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Celebrate Earth Day with Home Energy Savings

Considerations for DMV & NJ homeowners to save on energy bills with smart investments and easy fixes

Over the past decade – from changing their everyday behaviors to adopting energy efficient appliances – society, and homeowners in particular, have taken a greater interest in reducing their energy use. In fact, as concerns over the environment and climate change continue to take center-stage in national conversations, we have begun to see an acceleration from homeowners in implementing ways to minimize their carbon footprint and energy use.

Luckily for homeowners, being environmentally conscious also comes with the added benefit of saving on their utilities. In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), we at MLM Home Improvement have compiled a list of considerations for DMV and NJ homeowners to not only cut their home energy use, but their utilities bill as well.

Upgrade your home’s insulation. When thinking of home maintenance, insulation usually is not the first task that homeowners think of. However, insulation plays a key role in lowering your utility bills by retaining heat during the winter and keeping heat out of your home during the summer. Additionally, it can also extend the life of your roof, which as the most important part of your home, is always a plus.

When installing insulation, the most important consideration is the type of material. For easier materials like fiberglass or mineral wool, depending on your DIY skills, this can be accomplished without help from a professional.

While the level of insulation being installed is highly dependent on the area of your house. The attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace are the five main areas usually considered for installation. One way to hit two home maintenance birds with one rock, work with a trusted contractor, backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning, that can inspect both your roof and insulation at the same time.

Consider the color of your roof. Between spring and summer are often the most popular months for homeowners to replace their roofs. If you’re planning to replace your roof, it is important to consider what color your shingles should be as the solar reflectance of the color impacts the surface temperature. Similar to how dark colored clothes absorbs sunlight making warmer, a darker colored roof causes more heat to be absorbed – leading to higher utility bills to cool your home in the summer months A light-colored roof, on the other hand, will reflect the sunlight and transfer less to the interior of your home. The shingle color can impact the roof surface temperature by a difference of up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit between black and white shingles.

However, whether the surface temperature of your shingle impacts the temperature inside of your home also highly depend on the amount of insulation there is between the attic and living areas. In the end, if your attic is properly insulated then we suggest picking the color you want for your exterior.

Install a passive ventilation system for your attic. To truly take advantage of energy savings for your home, it is important to utilize proper attic ventilation through insulation and air sealing. Without this, the overall health of your home could experience excessive moisture building which could lead to water damage or mold. Likewise, proper ventilation ensures that the attic does not experience excessive heat which can decrease the life expectancy of the roof.

As we approach Earth Day, we encourage DMV & NJ residents to minimize their home energy use where possible. Not only will this positively protect the environment, but you’ll see a marked difference in your monthly utility bills and even your property’s value will increase. When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint, we’re all in this together and working towards being more conscientious environmental citizens starts with our home.

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.