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What Happens At Your Roof Inspection?

When it comes to routine home maintenance, it’s easy to forget to check your roof. It’s high up and as long as you don’t have any leaks, it’s convenient to assume everything is okay. Your roof is one of the most important elements to the structural integrity of your home, and although you might not have any leaks or materials flying off, doesn’t mean it’s in tip top shape! Inspections are necessary and lucky for you, we make it easy.

When Should You Schedule a Roof Inspection?

We recommend scheduling an inspection after a severe weather event. Home owners that experience damage due to a storm recognize that an inspection is the necessary next step. However, after a storm is not the only time you should consider getting your roof inspected. Most manufacturers agree that a roof’s lifespan is 15-20 years, we suggest if you are in that range to schedule an inspection to check if there are any areas of concern. Lastly, routine inspections are not harmful! Nothing bad will come from getting your roof checked out every other year, and preventative inspections might save you a big project in the long run!

 

What to Expect During Your Roof Inspection

Our project consultants are trained to do a professional overview of your roof. A roof inspector will be looking for leaks, unusual wear and tear, damage caused by windblown debris, organic growth issues, and problems that may have occurred during shingle installation or subsequent repairs.

 

After the Inspection

Our project consultants will discuss any areas of concern and talk you through the process of working with us. They are there to help you with any questions you have, and to discuss your options from there. Our inspection is completely free, with no obligation to further business with us. However, after working with us up to that point, you will want to continue. We are a family-owned business that is committed to delivering family-like customer service. Let us help you with your next inspection!

How to Know If Insurance Will Cover Your Roof Replacement

When a big storm passes through causing damage to your roof, one of the first thoughts that crosses your mind might be: “Will insurance cover this?”
Roofs are major investments into your home, and you expect them to do their job for 15-20 years, so when there is storm damage it is easy to hit the panic button. In this blog, we go over what insurance covers and how MLM can help.
Types of Damage
The damage insurance covers is acts of nature– something that happens unexpectedly and is out of your control. Acts of nature include a snow storm, hail damage, ice storm, extremely high winds, fire and variants of these acts. If high winds cause a tree to fall and that creates damage, it is most likely covered by insurance. But if this tree had been dead, and the fall could’ve been prevented, it might not be covered.
In the similar mindset, leaks may or may not be covered depending on the situation. If the leak is caused by a horrific storm that caused missing shingles and heavy rain entered into your home, that is a scenario that could be qualified to be covered. But- if this leak was caused by neglect and failure to perform regular maintenance on the homeowner’s part you will not be covered.
What if I have an older roof that was damaged in a storm?
Some policies take the age of your roof into account at the time it is damaged. For example, if your roof is under 10 years old, you may be covered for the full cost of repairing or replacing the damaged section of your roof at the time of the claim. If your roof is over 10 years old, you may only be reimbursed for the depreciated value of the damaged roof. The depreciated value takes the aging and wearing of your roof into account, meaning its value has decreased prior to any damage occurring.
Depending on where you live, some policies will only offer roof damage coverage up to the depreciated value, regardless of the age of your roof. Other policies will cover the full cost of repairing or replacing the damaged section of your roof at the time of the claim, regardless of the age of your roof. If the damage is determined to be from aging, wear and tear, or poor condition of your roof, it will typically be considered normal maintenance, and will not be covered under 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.

 

Let MLM Help You
Regular maintenance and inspections will keep your roof in great shape and will ensure you are covered when you need it most. Schedule a free inspection with MLM today!

Summer in April: What does that mean for your roof?

