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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.

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!

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.

Asphalt Shingles: 3-tab vs Architectural

Before diving in to the roof replacement process, it’s important for homeowners to have a basic understanding of what options will be available to them. One of the most popular roofing choices are asphalt singles because of their reliability, great price and variety. Within the category of asphalt shingles, there are more choices the homeowner is presented with- 3-tab shingles or Architectural shingles. We break down the difference between the two!
3-Tab Shingles are a single tab with a non dimensional shape. They are placed flat on the roof and provide a clean look. Roofers refer to a shingle as 3-Tab because it is made up of three individual tabs that are a 12” wide. They come in a variety of different colors. This type of shingle is what is usually associated with traditional asphalt roofing materials.
Pros to 3-Tab
  • Less expensive
  • More common in residential communities
  • Lighter and consist of less material
Cons to 3-Tab
  • Less thick than architectural shingles
  • Shorter lifespan
  • Flat appearance
Architectural Shingles are often called laminate shingles or dimensional shingles. The tabs on these roofing shingles are of varying widths and have slightly different shades of color to give a more dimensional appearance.
Pros to Architectural
  • Twice as thick as 3-tab
  • Longer lifespan
  • Better curb appeal
  • Increased property value
Cons to Architectural
  • More costly
  • Heavier material than 3-tab
Whether you choose 3-tab shingles or architectural shingles, there will be benefits and drawbacks to each. If you’re not sure which would be best for your home, our project consultants are highly trained to guide you in this process. Give MLM a call 844-MLM-ROOF and we would be proud to serve you!

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