Home Improvement Experts
Get Estimate

How Insulation Can Improve Your Air Conditioning

Even though it’s still May, you’ve probably turned on your air conditioner by now in order to cool down. While your air conditioner may be in great working order, did you know that there’s something that can help it work even better? It’s called Radiant Barrier insulation by eShield.

This type of home insulation can not only insulate your home to keep it warm, but can also insulate it to keep it cool. It has a reflective quality that helps reverse the impact of heat and protects your home from three different heat types: emission, conduction, and convection. Emission heat refers to heat transfer by the sun while conduction heat refers to heat transfer through contact and convection heat refers to heat transfer through movement of hot air.

During the summertime, emission heat has a major impact on many homes; any drafty areas that are present let in hot air from the outside and let out cool air from the inside, making your home comfort level uneven. With a protective insulation, however, these drafty areas will be protected and your home will stay cool with its very own heat “shield.”

Energy Savings

While Radiant Barrier insulation can help you and your family stay cool, it can also help you save money on your energy costs. When your home retains its cool air, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep it at a comfortable level. This means that you won’t have to run your air conditioner as much and in the end, it’ll help save you money. You also won’t be producing as many emissions as before, which means you’ll reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener lifestyle.

Want to stay cool and save money this summer? Our customer service is open 24/7, so give us a call and set up an appointment!

Posted in Insulation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Make It a Green Home Improvement

green home improvement

These days, many homeowners are looking to be environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint. While you may not think of going green when you think of home improvement, there are plenty of ways to complete a home project while still being environmentally friendly.

Materials

When considering the materials for your home improvement project, invest in ones that are environmentally friendly. Look for Delaware siding, shingles, windows, gutters, and doors that are made from recycled material, are recyclable, and/or meet energy efficient guidelines. You’ll not only save money on your energy costs, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint when you choose not to buy materials that are environmentally irresponsible.

Manufacturers

These days, many manufacturers (like the ones that we’re associated with) have been taking steps to make their products and their company more environmentally friendly. Whether it’s because they recycle their unused materials, harvest their wood from managed forests, or manufacture their products using minimal resources, choosing a green manufacturer is a great idea.

Installation

While materials and manufacturers are two important parts of a green home improvement project, the home improvement company you choose for your installation is also important. You’ll want to choose a company that not only works with green businesses, but also one that practices green habits. Turn to the experts at P.J. Fitzpatrick and we’ll make your home improvement project as environmentally friendly as possible.

Posted in Green Renovation Ideas | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Home Improvement Projects to Do Before Selling Your Home

home improvement

Are you thinking about selling your home? Before you do, consider making some updates to it in order to boost your chances of making a sale. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we can help you decide which home improvement projects could be beneficial. For now, we suggest considering:

Window Replacement

Many homeowners tend to pass up the idea of replacement windows and instead choose to update their home in other ways (such as repainting or replacing shutters). What many don’t realize, however, is that replacement windows can make a huge difference in the look of your home. Our experts can help you choose a style that will make your home pop and give it an extra boost of curb appeal.

Minor Bath Remodel

A minor bath remodel can do wonders for your home if you’re trying to sell it. Bath solutions like replacing your tub, tile flooring, toilet, sink, and vanity can give your bathroom an entirely new and updated look – not to mention a payback of around 100% (which means it’s well worth the effort).

Landscaping

One of the first things a potential buyer will notice about your home is the landscaping, so make sure it’s well-placed and healthy. Plant some trees to give your home privacy from your neighbors and add homey appeal by hanging decorative planters on your porch or deck. You can also plant flowers that complement the exterior colors of your home to tie everything together.

Wood Deck

If you’ve always thought about building a wood deck in your back yard, now would be a great time to do so. According to HGTV’s Front Door, a 16×20 ft. pressure-treated wood deck with a simple, appealing layout can give you a payback of up to 90% and can give your home a great element of design.

New Front Door

Installing a new front door can have a major impact on the curb appeal of your home. By replacing your old one, you’ll not only make your home look newer, but you’ll make it more inviting and make a good first impression on potential buyers.

Posted in Home Tips | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 Ways to Reduce Your Allergies

seasonal allergies

Unfortunately it’s allergy season, and many of us here at P.J. Fitzpatrick are suffering from the sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose symptoms that come with it. In addition to allergy medication, there are ways to help you reduce your allergies at home, such as:

Replacement Windows

If your windows are old and drafty, they could be letting in seasonal allergens. In addition, drafty windows can allow warm air into your home and cause your air conditioner to work harder in order to keep your home comfortable. We specialize in replacement windows for Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania homes that can not only reduce your allergies, but save money on your energy bills.

Use Your Dryer

If you’re someone who likes to dry their clothes outside on a clothing line, refrain from doing so during the springtime. Pollen can collect on your clothing and make allergies worse, so use your clothing dryer instead.

Change Your HVAC Filter

Your HVAC filter is working hard to eliminate dust, dirt, and allergens from the air that you breathe, so keep it clean by changing it on a regular basis. While it’s common to change it every three months or so, you may have to change it more often during the spring and summer.

