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New Year, New Us, New You!

We’re kicking into a brand new gear!
It’s 2018, and it’s a fresh start for MLM Home Improvement. We’ve overhauled our processes with a focus on you, the client – we want every part of your experience to be as easy and personal as possible. We’re putting you first – making it more convenient to schedule with us by adding after-hours booking by phone and a 24-hour live chat.

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Before and After We made this house look like new with architectural shingles, gutters, and brand new shutters!

Replacing your roof does more than just keep you warm and dry – a fresh roof can completely transform the look of your home. Updating small details like gutters and shutters, or larger ones like your full siding, will personalize your home and make it feel like you just bought it.

Contact us today and let us see what we can do to help you treat yourself this year.

Will Insurance Cover My Roof?

The Big Question… Will My Insurance Company Cover My Roof?

Insuring your home or roof is important to protect you from certain situations. Sometimes damages happen due to reasons like a storm, fire, vandalism, or defective products. When any of such events occur, you do not want to be stuck with the cost of repairing or replacing your roof so suddenly.

Thankfully, homeowners insurance can cover roof damage but with regard to what caused the damage in the first place.

What kind of roof damage does my insurance cover?

First, it’s safe to say it covers a lot.

If your roof was damaged due to a storm, your insurance will cover it. Storm damages can be anything from wind and hail, to a tree falling over during a storm and damaging your roof, heavy snow, ice storms, hurricane force winds, and so on. These are all acts of nature, and they qualify a homeowner for partial or complete repair or replacement of the roof from the insurance company.

The important thing to note is that your insurance company mostly covers accidental and unexpected damages to your roof and not wear and tear that comes with aging of materials.

How about discontinued shingles?

Discontinued shingles are simply shingles that are no longer in production. The company stopped manufacturing them. Shingles can be discontinued for many reasons, not just because they noticed a defect. Noticing a defect in the product can be one of the reasons for a discontinued shingle but others include that better manufacturing processes were discovered or the product just wasn’t a hit in the market.

So what does this mean for homeowners who already used these shingles for their roofs? It indicates that finding the parts to repair your roof would be difficult, but here’s how damages go down with your insurer.

If a roof with discontinued shingles gets damaged in a storm, your insurance company will cover the repair and possibly replace the roof entirely as the parts are no longer available. Lab tests are available to confirm the availability of matching materials.

If your insurer is refusing to make the repair or replacement and making claims you are unsure about, you should consult with an expert and review the wordings of 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.

Reach out to us here at MLM for more information, inspections, or installations.

Architectural Shingles VS 3 Tab Shingles

For most people, buying a home is a huge feat. As a result, well-informed decisions have to be made to ensure that the home is efficient, comfortable, and well worth your investment. One way to do this is by considering roof replacement options.

When it comes to roofing, there are many options to choose from, and all the information can become overwhelming for you. With this article, only the most common shingles will be discussed. In the end, you will get to understand the difference between architectural and 3-tab roofing shingles; this will help you make accurate decisions.

3-Tab Shingles

These are asphalt-based traditional shingles. They are referred to as 3tab because of the three tabs they are made up of. Each of the tabs is about 12” wide. 3-tab shingles often have warranties ranging from twenty to thirty years.

3-tab shingles work by shedding water down to the next shingle directly below and they usually come in various colors.

Pros

  • They have a low initial cost.
  • They come in a variety of colors and styles.
  • The shingles are easy to repair.

Cons 

  • As a result of its light weight and lack of thickness, it is unable to withstand harsh weather conditions.
  • They aren’t as popular as they used to be because people now want more durable shingles.
  • The 3-tab shingles have shorter warranties because they are not made to last as long.
  • Their appearance is flat, and this hardly makes it as attractive.

Architectural shingles

Architectural shingles are referred to as laminate or dimensional shingles. This is because of their dimensional appearance, which causes them to appear like tiles or wooden shakes. They are two shingle strips (asphalt) laminated together to create a kind of shingle that looks like wood shake roofs.

With architectural shingles, the tabs come in various color shades, sizes, and shapes; this is what gives the shingles their dimensional appearance.

