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!

Spring Home Checklist

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Now that spring is finally arriving, it’s time to get outside and see what Old Man Winter has done to your home.  Wind, snow, ice and the freeze-thaw cycle can take their toll on your home’s protective shell.  Here is a checklist of things to look for:


– Are there curling, blistering and broken shingles?  This usually indicates the end of the shingles’ life expectancy.
– Is there loose material at chimneys, pipes and other roof penetrations?
– Is there shingle grain in gutters?  This gives added weight and protection from the UV rays.
– Are there wet areas on the inside of your home indicating roof or siding leaks?


– Are the gutters overflowing?
– Are they coming away from the house, sagging or dipping?
– Are they full of debris?  Now is a good time to have Leaf Relief gutter guards installed.


– Are there any loose or cracked pieces of siding or trim?
– Is there any rotten wood, including window and door trim, soffit and fascia?
– Are the caulk joints around windows and doors cracked?


– Are your windows drafty or uninsulated?
– Have the seals failed allowing moisture between the panes?
– Are they hard to open and close properly?

Now is the time to take care of any issues before they become costly problems.  Fichtner Services can help.   Call us for a FREE ESTIMATE or to schedule a Check-up Service for any of the above items.

Customer Testimonials for Fichtner Services | “I felt it would be worth… I was right!!”

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“Had new shingles underlayment and gutters put on my 1969 house I just purchased. Fichtner Services was a slightly larger quote but with positive reviews from co-workers and Angie’s List I felt it would be worth the extra couple hundred dollars. I was right!! They came in and had the old shingles off in less than an hour and had the new shingles, new roof vent and gutters all done in a day. The team ‘boss’ was understanding of my concerns, they constantly cleaned up the yard so even during the work the yard wasn’t covered in old shingles. They found one part of the facia and soffit that was rotted, and fixed it all up for another hundred or so. ”

– May 2012, Online Review

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.

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!

Featured Project: Edgewater, MD

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“When I leave home, I can’t wait to get back,” says Donna Schummer of Edgewater. One couldn’t blame her. The Schummers have built their Nantucket style dream home on a hill overlooking the South River, with a beautiful view from every window.



Fichtner Services worked with the Schummers to install James Hardie Cedarmill Shakes and Board and Batten siding in Light Mist. In addition, Fichtner Services installed GAF Timberline shingles in Pewter Gray, several copper standing seam roofs, two Duradek walkable roof decks and 6″ half-round gutters with round downspouts.


Featured Project: Edgewater, MD

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Fichtner Services expertly installed the beautiful roof and copper gutters to complete the French Country feel of Mr. and Mrs. Flury’s dream home. For this project, Fichtner Services used:

  • Certainteed Grand Manor – Gatehouse Shingles in Slate color
  • Copper Standing Seam Roof
  • Steel Barrel Roof
  • Copper Half Round Gutters and Downspouts

Client Testimonial

“When my husband and I were looking for a roofing contractor for our new home, there were two priorities we wanted: 1. Good Reputation 2. Local Contractor

We found both with Fichtner Services. Tom Fichtner and his team did a tremendous job on our home. Our home has a combination of three different roofing applications (shingle, metal, and copper) to accomplish the design we were looking for.

Tom has been very responsive to any questions and concerns we had during construction. We would recommend and use his company again for any future projects.”

– Dianne Flury, Edgewater

Featured Project: Harwood, MD

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Pictured: Scott Geesey of Fichtner Services and homeowner, Carol Burke.

Mrs. Burke’s gutters, siding and roof were replaced to transform the appearance of her house, giving it a fresh and modern look. The homeowner selected James Hardie cement board siding and designer shingles.

“Using Fichtner Services for our roof, gutter & siding replacements was a very gratifying experience. The work was started when promised and they made sure that we were completely satisfied when the project was completed.

I have in the past and will continue to recommend Fichtner Services to friends, neighbors and clients.”


– Carol Burke, Harwood, MD

Employee Spotlight: Mike Bafford

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Mike Bafford has worked with Fichtner Services since 2003. He is the sales consultant and estimator for Howard County, West Baltimore, Carroll County and parts of Montgomery and Prince George’s County. A number of projects that Fichtner Services completes are in the Ellicott City area, which include residential projects for single family homes and town homes as well as commercial projects and multi-family complexes.

Mike grew up in Catonsville, just four miles from Ellicott City, and knows the area well. After living in the area for more than 20 years, Mike relocated to Westminster in Carroll County. A true people person, Mike enjoys working with homeowners and property managers to help them improve the beauty and longevity of their property. Mike shares the principles of Fichtner Services, which are customer service and quality.

Fichtner Services recently completed a commercial roofing project in the Clarksville area for a major national restaurant chain. It is important for a commercial contractor to communicate well with other contractors and complete work on schedule and on budget. Mike enjoys working on commercial projects because it allows him and his crew to use materials like metal roofing that aren’t incorporated into the everyday residential project.

In addition, Fichtner Services works with a number of custom home builders in the Ellicott City area, giving them the ability to work on exciting projects with a range of materials including green and recycled materials. Recycled materials, says Mike are very appealing to the environmentally conscious homeowner. Eco Star is a manufacturer of recycled home improvement products offered by Fichtner Services. Using recycled rubber and plastic, they create natural looking, imitation slate and cedar roofing.

Above all, says Mike, customer service is what differentiates Fichtner Services from other contractors. “There are many other contractors who sell the same products we do, but it is what you do with the product and what you provide for the client after the installation that differentiates Fichtner Services.”

Learn more about how Fichtner Services can improve the value and beauty of your home, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Inspect for Hurricane and Earthquake Damage

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It’s been over two weeks since Maryland was affected by the Earthquake and Hurricane Irene. Now that all of the power has been restored to our area, major debris has been cleared away, and everyone is getting back to “normal”, it is important for homeowners to take a close look at their homes to inspect for hurricane and earthquake damage that might have been overlooked.


Hurricane and Earthquake Damage – What to Look For:

• Missing Shingles or Ridge Vent
• Missing or Loose Siding or Trim
• Overflowing or Loose Gutters
• Wet Spots or Sagging Ceilings or Walls Inside Home
• Debris Embedded Through Roof or Siding
• Blown Off Chimney Caps
• Cracked Windows
• Cracked Foundation or Brick Chimney

Some of the damage from the earthquake or hurricane may seem insignificant, but even the tiniest problems can lead to big trouble if left unfixed. With the winter months coming, rain, snow and cold air can enter your home through small holes in the roof or siding, potentially causing major damage. Also, water can seep into cracks in the foundation or brick and freeze in cold months, worsening the damage.

Fichtner Services has been working with homeowners throughout Annapolis and Baltimore, providing emergency repair service for those affected by the earthquake and hurricane. Some repairs may be covered by your homeowners insurance.
If you think that your home has damage from the earthquake or hurricane, contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation and inspection.

Hurricane Season Begins – Is Your Home Ready?

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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!