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Leverage the Natural Look of Wood in Your Home

When decorating your home, whether on the outside or the inside, leveraging the natural look of wood can be a daunting task. After all, there are many different types of woods and wood stains, which can be difficult to pair and match together. Figuring out ways to make the natural look of wood in your home suit your desired aesthetic can make or break the appearance of your house.

Leveraging the natural look of wood must be taken into consideration when remodeling your home, as you will need to choose the right materials and plan accordingly. Utilizing a professional home improvement company, such as MLM Home Improvement, can help make the job much easier. Here are a few tips to help you leverage the natural look of wood in your home.

Use Your Samples

When you set out to go shop for the materials on your next project, for example, when choosing new replacement windows, get a sample of the wood in your home to take to the window company to see what matches best. You’ll want the window frames or whatever material you’re using to remodel your home to pair well with the rest of your home. If you are unable to locate a sample from your wooden furniture, you can always use a high-quality photo to help match up against different window materials to see what is going to work best.

Match Interior Wood Tones

When looking at adding wooden furniture or completing a home improvement project to change the interior of your home, take the current wood tones into consideration to match that specific room. Wood tones in all different tones can be overwhelming, giving off a less sophisticated look than what you might want.

Replacement windows made of wood and wooden doors, or those made of synthetic wood materials are going to need to match or at the very least not clash with the current wood tones of the room. If you do mix and match wood colors, make sure you choose at least one dominant wood type that will serve as the base color. This dominant wood element—let’s say, the beautiful, custom wood front entry door of your home—should serve as the main color that sets the tone of the entire room.

Pay Attention to Undertones

If you’ll notice, all wood pieces have an undertone to them—and they’re not always the same according to type. The undertone can vary according to the cut, grain, stain, and finish of the wood. For example, your oak cabinets might have a green, red, yellow, pink, or another color as its undertone. In general, the tones will be classified as either “warm” or “cold” according to the undertone. Try and match the rest of your wood to the dominant wood undertone in the home for the most coordinated results.

Tie Together Wood Tones with Accessories

Use a rug, artwork, blinds or curtains, or other things to tie in contrasting wood tones of all colors. A colorful rug or other elements that feature all the wood tones will help the contrasting colors to complement the overall design of the room, rather than looking out of place and mismatched.

Balance Close Finishes Throughout the Room

When adding wooden windows or doors to a room, you will want to make sure that the wood that is used for these materials is balanced with the wooden furniture you have in the room. For example, if you have a darker, harder wood as trim around your couches, and your nearby windows are framed in a lighter wood tone, try moving the couches to the other side of the room. Spacing them out a bit will help balance out the darkness of the wood with the rest of the lighter elements in the space.

Home Improvement Services in the DMV Area

Now that you have a better idea on how you can use natural wood to bring out the best design in your home, it’s time to start planning your next home improvement project with us at MLM Home Improvement.

MLM Home Improvement is a home remodeling company in DC, Maryland, and Virginia that has been in business since 2007. With thousands of happy customers in their portfolio, you can rest assured that your project is in good hands. MLM retains an A+ rating with the BBB and has been screened and approved by Home Advisor.

To get a free, in-home pricing estimate and home design consultation, give us a call or fill out the online form for more information.

Brighten Up Your Home for the Holidays with These Easy Winter Renovation Ideas

Many would agree that there’s nothing better this time of year than having a beautiful, warm, and inviting home to enjoy on cold, dreary winter evenings. Not to mention, the holidays are quickly approaching. For those that love to entertain, making sure your home is in great shape to welcome guests is probably at the top of your list.

Whether you’re trying to make a positive impression on your holiday guests, or simply hoping to enjoy a warm and cozy winter at home, take a look at these ideas from our top roofing contractor team at MLM Home Improvement and get inspired to improve your home this season.

Protect Your Home With Gutter Guards

While they may not be glamorous, gutters are one of the most important features to consider when protecting your home over the winter season. Gutter problems can quickly damage your roofing, soffits, fascia, siding, landscaping, and even cause structural damage to your home and property. There’s no better time than before the holidays are here to make sure your gutter system is working well and free of clogs and potential issues that could lead to water damage over the coldest months of the year.

One of the best winter additions to upgrade your home is with premium-quality gutter guards. At MLM Home Improvement, we highly suggest having an expert contractor install RainPro gutters and gutter guard products to protect your home from mold, mildew, rotting, and other moisture damage now and for many winters to come.

