Asking the Right Questions Before Your Holiday Roofing Project

Important considerations for DMV + NJ residents before working with a contractor

As homeowners across the country prepare for the holiday season, those who are hosting are most likely creating the dreaded “honey do” list. A honey do list is a term used for a set of tasks that need to be done in order for the home to reach peak condition before company arrives. From cleaning the bathroom to changing the light bulbs, homeowners check everything from top to bottom before the party begins. However, what is often neglected in the honey do list is the roof. Yet, there is nothing worse than a leak to interrupt your Thanksgiving dinner or an ice dam to spoil a picturesque white Christmas. 

Should your roof need any last-minute attention, your friends at MLM Home Improvement have put together a few items that should be mentioned to your contractor. 

Double Check Their History:

Using a trusted, reliable contractor is of paramount importance when approaching any home project. Two of the easiest things to research before reaching out are the physical address of the company and what their historical job performance looks like. A company without a listed address could be a contractor working on the move – making it difficult to track them down should something arise following the project. 

For an added layer of assurance, check whether your contractor is affiliated with a major roofing manufacturer, such as Owens Corning. This can give you peace of mind that their training and services have the backing of a leading, national manufacturer. 

Ensure the Project Timeline is Locked In:

Unexpected obstacles and challenges may come up during a job, making it important to have a conversation with your contractor on how they plan to keep the project on schedule. In fact, that conversation is even more important now than ever with supply chain issues and labor shortages posing potential major delays to a home improvement project. 

With that in mind, finding out what, if any, contingency plans that may be in place, is crucial. If you find there are none, asking for them can be key in keeping your home warm and safe before the winter weather hits. Some contractors may promise a firm date that the project will be completed written into the contract, others will have reserve crews and materials on standby should they be needed. Asking these important questions in advance can help avoid potential confusion down the road and help keep a project on track. 

Know the Warranty Situation:

More often than not, roofing manufacturers offer warranties on their products when installed by trained, manufacturer-certified professionals. Additionally, contractors themselves will often offer their customers warranties on their work. While all of this can be confusing, your contracting professional should be able to tell you what is available and help you better understand your situation. 

It is important to keep in mind that while longer warranties may increase the total cost of your project, they are important fallback measures. The last thing a homeowner wants is for something to go wrong with the installation and then be on the hook for a second project.

Doing your due diligence before selecting a contractor is the first step you as a homeowner should take when approaching these last-minute holiday repairs. While you may be eager to start them right away, it’s essential to ask the tough questions to make sure you’re covered down the line. This will give you a higher chance of completion before the guests arrive, as well as your home in peak condition for when it is needed most. 

Tricks to Help Avoid a Spooky Surprise After Hanging Halloween Decorations

Tricks to Help Avoid a Spooky Surprise After Hanging Halloween Decorations

Tips For DMV + NJ Residents to Treat Their Roof With Care

As the holiday season approaches, millions of American homeowners will be planning to sling lights and hang decorations. Halloween is the first major decorating holiday in the season, with homes transforming from warm, inviting places into ones of scary delight. The incorporation of roof decorations can add another level to a home’s festive feel, but also comes with its potential dangers. MLM Home Improvement has developed a list of four tricks to help treat your roof with care during the spooky season. 

Be Sure the Roof Isn’t a Horror Show Before Decorating.

Assessing your roof for potential damage is a must throughout the year, but it becomes especially important before you consider stepping on it or adding decorations. For example, a damaged or missing shingle can not only lead to leaks, but it can become a potential weak spot in the integrity of the roof. Before placing a heavy decoration on your roof, such as a giant spider or spooky ghost, you should scan the roof for any shingles that look misshaped, broken or missing. Your local certified roofing contractor is equipped and qualified to do a full analysis of your roof, identifying problems that the untrained eye may not be able to see. 

Don’t Trick Yourself – Proper Ladder Safety is Needed.

When it comes to the roof, proper ladder safety is essential. Before climbing, be sure to level your ladder to avoid tipping over and firmly secure it to the ground. Having another person help you with ladder stability and providing another set of eyes to the situation can prevent common injuries. Thousands of people are hurt every year in ladder-related accidents. By taking the time to secure and position your ladder correctly, while also having someone else lend a hand, you can avoid a preventable injury that could spoil the holiday. 

Securing Decorations to a Shingle Can Be Scary.