With the calendar in the final week of April, a wide stretch of the nation will be privy to a summer preview for a few days as a warm front moves west to east. Places from Chicago to New York will all get in on the taste of summer and some cities could see daily temperature records challenged. Meanwhile, big cities along the I-95 corridor, like Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, could make a run at 90 degrees. While a warm front is exciting for those looking forward to summer weather, what does this heat mean for your roof?
The biggest weather concerns for our roof include winter weather conditions, heavy rains, hail storms and high winds; but what about heat? Unusually high temperatures can be an issue for a few different reasons:
1. UV Rays
Firstly, UV rays can actually cause damage. This can happen even when it’s cloudy. These rays can make the oils and materials in your roof dry out and ultimately crack which will lead to costly repairs. Wood can get bleached by the sun and also weaken and crack. Asphalt shingles are also prone to buckle and split under high heat, especially if they haven’t been treated.
Solution: Luckily, there are products on the market that are able to defend against this issue. One product is Owens Corning Duration Premium Cool Shingles that are built to reflect solar energy, which helps keep roofs cooler and decrease the amount of heat transferred to a home’s interior.
2. Unventilated attic
An unventilated attic can also exacerbate the problem and make damage more likely. This can also cause problems with condensation.
Solution: To achieve a balanced attic ventilation system, try to get a total amount of ventilation openings in square inches (referred to as Net Free Area) on your roof and under your eaves that are equal to the total square footage of your attic floor space.
3. Thermal shock
Thermal shock is when there is high temperature during the day and cold temperatures at night, which cause roof materials to expand and contract too quickly. While all roofs are built to expand and contract a certain amount, extreme heat during the day and cooler nights can make this expansion and contraction happen too quickly for the roof to be able to cope. This can result in a weakening of the roof’s structural integrity.
Solution: Because thermal shock is the result of cumulative damage, the top of a house should be inspected regularly for any damage. Small gaps created by movement should immediately be patched or replaced. Brittle shingles and panels should be replaced to prevent cracking.
Unlike one big storm, or a heavy wind, damage caused by high temperatures could take a long time before they are on your radar. This means, by the time this damage is noticeably visible-it could be too late to remedy the situation. If you’ve got an older roof or aren’t sure how old your roof is, make sure you lookout for some of the signs of heat damage so that you can make fixes rather than leave it to the point where costly repairs or replacements are needed.

 

Let MLM Help
If you believe your roof is damaged, let us come out for a free inspection! This is of no cost to you, but will give you peace of mind knowing what’s going on with your roof. Call us at 844-MLM-ROOF!

What To Do When Your Roof Starts Leaking

Seeing your roof leak can cause an immediate panic: What do I do? Who can I call? Will it get worse? Is this an emergency? All of these questions might race through your mind. The number one thing to remember is address the issue immediately. Getting the leak fixed right away will likely prevent severe damage to your home. Let’s start at the beginning and discuss signs you have a leak!
Signs Your Roof Is Leaking
There are a few signs to look out for when you suspect a leak. The most obvious are water spots on walls or ceilings. These spots tend to be a brown color and are sign number one of a leak. You may also notice moisture on the ceiling. Moisture and water spots are a sign to act fact, as the water has gone through the attic and insulation already to get to the point of visibility.
Another sign of a leak is clear damage to the outside of your home. If a huge storm has passed through and there has been hail, falling branches, etc. and you think some have hit your roof- we suggest calling us out for an inspection of your property. You might have significant damage from the storm, but probably won’t notice a leak until the next rain fall.
Addressing The Problem
If you suspect even in the slightest you may have a leak, call the professionals. Things such as a tarp may be a temporary fix, but could cost you more in repairs down the road. Professionals are able to quickly locate the problem, the cause of it and give you a solution, plus MLM’s inspections are completely free of charge.
Preventing Future Issues
There are always preventative measures you can take to avoid dealing with a leaky roof. Firstly, we suggest repairing problems as they come up. For example, if a shingle has blown off during a recent storm, getting it patched up immediately is the way to go. And if during the storm you suspect there has been damage that you’re unable to see from the ground, inspections are much cheaper than a much more costly solution down the road.
Another prevention could be surrounding your chimney and fireplace. These fixtures are usually indestructible, but can definitely be the cause of a leaky roof. The brick is incredibly resilient, but the mortar can run into problems. The good news is that you can patch your chimney and waterproof the brick-and-mortar joints to keep water out. This job is relatively quick and inexpensive, but it can save you thousands of dollars in damage if you catch it early.
Let MLM Help
No matter your circumstance, having trained professionals, like MLM, perform a free inspection is step one. We will be able to give you all the information necessary to make the next decision. If you suspect you have a leak, give us a call at 1-844-MLM-ROOF and schedule an inspection!

