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Roof Replacement

Roof Repair or Roof Replacement – What to Consider

By Articles, Emergency Repair Service, Hiring a Contractor, Hurricane Damage, Roof Repair, Roof Repair vs Replacement, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services

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.

Featured Home: Exterior Renovation Severna Park

By Articles, Customer Testimonial, Featured Project, Fiber Cement Siding, James Hardie Siding, Roof Replacement, Siding Contractors

Severna Park Home With James Hardie Siding

Fichtner Services recently completed an exterior home remodeling project in Severna Park, Maryland. The owner of this golf course neighborhood home hired Annapolis contractor Fichtner Services to give her home a facelift and increase the curb appeal and weather protection of the home.

“I love driving up to our new home and am in awe what we accomplished in a relatively short period of time.

Working together with Fichtner Services made the planning and actual construction go so easily. I liked that each team of workers met in the morning to discuss the goals for the day. I think the communication was strong and Nolan facilitated it beautifully. I appreciated that I was consulted on every detail and Shawn was so patient with every question I had about the project.

Our family is thrilled with the final product, so once again, many thanks and I will recommend Fichtner Services to one and all.”

-CB, Severna Park

Project Details

The home owner chose to remove the current siding and some of the brick facing and replace it with James Hardie Fiber Cement lap and shingle siding.

Before & After
 
Severna Park Home Before With Brick Facing Severna Park Home After James Hardie Siding

Severna Park Home After James Hardie Siding

In addition, Fichtner Services removed and replaced the roof with Tamko Heritage 30 architectural shingles. A new, wider overhang was installed at the roof eaves and finished with composite, low maintenance trim. Fichtner services also built and installed a new roof over the garage doors.

Before & After
 
Before Wider Overhang Severna Park Home After Wider Overhang and Tamko Roof

Before New Garage Doors After New Garage Roof Install

The project was completed with a new Integrity by Marvin 15 light sliding French door and all new aluminum gutters and downspouts.

 

See more Featured Homes by Fichtner Services in our Photo Gallery

 

GAF Roofs For Troops Extended to 2013

By GAF Master Elite Roofers, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Contractor Annapolis, Roofing Services, Service to the Community

Roof For Troops ImageGAF, a U.S. based corporation, is giving back to our troops. All active military, veterans and retirees qualify for a $300 rebate off a Lifetime Roofing System when installed by a GAF Factory Certified Contractor between January 1 and December 31, 2013.Get Started!

Contact Fichtner Services to get started with a Free Estimate on your GAF Lifetime Roofing System. Then, complete the Rebate Form to receive your credit.

Fichtner Services and GAF
Fichtner Services is a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor. Only the top 3% of all roofing contractors qualify as Master Elite contractors. To achieve this honor, we had to show that we are:

  • Fully Licensed
  • Adequately Insured for Your Protection
  • Have a Proven Reputation in the Community
  • Committed to Ongoing Professional Training

With a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, you’ll be sure to get high quality professional installation. And only a GAF Master Elite contractor can offer the GAF Lifetime Limited Warranties.

GAF Roofs For Troops Program Details

Valid in the U.S. only. Limit one rebate per qualifying individual. Limit one rebate per Lifetime Roofing System* installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Rebate form must be received by January 31, 2014. Improper redemption or use constitutes fraud. GAF reserves the right to audit all redemption claims. GAF reserves the right to cancel or modify rebate program at any time. Visit //www.gafroofsfortroops.com/requirements for full details

Hear What Others Are Saying About Us!

By Edgewater Roofing, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Contractor Annapolis, Tesimonials

“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

By Emergency Repair Service, Hiring a Contractor, Hurricane Damage, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Siding Contractors, Uncategorized

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

By Featured Project, GAF Master Elite Roofers, Roof Repair, Roof Repair vs Replacement, Roof Replacement, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Services, Service to the Community

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!