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.

3 Easy Summer Roof Maintenance Tips

3 Easy Summer Roof Maintenance Tips | IBEX Roof

Roof maintenance may seem like a lot, but it’s actually pretty easy and budget-friendly to keep your roof well-maintained. This is in contrast to ignoring the state of your roof until an emergency replacement is required – that is often a cost that many homeowners are not expecting to pay! By maintaining your roof, you are maximizing its structural integrity and longevity. Summer time is an easy time to look at your roof and get those small roof chores done. Here are 3 summer roof maintenance tips that are easy and make a big difference in helping your roof last.

Declutter Your Roof and Gutters

Clearing off your roof is a very simple task; so simple that it’s easy to put off until something bad happens! Keeping tree branches trimmed back and clearing away debris from your roof will only protect it from getting damaged. It will also keep your roof clear so that, if there are any problems on your roof’s surface, you’ll be more likely to be able to see it. Clearing away debris build-up in your gutters is also important because your gutters help water properly shed away from your roof. When your gutters are clogged, this can cause water damage to your roof, interior walls, or home foundation – none of which are cheap to fix. So, if there is one simple maintenance rule to follow, it’s to keep your roof and gutters clear.

Visit Your Attic

You may not realize that the state of your attic can greatly affect your roof. Improper ventilation in your roof can lead to some serious roof problems, like condensation or overheating. And these problems can lead to more problems, like mold or mildew growth, wood rot, and wastefully high energy bills. One way for homeowners to determine any roofing issues is by visiting the attic and seeing if there are any unusual drafts, moisture on the walls, or lights shining through open cracks. If your attic is at an unusually high temperature that doesn’t match the outside, that’s also a cause for concern. 

Get an Inspection

Calling your local roofer for a roof inspection is a sure way to check off all your summer roof maintenance boxes. In fact, our roofing professionals at IBEX Roof follow the same comprehensive checklist at every inspection. This ensures that every home gets a thorough evaluation. Some things on our checklist include, but is not limited to:

  • Making sure your roof and gutters are clear of debris
  • Checking to see if your attic is well-insulated
  • Looking for cracking, missing, or damaged shingles
  • Cleaning moss, algae, or mold
  • Sealing any cracks in flashing, caulking, or other deteriorating areas

Essentially, we look at your roof’s structure, material, interior, and workmanship to determine the life of your roof. Once our inspection is over, we will let you know what to do so your roof lasts as long as possible. And, if your roof has reached its end of life, we’ll give you options on the best way to replace it based on how much life is left in your roof and your budget. 

Schedule a roofing inspection today by calling the IBEX Roof office at 360-218-3104. You may also want to ask about our roof maintenance services! Sign up for yearly inspections and maintenance and you’ll never have to worry about “getting around to it” ever again.

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

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.