Reinforce Your Rooftop

Leaky rooftops can be caused by a number of factors, including storms and ice dams in freezing weather. Missing shingles, cracks, and leaks are often signs of a larger problem with your roof. In any case, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected for signs of damage now before the harsh winter weather is here to make things worse. Having smaller issues taken care of now can help to prevent much larger and more expensive problems later when the rain and snow start to fall.

Get Your Home a New Winter Coat

It’s a common misconception that siding—especially vinyl siding—can’t be replaced in cold weather. This is because vinyl siding, before it’s installed, tends to become brittle and to crack in cold weather. This can make it difficult to install correctly, which is why it’s so important for professional contractors to perform the installation. A professional siding company with proven experience in siding installation will know exactly what to do to keep vinyl products from cracking in the process.

That said, giving your home a new winter coat is one of the best home improvement projects you can consider before the winter holiday season. Not only will you benefit from using less energy to heat your home during the cold months, but you’ll probably also be able to take advantage of lower rates and special discounts, and more flexible scheduling times that contractors offer over the winter season.

Give Them an Entrance

Aside from the decorative lights and holiday adornments, there’s nothing more stunning than a beautiful, custom front door when greeting your guests for the holidays. If your entryway isn’t as striking or handsome as it should be, consider replacing it with a custom door that’s sure to impress those dropping by for a visit.

Another great consideration to make for homeowners living in the Maryland and Virginia areas is the installation of a storm door. Storm doors serve to protect the exterior entry doors from scratches and impact damage, and also from winds, insects, and other threats. Storm doors are available in a number of styles and materials and can be personalized to suit your household’s accessibility needs.

Exceptional Home Renovations from MLM Home Improvement

Since 2007, MLM has specialized in providing outstanding roofing, windows, siding, doors, and gutters for homes throughout Virginia and Maryland. We’ve grown fast over the years, earning a reputation amongst our customers for our impeccable work ethic and unparalleled craftsmanship.

If you’d like to discuss ways to make your home more beautiful, functional, and valuable this winter, we’d love to hear from you. Give our team a call to speak with one of our agents over the phone about your project or fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate.

Will Insurance Cover My Roof?

The Big Question… Will My Insurance Company Cover My Roof?

Insuring your home or roof is important to protect you from certain situations. Sometimes damages happen due to reasons like a storm, fire, vandalism, or defective products. When any of such events occur, you do not want to be stuck with the cost of repairing or replacing your roof so suddenly.

Thankfully, homeowners insurance can cover roof damage but with regard to what caused the damage in the first place.

What kind of roof damage does my insurance cover?

First, it’s safe to say it covers a lot.

If your roof was damaged due to a storm, your insurance will cover it. Storm damages can be anything from wind and hail, to a tree falling over during a storm and damaging your roof, heavy snow, ice storms, hurricane force winds, and so on. These are all acts of nature, and they qualify a homeowner for partial or complete repair or replacement of the roof from the insurance company.

The important thing to note is that your insurance company mostly covers accidental and unexpected damages to your roof and not wear and tear that comes with aging of materials.

How about discontinued shingles?

Discontinued shingles are simply shingles that are no longer in production. The company stopped manufacturing them. Shingles can be discontinued for many reasons, not just because they noticed a defect. Noticing a defect in the product can be one of the reasons for a discontinued shingle but others include that better manufacturing processes were discovered or the product just wasn’t a hit in the market.

So what does this mean for homeowners who already used these shingles for their roofs? It indicates that finding the parts to repair your roof would be difficult, but here’s how damages go down with your insurer.

If a roof with discontinued shingles gets damaged in a storm, your insurance company will cover the repair and possibly replace the roof entirely as the parts are no longer available. Lab tests are available to confirm the availability of matching materials.

If your insurer is refusing to make the repair or replacement and making claims you are unsure about, you should consult with an expert and review the wordings of your policy.

Precautions to get the most out of your insurance

Get your roof inspected by a roofing contractor. Your insurance company will not cover damages that seem to occur due to negligence. Sometimes this might get mixed up with an actual damage and you get the short end of the stick. Carry out regular inspections on the roof with a contractor to know the condition of the roof always.

Fix minor problems. Minor issues like a weak spot or a broken shingle should be fixed before it’s too late. Your insurer can easily show up unannounced and finding such negligence can lead to canceling your policy.