When considering where on your roof to place Halloween decorations and how to secure them, look beyond your shingles. Often, to secure decorations, individuals will use nails or staples – compromising the shingle integrity and setting up a true horror story if moisture is allowed into the roof. This can lead to all sorts of problems such as mold and the rotting of materials. Instead, look out for products that are designed specifically to be easily removed from the roof after the holiday season has passed and only use plastic hooks. 

Lights Illuminate Your Boo-tiful Decorations.

Lights on the roof or around the outside of the home are the signature look to any holiday decoration. However, not all bulbs and extension cords are for outdoor application. It’s vital to use wattage bulbs and extension cords designed to weather Mother Nature. However, before stringing your first bulb, it’s important to clear your gutters of any leaves or debris. Not only is this good maintenance for your roof year-round, but especially as Halloween is during peak fall foliage, these leaves and twigs can become a hazardous fire safety issue if the incorrect bulb heats up near it. 

Your roof is an essential aspect of your home, helping to keep your loved ones safe and warm during the winter holiday months. However, it should be treated with care as you begin to decorate for Halloween and beyond. Whether it is practicing proper safety techniques, ensuring the health of the roof or using proper materials, your roof’s integrity should never be compromised for the sake of a festive design. Both before and after decorating, if you see something out of place or damaged on your roof, call a certified roofing contract such as your friends at MLM Home Improvement and they can help nip a potential problem in the bud before it becomes a true horror show. 

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Check On Your Siding

A part of your home’s exterior that shouldn’t be overlooked is your siding. Vinyl siding is known for its durability and long life-span, which is why homeowners have a blind reliance on it. Checking the status of your siding is crucial because it is the main barrier between what’s happening outside and what’s in your home. Below is a checklist on what to look for when scanning the status of your siding.

Siding Checklist

Rotting or Warping

The first thing to scan for is any rotting or warping of the material. These things can happen to older siding, siding that has been neglected or siding that was installed poorly. If warped or rotted siding is left unfixed, it could cause structural issues and can easily lead to mold.

Dents or Cracks

While looking for any warping, also keep an eye out for dents and cracks. If you notice there are multiple cracks and dents, or loose boards, we recommend scheduling an inspection with professionals to determine your next steps.

Moisture

There is nothing good that comes from finding moisture anywhere on the exterior of your home. Mold and mildew, if left untreated, can spread and cause pretty significant damage. If mold or mildew is found in the materials of your siding, we recommend calling professionals, like MLM, to come inspect it.

Insulated Vinyl Siding

The most popular material for siding amongst homeowners is vinyl. Vinyl siding is so common due to it’s affordability and low maintenance. However, an upgrade many homeowners opt in for is insulated vinyl siding.

Insulated vinyl siding is simply traditional vinyl siding with rigid-foam insulation attached behind it. This foam provides several benefits, including better resistance to warping and increased R-value, a measure of the insulation’s effectiveness.

One of the main reasons to install insulated vinyl siding over conventional vinyl siding is for energy efficiency. The insulation is designed for this purpose: to regulate the temperature inside your house and to help reduce the cost of utility bills. Adding insulated vinyl will provide monetary savings and overall make your home more comfortable. In the winter, it will keep the heat inside the home and in the summer it keeps the heat outside- it is a layer of protection that will save you money no matter what the season!

Let MLM Serve You

Take another step towards shoring up your home’s energy efficiency with our highly rated insulated siding. We’ll guide you through the process from start to finish and help you choose the affordable siding product that best meets your needs. Call MLM Home Improvement today or fill out our online contact form now to request a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Your Complete Fall Home Prep and Maintenance Plan

Autumn is a time of renewal and gives us a chance to start anew. Since we’ve had the opportunity to take care of our homes and ourselves both inside and out, it’s time to prepare for the fall season and do some home maintenance. This time of the year represents Harvest, which is a time to acknowledge growth and expansion as a natural part of our well-being. Just as our lives go through various cycles like growth and rebirth that we see in nature, we can do the same for our homes and ourselves. Read on for a list of fall maintenance tips that will help you get excited about the upcoming season.

Indoor Fall Maintenance Tasks

Consider these tips to help you prepare the inside of your home for the fall season:

Indoor Maintenance

Now is the time to inspect things like your plumbing, electrical wiring, and panels. Ensure that all plumbing is properly insulated and that all outdoor faucets are covered and prepped for cooler weather. Look in the attic to confirm that the roof underlayment is intact and that you have adequate insulation to keep your home warm.

