Are you building a new roof or reconstructing the old one? We’re sure you’ve put a lot of thought into getting the perfect material for your shingles for proper ventilation, insulation, and waterproofing. However, with this comes another important question: Do I need to install dark or light shingles?

We say, go for the color you want, whether dark or light, based on the overall paint color of your house. However, many people are of the opinion that light shingles are better for energy efficiency. How true is that? And what happens if you get dark shingles instead of light ones? Let’s explore!

Dark Vs. Light Shingles

We have made side-by-side comparisons of dark and light shingles based on certain factors:

1. Temperature

It is said that the color of your shingles can affect the temperature of your home. For instance, light-shaded shingles deflect sunlight, dropping the internal temperature by a significant level. On the other hand, dark-colored shingles absorb heat and keep your house warm. While it’s possible there may be some tiny truth to these observations, it’s not enough to make a difference. Insulation is the first line of defense in creating an energy-efficient home. While it’s important to have a roof that is well-ventilated, the color of your roof has little effect on how comfortable your home is.

2. Style

When choosing the color of shingles for your roof, you have to consider the overall paint color of your house. While many believe light shingles go best with light-colored houses and dark shingles look great on dark-colored houses, we disagree! We believe that there should be a contrast. For instance, if your house is painted in a lighter shade, dark shingles would look more pronounced, and vice versa. However, there is no hard and fast rule about choosing the color of shingles. You can go for whichever color you like, based on your taste and preference.

3. Durability

Another point of debate between dark and light shingles is their durability. People believe that dark shingles have a longer lifespan compared to light shingles. Mainly because darker shades can tolerate more heat, live through snow, don’t fade quickly, and are good at hiding imperfections. However, there’s no proof to back this fact. Color has nothing to do with longevity. If your roof is properly ventilated and has a place from where the heat can escape, it will last longer, regardless if it has light or dark shingles. 

So, What’s It Going to Be?

Dark shingles or light shingles? Actually, we even offer options that have a combination of both. We think your choice of the color of shingles depends on your personal preference and what looks aesthetically pleasing with the overall paint color of your house. 

If you have always dreamed of a house with red shingles, go for it! If you think light grey or white would make your house appear minimalistic and chic, get light shingles! If you feel blended colors like dark grey go better with the style of your home, they really do! Just go with whatever is suitable for your home. Regardless of which option you choose, our team at IBEX Roof will make sure that your home looks great.

The Pacific Northwest is known for having a temperate oceanic climate with lots of rain and wind. Therefore, PNW residents usually build roofs that can handle moisture and have good drainage. While there are many types of roofs, including concrete, cedar shakes, metal, slate, and asphalt, the 3 most popular roofing types in PNW are:

  1. Asphalt
  2. Metal 
  3. Cedar Shakes

Let’s go over the properties of each type and see why they are so popular among the people of PNW.

1. Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing option in the Pacific Northwest. They are considered the most versatile type of roofing, available in a variety of different colors and adding a clean and aesthetic look if installed correctly. To build an asphalt roof, you need a fiberglass mat, on top of which the shingles are installed, and a layer of mineral granules is added as a finishing touch.

There are three main types of asphalt shingles:

2. Metal Roofing

Even just a decade ago, when people thought of metal roofs, they would think of a shed or outside buildings. However, metal roofing is becoming quite popular in the Pacific Northwest. This is mainly due to its water-resistant properties and also because it is now available in different colors and styles. Metal roofs are one of the best types of roofing because they are unaffected by rain and snow due to closely interlocked panels. They are lightweight, easy to install, deflect heat, and can last for more than 50 years. Plus, they can also be designed to look like wood shake and slate to make your home look aesthetically pleasing.

3. Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake roofs have been around for more than 300 years and are another popular roofing type in the PNW. They are the pioneers of roofing, giving your home a luxury look and increasing its value. Cedar roofs are expensive compared to other roofing options, but they have a low maintenance cost, save energy, and provide optimum insulation and deflection. However, cedar roofs are prone to mold growth if not installed correctly. But, if you treat the wood with products designed to keep mold and bacteria at bay, they can easily last for 30 to 50 years with annual maintenance. 

Living in the PNW means building roofs impervious to rain and wind. Although you will find houses with several different roofing types, asphalt shingles, metal, and cedar shake roofs are the most viable options in the region. If you’re not sure how to choose a roofing type that suits you best, IBEX Roof is here to help. We can find you the right match based on your budget, maintenance capability, and preference!

For many, metal is the perfect material for your new roof. They come in tons of shapes and styles, they’re durable and energy-efficient, but they are also expensive and noisy. So what’s suitable for your home? If it’s time to consider a metal roof, here are some pros and cons that might help make the decision a bit easier.

