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Featured Home: Davidsonville Farm-Style

By Doors, Edgewater Roofing, Edgewater Windows, Featured Project, Fiber Cement Siding, Gutters, James Hardie Siding, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Contractor Annapolis, Roofing Services, Siding, Siding Contractors, Siding Edgewater, Uncategorized

Davidsonville Farm Style
Fichtner Services was pleased to work with Frank and Angee Lucente, who built their beautiful farm-style home on 40 acres in the heart of Davidsonville. The couple selected a wonderful array of materials in classic colors to give their new home an authentic and rustic feel.

Fichtner Services was able to help bring their ideas to fruition by installing all of the exterior materials used on the home. Tamko Heritage architectural shingles in Rustic Slate were installed on the roof.

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The Lucentes chose James Hardie fiber cement siding, an extremely durable, impact resistant and non-combustible product, in several styles around the home. A combination of board-and- batten, cedar shingle and lap siding was used to break up the various areas of the home; all in Hardie’s Color Plus Monterey Taupe. The window and door surround is a James Hardie fiber cement trim in Woodstock Brown and the remaining Hardie trim is a Navajo Beige, with aluminum gutters to match.

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Fichtner Services also installed Screen-EZ to the two screened porches and EPDM flat roof membrane to the flat roof areas.

We wish all the best to the Lucente family and hope that they have many years ahead to make wonderful memories in their beautiful new home!

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.

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.

‘Greenovate’ for Earth Day!

By Cut Energy Costs, Doors, Earth Day, Insulation, Replacement Windows, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Siding, Uncategorized

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!

Fichtner Services Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

By 2010 Angie's List Super Service Award, Doors, Gutters, Insulation, Replacement Windows, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Siding, Uncategorized

Fichtner Services has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all companies rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“Our Super Service Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to providing consistently high quality customer service, as judged by the customers who hired them,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.

To earn this award, Fichtner Services had to meet strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from our customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines. 

In 2011, Fichtner Services celebrates 16 years in business.  The principles that Tom and Christine Fichtner founded their company on are still very much true today: to provide quick response, quality craftsmanship, reasonable pricing and steadfast respect for homeowners and their homes.  We’re proud that 75% of our business is from repeat customers and referrals – a true testament to our customers’ satisfaction.

A recent roofing customer had this to say about Fichtner Services on Angie’s List, “It was perfect, they are always perfect.  The personal service and reliability really stand out.  They are honest, reliable and they have good prices.  The professional and customer service is excellent.”

Get Your 2010 Home Improvement Tax Incentives

By 2010 Home Improvement Tax Incentives, Doors, Insulation, Replacement Windows, Roofing Contractor

It’s not too late to take advantage of the 2010 Home Improvement Tax Incentives!

If you have been thinking about a new roof, windows, doors or insulation, NOW is the time to do it!

Fichtner Services can install Energy Star rated products to help you save money, both on your taxes and your gas and electric bill.  Some of the Energy Star rated products we install are:

–          Shingle and metal roofs that meet the Energy Star requirements

–          Windows, skylights and doors

–          AttiCat Blown-in Insulation

–          Velux Solar Hot Water Heaters

Note that most of the products’ tax credit is for materials only.  Some, but not all, products must be installed on your principal residence.  Go to www.energystar.gov for more details on how you can save!

Call Fichtner Services to find out how we can help make your home more energy efficient!