Home Improvement Experts

Why P.J. Fitzpatrick for Your Home Improvement?

 

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When it comes to Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey roofing, siding, windows, and more, the experts at P.J. Fitzpatrick are here to help you. We know your home is one of the most important things in your life, which is why we take pride in our home improvement services.

Here are some reasons we recommend giving us a call for your next project:

Fairly Priced

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our customers are our number-one priority and we know everyone is on a budget, so we make sure all the work we do is completed on time and is priced accordingly.

One Time Is Enough

Some home improvement companies don’t know how to complete a proper installation or repair, which means you’ll have to call them back up after a few months to have them correct their work. Our experts, on the other hand, know how to get something done right the first time so you don’t have to worry about needing a follow-up visit.

Green Materials

We know how important our impact on the environment is, which is why we use materials that are environmentally friendly. From Marvin Infinity windows to CertainTeed siding to Therma-Tru doors, our materials can help you reduce your carbon footprint and lower your energy bills.

Satisfaction Guarantee

When it comes to home improvement projects, we want to be your go-to company, so we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our services. Whether you’re concerned about your Delaware, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey roofing, windows, doors, or more, we’ll come back at no charge.

Experience

Since 1980, our home improvement company has helped make homeowners happy. Our experts are all insured, certified, and have over 30 years of experience in the home improvement industry, so you can trust us to get the job done right.

We Fix Others’ Mistakes

Many times, our customers schedule an appointment with one of our experts to fix a problem that another home improvement company made. Last year alone, we completed over 14,000 repair jobs that were caused by others’ mistakes.

Friendly Staff

Whether you work with our showroom consultants, installation team, warranty specialists, or anyone else on our staff, you’ll find out that we’re all very friendly. Give us a call today and see for yourself!

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The Year-Round Benefits of Home Insulation

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At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we offer Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania insulation for homes of every shape and size. There are many year-round advantages to having a properly insulated home, including health, savings, comfort and more. Find out how it can benefit you:

Health

We know that the health of you and your family is important, and with the right home insulation, you can not only keep moisture out of your home (which provides the breeding ground for mold and mildew), but you can also reduce your exposure to allergens and environmental pollutants. All of these particles can provoke illnesses or heighten a current medical condition.

Comfort

It’s simple – in the summer, you want your home to be relaxing and cool and in the winter, you want it to be cozy and warm. With professionally installed Delaware, Maryland, or Pennsylvania insulation, your home will retain air conditioning or heat and be the perfect place to go for comfort in any season.

Savings

When your home isn’t insulated (or is improperly insulated), your heat or air conditioning will be able to escape to the temperatures outdoors. This makes your HVAC unit work harder to keep your home warm or cool, which drives up the price of your energy bill. An insulated home, on the other hand, will keep your heat or air conditioning inside your home, which will help you save money year-round.

Green Effect

With an insulated home, you’ll be using less energy in order to keep it warm or cool, which, in turn, means you’ll be emitting fewer emissions and reducing your carbon footprint.

Sound

Everyone likes their privacy, and the right insulation can work to absorb the sounds in your home. You’ll not only enjoy a quieter experience from room to room, but you’ll also reduce the sounds that people outside your home can hear.

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we carry Radiant Barrier Reflective Insulation from eShield, which is perfect for lowering your energy bills, reducing your carbon footprint, and protecting your home. Our insulation experts can help you decide if this is right for you home and if so, can install it quickly and correctly.

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Trivia Tuesday

Remember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a pair of movie passes to Regal Cinemas. What does the acronym DOS stand for?

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Exceptional Care for Children Summer Promotion

ecclogoP.J. Fitzpatrick has supported Exceptional Care for Children with past promotions, but for those who are unaware Exceptional Care for Children improves the lives of technology-dependent children and their families through skilled nursing, transitional and palliative care. For more information on the work they do you can check out this video which just gives you an idea of why their work is so important: Exceptional Care for Children  2014.

We did a successful promotion last year where we had supporters post pictures of themselves on our Facebook page  with a message stating why ECC is so awesome, and it was a great success! We’ve decided to follow up this year with another promotion, only this time we’ll be supporting an outdoor water playground for the children. With the equipment some of the children rely on it can be very difficult for them to visit pools or waterparks, so an onsite water playground would be an awesome experience for the kids to have!

We thought since it’s a bit Summer themed we that this time around we’d ask everyone to post pictures to our Facebook page with a message saying what you would like to do this Summer that you haven’t gotten a chance to yet.

So we’re asking folks to visit P.J. Fitzpatrick’s Facebook page to post their picture of them holding a message saying what they would like to do with what’s left of this Summer. For each person who posts a picture throughout the month of July, and up until June 10th, we will donate $5.00 per posted picture to Exceptional Care for Children, up to a maximum of $1,000. We thought this would be a fun and engaging way to not only raise awareness for ECC, and also garner support for their outdoor water playground . If you’d like to participate mosey on over to https://www.facebook.com/pjfitzpatrickinc to submit a picture.

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Showers vs. Bathtubs

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Whether you just built a house and need a new bathtub or shower, or are contemplating transforming one into the other, our bath installation experts are here to help.

Design

If you’re focused on a bathroom with bold design, the good news is you can choose either a bathtub or a shower and make a statement. Both come in a variety of styles, shapes, colors, and with various accents to complement the rest of the bathroom.