Reach out to us here at MLM for more information, inspections, or installations.

Home Improvements for the New Year

Every start of a new year, people keep on making the same old new year’s resolutions—losing weight, quitting smoking, saving more money, and many other forms of personal improvement. However, because this year marks the start of a new decade, it makes sense to resolve to make a different sort of resolution.

If you are considering making an even bolder improvement in your life, why not make home remodeling projects a part of your new year’s resolution list? MLM Home Improvement is the ideal professional contractor to contact for your next home improvement project. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, our company knows exactly what you need to add value to one of your greatest investments in life—your home.

In this article, our experts at MLM Home Improvement will share with you some ideas on the various types of home remodeling projects that add serious value to your home. If you’re considering a home upgrade or renovation project to welcome in the new decade, these ideas may be the inspiration you’re looking for.

Replace or Restore Your Roof

The roof is one of the most important parts of the house as it provides protection against the weather and also affects your home’s aesthetic appeal. If your roof has seen better days and is in need of replacement or repairs, roof renovation or installation is an important and beneficial home improvement project to take on.

Reliable contractors will suggest different types of roofing materials that come with a variety of colors, textures, patterns, and materials—such as asphalt, cedar, slate, or metal. MLM Home Improvement works with superior-quality Owens Corning COOL shingles and other innovative exterior technology, such as StreakGuard Protection and SureNail Technology for durability and cutting-edge performance.

Siding Replacement and Installation

Because your home’s siding is exposed to harsh weather conditions and other external elements, it can undergo natural wear and tear. When you think it’s time to replace your siding, contact professional installers to discuss which type, color, and style best suits your preferences and your home.

Trusted remodelers such as MLM Home Improvement can suggest the best materials for your home, including vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding options at competitive prices. By having your siding replaced or a new one installed, you will be able to enjoy enhanced curb appeal, energy efficiency, and protection.

New Window Installation for Energy Efficiency

Another popular form of home remodeling is having new windows installed. Newer windows are made with advanced materials and new features that will allow you to enjoy the benefits of improved energy efficiency and long-term savings. If your windows are deteriorating or aging, window replacement is an excellent way to invest in your home now and into the future.

At MLM Home Improvement, we supply and install the most advanced window products on the market. Our windows stand out among the best options available, and are made with features like double-pane, double-strength glass, fusion-welded frames, advanced insulation, multi-layer weather-stripping and other high-tech features. We also provide windows that come in various designs and styles to complement the look and feel of your home.

Door Replacement for Greater Security

As a homeowner, the security of your home and the safety of your family should always be your highest priorities. Take a look at your home’s doors and consider whether they’re truly protecting your home against outside threats, the weather, or if it’s helping to add curb appeal and style to your home’s exterior.

Whether you’re interested in replacing your home’s front door, side doors, back doors, or doors inside the home, MLM Home Improvement has a wide selection of options for you to choose from. We offer custom doors, entry doors, French doors, patio doors, security doors, and storm doors, all of which come in numerous styles and colors.  No matter if your goal is to improve the aesthetics of your home or enjoy higher protection against the weather, you will surely be able to find the best type of door that will satisfy your needs.

Superior Home Remodeling Services in Maryland

There’s no doubt that any of these important home remodeling projects will increase the value, comfort, energy-efficiency, and curb appeal of your property. However, it is important to note that the success of these projects depends on the expertise of the remodelers you choose. If you are looking for a reliable home remodeler, MLM Home Improvements is the company to call.

Since 2007, we have provided a comprehensive range of remodeling services for homeowners in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia and the surrounding areas. Among our many projects, we’re known for roofing, siding, gutter, window, and door installations and replacements.

As an A+ rated company with the Better Business Bureau with various industry-related awards and accolades, you can be sure that MLM Home Improvements will provide the excellent craftsmanship and top-quality products you want for your project. If you want to learn more about how we can help you reach your home remodeling goals, give us a call or fill out our online form to request a free, in-home pricing estimate.

Social Distancing-Online Meetings

We have been practicing social distancing during this pandemic, our technology enables us to accurately measure you home’s exterior, including siding, roofing, windows, doors, and gutters via photographs and in some cases aerial and satellite images.

We can create an accurate estimate with product presentation in real time via our web meeting software. Based off the scope of the project we can then prepare a detailed estimate instantly.