What the Hail?! How To: Handle Summer Storm Damage

Summer is notorious for unexpected thunderstorms. The two basic elements that create an ideal atmosphere for thunderstorms to thrive are moisture and rapidly rising warm air. This makes high humidity combined with warm temperatures a perfect environment for rain, thunder, lightning and hail.
Hail is one of the biggest causes for concern when a storm rolls through because of the severe damage it leaves behind. It falls sporadically in random patterns, so even though your home got hit, your neighbor could be safe. A quick survey of your property could give you some insight on the extent in which your home was affected.
Property Check
  • Check vehicles for dents
  • Inspect any exterior furnishing for impairments
  • Look for damage to landscaping (plants stripped of leaves)
Because the top of your home is extremely exposed, hail creates the most damage on your roof. We recommend calling a professional to inspect your roof after a storm hits, as this is the safer option and they know exactly what to look for after a storm. Most roofing companies, including MLM, provide free inspections. If you choose to do a self inspection, we recommend being extremely cautious and to follow all safety guidelines.
Does insurance cover hail damage?
Most basic homeowners insurance policies cover structural property damage from hazards like hail. In fact, hail damage is one of the most common claims on homeowners insurance and accounts for nearly 70 percent of insured property losses from severe storms every year. With that being said, it’s best and important to study your own homeowners insurance policy in depth.
If there is damage found, you should file your claim as soon as possible. Most people choose to hire a roofing company prior to filing a claim to complete an inspection and document damage. A roofing company, such as MLM, is able to give you specific information you can relay to your insurance company.
From there, the roofing company and an adjuster from your insurance company will come and assess the damage and your insurance company will provide an estimate for repair or replacement.
Why Choose MLM?

MLM is a trusted, local company that has helped thousands of customers through this process. We are skilled in every facet of roof repair and replacement. No matter the type or extent of roof damage you’ve sustained, we’ll guide you through the roof restoration process with our:

  • Certified Roof Inspectors
  • Detailed Roofing Consultations
  • Free Quotes, Valid for a Full Year
  • Owens Corning-Trained Roofers
  • White-Glove Clean-up Service
  • Impressive Product and Labor Warranties

At MLM Home Improvement we care about our customers – just like we care about fixing roof damage in the most reliable, honest, and cost-effective manner. Call us to receive a detailed report based on our comprehensive roof inspection checklist. You’ll know exactly what’s wrong with your roof, what we recommend, and why. 844-MLM-ROOF

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

Importance of Summer Roof Inspections

Your roof serves as protection and a barrier against any outside element. Because it is one of the most crucial components of your exterior home, we highly recommend routine roof inspections to make sure everything is working properly.
Asphalt Shingles
One of the most popular roofing materials is asphalt. Asphalt shingles have many benefits such as being easy to maintain, cost-effective and durable.
Although they are durable, they are highly prone to the elements such as hot temperatures, rainfall and hail- all of which are experienced during summer.
UV Rays and Sunlight
Direct sunlight and UV rays can cause severe damage to an asphalt roof. UV rays dry out the oils in your asphalt shingles, causing them to buckle and possibly split. Once shingles begin to buckle or split, it weakens the entire state of your roof. It removes the essential layer that protects the inside of your home from the outside elements, forming a passageway for water to enter. This damage can easily become a major problem when the next storm rolls through.
Granular Loss
Storms that bring severe rainfall and hail also affect your roof. Over time, rain and hail can loosen the bond between the asphalt and granules. Granules on shingles act as a protective layer between the asphalt and the elements. Once that bond is broken, it leaves your shingles susceptible to damage such as leaks, rotting, and warping.

Importance of a Roof Inspection

The condition of your roof is crucial, which is why MLM strongly recommends routine roof inspections. Damage caused by high temperatures could take a long time before they are on your radar. This means, by the time this damage is noticeably visible-it could be too late to remedy the situation. With roofing, it’s always better to be proactive than reactive. Knowledge is power, and being aware and informed about the state of your roof could save you time and money.

Let MLM Help

At MLM, we care about our customers – just like we care about fixing roof damage in the most reliable, honest, and cost-effective manner. If you suspect any damage, call us to schedule your next roof inspection. You’ll know exactly what’s wrong with your roof, what we recommend, and why. 844-MLM-ROOF