearing off your roof and getting a full roof replacement will be the best choice to keep your home safe and sound. It is all-around a better choice, too, when it comes to warranties, resale value, and the longevity of your roof.

IBEX Roof always puts the needs of our customers first. If it’s about time for your roof to get replaced, give our office a call. Our friendly and professional staff will happily walk you through the options that will work best for your home and budget. And if you’re not in the market for a new roof quite yet, we’d be happy to help prolong the life of your current roof with our inspection and maintenance services! Call for a free estimate today at 360-218-3108.

Should Skylights Be Replaced When Reroofing?

Should Skylights Be Replaced When Reroofing? | IBEX Roof

We’ve talked about when it’s time to replace a skylight, but should skylights be replaced when reroofing? Or is it okay to reuse an old skylight? The answer to this isn’t as simple as “yes” or “no”. In fact, the best way to tell if you can reuse your old skylight is by letting us inspect your skylights, first. Then, there are a few factors you may want to consider.

Reusing Vs Replacing Skylights

Simply put, if there is still life left in a skylight, then we’ll reuse it. We can tell whether or not a skylight is still usable; as long as the seal is in good condition, then it can probably be reused. While every situation is different, here are a few examples of when we may choose to reuse or replace your skylight.

Consider age

Skylights have a similar lifespan to roofs. So if you’re considering a roof replacement and your skylight was also installed on your last reroof, it’s probably a good time for a replacement. However, if your skylight is newer than your roof, it’s possible there’s still some life left and your skylight can be reused.

Improper installation

It doesn’t happen often, but we’ve seen a roof or two that was improperly installed by another contractor and the best way for us to fix it is to do a complete reroof. It’s also possible for skylights to be improperly installed. If that happens, we can re-do the installation while still reusing the existing skylight.

Broken seal or foggy glass

If your skylight is damaged in any way, it’s time for a replacement. The most obvious sign is by looking at the seal. If the seal of your skylight looks cracked or dried out, you’ll definitely need a replacement. Another sign is if there is fog or condensation between the glass panes.

Call IBEX Roof Today

We want our customers to get the most value out of their roof, gutters, and skylights. At IBEX Roof, we never upcharge or upsell materials or services to our customers and we are here to service your roof for the long haul. To ensure this, we follow a thorough evaluation process so that every aspect of your roof is covered. Then, we’ll let you know what should be maintained, repaired, or replaced.

To learn more about our services, whether it’s for your skylight, gutters, or another type of roofing issue, give our office a call at (360) 836-0535.

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