Check On Your Siding - Mlmhi

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.

3 Signs A Home’s Window Seal Has Failed

Unlike the windows of the past, most windows today have two or more glass panes that are sealed completely around the edges with a rubbery sealant, whose function is to keep out humidity. Most windows also have a form of gas (either krypton or argon) that are used to further reduce the chance of heat or air coming through. The sealant surrounding the glass panes have the possibility of failing. Understanding what that failure may look like will have you prepared on what to do next!
3 Signs The Seal Has Failed
1. Condensation
The number 1 sign that the sealant has failed is condensation. The purpose of this rubbery elastic coating is to act as a thermal barrier so heat transfer is lessened. A broken seal leaves room the space between the windows to be exposed to humidity fluctuations. An increased change in the humidity will leave moisture in between the two glass panes causing condensation. Bottom line: if you are seeing water, fog or frost in between the glass panes of your window, the seal has most likely failed.
2. Distortion Of The Glass
Another sign of a failed window seal is distorted glass. The inert gas that is in between the glass panes is at an equilibrium. As soon as the seal breaks and disrupts the gas, it affects the structural integrity of the glass panes and is major visual change. Bottom line: If your glass is distorted, even though there may not be condensation, your seal has most likely failed.
3. Dirty Windows From The Inside
A window seal not only acts as a thermal barrier, but is also a barrier that keeps out dust, dirt and bugs from getting anywhere close to inside your home. One of the most obvious signs that your seal has broken, is if your windows appear to be dirty although you have just cleaned them. The dirt, bugs and dust will appear in between the panes, impossible to clean out. Bottom line: If you have cleaned both the inside and the outside of your windows, but they still look dirty, the dirt is most likely lurking between the panes and is caused by seal failure.
These failures could be caused by a number of reasons including defective manufacturing, poor installation, extreme weather conditions or they may fail as the windows age.
Now that you have the tools to know when it is a seal failure, the first step we recommend is checking the warranty. If the windows are still under warranty, it should be an easy replacement! If they are not, call MLM and schedule an inspection. We will be able to give you a free estimate so you can decide the next steps for your home! Call us at 844-MLM-ROOF, we would be proud to serve you!