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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.

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!

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!

Gutters: An Essential Yet Often Overlooked Part of Every House

By Gutter Guards, Gutters, Uncategorized

People do not think much about gutters, but they are very useful features on homes. They are thin troughs or drains attached to the eaves to catch the water running off sloping roofs. At the corners of the houses, thin tubes connect with a drain hole so that water in the gutters can wash on down to the ground and away from the house. This gutter system redirects the water so that it does not just drip directly off the eves to the ground.

Thus, people can avoid the drips and drenching as they walk under the eaves, and this system guards glass windows and the siding under the eaves from splatters. Leaves and other debris can collect in the troughs and then the water from the roof cannot flow as it should. Another factor that can cause drainage problems is when storms, winds, or some other force damages the gutters and owners must repair or replace parts. Many conscientious homeowners know the value of gutters. They make sure they are in place and correctly installed, and they do not wait until the gutters fill completely with debris, or become damaged to do regular maintenance.

There are different types of gutters, and manufacturers make them from different materials such as copper and aluminum. There are two good things about aluminum rain collectors: aluminum does not rust, and the price is reasonable. Aluminum gutters come in several color choices.

Now, copper gutters are excellent choices for several reasons. They are durable and long lasting. Because of their strength, elements do not easily damage them and they require little maintenance. The copper also resists corrosion. As the copper ages, the outer surface develops a nice finish lending the home a dignified air.

Gutters are a worthwhile part of the exterior of homes. Quality and maintenance of the roof drainage system does protect the sides and windows. Although highly unappreciated, when people install and take care of their gutters properly, these drainage systems do their job well and remain useful during long years of service.

What Customers Are Saying About Us

By Gutter Guards, Roofing Contractor

“Thank you for the great job your personnel did replacing my chimney box. They were very courteous and professional in their work and answering my many questions. I have recommended you to my neighbor.”

Estelle, Edgewater

“Thank you for a professional roof, gutter and repairs installation.  Your workmen were courteous and very efficient.  What a treat to have gutter guards during the falling of leaves right now.”

Bebe, Oxon Hill

Keep Your Gutters Leaf-Free

By Gutter Guards, Gutters

Autumn is coming… beautiful colors, cooler weather, falling leaves. Keep your gutters leaf-free and home dry by installing Leaf Relief gutter covers.  Fichtner Services is an authorized installer of Leaf Relief, which is manufactured by Alcoa and backed by 10 year no-clog guarantee. Leaf Relief is less than ½ the cost of other “designer” gutter covers and looks and works great. We have had very few call backs for this simple yet very effective product. Give Fichtner Services a call today and never have to clean your gutters again!