The Earth Day Guide To A Sustainable Roof

The trees are finally budding, the flowers are in bloom and the birds are chirping at the sign of daybreak, which can only mean one thing: spring has finally sprung! As Earth Day approaches on April 22, homeowners can show their appreciation for Mother Earth by using sustainable materials to repair or update their roof.

With Spring being an ideal season for roof renovations, our professionals here at MLM Home Improvement have created a guide so that you can not only have a roof that performs well and looks fantastic, but also does its part to help save our planet.

Insulation Keeps the Home Sustainable and Efficient

Ever wonder why your house never seems to get cool even after you put the air conditioner on full blast? The problem may be in your attic. A poorly insulated roof will frequently trap hot air in the attic during warm weather leading to additional strain on your air conditioning, raising your bills and wasting energy. While the options can seem never ending and potentially overwhelming, calling a certified roofing professional such as one backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning, is an essential first step. These professionals will be able to correctly identify any problems and recommend the most cost effective and eco-friendly product.

Show Your True (Lighter) Colors

Everyone wants to have the best-looking roof on the block, but what if you could have a roof that will make both your neighbors and Mother Earth smile? If you’re looking for a sustainable option that is also visually appealing, selecting a lighter color can make all the difference. Similar to fabric, darker colors absorb heat and can direct it inside, raising the overall temperature of your house. Conversely, lighter roof colors do a better job of reflecting the sun’s rays to keep the house cooler – ultimately lowering your energy use (and bill).

Time For A Change

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roof in the United States. In fact, 80% of home roofing and reroofing project used asphalt shingles. While lighter asphalt shingles are better at reflecting sunlight, there are additional sustainable options you can consider. A switch to a metal can boost your roof’s sustainability as they are excellent at reflecting light and can help prevent unwanted heat from entering your house. They are also commonly made from recycled material and can easily be reused or recycled at the end of their lifetime. Best of all, metal roofs can have a lifespan of up to 50 years, meaning it could be the only roof that you will ever need to install. Given the many options, shapes and sizes including panels or shingles, energy-efficiency never looked so good.

COOL Off Ahead of Summer

Often times, people are hesitant to accept change from asphalt to metal roofs. However, for those that have found it hard to imagine the switch, don’t worry, we have a solution specifically for you! Consider COOL Roof Collection Shingles, which are designed for optimal solar reflection and thermal emission qualities to help keep your house cool during the summer months. When combined with an insulated attic, your roof will be saving you energy and money in no time.

Deciding that you want to make your roof more sustainable is the first step in an important process. Fortunately, your friends MLM Home Improvement at are always ready, willing, and able to assist and advise you every step of the way. Not only will your wallet thank you for it, but the planet will too.

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Decisions You’ll Make During a Roof Replacement

A roof replacement involves making some important decisions on what’s best for your home. The process can already be overwhelming and adding more options into the mix doesn’t simplify it.

For the past decade, MLM Home Improvement has guided customers through every step of a roof replacement. Our trained project consultants are able to educate homeowners to make the best purchasing decisions for their house.

Here are a few of the decisions you will make during the roof replacement process.

 

Hiring the Right Roofing Company

This is the first decision and arguably the most important. Choosing the right contractor guarantees quality and long-lasting service. Nothing feels better than getting your money’s worth and nothing is more frustrating than having to waste more and more funds trying to get the best roofing service while enduring the effects of a damaged roof.

Here’s how to choose a roofing contractor.

  • Ask around Identify the local roofing contractors in your area. Getting a local contractor is ideal because they are familiar with all the local rules and code regulations relating to their industry.
  • Vet experience It can take years to master the skill of roofing. Hence it is always advisable to hire a contractor with experience in the industry. A roofing contractor should have at least 5 years of experience as this assures you they know their job.
  • Check for warranty While you may find only a few contractors that offer an extensive warranty, it can serve as a bonus from the contractor you choose. Contractors that offer a warranty on workmanship are confident in their skills.
  • References and Reviews Almost every customer likes to check for references or reviews before purchasing a product or service. Good reviews are proof of the contractor’s skill and customer service. Both references and reviews give you the confidence you need to move forward with the roofing contractor.
  • Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor is superior You can skip all the stressful and time-consuming steps and simply hire a contractor from the 1% of Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. This distinction means the roofers have been vetted and approved through the most rigorous qualification guidelines in the roofing industry. By hiring a roofer who is part of the short list of Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, you offer yourself peace of mind, a sure investment, and the best warranties.