Heat

If you have a fireplace, fall is a perfect time to clean or sweep the chimney and have the fireplace inspected. Check your gas stove to ensure it’s working correctly, and ask for an HVAC system inspection to confirm that your heat is working correctly. It’s also an excellent time to change your air filter. If you have oil heating for your home, now is a good time to fill your tank up.
Home appliances. Do a quick inspection of all major appliances to ensure they work. If anything is broken, get them repaired or replaced, particularly your refrigerator, oven, washing machine, and dryer.

Declutter

Refresh your entire home by doing some thorough decluttering and organizing. Get rid of old electronics like unused cell phones, computers, and small appliances. It’s also a good time to dispose of expired medications. Shred all of your old bills and go through your home office to get rid of outdated paperwork. Fall is also a perfect time to declutter unworn clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, and summer items like hats and swimsuits.

Décor

Dust off your spring and summer décor and put it in storage. Now is the time to bring out the autumn and winter décor to celebrate this exciting time of year. Anything that doesn’t work or no longer brings you joy can be donated, sold, or recycled if possible.

Reorganize

This is a perfect time of year to reorganize and declutter the kitchen and pantry, your bathroom cabinets, and the shed or garage. Separate items into things you want to sell, give away or throw in the trash. Clean out your pantry and throw out expired food. Organize dry goods and place them in clear canisters, then label them so you can find them easily.

Recycle

Look for any items in your home that can go to recycling. You can also do some upcycling and repurpose items like old seasonal décor, discarded clothing, shoes, and even furniture. Get creative and come up with new ways to reuse these items in a whole new way. A simple coat of paint on an old chest or table can give it a brand-new look, for example. Clothing can be sewn into bags or pillows for a fun piece of fall décor.

Outdoor Yard and Patio Fall Maintenance Tasks

Fall is also a great time to do a bit of outdoor maintenance. Here are a few things you can add to your list to prepare for the season ahead.

Outdoor Maintenance

Clean your gutters and remove dead leaves, twigs, and debris. Check all the pipes going into and out of your homes, such as the waterline, gas line, and anything connected to your HVAC system. Look for signs of leaks, rust, or damage so you can get these items repaired now before winter arrives. Test your outdoor equipment like leaf blowers and lawnmowers to ensure that everything is working properly.

Insulate Pipes

While you should insulate your plumbing indoors, it’s also time to insulate and protect those outdoor exposed pipes too.
Check for leaks in windows and doors. Do a “draft test” to confirm that there are no leaks in your doors and windows. Add new weather-stripping to keep all windows and doors properly sealed.
Inspect your roof. Look for possible signs of leaks in your roof and keep an eye out for missing shingles. Get all roof repairs done now before winter snow arrives to protect your home and property.

Take Care of Your Garden

Rake leaves in your yard and put them in bags, cover any garden plants that need to be kept warm, and fertilize your plants so they will thrive through the season. Trim dead tree limbs and make sure that all of your plants are properly trimmed, and cover them with burlap (if required). You can also decrease the amount of outdoor watering you need to do during this time of year.
Do a yard and garden sweep. Some areas of the country aren’t impacted by autumn weather until later in the year. If this applies to you, just do a quick cleanup of the yard or garden and determine what you need to put away now and what you can put away later. Check on items that still work, like your outdoor lighting, and confirm if anything needs repair. It’s also a great time to declutter old outdoor items and either donate them or throw them away.

Upcycle Garden Items

This is also a wonderful time to see if anything outdoors can be recycled or upcycled and turned into something new. Take old wooden palettes and turn them into planters or furniture. Paint your outdoor planters in new fall colors or use some of your outdoor décor to make a cute birdhouse.

Create a Schedule For Outdoor Tasks

Work on creating a schedule for a few outdoor activities you’ll need to tackle later when it gets closer to winter. Some items include checking the roof and gutters to prevent ice dams and a checklist to ensure you have everything you need, like snow boots, snow shovels, and deicers.

Make Another Maintenance List

Your home isn’t the only thing that needs a little bit of fall maintenance. Make a quick list of other items to check on, like your car, shed or garage, and driveway and walkway. Repair any cracks you see now before winter arrives to prevent them from growing and getting worse.

