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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.

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Decisions You’ll Make During a Roof Replacement

A roof replacement involves making some important decisions on what’s best for your home. The process can already be overwhelming and adding more options into the mix doesn’t simplify it.

For the past decade, MLM Home Improvement has guided customers through every step of a roof replacement. Our trained project consultants are able to educate homeowners to make the best purchasing decisions for their house.

Here are a few of the decisions you will make during the roof replacement process.

 

Hiring the Right Roofing Company

This is the first decision and arguably the most important. Choosing the right contractor guarantees quality and long-lasting service. Nothing feels better than getting your money’s worth and nothing is more frustrating than having to waste more and more funds trying to get the best roofing service while enduring the effects of a damaged roof.

Here’s how to choose a roofing contractor.

  • Ask around Identify the local roofing contractors in your area. Getting a local contractor is ideal because they are familiar with all the local rules and code regulations relating to their industry.
  • Vet experience It can take years to master the skill of roofing. Hence it is always advisable to hire a contractor with experience in the industry. A roofing contractor should have at least 5 years of experience as this assures you they know their job.
  • Check for warranty While you may find only a few contractors that offer an extensive warranty, it can serve as a bonus from the contractor you choose. Contractors that offer a warranty on workmanship are confident in their skills.
  • References and Reviews Almost every customer likes to check for references or reviews before purchasing a product or service. Good reviews are proof of the contractor’s skill and customer service. Both references and reviews give you the confidence you need to move forward with the roofing contractor.
  • Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor is superior You can skip all the stressful and time-consuming steps and simply hire a contractor from the 1% of Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. This distinction means the roofers have been vetted and approved through the most rigorous qualification guidelines in the roofing industry. By hiring a roofer who is part of the short list of Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, you offer yourself peace of mind, a sure investment, and the best warranties.

 

Choosing the Material

Once you commit to a roofing company, the next major decision will be choosing the roofing material you want. As an Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we have an array of options to choose from.

The most common roofing material in our region are architectural asphalt shingles, or dimensional shingles. They are two shingle strips (asphalt) laminated together to create a kind of shingle that looks like wood shake roofs. With architectural shingles, the tabs come in various color shades, sizes, and shapes; this is what gives the shingles their dimensional appearance.

This type of material is only one of the handful of options you will have to decide on with your new roof!

 

Deciding on Upgrades

When getting your roof replaced, there are items that are mandatory to replace along with it. However, some homeowners don’t realize new roofs can be customized by adding upgrades.

Some examples of upgrades are choosing a more energy-efficient shingle, installing a new gutter system, or improving roof ventilation with vents. Making these improvements are best during a roof replacement, and they will add to the longevity and functionality of your roof.

 

Let Us Serve You

Although there are a lot of big decisions to think about during a roof replacement, MLM will keep you informed and stress-free. We’ve helped thousands of customers in the region and would be honored to serve you. To get started, call (844) MLM-ROOF and schedule your free appointment!

 

What Does Hail Damage Look Like?

As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware and prepared for storms that can potentially cause damage to your home, but a weather event such as a hailstorm can be unpredictable. When hail is in the area, there is nothing that is safe in terms of what it can damage. Materials for roofing and siding are built to last, but hail can manage to shorten that lifespan within one storm.

After hail goes through your region, we advise you to conduct a roofing inspection to see if there has been any damage. If the storm was big enough, sometimes you can spot the damage from the ground. If that’s not the case, we recommend calling MLM to come out and perform a free damage assessment.

There are different variables on what can determine the impact of hail damage.

The first factor is wind. During any type of storm, wind speed tends to be sporadic with an ever changing direction and speed. This is why after a hail storm, you may experience excessive exterior damage but your neighbor’s home could be untouched.

The second variable is size and density. Generally speaking, the bigger the storm the bigger the damage. There’s no telling the size of the hail prior to the hailstorm, which makes it even harder to be prepared.

Another factor is barriers. Barriers such as fences, or trees can be great in the defense against a hail storm.

Below are the most common signs of hail damage:

  • Missing roof granules
  • Dents and bruising in shingles
  • Shingle tears or lifted shingles

In addition to inspecting your roof, the most commonly hit place is your gutters. After a hail storm, it’s necessary to inspect your gutters for dents and dings. Although the damage might seem small, any damage on gutters is a sign of trouble ahead.

Inspecting your siding is the next place to look over. Siding materials are built strong to withstand a lot, but depending on the intensity and wind speed of the storm, it’s possible your siding got hit as well. If there is one spot of damage on your exterior, checking everything will ensure you take care of the damage all at the same time to prevent major issues from arising afterward.

MLM is here to help!

If you would like a free, professional damage assessment, we are here to serve you! Give us a call at (844) MLM-ROOF and one of our trained project consultants will come and give you valuable knowledge about the state of your roof.

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.

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Your home is a valuable asset, and it is important that it remains in good condition to protect you and serve your needs. Roofing is a vital part of your home. When a storm hits, it can get damaged. Issues like roof shingles falling off and leaking can also occur when your roofing is outdated or in need of repairs.

So, what do you do when any of these situations happen? Sure you need a roofing contractor but how do you choose the right one?

Choosing the right contractor guarantees quality and long-lasting service. Nothing feels better than getting your money’s worth and nothing is more frustrating than having to waste more and more funds trying to get the best roofing service while enduring the effects of a damaged roof.

Here’s how to choose a roofing contractor.

  • Ask aroundFirst, you want to identify the local roofing contractors in your area. Have a few options in mind. Getting a local contractor is ideal because they are familiar with all the local rules and code regulations relating to their industry. In addition, there’s less chance of getting scammed with a local contractor. Local contractors are also more likely to honor their warranty.
  • Vet experienceIt can take years to master the skill of roofing. Hence it is always advisable to hire a contractor with experience in the industry. A roofing contractor should have at least 5 years of experience as this assures you they know their job. Experience also means that the contractor should have worked on various scenarios or roofing problems making them pros in roofing and knowledgeable in insurance claims and warranties.
  • Check for warrantyWhile you may find only a few contractors that offer an extensive warranty, it can serve as a bonus from the contractor you choose. Contractors that offer a warranty on workmanship are confident in their skills.
  • References and ReviewsAlmost every customer likes to check for references or reviews before purchasing a product or service. Good reviews are proof of the contractor’s skill and customer service. You can call up references and ask detailed questions on their experience with the contractor. Both references and reviews give you the confidence you need to move forward with the roofing contractor.
  • Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor is superiorYou can skip all the stressful and time-consuming steps and simply hire a contractor from the 1% of Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. This distinction means the roofers have been vetted and approved through the most rigorous qualification guidelines in the roofing industry. By hiring a roofer who is part of the short list of Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, you offer yourself peace of mind, a sure investment, and the best warranties.

MLM Home Improvement Company is a local business and an Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. MLM has over 300 reviews on Google easily available for your perusal. The company has been in the industry for over 10 years. MLM has a reputation as a trusted business with excellent service. Reach out to us today for your roofing needs.

The Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

The roof of a home offers the protection you need from the elements and it completes the structure of your home. Have you ever wondered what makes a roof able to perform this important function? All roofs have a roofing system. The roofing system comprises different parts that together make your roof complete and effective. It is this roofing system that sets the quality of roofs apart.

Owens Corning total roofing system offers complete protection and comprises the components of a solid roofing system.

Read on as we explore them.

Seal

This is the layer of protection against water. It includes the ice and water barrier that protects the roof in areas where water collects. These areas include skylights, vents, chimneys, and valleys.

The underlayment provides protection from wind driven mostly by rain. It is a barrier against all elements and the roof’s final line of defense. It also keeps water off the roof deck and house structure to protect against mold, rot, and water damage.

Defend

The starter shingles have a continuous sealant bead that ensures blow-offs and water cannot infiltrate the roofing system. They defend against these elements.