 

Choosing the Material

Once you commit to a roofing company, the next major decision will be choosing the roofing material you want. As an Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we have an array of options to choose from.

The most common roofing material in our region are architectural asphalt shingles, or dimensional shingles. They are two shingle strips (asphalt) laminated together to create a kind of shingle that looks like wood shake roofs. With architectural shingles, the tabs come in various color shades, sizes, and shapes; this is what gives the shingles their dimensional appearance.

This type of material is only one of the handful of options you will have to decide on with your new roof!

 

Deciding on Upgrades

When getting your roof replaced, there are items that are mandatory to replace along with it. However, some homeowners don’t realize new roofs can be customized by adding upgrades.

Some examples of upgrades are choosing a more energy-efficient shingle, installing a new gutter system, or improving roof ventilation with vents. Making these improvements are best during a roof replacement, and they will add to the longevity and functionality of your roof.

 

Let Us Serve You

Although there are a lot of big decisions to think about during a roof replacement, MLM will keep you informed and stress-free. We’ve helped thousands of customers in the region and would be honored to serve you. To get started, call (844) MLM-ROOF and schedule your free appointment!

 

Spring: The Perfect Time for a Roof Replacement

Spring is finally here! For most homeowners, this season is a great time for home maintenance. It’s exciting to leave the winter season and move forward into nicer weather. Plants are growing, flowers are blooming and there is a lot more sunlight!

What snow and overcast skies may have concealed during winter is now on full display and you may be starting to notice some imperfections and damage on your home exterior. Mid-March is the perfect time to get your exterior inspected and, if needed, a roof replacement.

Weather

Spring has the best weather for home improvements! The winter weather can hinder installs and occasionally summer brings humidity that isn’t ideal. Spring weather is mild and warm, making it the perfect condition.

Completing home exterior projects in the Spring will also pay off when the hot weather rolls in. Projects such as a roof replacement have proven to be effective in cutting down energy costs when it comes to kicking on your air conditioner. New and improved insulation and ventilation will keep your home comfortable, regardless of the temperature outside!

Availability

Summer and fall tend to be a roofing company’s ‘busy’ season, and finding a time to schedule an install can get crazy. Just as we leave winter and enter Spring, there is a sweet spot to take advantage of. Most homeowners may not be getting into the thick of home improvements yet, and it is still considered “off season”, so scheduling an inspection and install should be a breeze!

Possible Winter Damage

As mentioned, winter weather leaves major damage in its path and ignored damage only gets worse. Winter damage is typically caused by ice dams, snow, hail and high winds. Addressing those problem spots early on in the Spring, may save you from costly repairs down the road!

Let us Serve You!

The combination of all of these factors proves that Spring is the best time for a new roof! When you’re ready, schedule a free inspection with MLM. We’ve helped thousands of customers throughout Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and would be happy to serve you!

The March Madness Bracket: Roofing Repairs Edition

Ranking the best roof repair for Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey residents to consider

 

March Madness is right around the corner and millions of Americans are poised to sit down to fill out the ever elusive ‘perfect bracket’. Instead, homeowners should try their luck with something with a better long-term return – proper roof upkeep. Roof maintenance is a crucial practice in keeping your house in its very best shape.

To help you get on track, our professionals here at MLM Home Improvement have put together a bracket of the top roof repair recommendations to tip-off the madness!

First Round Match Up:

(1) Replacing Your Damaged Shingles vs. (4) Cleaning Your Roof

The number one seed of our bracket is replacing missing or damaged shingles. Leaving a shingle unrepaired can leave your home vulnerable, rendering it susceptible to leaks and dangerous moisture, as well as both structural and electrical damage.

Squaring off against shingle repair is a basic cleaning of your roof! Dirt, moss, and algae build up can potentially disrupt the effectiveness of your shingles. Neglect can lead to moisture being trapped in the shingles or much needed sunlight being blocked.

In the end, while regularly cleaning your shingles can have a significant impact on the efficiency and longevity of your roof, replacing damaged shingles wins this round! Inspecting the state of your shingles is essential, which is why in the event you detect a damaged shingle, it is important to act quickly.