Celebrate The Beginning of Autumn

Since Autumn is a time to start anew, it’s also a perfect time to celebrate. Keep these tips in mind to help you celebrate the upcoming season.

Declutter Your Life

This is a wonderful time to declutter, clean, and toss out anything that brings you unhappy memories. Only keep the things in your home that bring you joy and happiness. Remember that is not about getting your act together.m

Do Some Fall Rituals

Fall is a perfect season to practice self-care with a few simple rituals like yoga or meditation. Play some soothing music, enjoy a long bubble bath, or read a good book to help your mind and body reset.

Light Some Candles

In addition to some fall rituals, it’s a perfect time to light some scented candles. Aromatherapy can uplift your mood and give your home a beautiful fall-like ambiance. An essential oil diffuser is another great way to fill your home with the fragrances of autumn.

Buy New Décor

Decorating your home is a wonderful way to celebrate every season, including autumn. Add a faux autumn leaf garland to your fireplace mantel, hang some fall wreaths, or fill your home with fun Halloween décor. You can also upcycle and create new décor from some of the old stuff you have lying around. This is also a great way to have some fun arts and crafts time with the family.
Celebrate the harvest. Head out to a local farmer’s market and buy fresh produce to celebrate the autumn harvest. A fun hayride or a visit to a local pumpkin patch will get everyone excited about the changing season.

Make Delicious Fall Treats

Get excited about autumn by trying out some new recipes. Make homemade apple cider, bake a pumpkin pie, or come up with your own delectable fall dinners and desserts.
Doing a few easy maintenance tasks for your home is an integral part of taking care of your property as the seasons change. It’s also essential to maintain all your material items and, of course, yourself, too. By decluttering, organizing, and even checking on your health, you can get ready to enjoy the fall season and embrace the growth of what this new season will bring.

Doing a few easy maintenance tasks for your home is an integral part of taking care of your property as the seasons change. It’s also essential to maintain all your material items and, of course, yourself, too. By decluttering, organizing, and even checking on your health, you can get ready to enjoy the fall season and embrace the growth of what this new season will bring.

What to Expect Before, During and After a Roof Replacement

What to Expect Before, During and After a Roof Replacement

Every homeowner will go through the roof replacement process eventually. Getting a new roof and making decisions leading up can certainly be intimidating, but fortunately when you work with MLM we will prepare you as much as we can. Part of this preparedness is letting you know what to expect leading up to, during and after your roof replacement. Here is an outline of what you can expect upon signing your contract with MLM!

Inspection and Planning

The first step will be to call MLM and schedule your free inspection with one of our consultants. Our project consultants schedule a time to perform the inspection and will determine the status of your roof.

All of your options will be given to you and if you choose to move forward with your roof replacement, the planning will begin!

Prior to Roof Replacement

Once you sign your contract, we coordinate a date that works best for the installation, which is typically within 1-2 months.

A couple days prior to installation, our crews will deliver the materials needed. This material delivery doesn’t require anything on your end and is done quickly and efficiently.

Day of Roof Installation

On the day of your installation, things could get a bit noisy. Not being physically in your home may be a good decision, but not necessary. Our crews arrive early in the morning, and work very proficiently. The time in which they complete your home depends on the size and shape of your home, but most projects are completed within 1-2 days.

Be careful to not be out and about in the areas surrounding your home. Part of the process is taking off your old roofing, so as you can imagine things get a bit messy during the actual installation and can be hazardous for you, your family or pets to be walking around. Our crews come with a dumpster, and all old materials, debris, packaging and nails will be disposed after the install.

During the roof replacement, one of our representatives will be there to oversee the installation. At this time, they will make sure to check in with you to see if there are any questions or concerns you may have. We are with our customers every step of the way, and make certain they know we are their advocate during this process.

Once the roof is installed, another sweep is done with a big magnet insuring all nails and debris are cleaned up around the home. This is a thorough process and something our customers always rave about after the work is complete. These details are also discussed prior to the roof installation.

Post Roof Installation

After your new roof is installed, your project consultant will come and make sure the work was done properly and there are no concerns or questions. They will collect your final payment, and also review your warranty with you in case any problems should arise.

Once you are finished working with MLM, that doesn’t need to be the end of the relationship! We love our customers, and can be their advocate in future projects that they may be interested in such as siding or gutters. We work to serve you and provide the best care possible. Call us today to get started with your roof replacement, you won’t regret it! 1-844-MLM-ROOF.