Water Usage

Because bathtubs are large and must be filled before they can be used, they require much more water than showers. On average, a full bathtub uses about 70 gallons of water while a five-minute shower uses about 18 gallons of water. This means you’ll probably experience a higher water and energy bill with a bathtub. If conserving water is what appeals to you, you can also get a low-flow shower head that uses even less water during your showers.

Resale Value

If you know you’re going to eventually sell your home, you may want to think of the appeal a bathtub has versus a shower. In a master bathroom, most buyers hope for a bathtub. If you’re concentrating on a guest bathroom, however, many are fine with just a shower.

Space

When it comes to space, there is usually a significant different between bathtubs and showers. Modern showers come in many different shapes and sizes, so you can usually find one that fits the dimensions of your bathroom. Modern bathtubs, on the other hand, require more space and can’t be comfortably installed in as many places. Which you choose may depend on how large your bathroom is.

Children

You may want to consider children before you decide on a bathtub or shower. If you have children or are planning on having children, a bathtub is usually a better way to go. Children are much easier to bathe in bathtubs than in showers.

Personal Preference

Before you make a decision, think about which element you’d personally prefer. Do you imagine yourself relaxing in a hot bubble bath surrounded by candles or soaking sore muscles after a long day? If so, you may want to consider a bathtub. If all you really want is a fast and easy way to clean yourself, then a shower should be just fine.

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How Do Energy-Efficient Windows Work?

 

energy-efficient windowsAt P.J. Fitzpatrick, we’re proud to say that we’ve reduced our carbon footprint by offering materials made from natural resources. Each time we have a window installation appointment that involves our Marvin Infinity windows, we’re more than happy to introduce the residents to the benefits of energy-efficient windows.

Whether you’re interested in energy-efficient windows or not, you may be wondering just how exactly they work. Our window installation experts are here to explain:

Low-Emissivity Glass

The panes of most windows are made from standard glass, however, energy-efficient windows use panes with low-emissivity glass (also known as Low-E glass) to help block out the sun’s rays. Fewer sun rays will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. While some windows are single-paned, others are double-paned or triple-paned, and each layer helps to block out the sunlight.  In addition, there are supplementary options for the panes including tints and reflective coatings. When all is said and done, these windows can block out up to 97% of the sun’s rays (as opposed to traditional glass, which only blocks about 20%).

Insulation

Many traditional windows feature metal insulation, but metal isn’t very good at keeping heat in or out of your home. In some window models, the metal insulation is replaced with polymer or urethane structural foams, which can expand to insulate better and reduce the rate of heat loss. Other window models feature gasses like Argon or Krypton as an insulation, which also expand and reduce the rate of heat loss. Which insulation is used depends on the manufacturer and the materials used to build the windows. Better insulation also means less condensation on your windows.

When warm or cool air is able to escape outside, your HVAC unit will have to work harder to keep your home comfortable, which means a higher price for heat or air conditioning. With energy-efficient windows, you’ll not only enjoy a warmer home in the winter and a cooler home in the summer, you’ll enjoy the savings on your energy bills.

If you’re interested in our energy-efficient window installation, call us today!

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Trivia

Remember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. In the Declaration of Independence the line: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are…”, is finished by what three things?

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8 Vinyl Siding FAQs

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At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our siding installation experts have installed countless amounts of vinyl siding on homes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Over the years, we get many questions about vinyl siding, so we decided to answer some in this post:

What is vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is made primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and is used to cover the exterior of a house. It was introduced in the 1950s to replace aluminum siding, which would often corrode and could be easily damaged. Today’s vinyl siding consists of two layers – the top, a capstock that is resistant to UV rays and the bottom, a substrate layer made with limestone for reinforcement.

How long does vinyl siding last?

Vinyl siding is built to last a long time, however, the warranty period depends on what type of siding you use and who installs it. Many warranties will last about 40 years, but some are lifetime guaranteed.

What maintenance is required for vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding requires virtually no maintenance. It never needs to be painted, however, to keep it looking fresh, our siding installation experts suggest washing it at least once a year.

What types of vinyl siding are there?

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we sell shake siding, shingle siding, horizontal siding, and vertical siding.

Does vinyl siding come in multiple colors?

When vinyl siding was first introduced, is usually came in neutral colors like tan and beige, but over time, the options have expanded and you can find vinyl siding in many other colors like brown, grey, red, white, and more.

What’s the difference between shake and horizontal siding?

Shake siding is made to look like shingles; the vinyl siding is cut into square or rectangular shapes and are layered vertically to give the impression of many layers of shingles. Horizontal siding comes in long, thin pieces and is mounted side-by-side horizontally across the house. Both are very durable, yet give your house a very different look.

Is vinyl siding better than paint?

If you’re debating between vinyl siding and paint for your home, vinyl siding is a great maintenance-free option. Paint tends to fade quickly, so if you choose to paint, you’ll have to repaint your house every couple of years. Vinyl siding is designed not to fade, so you won’t have to worry about it losing its original color.

Can wind rip vinyl siding off a house?

Most vinyl siding is rated for winds up to 110 mph, however, in the event that the siding does come off, it’s very easy to replace.

If there’s a question about vinyl siding that we didn’t answer, feel free to call us. We’d love to help!

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Trivia Tuesday

Remember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. A “Pomsky” is a mix of what two breeds of dogs?

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Trivia

Remember answers must be posted to this blog to count, and you only get one chance to answer the question correctly. If you answer more then once any subsequent responses will be deleted. Only one person per household may attempt to answer as well.

This is for a box of Country Kettle Fudge. In what city is our Pennsylvania showroom located?

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