Shingles are common terms in roofing, and they are the first line of defense. Shingles are popular as a term because they also influence the structure of the roof. They impact curb appeal and come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They are mostly the major thing homeowners see when it comes to a roof.

Hip and ridge shingles are those shingles along the roof’s peak. They perform several functions like shingles such as finishing the look of the roof and defending the ridge vent. They are also designed in variety to be attractive and suitable for your roofing needs/style.

 

Breathe

You know the roof is built to protect and defend your home from the elements, but do you know that another vital component of your roofing system is the parts that allow you to breathe –literally? These components ensure air flows in and out of your attic.

The intake ventilation layer is located at the down-slope edge of the roof and they prevent the buildup of heat or moisture by optimizing airflow.

The exhaust ventilation layer which is located on the ridgeline of the roof support or completes the function of the intake vents. The exhaust vents allow heat, moisture, and air escape from the attic.

Together, this system offers you total protection for your home.  When you have these quality components together all that’s left is the right contractor to perform an installation. At MLM we are Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor certified and you can depend on our professional services for the roofing needs of your home.

R-Values & What They Mean For Your Home

In trying to make your roof more energy efficient, one of the first thoughts should be how well insulated it is. If your home isn’t staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter without costing you a pretty penny via energy bills, your answer is ‘it’s not well insulated’. Identifying how well insulated your roofing materials are is called calculating it’s R-Value.
What is R-Value?
R-value is used as a measurement of the effectiveness of thermal insulating materials. The higher the R-value, the better a material performs as a thermal insulator. To calculate the total R-value of a roof assembly, find the total thickness in inches of each type of insulating material within the system. For each different material, multiply the thickness by the standard R-value per inch for that material. Add the results for all the materials together to get the total R-value for the roof assembly. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
What does this mean for you?
The R-value of your roof directly impacts your wallet. When your roof is well insulated with the right materials, the temperature in your home will stay regulated and your energy bills won’t cost you an arm and a leg. The less energy it requires to keep the temperature comfortable, the more money you are saving.
How will MLM help?

If you are getting your roof replaced through us, you may know we are an Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. With Owens Corning roofing systems, you can be sure of a quality roof replacement that will last. This brand of roofing is ideal because it offers durability, style, and is highly cost-effective.MLM Home Improvement has been using the Owens Corning brand for over twelve years and we are one of only six certified Platinum Preferred Contractors in the area. Owens Corning offers a wide range of products specifically geared to being energy efficient. In addition, MLM Home Improvement customers can take full advantage of Owens Corning’s extensive warranties.

4 Questions To Ask a Contractor

Guiding DMV & NJ residents through pre-project conversations with their contractors 

 

With the weather warming many of us are probably considering sprucing up our homes through various improvement projects. Between the winter storms we have just weathered and the spring showers we are expecting, our homes, and especially our roof, could use some tender loving care.

However, before beginning any project it is important to ensure you have all of the relevant information. Understanding any home improvement project can be daunting, we at MLM Home Improvement, have compiled four questions to ask ahead of time.

Question #1: Ask about their business including location and credentials.

Perhaps the most important questions to ask before working with a contractor are the ones that will help you learn about them as a business. After all, it is critical to go into the project feeling confident that you are working with a trusted team.

To start, confirm their locality. By asking a contractor for their physical address, if part of the project later needs adjusting or needs additional attention,  they are close-by and can easily remedy the situation.

Second, check if they are backed by a national manufacturer. For example, at MLM, we are an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. This means we have been stringently vetted and are the top tier of a premier network of roofing professionals dedicated to service, reliability and professional craftsmanship.

Question #2: How long will my project take?

There are several different factors that go into an estimate on how long a roofing project will take. Some of these, such as the size of the roof, the dimensions and other home related factors can be accurately judged with the latest advancements in technology, however even with the best weather forecasting, sometimes Mother Nature can rain on your parade.

The general rule of thumb is that the smaller the surface area of the roof, the less time it will take to do the work and vice versa. It is important to have a gauge on how long the project may take so that you and the contractor are aligned on timing.

