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Ice Dams: Causes, Dangers and Preventions

With cold temperatures and possible snowfall in the area this upcoming week, we can all agree that we are officially in the winter season. Preparing your home for the winter is essential in preventing any major damage. Preparations such as checking your windows and doors for leaks and gaps, cleaning out or replacing old gutters, checking for damage on your roof and taking proper precautions to prevent an ice dam development are all important. Ice dams could lead to substantial damage to your roof, gutters and the overall integrity of your home. We share multiple tasks you could complete to avoid an ice dam from happening

What is an ice dam?

An accumulation of frozen water in the gutter system and at the roof edge that prevents subsequent drainage of melting snow from leaving the roof/gutter system.

What causes an ice dam?

Ice dams are caused due to lack of ventilation in your attic. When the heat is on inside your house and rises it leaks the hot air up through the roof. This in turn creates warm areas on the roof, which causes the snow in that area to thaw. Once the snow is fully melting, it glides down the roof’s slope until it reaches the frozen overhang on the edge where it refreezes and is consistently built up to a dam structure.

What is the danger of an ice dam?

This build up of snow and ice can be very dangerous to the integrity of your home exterior. It could tear off your gutters, loosen shingles, and eventually could lead force water to back up underneath the shingles which may cause a leak through your ceiling and into your home. It’s possible that ice dams could also cause decaying, corrosion and mold to form in your attic and on the wall surfaces.

 

As you can see, ice dams could be very dangerous to the structure of your home and could eventually become pretty costly to repair. So how do you prevent this from happening?

Ice Dam PreventionGutter Maintenance Clogged or older gutters do not cause ice dams to happen, but they tend to make the issue much worse. Cleaning out or replacing older gutters could easily save you the headache of an ice dam because it will prevent the initial foundation of ice to form along the edge of your roof.

Proper Insulation The best way to stop ice dams from forming in the first place is to make sure your attic is insulated well. This keeps the heat inside where it belongs.

Ventilation A ridge vent paired with continuous soffit vents circulates cold air under the entire roof. Both ridge and soffit vents should have the same size openings and provide at least 1 square foot of opening for every 300 square feet of attic floor. Place baffles at the eaves to maintain a clear path for the airflow from the soffit vents.

Cap the Hatch An unsealed attic hatch or whole-house fan is a massive opening for heat to escape. Cover them with weatherstripped caps made from foil-faced foam board held together with aluminum tape.

Exhaust Make sure that the ducts connected to the kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents all lead outdoors through either the roof or walls, but never through the soffit.Sealed Can Lights If you have recessed lights, replace them with sealed can lights to minimize referred heat to the roof.Seal and Insulate Ducts Spread fiber-reinforced mastic on the joints of HVAC ducts and exhaust ducts. Cover them entirely with R-5 or R-6 foil-faced fiberglass.

 

How MLM can help?

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.We are proud to carry Owens Corning products because we know that an Owens Corning roofing system is crucial in preventing damage such as ice dams. Their new WeatherLock Flex Flexible Self-Sealing Ice and Water Barrier is meant to do just that!
Owens Corning WeatherLock® Flex Flexible Self-Sealing Ice & Water Barrier provides excellent roof deck protection against water infiltration resulting from the freeze/thaw cycle, wind-driven rains and normal water flow around eaves, rakes, valleys, vents, chimneys and skylights.

Engineered for asphalt shingles, wood shakes and quarry slate roof assemblies, WeatherLock® Flex also offers:

  • High performance – Flexible and pliable poly surface and modified asphalt combine to adhere around irregular shapes, inside corners and at sharp angles, even in cold-weather applications to 40ºF
  • Added protection – Acts as a waterproof barrier in the most vulnerable sections of the roof, such as valleys and other roof penetrations, to create a second line of defense. For optimal protection, apply to entire roof deck on 2:12 to 4:12 pitch roofs*
  • Aggressive self-adhesive – Exceeds adhesion performance requirements to help prevent water migration
  • Slip-resistant surface – For excellent traction and safe installation
  • Seals tight around nails – Modified asphalt construction for a tight seal around nails to prevent water penetration
If you are interested in Owens Corning roofing systems or have any questions, let us help. Give us a call or send a message today!

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!

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