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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.

Spring Home Checklist

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spring-cleaning

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:

Roof:

– 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?

Gutters:

– 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.

Siding:

– 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?

Windows:

– 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.

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.

 

2013 Finalist Maryland Gazette Best Roofer

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Fichtner Services 2013 Finalist for Best Roofer in Maryland GazetteFichtner Services was recently named a Finalist in the Maryland Gazette Reader’s Choice contest under the category “Best Roofer”.

We know that there are many choices for homeowners when selecting a Maryland roofing company. We deeply appreciate our loyal customers and all those who voted for Fichtner Services.

For nearly 20 years, Fichtner Services has built a reputation as one of the most highly respected and trustworthy roofing contractors in the Annapolis area. We are proud of the fact that 75% of our business comes from repeat customers and referrals.

Craftsmanship and customer service and top priorities, but our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. Fichtner Services backs every job with a written guarantee.

We pledge to continue this tradition as one of the best roofing companies in Maryland. Thank you for trusting Fichtner Services to protect your largest asset, your home.

Fichtner Services Offers GAF Lifetime Roofing Sytems

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Annapolis based roofing company, Fichtner Services is proud to be a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor. Only the top 3% of all roofing contractors qualify for this status. Only a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor can offer the GAF Lifetime Limited Warranties which are the best in the industry.

 

What Is a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor

 

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To qualify as a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor, a roofing company must pass a rigorous set of requirements including:

  • Fully licensed
  • Adequately insured for homeowner protection
  • Have a proven reputation in the community
  • Be committed to ongoing professional training

 

System Plus or Golden Pledge Roof Warranty – You Choose

 

GAF Golden Pledge Warranty LogoGAF offers two levels of warranty coverage: System Plus and Golden Pledge. Both warranties carry incredible coverage of up to 50 years on manufacturing defects on complete roofing systems.

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The Golden Pledge Warranty offers the highest level of protection:

  • 40 Point factory inspection upon completion
  • 100% coverage period for manufacturing defects on the complete roofing system for up to 50 years*
  • 100% coverage on workmanship, backed by GAF, for up to 25 years*
  • “Maximum” wind coverage up to 130mph (category 3 hurricane)*
  • Free warranty transfer

*Depending on the type of shingle

 

Get Your Free Roofing Estimate

Contact Fichtner Services for a Free Estimate on your GAF Lifetime Roofing System.

 

Need a new roof? 5 Facts You Should Know About Hiring a Maryland Contractor

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Hiring the right contractor to replace your roof or take care of any other major renovations to your home is a big decision. There are a lot of factors to consider beyond price. Chances are, you’ll always find someone who will do the work for less money, but what will it cost you in the end? Inferior craftsmanship, low quality customer service or worse…

An unlicensed contractor horror story
In Prince George’s County, a retired couple paid $20,000 to an unlicensed contractor to build an addition to the first floor of their home. During the winter, their roof collapsed because the contractor had removed a load bearing wall.

5 Facts You Should Know About Unlicensed Home Improvement Contractors

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation wants you to know why it is important to hire a licensed contractor. Here are the top 5 facts about unlicensed home improvement contractors from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC):

  • It’s Illegal! In the State of Maryland, home improvement contractors, subcontractors and sales people must have an MHIC license.
  • Unlicensed contractors will drive a vehicle without a posted MHIC number or may use a fake number. Visit DLLR online to verify a contractors number.
  • An MHIC license can be revoked because of poor workmanship, failure to complete jobs, criminal activity or other violations. Some contractors may attempt to use an expired or revoked license, be sure to verify with the MHIC.
  • Elderly homeowners are especially vulnerable to unlicensed contractors. They love to pull “bait and switch” scams, quoting a low price and then demanding more money later.
  • Often times unlicensed contractors are from out of state, making it difficult to recover money or stolen items.

Hire a Maryland Contractor with Confidence

Fichtner Services is family-owned and operated serving Annapolis and beyond for more than 17 years. We have earned a reputation over the years as being one of the most trusted and reliable roofing companies in Maryland. Unfortunately, we’ve seen the damage that unlicensed contractors do. Fichtner Services has completed repair work for homeowners who have fallen victim to unlicensed contractors. These repairs are often more expensive than the original work would have been, not to mention the stress that homeowners have to deal with as a result of hiring an unlicensed contractor.

Don’t Be a Victim
Before you hire a roofing company in Annapolis or other home improvement contractor, do your homework. Here are some easy steps you can take to make sure you won’t be the next unlicensed contractor horror story:

  • Ask to see every contractor’s MHIC license and then check to make sure it is current. Check online or call DLLR 888-218-5925
  • Ask to see a copy of the contractor’s current general liability insurance certificate.
  • Ask for local references and follow up to find out if the work was on time, on budget and whether or not they would hire the contractor again. Read Fichtner Services Reviews
  • If the contractor has employees, ask to see copies of worker’s compensation insurance certificates. If they use subcontractors, ask to see those licences and make sure they are valid.

Call Fichtner Services For Your Exterior Home Improvement Needs

Whether you need a new roof, new siding, replacement windows or more, Fichtner Services is there for you. We are proud to be named “Best Roofing” company in Annapolis by the readers of The Capital for the second year in a row. We take pride in our reputation and the fact that 75% of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

If you’re looking for a contractor for your home improvement project, contact us for a free quote. Call 888-785-7649 or request a quote online.

2013 Annapolis “Best Roofing” Company

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Annapolis Best Roofing Company AwardFichtner Services is honored to have received the Captial Reader’s Choice “Best Roofing” Award for the second year in a row.

We would like to express our appreciation to all of our loyal customers for voting for Fichtner Services. We know that you have many choices when selecting a Maryland roofing company. We are proud of our reputation and the fact that 75% of our business comes from repeat customers and referrals.

The Fichtner Services team takes price in craftsmanship and customer service. Our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. In fact, all of our work is backed by a written guarantee.

We pledge to continue this tradition as the “Best Roofing Company” in Annapolis. Thank you for trusting Fichtner Services to protect your largest asset, your home.

GAF Roofs For Troops Extended to 2013

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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