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June 2011

Best Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home

By Doors, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Siding, Siding Contractors, Uncategorized

Roofing Replacement

“Never underestimate the value of having a great roof over your head,” says Tom Fichtner of Fichtner Services. Many homeowners take their roof for granted and don’t keep up with maintenance which can lead to expensive repairs down the road. Replacing your roof and upgrading materials is a great way to improve the value of your home. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, you’ll want to seriously consider replacing your roof. Potential buyers want to know that they won’t have to invest in basic improvements and maintenance. If they find out your roof leaks, they may offer significantly less money or back off entirely.

Today’s roofing materials are better than ever.  Fichtner Services offers a wide range of choice in material including shingle roofing, cedar roofing and metal roofing to fit every need and budget. According to the Remodeling 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), roofing replacement in the South Atlantic region, which includes Maryland, has an average of 67.3% cost recouped.

Siding Replacement

Another great investment you can make in home improvements is in siding replacement. The Cost vs. Value Report cites this as another area with significant cost recouping potential. According to the recent report, Vinyl Siding Replacement averages 76.5% return on investment while Fiber Cement Siding Replacement averages 85.4% return on investment.

“Replacing the siding on your home accomplishes a number of goals for the homeowner,” explains Fichtner, “First, it can improve the appearance of the home or change the look all together. But second, and arguably more importantly, siding protects your home from the elements.” Fichtner Services offers an extensive selection of siding options from vinyl to James Hardie cement board to cedar siding.

Windows and Doors

Upgrading windows and doors can add to the value of your home and save you money at the same time. “Old windows and doors are one of the leading causes for energy loss in a home, making these simple upgrades can save you money on your energy bill and improve your home’s value at the same time,” says Fichtner.

A Baltimore homeowner had this to say about recent window replacement by Fichtner Services, “The work was done in a timely manner and really enhanced our home. The crew was professional and took care of protecting the inside of our home during the installation of the windows. They actually uncovered damage from ice damming and without hesitation, cut out the damage and corrected the flashing and tyvek as part of the window installation.”

Vinyl window replacement averages 77.3% cost recouped according to the Cost Vs. Value report and Steel Entry Door Replacement has a stunning average of 135% cost recouped.

Deck Addition

Adding a deck to your home is a great way to create additional living space. A deck can be enjoyed year round for entertaining friends and family or as a back yard sanctuary where you can enjoy nature’s sights and sounds. A deck can also improve the value of your home. According to Smart Money, a deck is one of the most cost-efficient ways to add square footage to a house and provides reliable value.

With decks, you have a number of options. Wood decks are the traditional choice for homeowners. Fichtner Services offers a full line of wood decks including treated, western red cedar and IPE. The national average for cost recouped on wood decks is 77.3%, down slightly from the previous year (79.8%). Another choice is composite decks. This low maintenance material is a popular choice, it won’t splinter or rot and only requires occasional washing with a garden hose and deck cleaner to keep it looking fresh. Composite decks come backed by outstanding manufacturers guarantees and are available in a variety of colors and styles to enhance your home.

Invest wisely in your home, choose home improvements that will not only add to the beauty of your home, but increase its longevity and contribute to its overall value. It is important that you select a trusted professional contractor when making improvements to your home. Fichtner Services has an outstanding reputation for high quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service. Contact Fichtner Services to learn more about value adding improvements you can make to your home.

Hurricane Season Begins – Is Your Home Ready?

By Gutter Guards, Gutters, Hurricane Season Begins, Insulation, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Uncategorized

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1, ending on November 30. This six month season is known for reeking havoc up and down the east coast, causing costly damage to homes and businesses.

Having your roof, siding and gutters examined by Fichtner Services before the storms come can save you money in the long run. Our crews are experienced in detecting weaknesses in your roof, looking for loose shingles, damage and hidden roof leaks. As part of our roof inspection, we check the gutters to make sure that they are free of debris and functioning properly to divert water away from your roof and house.  We also evaluate your home’s siding to make sure that it is adequate and stable. Small problems only worsen over time and can turn into major issues if they aren’t dealt with right away.

Fichtner Services is a full service roofing contractor. We can handle any roofing project from roof repairs and roof maintenance to roofing replacement. The three most important factors in a roof system are aesthetics, durability and water-tightness. Our team will help you select the best roof for your home.

Gutters are an important component of any roofing system. A variety of materials for gutters are available to give your house the look you want while serving an important role to collect water run off from the roof and divert it away from your home, keeping you dry from roof to foundation.

When it comes to siding, Fichtner Services offers a wide range of materials. From vinyl siding to James Hardie cement fiber siding to cedar siding, we can help you select a look to suit your look and lifestyle. Fichtner Services also provides trim packages and siding repair services to keep your house in top condition.

Fichtner Services provides Weather Protection For Your Home. Make sure your house is ready for summer storms. Contact Fichtner Services for a roof and siding inspection today!