Upgrades to Consider During a Roof Replacement

Upgrades to Consider During a Roof Replacement

Most homeowners will not plan for a roof replacement many times in their life, which is why it’s important to make the most out of it. If you are in the process of getting a roof replacement, you know the amount of planning and decision making it involves. When it comes to making the right decisions that will ultimately protect your home, consider these 3 upgrades. These upgrades can make a significant difference in the functionality of your roof by increasing the durability, saving energy and ensuring your home stays protected and dry.

Gutters

An upgrade most homeowners opt in for during their roof replacement is new gutters. The gutter systems that are installed into a home are typically basic, and probably not equipped to handle the heavy rainfall and snow during the course of your home’s lifespan.

Another thing to keep in mind is, if your roof is being replaced because of damage caused by a storm, your gutters were most likely affected, as well. The last thing you would want to worry about after receiving an upgraded roof is your gutter system needing to be replaced shortly after!

Not only will new gutters improve the overall look of your home, there are many new gutter systems on the market that require little to no maintenance, such as the addition of gutter guards. Getting new gutters during a roof replacement is killing two birds with one stone, saving you time and energy.

Better Ventilation

Ventilation on your roof is important because your house needs to breathe. The attic is where all of your home’s heat builds up, and without proper ventilation mold can easily form, causing problems such as premature deterioration. Ventilation is responsible for keeping your home cold during warm weather and warm during cold weather.

Older ridge vents are made from aluminum, so if they haven’t been replaced they may be old and rusted and not properly doing their job. There are so many new, different styles and brands that may be a better fit, especially on top of your fresh, new roof.

Another popular upgrade under the ventilation category is attic fans, which are a type of attic vent. The attic is where all of your home’s hot and humid air sits, the attic fan (as fans do) circulate this hot air and push it up out of the vent. The reason why people love this upgrade is that it takes the pressure off of your HVAC system. By keeping the top of your house cooler in the summer and your insulation dry in the winter, it can reduce your need for an AC or heating to go into overdrive.

Upgraded Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular shingle material because of their affordability, but they are not the only option! There are many other materials that you can explore that enhance your curb appeal and have a longer lifespan. Though asphalt is the cheapest right now, when all is said and done there are other materials that are more durable and last longer that could be a better investment in the long run.

A great option for an upgraded shingle is slate! Slate roofs have been around for years, and there’s a reason for that. A slate roof installation can dramatically improve your home because it’s beautiful, durable and fire resistant.

Another material that lasts longer than asphalt is cedar. We recommend our cedar replacement roofing for many reasons. Not only is it resistant to the elements, but it is also a natural insulator. Not to mention, it has exceptional strength and stability, so you can enjoy its aesthetic benefits for many years to come.

All in all, though asphalt is the most affordable, there are other materials that come with plenty of benefits to look in to as well.

We would be honored if you chose MLM to assist you when it’s time to start the roof replacement process. Our trained experts are there to present all of your options and walk with you hand in hand when making decisions. When you’re ready, give MLM a call at 1-844-MLM-ROOF to get started.

Classic or Trendy? Designing a Roof that Fits Your Style

A guide for DMV + NJ residents on creating the home exterior, starting with the roof.

While a homeowner might tackle the repainting of their kitchen or retiling of their bathroom with a level of expertise, most don’t have the same amount of confidence when it involves their roof. Luckily, the basics are the same – just like other rooms in your house, roofs can come in many styles, colors and accents to match any theme. However, when considering a style, color and material for your roof, it’s important for Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey residents to consult a trusted, local roofing contractor who can provide the best recommendations based on your needs.

Compliment With Your Plan

Have an exterior design plan and vision for how the new roof will fit into the overall picture of your home. For example, when choosing a roof shingle and color, ensure that it fits your final exterior design rather than coordinating it with existing elements.

Most people put together an exterior design plan for their house that includes some existing elements — usually items that they can’t change. If your plan calls for a fresh coat of paint on the home, it is easier to install the roof first as matching the paint to the shingle is easier than the other way around.

Mix and Match to Find Your Taste

Having a design plan that perfectly mixes patterns, textures, and materials can raise your home’s curb appeal to the next level. Some things to consider are warm vs. cool palettes. A combination of siding, brick and stone in cooler colors can be complemented by roof shingles in cooler tones as well.