We have been helping our Thousands of customers and our community for 10+ years in the D.C, Maryland, Virginia Area. They love professionalism and quality of our services, now it’s a matter of all of our safety.

  • In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 all meetings are being conducted online
  • All work is performed outside, no need to enter the home
  • All communication is done by phone, text and email

For more information, please reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 301-638-8266. or through our online contact form.

6 Steps to Quality Spring Roofing Inspection

  • Check your calendar, and note the time of year.  As mentioned, this is something you’ll want to do every year, so go ahead and get it on your annual calendar.
  • Check the shingles. Look for missing, cracked or
    damaged shingles. Check for blisters, dark patches, and sagging roof sections, too.
  • Inspect the gutters and downspouts. Check for blockages that can restrict the flow of water away from your home. Make sure gutters haven’t been damaged by any ice dams that may have formed over the winter. Also, check that the gutters haven’t been pulled away from the home by heavy snow, and there are no holes in them.
  • Examine the flashing. Because so many leaks occur it flashing points, be sure to look for signs of cracks or holes in these areas, and that the flashing is still secure.
  • If you have a chimney or skylights, take a look to see that the seals between them and roofing surfaces are still intact. These are another common source for roof leaks.
  • Look inside! Grab a flashlight and inspect your attic spaces for any signs of water leaks. Look around the interior of your home, too, for evidence of a leak.

 

Importance of Roof Health

A quality, functioning roof is a necessity to the health of your home or building. Everything under the roof will fail and not work properly if the roof is failing. The life of your home will diminish quickly if it is constantly exposed to water leaks and improper ventilation. Roof health effects the entire health of the structure.

Professional roofing contractors, like MLM Home Improvement, are able to inspect your roof to ensure it is doing its job of protecting your entire home, office, or building. A thorough roof inspection will give you peace of mind or will reveal areas of weakness that need to be repaired.

Services that MLM Home Improvement offers include:

  • Leak Investigations
  • Gutter Install and Replacement
  • Shingle Replacement
  • Roof Replacement
  • Storm Damage Inspections (Wind or Hail)
  • New Roof Installation
  • Insurance Restoration

ROOF HAIL DAMAGE

Hailstorms can cause serious damage to a roof. The impact from a hailstone can bruise or crack roofing shingles, potentially leading to water damage in your home. While you can’t always avoid roof damage from hail, you can help to minimize the extent of damage by detecting problems early, taking action to repair or replace your damaged roof as quickly as possible, and installing Class 4, impact-resistant roofing shingles.

Find out what you can do to help protect your roof and home from the potential consequences of hail damage.

How Do I Know If My Roof Has Been Damaged by Hail?

In the aftermath of a hailstorm, it’s important to get your roof checked for damage. Hail falls in random patterns and therefore may only damage a few houses within a neighborhood, so your roof may have damage even if your next-door neighbor’s roof doesn’t.

Look for signs of hail damage around your yard and property, such as:

  • Plants stripped of their leaves
  • Dents in cars
  • Damaged air conditioner units, or
  • Evidence of damage to other exterior furnishings

Get a Roof Inspection for Hail Damage

It may be difficult to spot some types of roof damage from the ground, so you’ll want to get as close to the surface of the roof as possible for a complete inspection. We recommend scheduling an inspection with a professional roofing contractor that you trust to safely and thoroughly inspect your roof. Most roofing contractors provide free inspections and estimates. If you do decide to inspect the roof yourself, please follow all appropriate safety guidelines.

Surface Hail Damage

The first type of damage you want to look for is damage to the surface of your roof.  If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you may notice the following signs of damage after a hailstorm:

  • Small divots
  • Round black areas
  • Bruises, and/or
  • Loss of protective granules, which may collect in gutters and downspouts

Hidden and Related Roof Hail Damage

Not all hail damage can be seen on the surface of a roofing shingle. Sometimes the impact from a hailstone can cause shingles to split and can only be seen when you look at the backside of the roof shingles. It’s best to call a roofing contractor to assist in this type of inspection, as they can lift-up, examine and re-seal shingles as needed. A professional roofing contractor will also assess other roofing components for damage, such as flashing, roof vents, skylights, gutters, and chimney caps or covers.