Pros

  • Architectural shingles come with a higher warranty, up to a lifetime!
  • They are thicker, unlike the 3-tab shingles.
  • Because of their thickness, they are more resistant to harsh weather conditions.
  • They are gradually becoming more popular than the traditional 3-tab shingles.
  • When architectural shingles are correctly installed and then carefully maintained, they could enhance the value of your home.

Cons

  • Architectural shingles cost more compared to the 3-tab shingles.
  • They are heavyweight. But this is good (sometimes), except in cases where your house cannot withstand the weight of the shingles.

In choosing what shingles to go for, consider which would be more appropriate for your needs and your home, Also consider if this is a home you will live in for a long time or if it’s only for the short-term. Let your roofing contractor help you make the most informed decision, but keep in mind that whichever shingles you go for, there are always pros and cons.

The Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System

The roof of a home offers the protection you need from the elements and it completes the structure of your home. Have you ever wondered what makes a roof able to perform this important function? All roofs have a roofing system. The roofing system comprises different parts that together make your roof complete and effective. It is this roofing system that sets the quality of roofs apart.

Owens Corning total roofing system offers complete protection and comprises the components of a solid roofing system.

Read on as we explore them.

Seal

This is the layer of protection against water. It includes the ice and water barrier that protects the roof in areas where water collects. These areas include skylights, vents, chimneys, and valleys.

The underlayment provides protection from wind driven mostly by rain. It is a barrier against all elements and the roof’s final line of defense. It also keeps water off the roof deck and house structure to protect against mold, rot, and water damage.

Defend

The starter shingles have a continuous sealant bead that ensures blow-offs and water cannot infiltrate the roofing system. They defend against these elements.

Shingles are common terms in roofing, and they are the first line of defense. Shingles are popular as a term because they also influence the structure of the roof. They impact curb appeal and come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They are mostly the major thing homeowners see when it comes to a roof.

Hip and ridge shingles are those shingles along the roof’s peak. They perform several functions like shingles such as finishing the look of the roof and defending the ridge vent. They are also designed in variety to be attractive and suitable for your roofing needs/style.

 

Breathe

You know the roof is built to protect and defend your home from the elements, but do you know that another vital component of your roofing system is the parts that allow you to breathe –literally? These components ensure air flows in and out of your attic.

The intake ventilation layer is located at the down-slope edge of the roof and they prevent the buildup of heat or moisture by optimizing airflow.

The exhaust ventilation layer which is located on the ridgeline of the roof support or completes the function of the intake vents. The exhaust vents allow heat, moisture, and air escape from the attic.

Together, this system offers you total protection for your home.  When you have these quality components together all that’s left is the right contractor to perform an installation. At MLM we are Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor certified and you can depend on our professional services for the roofing needs of your home.

Top 3 Home Projects To Complete In 2021

As we say goodbye to 2020, we head into a new year full of new beginnings and opportunities. Hopefully, this new year will bring all of us health and prosperity, and possibly some new completed home projects that have been on your list- That’s where we come in!  We have completed thousands of exterior home projects in the DMV area and now, the Greater Philadelphia area, as we continue to expand our company. In this blog, we will share the top 3 home projects you should consider completing in the new year.

1. A Roof Replacement
Experts agree that an average lifespan of a roof is 15-20 years. After roofs hit the 20 year mark, the risk of having damage, leaks and mold increases greatly. A roof replacement is a big project to take on, and we know that! We’ve completed thousands of roof replacements, and have made many customers extremely happy. We try to make the process as easy as possible and go to great lengths to ensure satisfaction! Some benefits of a roof replacement is enhanced curb appeal, increased home value and decreased energy bills! The first step is scheduling a free appointment, where one of our project consultants will come to your home to assess the state of your roof. After we give you a quote, we understand you have to think it over, so it stays valid for the year.

 

2. New Siding
Many people aren’t aware that their siding needs to be replaced, so this project tends to stay on the back burner for many years. If you notice warping or cracking, any form of rot or a spike in energy bills these are all reasons to replace your siding. Keeping an eye on the state of your siding is extremely important because it is the barrier between the outside elements and the walls inside your home. Replacing your siding protects the insulation of your home, which will regulate the temperature inside. Regulated temperatures inside your home are pertinent because we experience very hot summers and cold winters. This project is also known to increase your home’s value by a significant amount!

 

3. Windows

Finally, the last project to add to your priority list in 2021 is a window replacement. There are many visible warning signs when it is time for new windows such as  your energy bills increasing, condensation, decaying frames, and window operation. If opening your windows feels like a mini workout, it is probably time for a replacement! Depending on the size and type of windows in your home this project could become a large project, which is why working with MLM is essential! We work with many budgets and a variety of homes daily, making us experts in satisfied customers!

 

Our main priority has always been making sure our customers love their home. We would be happy to help you accomplish any home exterior project you have on your list for 2021. Schedule your appointment with 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!

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.

Tips For Every Homeowner Interested In A Roof Replacement

If you’re in need of a roof replacement but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place! From deciding on a roofing company to choosing the right products- we are here to guide you.
1. Choose an Owen’s Corning (or similar) Certified Contractor
Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors are the top tier of a premier network of roofing professionals dedicated to service, reliability and professional craftsmanship. For such a big project and investment, you want to make sure the company you choose is the best of the best. MLM Home Improvement is a Platinum Preferred Owens Corning Contractor and one of the few in the DMV. A roof replacement is a big deal, and you need to hire a company that’s exceptionally qualified!
2. Make sure your company is local & reputable
It’s important to choose a company that is local to your area and that has an exceptional track record. Whether you get recommendations from neighbors or friends, or check reviews on Google or Yelp, this research will give you real people’s experiences with this company. This information is what you need in order to make the best choice for your home.
3. Top Quality Products Pay Off in the End
A saying that has been around is “you always get what you pay for”. There are just some things that you don’t choose the best deal on and the roof of your home is one of those things! When you invest in top quality products, it will not only save you on repair costs but it will prolong your roof’s life. These factors or important whether you are living in your home forever or planning to sell it!
4. Types of Roof Materials
If you’ve never gotten a roof replacement or it has been 20 years since you have, there is a lot that has changed. When you have a consultation with one of our experts, take the time to hear out all your options. The more traditional shingles are asphalt, slate and shakes but there are other materials that are skyrocketing in popularity such as metal roofs and architectural shingles. These materials made with newer technology might be more costly, but could also last longer and provide better appeal.
5. Stay Flexible but Firm
Last but not least, staying flexible but firm. There are a lot of moving parts that go in to a roof replacement that could affect a timeline. While the actual installation is typically done within the same day, the ordering of materials and weather may affect when that installation is able to be completed. At the same time, you must stay firm to ensure you get exactly what you want and it is what you signed for in your contract.
Need a roof replacement?
We hope these tips eased your mind a little if you are currently caught up in the process of replacing your roof. If you are looking for a company that will make the process simple with no stress, MLM is for you! Call us today for a free inspection and to get the ball rolling on your home project. 1-844-MLM-ROOF

R-Values & What They Mean For Your Home

In trying to make your roof more energy efficient, one of the first thoughts should be how well insulated it is. If your home isn’t staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter without costing you a pretty penny via energy bills, your answer is ‘it’s not well insulated’. Identifying how well insulated your roofing materials are is called calculating it’s R-Value.
What is R-Value?
R-value is used as a measurement of the effectiveness of thermal insulating materials. The higher the R-value, the better a material performs as a thermal insulator. To calculate the total R-value of a roof assembly, find the total thickness in inches of each type of insulating material within the system. For each different material, multiply the thickness by the standard R-value per inch for that material. Add the results for all the materials together to get the total R-value for the roof assembly. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
What does this mean for you?
The R-value of your roof directly impacts your wallet. When your roof is well insulated with the right materials, the temperature in your home will stay regulated and your energy bills won’t cost you an arm and a leg. The less energy it requires to keep the temperature comfortable, the more money you are saving.
How will MLM help?

If you are getting your roof replaced through us, you may know we are an Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. With Owens Corning roofing systems, you can be sure of a quality roof replacement that will last. This brand of roofing is ideal because it offers durability, style, and is highly cost-effective.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. Owens Corning offers a wide range of products specifically geared to being energy efficient. In addition, MLM Home Improvement customers can take full advantage of Owens Corning’s extensive warranties.

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.