The Advantages of a Metal Roof

Durable

The most popular type of residential roofing material is asphalt, which lasts anywhere from 12 to 20 years. On the other hand, metal roofs have a lifespan of 40 to 70 years, meaning that a metal roof is going to last as long as your home does. 

Environmentally friendly 

Since metal roofs last so long and since they can often be reused when they are done, metal roofs are extremely environmentally friendly. Especially when compared to petroleum-based asphalt or wood shingles, which last half as long and produce a lot of waste. Not to mention that metal roofs are also the perfect platform for solar panels.  

Energy efficient

Since metal roofs reflect light instead of absorbing it, they are very energy efficient, especially in the summer when you do not need to crack up the air conditioning because your roof is already keeping you cool. 

Stylish

Metal roofs come in just about any color and style you can imagine. They can look like traditional slate, clay half-round, and even cedar shingles. Whether it’s copper, steel, or aluminum, there are 100 colors to choose from and just about any style you can dream up. 

Moss and animal proof

Unlike cedar and asphalt, metal roofs are utterly unaffected by moss and fungus. It may not look great growing on your roof, but you will not have to worry about it affecting the integrity of your home. Also, much like the moss and fungus, it is not a great look for your roof to have animals on it, but if there are, none of them will be able to burrow or peck into your roof. Both of these factors are just another reason why metal roofs last as long as they do. 

Fire resistant  

Metal roofs are perfect for areas that are prone to wildfire because they are extremely fire resistant. In fact, metal roofs are considered class A when it comes to fire retardancy, meaning they are one of the most fireproof roofs money can buy.  

Disadvantages of a Metal Roof

Expensive 

All the pros of metal roofs come at a serious cost which is why they are some of the more expensive roofs money can buy. Since the material you choose for your metal roof varies greatly in price, a wide range of costs is available. Copper is going to be on the more expensive side, while aluminum will be cheaper, and steel falls somewhere in between. Regardless, on average, a homeowner can expect to pay anywhere from $5.00 to $9.00 per square foot. 

Susceptible to denting

Unfortunately, there is no roof out there that is impenetrable. Although metal is one of the most durable roofing types out there, significant hail is known to dent metal roofs. While it’s rare for hail to penetrate the roof, it will not look as good if your roof is covered in dents, and there is no real way to fix them without replacing sections of the roof.

If it’s time to consider a metal roof, we’re here to help. Our roofing specialists at IBEX Roof can help you install a great metal roof for your home or building. We know that changing up your roofing type is a big decision. If you have questions or concerns about what type of roof is best for you, give us a call today. We’ll be here to guide you through the entire process so that you can feel confident with the roof that goes over your head. When you partner with IBEX Roof, you can trust that we’ll be on top of it!

Slate colored roof with a row of box vents across the top

After talking about roof vents all month, we thought it would be a good idea to go over the different roof ventilation options out there. Every house is different and there isn’t a single type of roof vent that works perfectly for every home. It is important for every home to have a properly vented roof, though. Some benefits of having roof vents include:

While there are a few different roof ventilation types available, the three main categories are intake, exhaust, and flappers.

Intake Ventilation Options

Intake vents allow outside air into your attic or other ventilation spaces. The main types of intake vents we install are bird blocks, edge vents, or smart intake vents.

Bird blocks: These are also known as soffit vents because the vents are located underneath the eaves of your roof. This is only possible if your home has soffits, as some older houses don’t have them at all. 

Edge vents: Some homes may not have room for bird blocks underneath their eaves, so an edge vent is the next best solution. Edge vents attach at the lower edge of your roof.

Smart vents: Smart vents combine ridge and soffit venting and are usually installed underneath the first layer of shingles at the edge of your roof. It’s most ideal to install when you’re installing a new roof or replacing an old one.

Types of Exhaust Vents

Intake vents work best when they are paired with exhaust vents. Exhaust vents are what direct airflow from the inside out. Common types of exhaust vents include ridge vents, box vents, and electric attic fans. We do not recommend electric attic fans because they can end up pulling air in from your exhaust vents instead of your intake vents.

Ridge vents: Ridge vents are a popular choice when it comes to exhaust vents because they allow continuous airflow and blend in seamlessly with your roof. They are installed underneath your roof’s ridge cap. These are the way to go if you are installing a brand new roof but are not easy to retrofit on existing roofs. 

Box vents: Box vents are more visible on your roof than ridge vents but are easier to install on an existing roof. These are cuts in your roof that have a cover over them. You will need multiple box vents, depending on the size of your home, to ensure proper air exhaustion. Otherwise, your roof may be underventilated.

