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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!

Spring is Near. Is Your Roof Ready?

The sweet smell of spring means warm weather is on the horizon and it’s time to plan accordingly. Along with planning summer fun, spring is a common time for homeowners to hit the reset button and get their property in tip-top shape. Standard projects include cleaning, landscaping, decorating and organizing storage spaces. We at MLM believe roof maintenance is an equally important and essential component of one’s springtime housekeeping regiment. Winter can be a roof’s greatest test, making spring the ideal time to run through a checklist of maintenance tips. These four considerations will help your home and family transition at the beginning of every spring.

1. Clean and secure your gutters.

Chances are you spent little time monitoring the exterior of your home during the winter. At the minimum, leaves and twigs may have accumulated in your gutters and created a clog. Even worse, strong winds and winter precipitation may have stripped the gutters from your home. Unfastened gutters are not only a safety hazard; they are less effective in their role of draining water away from the foundation of your home.

Clearing your gutters early in the spring will prepare them for the heavy seasons of rainfall ahead. Confident DIY-ers can complete this task with a ladder (and partner), garden hose and some elbow grease. However, if there is major clogging or loosening between your gutters and house, we recommend bringing in a trusted, local contractor who will get the job done safely.

2. Trim tree limbs and branches that touch your roof.

Trees that touch your roof can shorten its lifespan and increase the risk of a sudden puncture. As branches sway in the wind, they can graze your shingles and scrape off protective granules. Therefore, it is important to trim branches before they grow larger and apply more pressure to your roof. As a bonus, trimming branches will expose your roof to more sunlight and reduce moisture levels. This will prevent the growth of moss, which is too heavy for your roof to host safely.

3. Inspect the ceiling of your attic for signs of deterioration. By noticing warning signs early, you’ll be able to address any issue before your roof falls victim to serious, costly damage. The easiest way to do so is by inspecting your attic ceiling for signs of moisture. Cracks, discoloration or sagging are signs that water has infiltrated your shingles and begun decaying the structure of your home. Especially common if your roof experienced snowfall over the winter, these situations are much easier – and cheaper – to address before water seeps into your attic.

If you notice a leak, set up a professional consultation as you may need a more involved repair or a full roof replacement.

 

4. Schedule a roof inspection with a trusted, local contractor. A healthy attic ceiling does not necessarily mean your roof made it through the winter unscathed. Each spring, schedule a roof inspection with a contractor, backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning, who can detect damage unbeknown to the untrained eye. Annual roof inspections play a critical role in the upkeep of your home, not dissimilar to cleaning your chimney or replacing your air filters. Addressing minor roof damage early will keep your home safe and save you from costly repairs down the road.

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Roof

Extreme weather more than likely will equate to your energy costs increasing. Any season you need extended use of your heating or cooling system, will mean more money out of your pocket. While there is a long list of ways to make your home more energy efficient, focusing on your roof’s energy efficiency is a good place to start because it is your home’s first defense against the elements.
1. Insulation
A simple way to make your roof more energy efficient is adding an adequate amount of attic insulation. Many homes are poorly insulated and might not even know it! Adding insulation can prevent heat from penetrating into the interior of your home. A properly insulated roof can help maintain the temperature in your home regardless of the temperature outside.
2. Cooling Roof Coating
A qualified roofer can apply a coating to the roof, such as cool-roofing paint, to reduce heat retention. This coat has many protection benefits, and because of this will extend the life of your roof, as well. This layer is easy to apply as the final step of a roof replacement. It can also be a great option for your existing roof if it doesn’t need to be replaced.
3. Choosing Different Materials
While the first two steps are relatively inexpensive, you might reach a point where a roof replacement is inevitable. When this time comes, we encourage you to look at all of the options you have as far as materials. Roofing materials like sheet metal or clay tiles can add a unique look to your home while still improving your energy efficiency. Both of these materials reflect heat rather than absorbing it, helping to prevent unwanted heat from entering your home.
MLM can help!
We are here to help you with your roofing needs. Schedule your appointment today for your free inspection and let us do the rest! 1-844-MLM-ROOF

 

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.

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

The Roof is Complex: Time to DIY or Call a Pro?

The roof is arguably the most important aspect of a house as it acts as the home’s shield from Mother Nature, keeps energy bills in check and when in good shape, increases its overall value. As Americans are increasingly spending more time at home, people are finding themselves joining the DIY craze. In fact, Americans spent nearly $420 billion on home improvement projects in 2020. However, while a new coat of paint or a mounting your brand-new TV may feel like an easy task, there is one project that should not be underestimated – your roof. While certain aspects of the roof can be done by an experienced homeowner, there are certainly a few that even the handiest residents will have to call in the professionals for MLM Home Improvement has compiled some of the most common roofing projects along with a guide on which will require a professional’s touch.

Cleaning the Gutters: Gutters are an integral safety system that prevent the buildup of water on our roof and direct it away from the house, preventing dangerous flooding. However, debris can often get stuck in the narrow corridors of a gutter, blocking or bottlenecking water and forcing it to go in different directions. It is important to work with a professional to regularly clear objects from the gutter, especially during Fall, as build up can become a bigger problem.

Conducting a Visual Assessment: During a storm, heavy wind or rain can cause shingle damage and potentially lead to leaks. Therefore, once the weather has cleared, take a stroll around the outside of your home to see if any shingles have fallen to the ground as the first step in an easy assessment of your roof’s condition. Secondly, look at the actual roof itself to see if you can spy any glaring holes and missing or broken shingles.

Any visual damage spotted from the ground is something you should most certainly call in a professional to take a closer look at. Yet, due to the dangerous nature, it is best to leave it up to a trusted and certified local contractor to conduct the inspection. In addition to being safer, the contractor is trained to look for signs that a homeowner might not easily spot.

Additionally, annual roof inspections are not only a good maintenance habit but can help to prevent added costs in the long run.

 

Replacing or Repairing Shingles: Replacing or repairing a missing or faulty shingle can seem like a quick fix. However, roofing professionals are not only trained in how to conduct repairs safely but are experts at repairing problem areas while also identifying any hidden dangers.

For example, a leak caused by damaged shingles or a faulty repair can lead to problems beyond your roof. After all, moisture in your home can cause water damage, but even more importantly, as moisture builds up in your attic, it can cause mold.

Trusted, local contractors, such as those backed by a national manufacturer like Owens Corning, can locate the source of the leak and repair it preventing future damage and growth of harmful mold.

A good defense for your roof is every day, preventative measures such as proper gutter maintenance and regular visual scans to ensure everything is as it should be. However, when it comes to an in-depth analysis, it is best to leave it to a certified contractor like those within the Owens Corning Network, such as MLM, who can get the job done right. Schedule your FREE inspection with us today! 844-MLM-ROOF