On the flip side, a home exterior with a warmer color palette can be complemented with a golden, warm roof color or contrasted with a dark neutral color. On the right house, these coordinated and complementing color palettes will make a statement.

Color Makes the Roof Pop

When it comes to picking a color for your roof, finding one that fits your taste, while staying on trend, may be difficult and will require a delicate balance. If you’re planning on selling your home in the next few years, choosing a roofing shingle color that is timeless and has “mass appeal,” such as gray, will keep your buyer pool as big as possible. However, if this is your forever home, you should choose the color that makes you happiest.

Consider a roofing company or a manufacturer that allows you to use technology to ‘try on’ different roof styles and colors. For example, Owens Corning has an online visualization tool called Design EyeQ® that’s free to use on their website. You can upload a picture of your house or pick one of the many house templates they already have loaded.

Pick your Shingle Style

You’ve picked out your favorite color, one that will make your home stand out on the block – in a good way. Now, it’s time to determine what texture of shingle to use for your roof, a question most people don’t know the answer to off the top of their head. From choices of wood, slate and asphalt, each has their own pros and cons. However, the king of the shingle texture is the asphalt shingle due to its multi-purpose abilities.

Asphalt shingles can also mimic the appearance of wood or slate without the higher price point, risk of warping or added structural weight. These shingles have been the large portion of the roofing market for years, showing their staying power in roofing trends over the years.

In the end, the biggest key to creating the perfect home design is to do your homework and plan out your design. A trusted local contractor, backed by a national manufacturer such as Owens Corning, can help guide you in the journey with the best advice and recommendations to make your dream a reality.

Importance Of Roof Flashing

The Importance Of Roof Flashing

At MLM Home Improvement, we take pride in providing our customers with the honest and professional service. During the process of working with us, our project consultants inform and educate you every step of the way.

If you aren’t a roofing professional and have never gone through the process of replacing or repairing your roof, you may not be privy to all of the jargon. An important term to know is roof flashing. Roof flashing is a necessary component roofing material that every roof needs, yet many people don’t know what it is or the purpose it serves.

What Is Roof Flashing?

Flashing is a flat, thin material that is installed underneath the shingles of your roof to prevent water from entering certain areas. These areas are typically weakened sections of your roof where a leak could easily form. Flashing can be made from a number of materials including copper, aluminum, stainless steel and galvanized steel.

Areas Roof Flashing is Installed

Flashing is used to direct water away from weakened areas of your roof, these consist of vulnerable sections where water could easily enter. So, where would flashing typically be installed?

Flashing is installed wherever the contiguity of your roof is broken and any exterior joint where water should drain. This includes:

  • Chimney
  • Roof Valleys (low points where two roof slopes join)
  • Walls (roof surface that joins the wall)
  • Roof Protrusions (vents, skylights)
  • Roof Edges (eaves and rakes)

Do You Need To Replace Roof Flashing When Getting A Roof Replacement?

The answer to this is different from case to case and depends on the condition of your old flashing. Your flashing is something that is always checked during your free roof inspection with MLM. They’ll look to make sure the integrity of the metal is strong and that there is no rusting. If all is well with your flashing material, then it will not be replaced during your replacement. 

The two situations where your flashing will be replaced are 1. If it is damaged or rusted and 2. If you are upgrading from a 3-tab shingles to architectural shingles.

Importance of Inspections

Something to remember about flashing is that, regardless of the metal, it should outlive the original roof it was installed on. Because it outlives the roof, it’s important to have it expected at least annually. Flashing is put in place to protect the vulnerable areas of the roof, which means if it’s been damaged and is failing, it will lead to severe damage. When it comes to home maintenance, being proactive is always a lot cheaper than being reactive- and in MLM’s case, prevention is free.

Let MLM Serve You

MLM’s trained roofing professionals here to help you! Call us today at 844-MLM-ROOF to schedule your free, no obligation roofing inspection. 

4 Considerations For Your Next Roof Replacement

Although damage may be the reason for your roof replacement, enhanced curb appeal and resale value is always on the mind. Between picking the type and color of shingles and going through a list of different enhancements- knowing your home is getting an upgrade is exciting!

