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November 2010

Getting Professional Quality Roofing

By | Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Uncategorized

When we talk about our homes, something you always hear is “roof over your head”. The roof has somehow become the icon of shelter. That triangular shape, the upside down letter V, has become the symbol of protection from the elements, of safety, comfort, home and family. It’s simply ingrained in the human brain that a roof is the core essence of any good shelter, any real home, and it’s why solid roofing is such a priority and why so many homeowners are dedicated to keeping their roofs in good shape.

So if you’re new to roofing, if you’re a first time homeowner, what do you absolutely need to know about your roof and how to take care of it? Well, here are some basics to get you going.

Tiles and Shingles

Tiled roofs are a common sight in some areas, but when it comes to using them on your home, this may be more of a cosmetic decision than anything. A Mexican style hacienda simply doesn’t look right without some clay tiles for instance. The truth is, though, the vast majority of homes around the world don’t really need much more than some reliable shingles to keep the rain and snow out. This is good news for you as, unless you’re going for a traditional hacienda sort of look, you probably won’t wind up spending more than you’d like on roofing.

Applying Shingles

If you want to go it alone, make sure you know what you’re doing. Without proper safety precautions, doing your roofing yourself can be very dangerous. Luckily, with a hired crew, it’s really only a one or two day job for most homes, so you really shouldn’t have to spend too much to get professional quality roofing on your home.

Whatever you do, don’t let it slide. As mentioned above, the roof is really the core essence of your home. A leaky roof is really all it takes to transform a home into a flophouse.

Butterfly Boutique at the Chrysalis House

By | Butterfly Boutique The Chrysalis House, Charitable Project, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Siding, Uncategorized

Dear NRCA Committee:

Five years ago, when the girl scouts from troop 913 from Edgewater, Maryland were 12 years old, they decided they wanted to make a difference in our community. They decided to build the “Butterfly Boutique” at the Chrysalis House which is the largest Girl Scout Gold Award Project in the history of girl scouts. When the girls called and made their appointment with Tom Fichtner of Fichtner Services Central, Inc., they had no idea how generous and supportive Mr. Fichtner would be. In addition to providing the labor to install the roof on our 1,700 sq. ft. Butterfly Boutique building, he also donated and installed all the siding and gutters for our project. He did not stop there. Mr. Fichtner felt so passionate about our project that he donated a dumpster for us to use during our construction, picked the dumpster up when it needed to be emptied and also contacted a Port-a-Potty company to use for the project duration. When we were in a critical stage of framing the roof, Mr. Fichtner came through again by offering a dozen or so framing carpenters to help “raise our roof” on this important community service building project. By far, Mr. Fichtner and Fichtner Services Central, Inc. has been one of our strongest and most reliable supporters of this project. If it wasn’t for Tom Fichtner, our girls probably would not be in a position to complete this Girl Scout Gold Award Project before they graduate in May, 2011. The Chrysalis House is an innovative addiction treatment agency offering drug treatment to women with the disease of addiction, including pregnant and post-partum women and their children. One of the unique advantages that the Chrysalis House program offers is that it keeps families together by allowing young children to live with their mothers while going through the rehabilitation program. Our project, The Butterfly Boutique, is a 1,700 sq. ft. building that will be used for a resale shop and to teach the residents at the Chrysalis House job skills so they can become contributing members of society when they leave the program. If you have time, please visit the Chrysalis House website at chrysalishouses.org and click on the Butterfly Boutique link to find out more information on this project.