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December 2010

Gutters: An Essential Yet Often Overlooked Part of Every House

By Gutter Guards, Gutters, Uncategorized

People do not think much about gutters, but they are very useful features on homes. They are thin troughs or drains attached to the eaves to catch the water running off sloping roofs. At the corners of the houses, thin tubes connect with a drain hole so that water in the gutters can wash on down to the ground and away from the house. This gutter system redirects the water so that it does not just drip directly off the eves to the ground.

Thus, people can avoid the drips and drenching as they walk under the eaves, and this system guards glass windows and the siding under the eaves from splatters. Leaves and other debris can collect in the troughs and then the water from the roof cannot flow as it should. Another factor that can cause drainage problems is when storms, winds, or some other force damages the gutters and owners must repair or replace parts. Many conscientious homeowners know the value of gutters. They make sure they are in place and correctly installed, and they do not wait until the gutters fill completely with debris, or become damaged to do regular maintenance.

There are different types of gutters, and manufacturers make them from different materials such as copper and aluminum. There are two good things about aluminum rain collectors: aluminum does not rust, and the price is reasonable. Aluminum gutters come in several color choices.

Now, copper gutters are excellent choices for several reasons. They are durable and long lasting. Because of their strength, elements do not easily damage them and they require little maintenance. The copper also resists corrosion. As the copper ages, the outer surface develops a nice finish lending the home a dignified air.

Gutters are a worthwhile part of the exterior of homes. Quality and maintenance of the roof drainage system does protect the sides and windows. Although highly unappreciated, when people install and take care of their gutters properly, these drainage systems do their job well and remain useful during long years of service.

Cut costs on energy with Fichtner Services

By Cut Energy Costs, Insulation, Replacement Windows, Siding, Uncategorized

Fichtner Services has earned a well deserved reputation as a leader in the installation of energy-saving products for the homeowner. Over the years, founder Tom Fichtner and his team of experts have provided quality craftmanship at very reasonable prices on a variety of home installations that can help cut the cost of energy.

There is no better testimony to validate the superior quality and client satisfaction than the 75% rate of repeat customers and referral business. Fichtner Services has many trade affiliations that allow the company to keep up with all of the latest technology and trends in the business. The products they install are the best products available.

Velux Solar Water Heaters are a simple but very effective way to take advantage of the sun’s energy. The sun heats up the liquid inside the rooftop collectors. A controller pumps the heated liquid to the water tank. The hot liquid heats up the water inside the tank. You’ll get plenty of hot water throughout the house for taking a shower, washing dishes or any other application that requires hot water.

Skylights can be installed in a variety of different styles and sizes. Fichtner has earned the highest rating as sklight installation specialists. They are a certified Velux 5-Star Skylight Specialist, which means they will not only seemlessly install skylights, but will take the time to install the right type of skylight in the right part of your roof. With a properly installed skylight, you will be able to get focused natural light all year round.

A Solar Powered Attic Fan runs on solar energy and keeps your attic cool. It is a low-profile unit that is rust-proof and carries a five year warranty. Circulating air and removing heat will allow you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your house with lower energy costs.

Other energy saving products that Fichtner contractors can install include Owens Corning Atticat Blown-In Insulation, energy efficient replacement windows and Tyvek Home Wrap which goes under your siding and forms a protective skin that keeps out the damaging effects of wind and rain.

For a free consultation and estimate, call Fichtner Services and one of their experienced professionals will discuss your energy saving options.