Flappers

Flappers are dedicated exhaust vents, usually for bathrooms and kitchens. They only open when you turn on the fan switch so air won’t circulate between your other roof vents. Flappers help exhaust the air from high-moisture rooms out of your attic to prevent mold, mildew, and rot.

Some homes don’t have any ventilation at all when they need it. Other homes might have a few vents installed, but not enough to facilitate adequate airflow. Call IBEX Roof today at 360-218-3104 if you need guidance over different roof ventilation options for your home.

Most people know that asphalt shingles cannot be painted over if you want to change the color of your roof. But can you paint a metal roof? Painting a metal roof might be something a homeowner would consider doing to a very old roof, but it’s usually unnecessary. If you’ve had a metal roof installed by IBEX Roof, your panels come with a 40-year paint fade warranty! That means you don’t have to worry about painting your roof for at least the next 40 years. 

Painting Old Roofs

After 40 years, you may consider painting your metal roof as a way to prevent a full-on roof replacement. Painting may be an option to help refresh your roof if it looks faded. It can also be used to re-seal an old roof to prevent rusting or eroding from rain, snow, and ice. However, we highly recommend getting a roof inspection before considering a new coat of paint on your roof. When you have an old roof, color fading is only one of the signs of roof deterioration. An inspection will make sure to catch any repairs that need to be made or to fully assess whether or not you’ll need a roof replacement.

Not All Paints Are Created Equal

Like any type of material, there are ones that are cheaper and ones that cost a little more. One of the most important qualities in a metal roof panel is the type of paint coating it has; this is not an area you want to skimp on cost! Avoid installing metal panels on your roof that use polyester-based paints. This type of paint fades in only a few years and increases the chance of your roof being exposed to rust more quickly. Installing these types of panels may like a cheaper option at first, but you will only end up paying more to repaint and repair it. Or, worse, you may end up needing to replace your roof sooner than later!

At IBEX Roof, it’s crucial for us to use high-quality roofing materials that can withstand the temperamental weather patterns of the Pacific Northwest. That’s why we use metal panels painted with Kynar500 paint. This type of coating on the panels is so durable that there is no need to think about ever re-painting your metal roof.

Can I Paint My Roof Myself?

There are several reasons why we don’t recommend homeowners paint their roofs on their own. First, metal roofs are easier to slip on than other roof materials. We never recommend untrained professionals to climb onto their roof, especially if it’s a metal one. Second, there are some metal roofs that can get easily damaged if you walk on it the wrong way.

If you are worried that your metal roof needs repainting, call IBEX Roof’s friendly office to schedule an inspection! Our process involves a thorough evaluation checklist. After inspecting at your roof, we will let you know your options to ensure your roof lasts as long as possible. Give us call today at (360) 218-3134.

The Do’s and Dont’s of Metal Roof Maintenance | IBEX Roof

One of the best reasons to consider a metal roof is that they require very little maintenance. Like any roof, you should always avoid allowing debris to build-up on top and trim back any overhanging tree branches. While that is probably the biggest maintenance rule to follow, here are a few more tips to make sure you get the most life out of your metal roof.

Maintaining a Metal Roof

DO clean the gutters: Gutters are an important part of your roofing system that helps to properly shed water away from your home. Clogged gutters will cause water to back up and potentially damage your roof’s foundation. In the winter, cold temperatures may also cause water to freeze and expand in small spaces under the metal, damaging your roof.

DO keep an eye out: Not only can excess debris create scratches on your roof, but it could also break down the metal coating more quickly. Exposed metal on your roof can cause ugly rust stains, which can negatively affect your home’s curb appeal. Fall and spring are often opportune times to take a look at your roof to make it is in good shape. In addition to debris, be on the lookout for any stains, scratches, dents, and loose fasteners, or seam separation. The sooner you catch any problems, the easier and less expensive it will be to fix!

DO get your roof inspected: As your roof gets older, always remember to get it inspected! An annual inspection will suffice to make sure any small repairs are fixed. This will ensure a long life for your roof and will also keep your roofing budget to a minimum; it’s a lot cheaper to repair an issue while it is small than it is to replace a roof because your problem got too big. You should also consider an inspection after major storms or when there are extreme weather conditions.

What Not to Do

DON’T walk on your roof: For obvious safety reasons, you should never walk on your roof if you don’t have to. When it comes to metal roofs, a trained professional will know how to do so without bending or puncturing any part of the roof. Any small dent can be an eyesore, so it’s important to know where to step! Metal roofs can also be more slippery than your average asphalt roof, even when it’s dry. This makes it even more dangerous to walk on and it’s best to avoid going on your roof when you can.