Imitation Hail Damage on a Roof

It’s important to correctly identify the type of roof damage so the best action plan can be put into place, which may involve warranty and insurance claims. An experienced roofing professional should be able to differentiate hail damage from other types of roof damage, such as

  • Blistering and cracking caused by UV degradation from the sun,
  • Scuffing damage from when shingles were installed
  • Wind and debris defacement, and
  • Worn-out shingles

Once the damage is identified, your roofing contractor can provide an estimate and advise on the next steps to getting your roof repaired or replaced.

Is It Necessary to Fix Roof Hail Damage?

If your roof has been damaged by hail, it can be difficult to understand whether the damage is only cosmetic or if it could also impact roof performance. If hail damage is allowing water to pass through your roofing system, then this is a performance issue and should be fixed as soon as possible to help prevent serious water damage to your home.

If hail damage has caused granule loss on your roof shingles, it could also affect the performance of the shingle, in addition to the aesthetics.  Granules on asphalt shingles help to protect the asphalt from UV light degradation caused by the sun. While you may not have a roof leak right away, shingles that have lost granules have a higher risk of failing prematurely.

Is Roof Hail Damage Covered by Insurance?

Most insurance policies will cover hail damage, but it’s best to study your homeowner’s policy in-depth, especially if you live in a region prone to hailstorms. Some of the common stipulations associated with hail related insurance claims include:

  • Homeowners usually have within one year to file a claim.
  • Most policies require a deductible payment before the insurance company pays its share.
  • Filing a claim may cause your premium rates to rise.
  • Some states (those with a higher frequency of hail claims) may have percent-based deductibles.
  • Cosmetic roof hail damage may not be covered.

Contact your insurance agent to learn more.

Tips on Handling Hail Damage Claims

  1. Always get references, read reviews and compare estimates before choosing a contractor. It’s also best to take the time to verify certificates of insurance and licensing if required in your area.
  2. Notify your insurance company immediately to open a claim. Some companies have mobile apps and online tools to ease the filing process, but you can always call in, as well.
  3. If your contractor agrees to work with your insurance company, make sure you understand in detail what each will do and what steps are required by you.

Can You Prevent Roof Hail Damage?

If you live in an area that is prone to hailstorms, or hail is forecasted in your area, then anything on the exterior of your home and property left outdoors may be at risk for hail damage, such as vehicles, patio furniture, and landscaping.

Since you can’t “pull your roof into the garage” when there’s a storm, you may want to install roofing materials that are designed to withstand greater levels of impact, such as Class 4, impact-resistant shingles, which may help to prevent or reduce the amount of damage from hail or other debris.

Additionally, installing Class 4 shingles on your home may qualify you for a homeowners’ insurance discount. Contact your insurance agent to learn more.

While you may not be able to prevent all hail related roof damage, you can help to minimize the amount of damage and the consequences of that damage in your home. In addition to installing Class 4, impact-resistant roofing shingles, early detection and action are key.

3 EXTERIOR PROJECTS TO DO THIS SUMMER

In the Washington D.C, Maryland, Northern Virginia Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, And New Jersey areas summer is the best time to do exterior renovations. While some renovations can be done in the winter or shoulder season, most are best left for the warmer months. Freezing temperatures can be hard on materials and hard on installers, increasing the length of time it takes to get done and the cost to you as the homeowner.

Here are some home renovations you should do this summer:

1. Replace your old roof. 

Summer is the best time to have your roof replaced. Cold temperatures can make shingles brittle and they can break easily during installation. This creates wasted materials and extended labour, which translates into a higher cost for you. In the summer, roofing contractors can more efficiently and effectively install your new roof. Once it’s done, you can rest easy knowing your home is well protected as winter blows in. Read these warning signs you need a new roof.

2. New windows and doors. 

When you have a window replacement, the installers must take out your old windows first. That means you’ll have large holes in the wall, exposing your home to whatever weather is happening outside. If you don’t want to freeze, have your windows and doors replaced this summer or fall. Many window installers will not do the job once the temperature reaches a specific low temperature. Since windows play a major role in your home’s energy efficiency, you want to get that job done before the chilly winds and snow flies.

3. New Insulated vinyl siding. 

If your siding is damaged, cracked, loose or faded, it’s time for a replacement. Just like shingles, vinyl siding will crack easily in cold weather. It can also buckle, making installation difficult and time consuming. Because it will take longer to complete, you’ll pay more for labour and installation. You’ll also have to have your home’s bare walls exposed during the installation, which is not great. Avoid damage and make sure your siding replacement is done as good as it can be by having it done in the summer months.