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Spring is ready, are your gutters? Ask yourself these 3 questions!

The severe winter weather we experienced just a month ago could have intensely affected your gutter system. Leaves, broken branches and other debris will block your gutters from doing their main job- keeping rain out of your house. Gutters are so easy to overlook, making them the most neglected and costly repair a homeowner can face.
Why wait until a major rain storm? Here are 3 questions you can ask yourself to make sure your gutters are ready to withstand spring showers and to avoid and prevent larger (and costly) issues!
1. Is there any visible damage on your gutters?
To answer this question, check out your gutters on a sunny and dry day. Are there holes in your gutters that are causing leaks? Are there gaps from one gutter to the other? Are your gutters starting to separate away from your home? Are there rust spots? If you answered yes to any of these you may want to call a professional to inspect them. These are clear warning signs your gutters are starting to become ineffective. We encourage a free inspection to see if your gutters simply need a repair or if you need a new system.
2. Are your gutters clear of debris, leaves and other undesirable growth?
Spring is definitely the time to make sure your gutters are clear of any unwanted debris! Gutter maintenance only needs to be done about twice a year for it to be effective so we suggest you complete these bi-yearly cleanings or hire a professional to do this service for you. It will definitely save you money down the road!
3. Are there dirt channels or pooling water underneath?
If there is an overflow of water underneath your gutters, this is a tell tale sign you will need to replace your gutter system. Gutters that are not able to properly do their job of keeping water from your home have no purpose anymore! Call us to come out and inspect your home. We will give you a free estimate, and can ensure you an easy and efficient replacement!
Call us at 1-800-MLM-ROOF or fill out a form on our landing page- we would be happy to serve you!

How To: Clean Your Gutters

Gutters are an integral part of your exterior home because they protect it from hazardous water damage- your roofing, siding, windows, landscaping, and foundation would all be ruined without proper rain gutter installation! If you’ve read our latest blogs, we continuously state the importance of cleaning out your gutters twice a year. Neglecting this chore unfortunately can lead to extreme damage, as they may be clogged, overflowing, filled with debris etc. So- how do you properly clean your gutters? If you’ve never done it before, it may be intimidating. Here is a step by step guide!
Step 1: The Ladder
The first thing you need to do is properly secure your ladder so you can be eye level with the gutters. We recommend securing the ladder to the house to make sure nothing goes awry. Take proper safety precautions while doing this step- and if you’re unable to get up on the ladder, we recommend hiring a gutter cleaning service.
Step 2: Gloves
After you have secured your ladder and eye level to the gutters, put your gloves on. From the ground you have no idea what you might find in your gutters, branches, debris, even kids toys, so having gloves on will allow you to pick up any unwanted items out of the gutters.
Step 3: The Hose
Once you’ve gotten rid of obvious debris, you’ll want to bring your hose up and flush out your gutters. It’s important that the pressure of your water isn’t to intense and that you’re angling your hose correctly. A harsh water stream straight on your gutters could cause damage. Flushing out your gutters with a hose will get rid of any hard to reach debris. *Tip: do not use a shop vac or leaf blower. These tools will cause more mess than anything!
Step 4: Inspection
Now that your gutters are nice and cleaned out, it’ll be easier to detect obvious damage. If you see any leaks, rust, peeling paint, sagging gutters, or even cracks or broken downspouts, it’s time to call in the pros. Your gutters will need repair or even replacement.
Step 5: Damage?
After your own personal inspection, if you find any areas of concern- call MLM! We will come do a free inspection and let you know if these concerns require a replacement. 1-844-MLM-ROOF
Every gallon of rainwater weight roughly eight pounds. If your gutters are clogged and overflowing, they could potentially be holding thousands of pounds of debris and water. This is extremely dangerous as they can cause water damage, completely pull away from your roof, or even result in a roof collapse. Follow this gutter cleaning guide at least twice a year to prevent these dangerous situations.

Summer Roof Maintenence

This weekend is Memorial Day and unofficially marks the start of Summer 2021! Summer is a season full of outdoor activities, days at the beach and barbecues. But it is also the hottest season, and the temperatures will be rising. Depending on the person, you may love the hot temperatures but your roof does not! In our previous blog we mention how high temperatures can negatively affect your roof as time passes. So how do we prevent any damage? Follow these summer roof maintenance tips and you will have a healthy roof!
Remove debris
A very important place to start is removing any excess debris that is lingering on your roof or in your gutters. This includes twigs, branches, leaves and any other undesirable debris. While doing this, safety should be your number one priority- if you are not able to climb up to the roof, we recommending hiring someone to do this step. This also should be done by hand with gloves, or any other tool such as a leaf blower. Avoid using a power washer. A power washer, though seems like a logical idea, can cause unwanted damage due to the focused pressure.
Check for mold, moss & algae
The summer brings heat and also humidity from all the rain, which increases the chance of algae to build up on your home. If left untreated, algae can eventually eat away at your roof leading to roof decay. Moss left on roofs can cause shingles to curl and crack. Heavy moss can block water, create buildup under the shingles, and eventually damage the roof deck. If you see moss or algae on your roof, remove it ASAP to prevent these problems. Mold damage can happen fast, so it’s essential to check your roof often.
Trim trees
An important tip is to trim the trees that overhang on your roof. Summer is known for it’s unpredictable storms, and it wouldn’t take much for a branch or limb to break off of the tree causing damage to your roof. Trimming back your trees so they are about 8 ft. away from your roof will prevent damage and a possible roof replacement. Trees that are over your roof could also cause damage to the gutter, if leaves and twigs are falling off and weighing your gutter system down.
Check your attic

Attic insulation is critical in the summer because it’s what’s keeping all of the heat it’s absorbing out of your living space. It’s also important to check for any signs of moisture or mold while you’re up there, as this can point to water leakage.Here are some signs of roof mold damage you can see from your attic:

  1. If you discover watermarks along the ceiling or walls of your attic, your roof may have a hole.
  2. If your attic smells musty and you spot mildew across your ceiling, you have a roof leak.
  3. Discolored rafters mean the wood has absorbed the water from a leak above on your roof.