(2) Insulation & Ventilation vs.  (3) Clearing Your Gutters:

Our second matchup features insulation and ventilation facing off against cleaning your gutters. As the higher seed, having the proper insulation and ventilation comes into the matchup as the favorite by our experts at MLM Home Improvement. After all, your attic plays a key role in increasing the life span of your roof, as well as the comfort of your home on a day-to-day basis. A problem with either can lead to heat and moisture buildup, posing a threat to the lifespan of your attic.

On the other hand, we have a fan favorite: cleaning your gutters! Our homes heavily rely on our gutters to guide water away from our roof and foundation and when left clogged, the possibility of moisture penetrating the surface of the roof significantly increases. This can lead to bigger headaches such as roof rots and structural damage.

In the end, while both repairs pull a lot of weight in maintaining comfort and structure, insulation and ventilation wins due to their hidden dangers. While damage may only be visible in your attic, the negative effects of improper ventilation and insulation will also trickle down into the rest of your home including in the form of higher electric bills.

Final Match Up:

(1) Replacing Your Damaged Shingles vs. (2) Insulation & Ventilation

Our final match up features two of the highest ROI roofing projects a homeowner can perform. While the winning margin is very slim, replacing your damaged shingles comes out on top due to its importance and urgency.

Proper insulation and ventilation are vital to comfort and energy efficiency; however, missing shingles will have the same negative outcome in addition to many other long-term consequences. Protecting your home from the elements is the number one job of your roof, and even one missing shingle can put that safety net in jeopardy. Leaks, electrical damage, and dangerous attic moisture are just some of the many possible outcomes of not tending to a damaged shingle in a timely manner.

If you are looking to participate in some March Madness roofing repair this month, be sure to contact you trusted, local professional contractors such as those backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning. We can help you get ahead of the game with any roof repair that may be at the top of your bracket.

What Does Hail Damage Look Like?

As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware and prepared for storms that can potentially cause damage to your home, but a weather event such as a hailstorm can be unpredictable. When hail is in the area, there is nothing that is safe in terms of what it can damage. Materials for roofing and siding are built to last, but hail can manage to shorten that lifespan within one storm.

After hail goes through your region, we advise you to conduct a roofing inspection to see if there has been any damage. If the storm was big enough, sometimes you can spot the damage from the ground. If that’s not the case, we recommend calling MLM to come out and perform a free damage assessment.

There are different variables on what can determine the impact of hail damage.

The first factor is wind. During any type of storm, wind speed tends to be sporadic with an ever changing direction and speed. This is why after a hail storm, you may experience excessive exterior damage but your neighbor’s home could be untouched.

The second variable is size and density. Generally speaking, the bigger the storm the bigger the damage. There’s no telling the size of the hail prior to the hailstorm, which makes it even harder to be prepared.

Another factor is barriers. Barriers such as fences, or trees can be great in the defense against a hail storm.

Below are the most common signs of hail damage:

  • Missing roof granules
  • Dents and bruising in shingles
  • Shingle tears or lifted shingles

In addition to inspecting your roof, the most commonly hit place is your gutters. After a hail storm, it’s necessary to inspect your gutters for dents and dings. Although the damage might seem small, any damage on gutters is a sign of trouble ahead.

Inspecting your siding is the next place to look over. Siding materials are built strong to withstand a lot, but depending on the intensity and wind speed of the storm, it’s possible your siding got hit as well. If there is one spot of damage on your exterior, checking everything will ensure you take care of the damage all at the same time to prevent major issues from arising afterward.

MLM is here to help!

If you would like a free, professional damage assessment, we are here to serve you! Give us a call at (844) MLM-ROOF and one of our trained project consultants will come and give you valuable knowledge about the state of your roof.

New Year, New Us, New You!

We’re kicking into a brand new gear!
It’s 2018, and it’s a fresh start for MLM Home Improvement. We’ve overhauled our processes with a focus on you, the client – we want every part of your experience to be as easy and personal as possible. We’re putting you first – making it more convenient to schedule with us by adding after-hours booking by phone and a 24-hour live chat.

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Before and After We made this house look like new with architectural shingles, gutters, and brand new shutters!

Replacing your roof does more than just keep you warm and dry – a fresh roof can completely transform the look of your home. Updating small details like gutters and shutters, or larger ones like your full siding, will personalize your home and make it feel like you just bought it.

Contact us today and let us see what we can do to help you treat yourself this year.