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An Extra-Snowy Winter is on the Horizon

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Are You and Your House Ready to Cope?

While sweater weather is in full swing, one reality remains: winter is right around the corner. And, as meteorologists far and wide have already announced, it’s going to be a cold one. Some chilly winter weather is in store for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, with January threatening to bring the coldest blast of air of the season—and the dip in temperature is predicted to result in about six inches of snowfall, or more, above normal.

Farmer’s Almanac also released a similar prediction for most of the country earlier this year in their annual 2018 winter outlook. The popular guide went as far to earmark certain dates for us to expect heavy rain and snowfall along the Atlantic Seaboard this winter season. According to the Almanac, make sure you have plenty of hot cocoa and a warm blanket on the following dates: January 20-23, February 4-7, February 16-19, March 1-3, and March 20-23.

What’s the takeaway? Enjoy the pretty leaves and relatively mild temperature for now, because before you know it—if the experts know what they’re talking about—you’ll be trading them in for a pair of gloves and a snow shovel.

Anything else you should worry about before the snow and freezing wind makes it your way? Unfortunately, extreme winter weather can do a real number on your home’s exterior. The last thing you want to have to worry about is a leaky roof or drafty window that sends your monthly electric bill through the roof and leaves you freezing, damp and miserable in the meantime.

Make sure you enjoy your snow days this year! If you haven’t had your roof and siding inspected by an expert, the trusted professionals at Fichtner Services can leave you assured that your home is ready to take on the winter onslaught. They’ll provide you with an affordable, reliable, and thorough inspection of your home’s exterior—plus they have the resources to take care of any issues or areas of concern they uncover.

Don’t get stuck behind the eight-ball—resolving these issues now will save you money and prevent the hassle and stress of trying to make unexpected, last-minute repairs in hazardous conditions. The experts at Fichtner Services can survey your roof to prevent devastating ice dams, inspect the foundation for small cracks or openings that can expand in freezing temps and allow mice and other pests to get in, and a laundry list of other essential winter-proofing steps that might have never crossed your mind but will be glad that the Fichtner team has double and triple checked for you.

Fichtner Services is now an Integrity Replacement Window Contractor

By Cut Energy Costs, Doors, Integrity Windows & Doors, Replacement Windows

American Cedar and Millwork, a full-line Marvin Window and Door distributor in the Central Maryland Region, has selected Fichtner Services of Annapolis to focus on the Integrity window line as the premier window of choice for replacement and new construction projects.

For nearly 32 years, American Cedar and Millwork has provided custom architectural millwork and fenestration services to customers in the mid-Atlantic region. American Cedar has built their solid reputation by developing strong relationships with architects, builders, and homeowners.

“Our relationship with Fichtner Services has been key to combining our products, our experience, and logistical abilities to deliver these products and services to the end user in a professional manner. We have known Fichtner to provide accurate estimates with attention to detail resulting in loyal customers,” says Mike Neal, Owner and President of American Cedar and Millwork.

The diversity of Marvin and Integrity replacement windows allows Fichtner Services to create solutions for Maryland homeowners and builders with a variety of features. Some of the strengths of Integrity replacement windows include architectural aesthetics, high end performance for air, water, and thermal properties, exterior color choices, ease of use, energy star certification, ability to paint in the future without warranty concerns, and a timely delivery method.

Bob Buckley, General Manager for American Cedar and Millwork continued,“We are confident that the quality of Marvin windows, along with the factory trained installation experience of Fichtner Services, will bring value to the customers we all serve. We’re looking forward to a continued prosperous relationship.”

Fichtner Services, headquartered in Annapolis, is one of Maryland’s most highly qualified and trusted home improvement contractors focusing on roofs, siding, replacement windows, doors, decks and other home exterior projects. Fichtner Services was awarded the 2012 Readers Choice Award from the Annapolis Capital Gazette as “Best Roofer in Annapolis“. In addition to now being an Integrity Windows and Doors Contractor, Fichtner Services is a James Hardie Siding Preferred Remodeler and GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor.

To learn more about Integrity replacement windows and doors or windows and doors for a new construction project, contact Fichtner Services for a free, no obligation estimate.

‘Greenovate’ for Earth Day!

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Since the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, the building industry has come a long way in manufacturing and installing earth-friendly building products. It is easier than ever to “Be Green” when it comes to choosing which roofing, siding, or other exterior products to install on your home. Some options for homeowners to consider include:

– Using products that are manufactured to include recycled materials, or are produced in a Green manufacturing process with minimal impact to the environment.

-Installing “Cool” products that have a reflective property, greatly reducing energy used for cooling homes.  Many of these products are eligible for tax rebates as well.  Look for the Energy Star logo.

-Going Solar!  Install solar powered attic fans or hot water heaters and watch your energy bills drop!

-Installing energy efficient windows, doors, suntunnels and skylights.

-Installing attic insulation is the best bang for your energy dollar. 

-Making sure that your home is properly vented- this is important for year-round energy efficiency and comfort.

-Choosing building products that will stand the test of time, keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfills. For example, GAF makes a variety of lifetime shingles, meaning that this could be the only roof you ever install on your home.  Other long-lasting options would include fiber cement siding and metal roofing.

 By choosing wisely, homeowners can do their part to save the environment and save money too!  At Fichtner Services we recommend that you don’t just renovate, you GREENOVATE!

Cut costs on energy with Fichtner Services

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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.