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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!

 

How To Choose The Right Window Style For Your Home

Windows are an important part of the home. They connect us to our outside surroundings, provide natural light to enter in the home and serve to keep your house cross-ventilated. A room without windows feels stuffy, dark and gloomy. Aside from their functionality, windows also provide some exterior style. So, how do you choose the perfect window style to fit your home? Here are some tips to keep in mind next time you are replacing your windows!
1. Decide the Purpose
Before you decide on a style, it’s important to think about the purpose they will serve in the space. Will it be an entry way to the outside in form of a sliding door? Is it the window in the pantry that will let light in? Are you replacing windows in a sun room that will be floor to ceiling? These considerations will steer you in the right direction when picking out the style of the window.
2. Consider Ventilation
There are fixed windows and there are operable windows. An important function of windows is of course letting fresh air into the home. In addition to finding the purpose of the window, considering the amount of ventilation you will want will also help you decide the type of window style!
3. Home’s Architectural Style
One of the first steps in choosing windows is considering your home’s architectural style! There are so many options of styles, if your home is modern you may want floor to ceiling glass windows but if it’s more of a traditional style home you may want classic diamond-shaped mullions. Adhere to your home’s architectural style for guidance.
4. Different Functions
In the category of operable windows, there are so many different kinds and styles. Many homes utilize the classic sash window – which means the moveable portion of the window can either move up or down or left to right. Double hung windows move up and down and horizontal sliders move horizontally. Awning windows are popular in apartments and older homes and they are top or bottom hinged to allow the window to open at an angle. Hopper windows that are hinged at the bottom are used mainly over doorways or windows and should be protected by an exterior eave to shield from the elements.
5. Let MLM Help
Our consultants are professionally trained to give you the best options for your home. Our commitment to serving our customers with family-like service is unwavering. If you are considering replacing your windows, call today to schedule a free consultation 844-MLM-ROOF!

3 Signs A Home’s Window Seal Has Failed

Unlike the windows of the past, most windows today have two or more glass panes that are sealed completely around the edges with a rubbery sealant, whose function is to keep out humidity. Most windows also have a form of gas (either krypton or argon) that are used to further reduce the chance of heat or air coming through. The sealant surrounding the glass panes have the possibility of failing. Understanding what that failure may look like will have you prepared on what to do next!
3 Signs The Seal Has Failed
1. Condensation
The number 1 sign that the sealant has failed is condensation. The purpose of this rubbery elastic coating is to act as a thermal barrier so heat transfer is lessened. A broken seal leaves room the space between the windows to be exposed to humidity fluctuations. An increased change in the humidity will leave moisture in between the two glass panes causing condensation. Bottom line: if you are seeing water, fog or frost in between the glass panes of your window, the seal has most likely failed.
2. Distortion Of The Glass
Another sign of a failed window seal is distorted glass. The inert gas that is in between the glass panes is at an equilibrium. As soon as the seal breaks and disrupts the gas, it affects the structural integrity of the glass panes and is major visual change. Bottom line: If your glass is distorted, even though there may not be condensation, your seal has most likely failed.
3. Dirty Windows From The Inside
A window seal not only acts as a thermal barrier, but is also a barrier that keeps out dust, dirt and bugs from getting anywhere close to inside your home. One of the most obvious signs that your seal has broken, is if your windows appear to be dirty although you have just cleaned them. The dirt, bugs and dust will appear in between the panes, impossible to clean out. Bottom line: If you have cleaned both the inside and the outside of your windows, but they still look dirty, the dirt is most likely lurking between the panes and is caused by seal failure.
These failures could be caused by a number of reasons including defective manufacturing, poor installation, extreme weather conditions or they may fail as the windows age.
Now that you have the tools to know when it is a seal failure, the first step we recommend is checking the warranty. If the windows are still under warranty, it should be an easy replacement! If they are not, call MLM and schedule an inspection. We will be able to give you a free estimate so you can decide the next steps for your home! Call us at 844-MLM-ROOF, we would be proud to serve you!