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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.

Employee Spotlight: Mike Bafford

By Employee Spotlight, Gutters, Insulation, Insulation Contractors, Replacement Windows, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Siding, Siding Contractors

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.

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!

‘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.”

Cut costs on energy with Fichtner Services

By Cut Energy Costs, Insulation, Replacement Windows, Siding, Uncategorized

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.

Save Money On Your Home Energy With AttiCat Insulation

By AttiCat Insulation, Insulation, Insulation Contractors

Are your heating and cooling bills out of control? Did you know that 40% of your home’s energy is lost through the ceiling and attic? Insulating your attic is one of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to save money on your energy bill. Let Fichtner Services help!

Fichtner Services can install Owens Corning AttiCat Expanding Blown-In Insulation to your attic. By adding attic insulation you can:

–          Save up to 20% on your home’s heating and cooling energy costs

–          Earn a 10% tax credit up to $500  (www.energystar.gov)

–          Increase your home’s resale value

By using the AttiCat system, Fichtner Services can:

–          Install insulation in your entire attic in about 1 ½ hours on average

–          Provide complete coverage, even around pipes and wires

–          Keep the dust to a minimum

–          Provide safe and reliable installation- AttiCat Expanding Pink Fiberglas is non-combustible!

Call Fichtner Services for a free quote to install AttiCat Expanding Blown-In Insulation to your attic and start saving NOW!

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!