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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What Home Projects Are You Preparing For?

What Home Projects Are You Preparing For? | IBEX Roof

Preparing your home for exterior renovation is something you definitely must plan for ahead of time. Whether it’s a roof repair or replacement to siding and gutter installations, being properly prepared makes the work much easier on you and the professionals you hire to do the job.

Roof Repair & Replacement

As you prepare for roof repairs or replacement, you might want to remove wall décor if at all possible. If not, you risk the vibrations from having the work done, causing pictures or artwork to fall and get damaged.

You also want to prevent damage to your vehicle, so you’ll want to move it out of the way. By clearing the driveway, it’s also possible for the workers to get around your home without your car in the way. It’s a win-win.

Remove any antennas or satellite dishes ahead of time, so they don’t get damaged. If needed, roofers can also help remove them, and if they need to be disposed of, they will often be willing to help with that.

Siding Installation

One of the things that often gets forgotten when preparing for siding installation is whatever you have leaning up against your house. Typically, this is a shelf or storage shed. These need to be moved before the work begins.

Like roofing preparations, you’ll also want to move your car out of the way and remove anything on the walls. Doing so prevents damages to your belongings. Store your things in a safe place while the work is being done.

You may also want to ensure there’s no power to any outdoor outlets. If you do this, you’ll prevent the possibility of a shock to the workers. If you’re not sure that it needs to be done, ask them before the work starts so you can help them stay safe.

Gutter Installation

Gutter installation requires a few special preparations to make before you get the job started. Check for any existing water damage before the new gutters are installed. Any rotting or damaged wood needs to be repaired before gutters are put on the house.

You’ll also want to think about the drainage. Will you be harvesting rainwater? Or will you be directing the water away from your home? You might also want to direct rainwater towards a garden. This all needs to be decided before getting your gutters installed.

Lastly, if you’ve been thinking about repainting your home, it’s a good idea to get it done before the gutters get installed. Gutter installation can cause chips in old paint while they’re being installed. If you can get the painting done beforehand, it will stand up to the installation while giving your home a fresh look.

A Few Final Considerations

Kids and pets can easily get overwhelmed when any of these jobs are being done, so you’ll want to consider them. Talk to the kids and let your pets stay elsewhere while the work is being done.

Something else to think about is making sure shrubbery and trees are all trimmed appropriately for these types of home projects. Doing so makes it easier for the workers to get the job done right.

Don’t forget to let your neighbors know that people will be over at your home working on these various projects. They’ll appreciate the heads up, so they’re prepared for the noise that comes with doing jobs of this scale.

While some of these things may be an inconvenience, remember that they won’t last forever. Once the job is done, you’ll be grateful you did everything you needed to do to ensure a smooth process all the way around.

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.

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.

The Right Roof Vent Cover

Completed roof with gray shingles and a row of black metal roof vent covers

Is your roof properly ventilated? We sure hope so! Roofs without a proper ventilation system can cause condensation inside your roof, reduce shingle life, and overall decrease the lifespan of your roof.

One of the most common types of roof vent is a static vent, also known as a box vent. If you have this type of vent on your roof, it probably looks like a row of boxes on top of your house. What you see, though, aren’t the actual vents, but the covers that go over them. Because static vents are basically holes in your roof, it’s important to protect them from the elements. A roof vent cover will keep out rain, snow, sleet, and hail from entering your attic and keep it leak-free.

Why You Need Roof Vent Covers

Those boxes you see on top of your roof are actually vent covers that go over the vents themselves. Because static vents are basically holes in your roof, it’s important to protect them from the elements. A vent cover will keep out rain, snow, sleet, and hail from entering your attic and keep it leak-free.

Metal or Plastic?

One thing we see often when performing roof inspections are plastic vent covers, sometimes called an attic vent cover, that are cracked and damaged. Plastic vents crack easily from UV rays and wear out pretty quickly. And once your vent cover cracks, your exhaust vent is more susceptible to leaks. 

Metal covers are better to cover your vents because they don’t crack like plastic. But when it comes to metal vent covers, there are a variety of types you can choose from. One of the main problems with metal covers is that they can rust and be an eyesore on your roof. That’s why IBEX Roof only uses enamel baked metal vents. These types of metal vents have a thick coat of paint on the metal that prevents rusting and last longer. In fact, they can even last the entirety of your roof’s life and you’ll never have to worry about them.

Leave It to IBEX Roof

Today, we’re talking about the boxes that go over static vents on top of your roof, which is the type of vents many of our customers have. But there are actually many different ways you can install a proper ventilation system on your roof, including soffit vents, ridge vents, flapper vents, and more. IBEX Roof is here to offer the best roofing solutions that work for your home. Whether you’re looking to replace your static vent boxes or need to update your roof’s ventilation system, we’re on top of it! Give us a call today at 360-218-3134 or contact us online for an estimate!