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.

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.

5 Exterior Home Projects That Reduce Energy Bills

Do you feel like you are throwing money out the window every time you pay your energy bill? You are not alone! Many people are overpaying for energy bills each month, without considering why that might be. Time and time again people will complain about the cost of their energy bills, without fixing the larger issue at hand. We specialize in home exterior projects, and will share with you 5 projects that will significantly decrease your energy bills.

Poorly Insulated Roof

A word that instantly comes to mind when talking about energy efficiency is insulation. Insulation acts as a barrier between the outside elements and the inside of your home. This makes the first culprit of increased energy bills a poorly insulated roof. Lack of insulation drastically affects the temperature regulation in your home. We are proud to work with Owens Corning because of the variety of products they carry including thermal insulation used for attics.

Siding

The second culprit of higher energy costs is poorly insulated siding. Even more so than the roof, a lack of insulation in your siding will radically increase your heating system’s workload and energy consumption. While a poorly insulated roof will leave your upstairs or attic feeling like the North Pole, poorly insulated siding affects the whole house. If you are planning on replacing your siding, a material we recommend is insulated vinyl. It comes with a foam backing, increasing the barrier between your siding and the walls of your home.

Windows & Doors

Finally, like poorly insulated roofing and siding, older windows and doors can majorly affect the temperature in your home. Older windows and doors typically have air leaks and become an entrance for cold air drafts in your home. If you find this is the case for your home, this is something that should be put on the top of your project list. If your windows were manufactured with aluminum or steel frames or are the single-pane, it is most likely time for an upgrade.

If any of these home projects are on your list for 2021, give us a call! We have completed thousands of installations in the DMV area, and now NJ, and would be honored to help you with your next home project.

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Roof

Extreme weather more than likely will equate to your energy costs increasing. Any season you need extended use of your heating or cooling system, will mean more money out of your pocket. While there is a long list of ways to make your home more energy efficient, focusing on your roof’s energy efficiency is a good place to start because it is your home’s first defense against the elements.
1. Insulation
A simple way to make your roof more energy efficient is adding an adequate amount of attic insulation. Many homes are poorly insulated and might not even know it! Adding insulation can prevent heat from penetrating into the interior of your home. A properly insulated roof can help maintain the temperature in your home regardless of the temperature outside.
2. Cooling Roof Coating
A qualified roofer can apply a coating to the roof, such as cool-roofing paint, to reduce heat retention. This coat has many protection benefits, and because of this will extend the life of your roof, as well. This layer is easy to apply as the final step of a roof replacement. It can also be a great option for your existing roof if it doesn’t need to be replaced.
3. Choosing Different Materials
While the first two steps are relatively inexpensive, you might reach a point where a roof replacement is inevitable. When this time comes, we encourage you to look at all of the options you have as far as materials. Roofing materials like sheet metal or clay tiles can add a unique look to your home while still improving your energy efficiency. Both of these materials reflect heat rather than absorbing it, helping to prevent unwanted heat from entering your home.
MLM can help!
We are here to help you with your roofing needs. Schedule your appointment today for your free inspection and let us do the rest! 1-844-MLM-ROOF

 

Celebrate Earth Day with Home Energy Savings

Considerations for DMV & NJ homeowners to save on energy bills with smart investments and easy fixes

Over the past decade – from changing their everyday behaviors to adopting energy efficient appliances – society, and homeowners in particular, have taken a greater interest in reducing their energy use. In fact, as concerns over the environment and climate change continue to take center-stage in national conversations, we have begun to see an acceleration from homeowners in implementing ways to minimize their carbon footprint and energy use.

Luckily for homeowners, being environmentally conscious also comes with the added benefit of saving on their utilities. In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), we at MLM Home Improvement have compiled a list of considerations for DMV and NJ homeowners to not only cut their home energy use, but their utilities bill as well.

Upgrade your home’s insulation. When thinking of home maintenance, insulation usually is not the first task that homeowners think of. However, insulation plays a key role in lowering your utility bills by retaining heat during the winter and keeping heat out of your home during the summer. Additionally, it can also extend the life of your roof, which as the most important part of your home, is always a plus.

When installing insulation, the most important consideration is the type of material. For easier materials like fiberglass or mineral wool, depending on your DIY skills, this can be accomplished without help from a professional.

While the level of insulation being installed is highly dependent on the area of your house. The attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace are the five main areas usually considered for installation. One way to hit two home maintenance birds with one rock, work with a trusted contractor, backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning, that can inspect both your roof and insulation at the same time.

Consider the color of your roof. Between spring and summer are often the most popular months for homeowners to replace their roofs. If you’re planning to replace your roof, it is important to consider what color your shingles should be as the solar reflectance of the color impacts the surface temperature. Similar to how dark colored clothes absorbs sunlight making warmer, a darker colored roof causes more heat to be absorbed – leading to higher utility bills to cool your home in the summer months A light-colored roof, on the other hand, will reflect the sunlight and transfer less to the interior of your home. The shingle color can impact the roof surface temperature by a difference of up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit between black and white shingles.

However, whether the surface temperature of your shingle impacts the temperature inside of your home also highly depend on the amount of insulation there is between the attic and living areas. In the end, if your attic is properly insulated then we suggest picking the color you want for your exterior.

Install a passive ventilation system for your attic. To truly take advantage of energy savings for your home, it is important to utilize proper attic ventilation through insulation and air sealing. Without this, the overall health of your home could experience excessive moisture building which could lead to water damage or mold. Likewise, proper ventilation ensures that the attic does not experience excessive heat which can decrease the life expectancy of the roof.

As we approach Earth Day, we encourage DMV & NJ residents to minimize their home energy use where possible. Not only will this positively protect the environment, but you’ll see a marked difference in your monthly utility bills and even your property’s value will increase. When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint, we’re all in this together and working towards being more conscientious environmental citizens starts with our home.