Of course, there is a lot that goes into roofing materials that aren’t just aesthetically pleasing. When making decisions about the specifics of your new roof, it’s important to go through all of the options that are presented to you. MLM’s project consultants are subject matter experts, and can explain these options in great detail.

Here are big factors to consider before thinking about the shingle color:

Durability

If you decide to get your roof replaced, we are sure you want your new roof to last as long as possible. Durability of materials is important when looking at your options, especially for homes in our region. One of the main reasons this should be top priority is that you need a roof that can withstand any weather conditions from hail, to high winds, to extreme heat and of course severe rainfall.

Maintenance

Something to remember when deciding on your roof is how much maintenance it will require. The answer to this question might not be the cheapest, but it will be the most cost effective in the long run. A saying that rings true in all areas of life is “You get what you pay for.” Choosing the cheapest option may save money right now but will only require maintenance and costly repairs down the road.

Lifespan

A new roof is an investment you make into your home. To get the most out of this investment, it’s important to choose materials that will last! A popular roofing material right now is asphalt which typically lasts 20-25 years, pending there is no severe damage. Another material, though costly, is slate which can last about 100 years! Weighing all of these options will help you choose the right decision for your home.

Energy Efficiency

No one likes paying high energy bills every month, that’s why choosing a roof that directly impacts the energy efficiency of your home will cut those energy costs down significantly. A roof is one of the main things that regulates the temperature inside and can lessen the reliance on your AC and heating.

Let MLM Serve You

If you are interested in replacing your roof, let us help! As an A+ BBB Accredited Business with a 4.9 Star Google Rating, we take immense pride in the quality of our work and relationships with our customers. We would be happy to serve you and your family!

Exterior Holiday Decorating Tips to Protect Your Roof

Happy December! It is officially the holiday season and many people have started to put up their exterior holiday decorations. Before you’re able to sit back and take in all of the holiday spirit, you need to climb the ladder up to the roof to hang up your lights.
Hanging lights on your roof could lead to potential harm that will end up costing you down the road. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you start decorating!

1. Before doing anything, untangle your lights and check to see if all of the bulbs work! Checking the bulbs before hanging them will save you the headache of dealing with it afterwards and having no tangles prior to hanging will decrease the risk of potential accidents while on your ladder.

2. The best thing to use to anchor your lights are Christmas light hooks. Do not use shingles or tiles for anchor points, as this will potentially lead to cracked or curled shingles. These hooks are inexpensive and could be found at a handful of stores such as target, home depot and amazon.
3. We suggest to avoid walking along your roof while decorating for the holidays. But if you have to, walk cautiously! Taking heavy steps or rushing around could damage your roof, and is also a severe safety risk.
4. Although it seems obvious, make sure the ladder is in a secure spot! A wobbly ladder could cause you to grab onto your roof for stability. Putting too much weight in one section could be dangerous to yourself and your roof.

5. Lastly, make sure you have a safe removal plan for when it comes time to take them down. A careful removal will go a long way, yanking or tugging could cause distress on your shingles and gutters!
We hope these tips stay in your mind while decorating your exterior for the holiday season!

What you should be looking for when you are on your roof
There are not many times a year that you are on your roof, which makes the holiday season the perfect time to do a self inspection. Here are some things you should be looking for:
1. Identify areas with moss, algae, and piles of leaves – these areas are notorious for causing costly leaks and water damage.
2. Keep your eye out for buckled and curled shingles! Hot air from attics often causes shingles to buckle and curl away from the home, putting your roof and home at great risk for weather damage and poor roof ventilation.
3. Look for missing, damaged, and aged shingles – this is the leading cause of roof damage. When you take the time to inspect your roof, you can catch minor issues like these before they turn into major issues followed by serious damage. Missing shingles = direct exposure to inclement weather, plus, they are an eyesore!
4. It is so important to clean your gutters and roof overhangs and maintain your downspouts! As you’re performing these essential tasks, make note of open joins and signs of rot, as those are typical indicators of larger issues.
5. Look closely for granule loss (texture on shingles). Granule loss indicates that shingles have aged or have been affected by severe weather, and are no longer protecting your home against damaging storms. If your shingles don’t have a texture on them anymore, replace them!

If you complete a self inspection and notice any of these forms of damage, let us help! We are dedicated to helping our customers have the best experience with us from start to finish. When you set up an appointment, we will come inspect the damage for free! No-obligation, no gimmicks, just good family-like customer service. Call or message us today.