Schedule a roof inspection

At MLM, we provide free roof inspections. It costs you zero money out of pocket for us to come and inspect your roof for you. Inspecting these things yourself can turn into something more complicated, and unless you have roofing experience you might not be 100% sure what you need to look for. MLM employees are highly trained and will take all of that stress off your hands. Remember- preventative maintenance is better than serious repairs and replacements (and cheaper!). Call us at 844-MLM-ROOF to schedule your appointment.

Protect Your Home on the Fourth of July

The fourth of July is an exciting day for families across the country! It’s a day filled with barbecues, gathering of family and friends, backyard games and more. An Independence Day staple is the fireworks and as a roofing company, we can’t help but think of protecting your roof. Here are some precautions to think about if you (or your neighbor) are planning a fireworks display.
Clean the Debris
One of the most flammable things on your roof is the debris. Pine needles, leaves, and small branches should all be cleared off of your roof and gutters. If a lingering spark falls down, it could easily grab on to any debris on your roof.
Trim Overhanging Branches
We recommend trimming the branches that hang over your home for a few reasons! First, when there are fireworks involved, trimming the branches will minimize the risk of a limb catching on fire and landing on your home. Secondly, it’s important to keep the area above your roof clear because of all the seasonal storms that roll through.
Inspect the Roof
Underneath your roof’s shingles are a layer of roofing felt paper. This is a layer of protection between the roof deck and the shingles. When a shingle gets detached or there is severe damage, it leaves the felt paper exposed to the elements. This, as you can imagine, is not ideal when there are fireworks, as even a spark could destroy your home. We recommend hiring professionals, such as MLM, to perform a routine roof inspection so we can ensure that there are no missing shingles or damage.
Let MLM Help
We would be happy to give you all the information on the status of your roof to make sure you and your home are safe and protected. If you would like MLM to perform a free roof inspection, give us a call at 1-844-MLM-ROOF

All About Roof Wind Damage

In the DMV and NJ region, we know the ins and outs of summer storms. A strong storm is always accompanied by high winds, which pose a threat to your home’s exterior. Whether it is wind that’s strong enough to have damaged the integrity of your shingles, or wind that has knocked down branches and debris, we talk about the clear signs of wind damage to look for after a summer storm.
Breaking Down Wind Speeds
The National Weather Service provides a chart that estimates wind speeds through visual damage. If you check your weather app, you could know the mph of the wind and associate it with the potential damage it can cause:
19 to 24 mph: Large branches and small trees in leaf begin to sway.
25 to 31 mph: Large branches in continuous motion. Whistling sounds heard in overhead or nearby power and telephone lines. Umbrellas used with difficulty.
32 to 38 mph: Whole trees in motion. Inconvenience felt when walking against the wind.
39 to 46 mph: Wind breaks twigs and small branches. Wind generally impedes walking.
47 to 54 mph: Structural damage occurs, such as chimney covers, roofing tiles blown off, and television antennas damaged. Ground is littered with many small twigs and broken branches.
55 to 63 mph: Considerable structural damage occurs, especially on roofs. Small trees may be blown over and uprooted.
64 to 75 mph: Widespread damage occurs. Larger trees blown over and uprooted.
Clear Signs of Wind Damage
 
Shingle Damage
Shingle damage is easily seen during a routine roof inspection or even sometimes it is noticeable from the ground. If you are missing any shingles, you have clear roof damage. Wind often causes damage to the edges of your roof or worsens areas of your roof where shingles may have already been loose. Once shingles start blowing off, it causes a chain reaction and can lead to major repairs or a replacement.
Granule Loss
Connected with shingle damage is granule loss. The material on your shingles will wear over time and you may notice very minor granule loss, which is completely normal. If you start to notice bare spots or cracks that you haven’t noticed before, these are signs that the seal on your shingle has broke and it will start to flap. The flapping is a huge warning sign because all it takes is an unexpected storm with winds just strong enough to have it tear off. The good news is that this type of damage isn’t always major. Sometimes it’s localized, and you’re only facing a minor repair.
Debris
Another thing to consider is debris. As stated above, around 30-40 mph cause small branches to break off. If there are lot of branches and other forms of debris laying around your property or on your roof after a storm, we would recommend either performing a roof inspection (if it is safe to do so) or hiring a roofing professional, such as one of MLM’s project consultants, to come out and take a look.
Water Leaks
If the wind compromises the integrity of your shingles during a storm, you will find the effects of the storm on your ceiling and walls. If you notice discoloration (yellow/brown color) or the smell of mold, chances are there is moisture that has leaked through. While you may think it is just a minor leak and that it is harmless, when another storm rolls through it could worsen the issue tenfold. The best thing to do in this case is call a roofing professional to inspect the issue and give you options on what to do next.

 

It’s never fun finding damage after a storm, but let MLM help! Our trained professionals can help guide you from start to finish of the roof replacement process. Starting with a free inspection and consultation, we communicate all your options and help navigate this intimidating process. Give us a call at 844-MLM-ROOF or fill out the form on our website to schedule your inspection!