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February 2018

Fichtner Services Awarded Best Of Houzz

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Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Fichtner Services has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Annapolis-based contractor for exterior home improvements was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

6 Signs Your Roof Needs Replacing

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It is vital to know the tell-tale warning signs of a roof that’s at the end of its run. If you experience any of the following issues, it’s more than likely that your roof needs major repairs or a total replacement. This may sound like a bad thing, but when you have a team of trusted roofing experts like you’ll find at Fichtner Services working with you to find an affordable and stress-free solution, taking care of any roofing problems you might have is a breeze.

  1. CURLED & BUCKLED SHINGLES: Visibly distorted shingles are a clear signal that your roof has some age under its belt. Buckled shingles happen due to moisture in the attic space below that forces nails to push upwards and out of the roof’s exterior. This situation can leave your home exposed to the elements as well as making the shingles more susceptible to blowing off during strong winds.


  1. TAR STREAKING & ALGAE FORMATION: Tar streaking and algae growth is caused by pesky bacteria eating through the shingle’s weatherproofing coating. Cheap shingle manufacturing companies often use fillers like limestone to keep the cost of shingles at a minimum. This algae will break down the limestone, resulting in a visible black streak that can lead to leaks if left unattended. Fichtner Services utilizes GAF, America’s #1 selling shingle roofing brand, GAF offers a Lifetime Warranty on ALL of their laminated roofing shingle lines!


  1. GRANULES MISSING: Absent granules are a sign that your roof is quickly losing its weatherproofing capabilities. To check to see if you are missing granules, look to your gutters for granule accumulation when you clean them out. You can also check the area around your downspout for granules.


  1. MOISTURE & MOLD: If your attic is not properly ventilated warm moist air from your home will rise and get trapped in the attic. This moisture condenses, gathering on the underside of the roof, and causing nails to rust and mold to form. If left long enough, this will lead the plywood to rot out and you’ll have to replace the entire roof.


  1. MISSING SHINGLES: Dislodged shingles provide an open path for water, cold air, and pests to enter into your home.



  1. ICE DAMS: If snow and ice remain for considerable periods of time on your gutters and first few feet of the roof, but melts off faster above, you will most likely encounter ice damming. When the snow melts from above and rolls down into the still frozen blockage, it causes a ponding effect. Be proactive before this causes water to enter your home in the next big blizzard! Adequate attic insulation prevents this uneven warming effect on the different parts of the roof while proper installation of an ice and water shield will prevent this from becoming a problem inside your home. Fichtner Services can handle both for you!

A widespread misconception is that a roof is good for ten or fifteen years. While it’s true that a new roof should last at least that long, if there are construction errors or the builders used sub-par materials, the lifetime of your roof could be much shorter. If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate, give Fichtner Services a call.

Fichtner Services is a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor. Only the top 3% of roofing contractors nationwide qualify as Master Elite Roofing Contractors. With a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, you’ll be sure to get high quality professional installation. And only a GAF Master Elite contractor can offer the GAF Lifetime Limited Warranties. 

2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Fichtner Services is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals.