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Clean Out Your Gutters – Not Your Wallet

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Problems Caused by Clogged Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is an oft-overlooked item on many a ‘Honey-Do’ list—let Fichtner Services make sure it actually gets done this year. You’ll save yourself some back-breaking, and potentially dangerous work and avoid paying thousands of dollars in damages by trusting our trained professionals to do what they do best: making sure your roof is in tip-top shape.

Why is cleaning out your gutters such an important task? Dry leaves, tree branches, and other debris can accumulate in your gutters both during the dry summer months and when the leaves start to turn in the fall season. You likely won’t notice the problem until your gutters start overflowing during the first major downpour of the season, and by that point, it’ll be too late to prevent lasting damage to your roof and home.

In addition to debris concerns, it’s also a good idea to periodically have your gutters inspected for any damage. Whether it’s a particularly strong gust of wind or a stray football that causes it, a dented or loose gutter can pose serious issues down the road if it isn’t correctly and promptly repaired.

Obstructed or damaged gutters can lead to standing water, which can be filled with harmful mold from decomposing leaves and insects. Mold is common in wet climates and can cause a wide range of health complications if it finds its way inside your home—plus it’s tricky (not to mention expensive) to thoroughly clean up, so it’s best to prevent mold altogether

The overflow can also result in a leaky roof. Water that doesn’t drain to the ground will gather on the roof, soaking through the shingles and causing substantial damage inside. The same threat applies to your basement as well. If your gutter’s downspouts aren’t adequately cleared, water can seep into your basement. This can lead to potential damage to your foundation as well as your furnace, circuit breakers, and other utilities/belongings located in your basement. A cracked foundation is a big headache for any homeowner and is very expensive to resolve.

So exactly how often should you clean your gutters? The answer is: it depends. We would advise consulting our specialists routinely throughout the year—but there are a couple additional factors that could mean you need your gutters cleaned more often. If you have pine trees growing around your house, it is advisable to get your gutters cleaned more often. The pine needles shed year-round and can quickly lead to clogged-up gutters. If you are located at higher elevations or cold climate, you have to consider the threat posed by ice. Ensuring that your gutters are clear during the cold winter months can prevent significant roof damage caused by freezing.

As the old saying goes: ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ The experts at Fichtner Services can ensure that your home is protected from the potential side effects of clogged gutters and prevent future damage to your roof. Call today to get a free estimate and put your mind at ease.

To help maintain your gutters and lessen the need to clean, take advantage of our 10% off on Leaf Relief Gutter Protection Special!

Metal Roof Coating Can Save Thousands

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Metal Roof on Historic Home in Annapolis MarylandMetal roofs are popular in Maryland, dotting the landscape on barns, historic homes and commercial buildings. Not only is this style roof attractive, it offers a number of practical benefits. Metal roofs can offer energy savings, especially during summer months. A metal roof is also extremely long lasting and with proper maintenance can last a life time.

The draw back is that metal roofs can be expensive to repair or replace. Without proper maintenance, a metal roof can rust, break down and fall apart.
 

A Roof Coating Can Extend Life of Metal Roofs

 
One of the best solutions is a metal roof coating. Annapolis-based Fichtner Services is a leader in metal roofing in Maryland and also offers the Uniflex Metal Roof Coating system.

Uniflex, a division of Sherwin Williams, is the industry’s first manufacturer in fluid roof coating products. Uniflex roof coatings are available in a rainbow of colors and backed by an industry leading warranty of 10 to 15-years against labor and materials.

Uniflex Roof Coating Featured Project: Barn in Harwood, MD

 
Metal Roof With Roof Coating

Fichtner Services recently completed a roof coating project on a barn in Harwood, Maryland. The process for applying the roof coating is relatively simple. First the roof is sanded and scrubbed to create a smooth surface.

Rusted Metal Barn Roof Harwood MD

Next, a primer is applied to protect the metal roof and serve as a base for the final coating.

Metal Roof During Primer Process

The last step is to apply the final coat, which can be an aluminum finish or tinted to match any color in the Sher-Color™ Palette.

Metal Roof During Final Coat Process

If you have a metal roof and are interested in learning more about Uniflex Roof Coating, contact our office for a free consultation and estimate.

 

2013 Finalist Maryland Gazette Best Roofer

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Fichtner Services 2013 Finalist for Best Roofer in Maryland GazetteFichtner Services was recently named a Finalist in the Maryland Gazette Reader’s Choice contest under the category “Best Roofer”.

We know that there are many choices for homeowners when selecting a Maryland roofing company. We deeply appreciate our loyal customers and all those who voted for Fichtner Services.

For nearly 20 years, Fichtner Services has built a reputation as one of the most highly respected and trustworthy roofing contractors in the Annapolis area. We are proud of the fact that 75% of our business comes from repeat customers and referrals.

Craftsmanship and customer service and top priorities, but our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. Fichtner Services backs every job with a written guarantee.

We pledge to continue this tradition as one of the best roofing companies in Maryland. Thank you for trusting Fichtner Services to protect your largest asset, your home.

Featured Home: Davidsonville Farm-Style

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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!

Hear What Others Are Saying About Us!

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“I have used them twice before and have always been impressed with their work. “I am very happy with their service. They came when they said they would. They fixed my roof in a timely manner and when they left everything was clean and neat. I have used them twice before and have always been impressed with their work. I definitely will be a return customer!” January, 2012

“Have Always Been Impressed With Their Work “I am very happy with their service. They came when they said they would. They fixed my roof in a timely manner and when they left everything was clean and neat. I have used them twice before and have always been impressed with their work. I definitely will be a return customer!” November, 2011

“A Confidence That Comes Along With Professionalism “Professional Job well done. Fixed my roof problems. Main main problem was my plumbing and gas vent seals were leaking. I had gone up on the roof to take a look but decided the incline was too risky to try and do it myself. The team that came to the house fixed the problem with a confidence that comes along with professionalism. No more leaks. Will definitely use them again.” November, 2011

 

Energy Saving Ideas to Prepare for Winter

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We may be enjoying a beautiful fall, but winter is coming soon! According to local meteorologists, we should be having a heavier than usual snowfall this year courtesy of El Niño.

Here are some energy-saving ideas from Fichtner Services to help Maryland homeowners prepare for winter:

Owens Corning Blown-in Attic Insulation
Did you know that 40% of your home’s energy is lost through your attic? Adding or upgrading your home’s insulation with Fichtner Services is a fast, easy and affordable way to save money on your energy bill. Learn more.

Integrity by Marvin – Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
Fichtner Services has been selected as the preferred contractor in the Baltimore/Annapolis area for the installation of Integrity Windows for replacement and new construction projects. Browse selection.

Leaf Relief Gutter Guard System
One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your gutters from getting clogged is to install Leaf Relief powder coated screens. See how it works.