DON’T pressure wash: Maintaining a metal roof may include a light cleaning, but NEVER pressure wash your roof! With asphalt roofs, pressure washing will wash away the granules that give shingles their longevity. Although metal roofs don’t have granules, pressure washing can still damage their metal coating. You should also avoid using abrasive cleaners or solvents that may break down the paint and reduce the lifespan of your roof.

DON’T wait to get repairs: If you see something wrong with your roof, do not wait to get it fixed. Often, the longer you wait, the bigger a problem it becomes, which will end up only costing you more money. It’s possible that what could have been a small repair turns into an entire roof replacement!

Get an Inspection from IBEX Roof

IBEX Roof is here to be your long-term roofing team. We’re here for more than just emergencies and roof replacements; we do everything we can to make sure your roof lasts as long as possible! Our team uses a thorough checklist for all roof evaluations to make sure nothing is missed. If we see any underlying problems with your roof, we will provide you with options that fit both your needs and budget. To schedule a roofing inspection today, give our friendly office a call at (360) 218-3108.

How Long Does a Metal Roof Last? | IBEX Roof

We’ve mentioned how metal roofs are a wonderful long-term investment for your home. A big part of that reason is their durability and longevity. Metal roofs can withstand extreme weather conditions and don’t require frequent maintenance or replacement. We’ll go over how long you can expect your metal roof to last, as well as different factors that can affect your metal roof lifespan.

Metal Roof Lifespan vs Cost

Even though a metal roof will cost more than an asphalt roof, it should also last you almost twice as long, reducing the number of times you’ll have to pay for a replacement. That’s why metal roofs are worth considering if you plan on living in your home for the long-term. The longevity of a metal roof will certainly justify its cost, although you’ll also want to a few other careful considerations when you’re planning on making that investment.

Proper Installation

If a metal roof (or any roof, for that matter) is improperly installed, it most definitely will not last as long as you would expect. In fact, it could start leaking right away, and you’ll end up paying more to repair or even reroof. The installation process for metal roofs and asphalt roofs are not the same; metal panels are a lot larger to work with than asphalt shingles, so there is a lot less room for error! That’s why it’s crucial to find a roofer that has experience in metal roofing.

A Reliable Warranty

There are all sorts of metal roofing materials out there. Some will be better for roofs with lower slopes while others may have a shingled or commercial look. Your roofer may recommend a certain type of metal roof depending on the needs of your home. But generally, no matter what type of metal roofing you choose, make sure it comes with a great warranty. There are some metal panels that have a polyester-based paint that fades quickly. At IBEX Roof, we use metal panels that are coated with Kynar500, which is a very durable paint coating that comes with a 40-year paint fade warranty. 

IBEX Roof is here to be your friendly neighborhood roofer! Whether it is a roof repair, a replacement, or a simple inspection, we love serving our community. Our mission is to offer the best service to our customers, which includes taking time to answer your questions and guiding you through the roof work we perform on your home. Check out our reviews on Facebook and call our office staff at 360-218-3108 to schedule an appointment!

How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost? | IBEX Roof

If you’ve considered installing a metal roof onto your home, you’ve probably already done a lot of research. There are pretty much as many color and style options for metal roofs as there are for asphalt roofs. Additionally, they offer many benefits that differ from other types of roofs. But what about the price; does a metal roof cost more than other types of roofs? And if so, do the benefits justify the extra costs? Read on to learn more.

At a Glance

Your quote for a new metal roof may be more of an upfront investment than your standard asphalt roof. Here are a couple of reasons why. 

First, high-quality metal roofing is more expensive to manufacture than asphalt shingles. Standard asphalt shingles are covered in mineral granules which help your roof block UV rays and make your roof more fire-resistant. You can tell how much life is left on your roof by checking the granules; the less there are, the sooner you’ll need a replacement. Metal roofs, on the other hand, don’t use granules to protect your roof. Instead, they are made up of panels with a durable metal coating to help your roof protect your home from the elements.

Second, metal roofing panels are a lot bigger than shingles, requiring a little extra labor and a lot more care during installation. Metal roofs are not installed the same way as asphalt roofs and there is a lot less room for error to ensure a proper installation.

A Long-Term Investment

Any roof, no matter the material it’s made of, is a long-term investment. Even your basic asphalt roof can last up to 20 years if you maintain it properly. So why consider a metal roof? 

Compared to an asphalt roof, metal roofs last much longer because of the metal coating on their panels. In fact, the panels we use for metal roofs come with a 40-year paint fade warranty. This is about two times the warranty you would get for asphalt shingles. If you plan on living in your home for a long time or aging in place, a metal roof will end up saving you money from multiple roof replacements. 

Call IBEX Roof

A new metal roof may seem very expensive when you’re deciding to install it, but, ultimately, its durability and longevity justifies its price. If you’re still wondering whether or not a metal roof is right for your home, give our friendly IBEX Roof staff a call! We’d be happy to help you in the right direction. And, if you’re just looking to replace an asphalt roof, we’ve got you covered, too. Check out our reviews and get a free estimate for your next roofing project today by calling us at (360) 218-3134.

The Difference Between Standing Seam and Metal Shingles | IBEX Roof

Asphalt shingles continue to reign supreme as the go-to roofing material, but more homeowners have been considering replacing their roof with a metal one. Metal roofs have been around for a long time but haven’t always been the ideal choice, whether because of how it looked or the quality of the metal being used. But metal roofing technology has come a long way. Metal roofs now come in multiple weights, a variety of colors, and you can even find metal roofing that mimics different types of roofing styles.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

The two most common types of metal roofs are corrugated and standing seam metal roofs. Corrugated metal panels have been used in metal roofing for a long time. But now, more homeowners are preferring standing seam panels for their sleeker appearance. Standing seam metal roofing comes in long sheet panels that are installed with hidden fasteners. Having hidden fasteners means you won’t need to worry about an exposed system while also reducing the need to replace your fasteners over time. Like an asphalt roof, there are a variety of colors you can choose from.

Metal Shingles

Want a roof that looks more conventional? There are also metal shingles! Meta shingle roofing has both different color options and different styles as well, including Shake and Slate. One of the advantages of metal shingle roofing is that it maintains its “natural” look without changing appearance; it doesn’t fade or decompose over time. Metal shingles are also more flexible to install on complicated roof designs than standing seam panels.

Cost Comparison

You’ll be able to take advantage of the long-lasting protection and durability of a metal roof no matter what type of style you choose. Metal shingles may cost more than a standing seam metal roof, but you’ll be able to have more style and texture options available. And even though metal shingles cost more than asphalt shingles, they certainly last a lot longer, making them a worthy investment. You’ll never have to worry about your roof again. 

When it comes to metal roofing, there is no right or wrong answer. Our roofing experts at IBEX Roof have installed both standing seam and metal shingled roofs; we’d be happy to help guide you towards the right fit for your home! Give us a call about your new metal roof today at (360) 218-3108.

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When most people think of a roof, they think of a pitched roof decorated with shingles. And while most residential homes are built with such roofs, most commercial buildings have flat roofs. Flat roofs, as the name suggests, appear flat, and require different installation methods than pitched roofs. Because they are designed differently, they have their own set of roofing issues to watch out for.

Leaks, Moisture, and Standing Water

Flat roofs are not designed to shed water, snow, and ice as easily as pitched roofs. Although they have “flat” in the name, flat roofs are still slightly angled so that water can flow into designated drains. It’s possible, however, for pools of water, or standing water, to collect in shallow areas of your roof. We can help repair these areas by using roofing plaster so that water properly flows towards the drain.

It’s crucial to not let standing water sit on your roof for too long. Excess moisture could seep into your roof, causing organic growth, mold, or fungus. It could also cause your roof to start leaking. If you notice a water leak under your roof, get it repaired right away before it causes more expensive damage to the rest of your structure.

Cracking

Call a professional for a flat roof repair any time you see signs of cracking or impact damage. Flat roofs take on more pressure than slanted roofs, which can cause cracks over time. It’s important to get these areas repaired so that it doesn’t cause further structural damage.

Blistering or Alligatoring

When a flat roof is approaching its end of life, it starts to blister. Some roofers call this “alligatoring” because your roof will look like crackled like alligator skin. At this point, it’s better to get your roof replaced rather than replace it.

Buckling Asphalt

This is another sign you’ll need a flat roof replacement. Most flat roofs are sealed with an asphalt membrane that is installed in one piece. As a building shifts, settles, and moves around over time, the asphalt membrane may start to buckle and will need to be replaced. This is very normal as a flat roof gets older!

IBEX Roof has worked on flat roofs in both residential and commercial settings. Because many residential properties have both flat and pitched roofing, our technicians are experienced in knowing when to install asphalt shingles and rolled roofing in the appropriate places. In addition to using top quality materials, we also add ISO insulation to increase energy efficiency, install tapered foam to avoid puddling, and custom fabricate drains for unique drainage situations. 

To learn more about our flat roofing services, give our office a call today at 360-218-3104!

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