Question #3: Does the materials you are using have a warranty?

Most homeowners have an “out of sight, out of mind” policy when it comes to their roof.However, unless you have a warranty on your shingles, the roof should be top of mind. Making sure there is a warranty on the products used in your roofing project is an essential answer to find out from potential contractors. Most manufacturing companies will have warranties on their shingles that must be met by specific installation requirements. For example, Owens Corning has multiple levels of their warranty coverages, with all of them extending the lifespan of the product. Their most basic warranty covers the homeowner for the first 10-15 years.

Question #4: Ask about your roof’s ventilation.

A roof is like a fine wine, you have to let it breathe in order to get the best out of it. A roof needs the proper amount of airflow to breathe and regulate the temperature in the attic, which is essential to save money on energy bills and keep your shingles in tip-top shape. Roofers are uniquely equipped to assess your current ventilation systems and recommend if you could use an upgrade.

While most information can be found through some Googling, it is more helpful to simply talk to a trusted, local contractor directly as they are the experts and can simplify a potentially technical topic. It is critical that both you and the contractor are on the same page before starting any project, so do not be afraid to ask questions and get into the nitty gritty details!

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold! How a New Roof Can Increase the Value of Your Home During the Selling Fever

Buying a home can be one of the most expensive purchases someone can make in their lifetime. Zillow estimates that the average sale of a home in the United States currently goes for just shy of $300,000. This marks a 13% increase year-over-year and, after a hot spring selling season, Zillow forecasts the average selling point of a home across the country is expected to rise another 15% next year.

If you are looking to capitalize on the hot market, home renovations can be a good way to increase the overall value and curb appeal of your home. While often times it is bathroom or kitchen renovations that are the most attention grabbing, keep in mind that making sure your roof is in good shape can be a wise investment, being one of the bigger ticket items of a home.

Understanding this, we at MLM Home Improvement have provided a guide on how your roof can impact the home selling process.

Smart Renovations Make Money

The first thing a homeowner should consider is where and how their renovation investments should be placed.  While it is difficult to quantify the exact expected return on investment of pre-sale renovations, the National Association of Realtors Research Group estimated that a homeowner who renovates a roof can expect to see approximately 100% return. Compared to only a 50 – 60% return on kitchen and bathrooms, replacing your roof potentially represents a better chance to recoup your money and increase the overall value of your home.

Reaching out to a trusted, local contractor to take an in depth look into the health of your roof could be a worthwhile avenue to explore as they’re uniquely qualified to spot potential problems that may scuttle a sale. If unsure of who to contact, look for contractors who are backed by national manufacturers like Owens Corning.

Aesthetics Add to the Curb Appeal

If embarking on a remodeling project, the roof can be that final puzzle piece in ensuring sure your home has maximum curb appeal from top to bottom. Considering the shingle color is important and should be able to fit in with today’s designs and those 10 years from now. While it may be hard to predict the design trends of the future, choosing a color and shingle design that is classic and understated can provide longevity to your home. Navy and heather gray, for example, are two shingle colors that have stood the test of time and fit into almost any home color palette.

Streamline the Selling Process

A pristine looking roof can give potential buyers the peace of mind that purchasing your home will not lead to more hidden costs down the road. Aside from visuals, a dilapidated roof can have real consequences on the home selling process. After all, the roof is one of the top priorities during an inspection and one that, if in need of repairs, can be a point of friction between buyers and sellers. While some homebuyers might be willing to overlook other problems within the home, a damaged roof can often times be a deal killer.

Therefore, work with a trusted contractor, who is qualified to spot potential problems that may scuttle a sale, prior to putting your home on the market.

While deciding to replace a roof before selling can seem like an unnecessary expense as you are looking to leave the home soon, it can not only can it increase the overall value of your home, but it would go a long way to instilling confidence in the buyer that your home is in great shape. To get the most accurate information on the state of your roof, reach out to trusted local contractor, such as one backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning, who can provide you with a thorough report and analysis of the current state of your 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!