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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!

Roof Repair or Roof Replacement – What to Consider

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If you own a home, you know that ongoing maintenance is a reality in keeping your home in the best condition possible. Though many people don’t even think about their roof, it is one of the key components protecting your home from the elements. Ignoring your roof and the maintenance it requires can lead to huge problems down the road.

How Long Does a Roof Last?

A roof life expectancy varies based on the roofing materials used and quality of installation. Here are some average roof life expectancies:

  • Asphalt shingles: 15-40 years, based on shingle type
  • Metal roofs: 100 years or more
  • Slate roofs: up to 100 years or more
  • Cedar roofs: 30- 40 years

You Have a Roof Leak – Now What!

Perhaps you’ve noticed a water stain in the bathroom ceiling. How do you know whether the best course of action is a roof repair or roof replacement? There are several factors to consider:

Age of the roof: This is the most important clue when trying to determine roof repair vs. replacement. If your roof is close to its life expectancy, a roof replacement may be the best option.

Condition of the roof: If the asphalt shingles are curling, cracking, or missing, a roof replacement is probably the best decision. Longer lasting materials, such as slate roofs, cedar roofs and metal roofs, may simply require some maintenance.

Damage sustained to the roof: What type of damage did the roof sustain? How extensive is the damage? Roof repair vs. replacement depends upon the severity of the damage to the roof.

Installation techniques of current roof: Was the roof installed correctly to start with? Did the roofing contractor or installer follow code for the product and area you live in? If not, a roof replacement may be required to bring your home up to the best standards.

Didn’t I Just Have the Roof Repaired?

If you find yourself spending a lot of money on roof repairs and maintenance, it may make better economical sense to proceed with a roof replacement.

The best way to determine whether roof repair or roof replacement is right for you is to hire a trusted roofing contractor. Annapolis roofing contractor, Fichtner Services, offers expert advice and guidance for the best course of action to help you get the most for your money and longevity of your roof.

Roof Maintenance
Regardless of the roofing material, roof maintenance is always recommended every few years. Routine roof maintenance can increase the longevity of your roof and protect the inside from water penetration. Fichtner Services offers roof maintenance and roof inspection to find and repair damage. Common roof maintenance problems include cracked caulk around pipes and flashing, loose shingles and ridge vents, and cracked or broken collars around the plumbing pipes.

Free Maryland Roof Inspection

Annapolis based roofing contractor, Fichtner Services offers FREE roof evaluation and consultation for homeowner throughout the Annapolis Baltimore region. Call us at 866-591-1900 or schedule a consultation online.

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.

 

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

 

Emergency Services… After The Storm

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The East Coast has been battered with severe storms over the last several years including deadly Super Storm Sandy that caused millions of dollars in damage to New York and New Jersey. While we were very lucky in Maryland not to suffer major widespread damage, we were not unaffected.

This winter is projected to have severe winter storms and snow. Last month, we offered tips on increasing your home’s energy efficiency. Now, we want to focus on the steps you should take after a weather emergency.

Storm Damage Home Hurricane Irene

Fichtner Services worked to repair this damaged home after last year’s Hurricane Irene

Steps to Take After the Storm

“First and foremost, make sure your home is safe for your family,” says Tom Fichtner of Fichtner Services. Many major storms can produce damage to a home that makes it unlivable. Fichtner Services offers prompt response for storm damage emergencies to assess your home’s condition and get started on the needed repairs so you can get back into your home as quickly as possible.

1. Report Damage To Insurance Company
Once your family is safe, the first step is to contact your insurance company and let them know you have storm damage. Keep detailed notes about your conversation. If you don’t know already, ask about your deductible and to be walked through the claims process.

2. Choose A Reputable Contractor
Choosing the right contractor is the next step and it should be someone you can trust. You want to find a contractor who is established, licensed and bonded. Ask to see certificates of insurance and insist on a clear, detailed estimate that lists the materials, cost and estimated start and completion dates.

One of the best ways to find a qualified contractor is to get a referral from family, friends and neighbors. You can also check out contractor ratings on Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau.

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3. Document Storm Damage
Be sure you make an inventory of damaged property and personal belongings. Take photographs of fallen trees and other damage for your records. Do not discard damaged property until after the insurance adjuster has had an opportunity to review. Be present when your adjuster is inspecting damage to your home.

Fichtner Services Is Here For Emergency Service

Fichtner Services has been serving the Annapolis / Baltimore region for nearly 20 years, providing prompt and reliable service for businesses and homeowners. We are especially sensitive to the needs of individuals during an emergency or following a storm. We increase our response rates to these individuals to ensure the safety of their home and family.

If you suffered storm damage or experience emergency damage to your home, contact Fichtner Services at 888.785.7649 or schedule an appointment online.

New Roofs and Big Savings For Southern Maryland Community

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Annapolis roofing contractor, Fichtner Services has been working with the Wildewood community in California, Maryland. Wildewood is located in St. Mary’s county and is a neighborhood that is home for many military families. Fichtner Services created a unique program for residents in this neighborhood, extending multi-roof discounts for neighbors who sign up to have their roofs replaced together.

The roofs being replaced in Wildewood range in age from 19 to 22 years. Replacement roofs offer homeowners assurance that their home is well protected from weather and other elements. A new roof can make a dramatic improvement in the look of a house, giving it an instant “face lift”.

In addition to the multi-roof discount program from Fichtner Services, many Wildewood customers are eligible for a $300 rebate from GAF, North America’s largest manufacturer of shingles. Roofs For Troops is a rebate program created by GAF to say “Thank You” for the sacrifice and service of our active and retired military men and women.

All of this adds up to BIG savings for our customers in Wildewood! If your neighborhood has homes in need of roof replacement, contact us to find out if we can create a multiple replacement program for you!