Vacuum

If you have carpeting, pollen can easily settle into it and stick around for you to kick up and breathe later. Make sure you vacuum your carpet on a regular basis to remove any airborne particles. If you have area rugs, it’s a good idea to remove them and store them in a closet until allergy season subsides.

Leave Your Shoes

When you wear shoes outside during allergy season, they can easily collect pollen, which can then be brought into your home. To prevent more allergens than usual, leave your shoes outside or take them off and leave them at the door before you walk around your home.

Dust

Just like pollen can settle into your carpeting, it can also settle onto your furniture. Before you vacuum, be sure to thoroughly dust surfaces like tables, lamps, couches, chairs, shelves, and more to remove as much pollen as possible. Anything that you knock down onto the floor will be vacuumed up.

Posted in Windows | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

home water damage

If you haven’t already gotten your tax refund check for the year, you should be getting it soon. But before you decide to spend it on a new motorcycle or a family vacation, think about another way you can use it: for your home.

You home is an investment. It’s a place where you and your family spend a lot of time, a place that keeps your safe, and a place that you can go to no matter what. Why not use your tax refund for a home improvement project that it needs?

Right now at P.J. Fitzpatrick, we have plenty of spring discounts and specials going on in addition to our monthly specials – just call us and ask about them! The springtime is the perfect time to put a little love back into your home and make an investment that’s sure to pay you back when the time comes.

Energy Efficiency

Make your home more energy efficient by installing some new Infinity by Marvin windows. Their Ultrex fiberglass is built to be stronger and longer lasting than many other window materials, and it’s made from a silica sand base, which makes it environmentally friendly. These windows can help you save money on your energy bills by creating a strong seal to keep your heat or air conditioning from leaking out. They also offer 30% more glass area, so you’ll have an even better view of your surrounding area.

Another way to make your home more energy efficient is with new doors. Like gaps in old windows, gaps in old doors can let your home’s heat or air conditioning out and let the cold or hot air from outside in. In addition, garage doors that are under-insulated can cause your home to be too hot or too cold.

Repairs and Prevention

If there’s a part of your home that needs repaired, but you’ve put it off because of financial reasons, now is your chance to make it right.

Roofing is one of the main issues we see at P.J. Fitzpatrick. If your roof is missing shingles, has flashing damage, is rotting, is leaking, or needs another repair, putting it off will only make it worse. Let our experts perform an assessment and see what needs to be done in order to make your roof a sturdy, reliable form of protection now and for the future.

Just like roofing, other areas of your home that need repaired will only get worse as time goes on. Don’t wait – act now and prevent a bigger problem in the future.

Renovations

If you’re thinking about selling your home, there are several ways to invest our tax refund and increase your home’s value. For one, a brand new bathroom can be a great selling point. Whether you want to replace your bath tub, convert your tub to a shower, or replace your vanity and toilet, our experts can complete many bath projects in just one day.

Siding replacement is also a great way to give your home a fresh look and increase its curb appeal. We offer the best siding materials in the industry in various styles and colors, so we can make your home look as good as new.

Don’t spend another tax refund check on something spontaneous. Instead, make a smart investment in your home. Give us a call today to get started.

Posted in Home Renovation Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Project Spotlight: A Pottstown Bath

A retired couple in Pottstown wanted a new bath and their daughter wanted to make it happen, so she contacted us while her mother had triple bypass surgery. Our bath solutions experts worked quickly to transform their bathroom so that she could bathe easily and comfortably once she got home.

pottstown bath

Before

pottstown bath

Before

 

pottstown bath

After

 

 

 

Posted in Bath | Leave a comment

What’s with All the Spring Cleaning?

spring cleaning

Ever wonder why every spring, many of us spend entire weekends cleaning out our homes? What exactly is spring cleaning? And how did it start? At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our home improvement specialists have some insight:

What Is It?

Spring cleaning is the act of cleaning out your home or office once the cold temperatures of winter start are gone and the warmth of spring comes around. Spring cleaning can also include rearranging the elements in your home and making home improvement updates.

How Did It Start?

There are several theories behind the origins of spring cleaning. One involves the Persian Empire:

Some say spring cleaning dates back to the Persian Empire (which is now Iran). The Iranian new year occurs every year on the spring equinox, and in anticipation of the new year, Iranian families practice “khooneh-takooni,” which literally translates to “house-shaking.” They move around everything in their homes and clean from top to bottom as a way to start anew. Because the new year is associated with spring, the cleaning process is also associated with spring.

Another involves Passover:

In custom, Jewish families often practice the act of thoroughly cleaning their homes in anticipation of the spring holiday of Passover. Passover is meant to remember the time when the enslaved Jewish people fled from Egypt, and because the slaves were fed unleavened bread, any Jewish family celebrating Passover shouldn’t keep leavened bread in their homes; if they do, they’re considered arrogant. To avoid this (and unintentionally insulting God), observant families often conduct a full cleaning of their home before Passover begins to rid it of any remnants of leavened breads.

A third is based on a more simple principle:

Before the luxury of central heating, families would have to seal up their homes to avoid the harsh cold of winter and heat it using coal, oil or wood. The tighter they kept their home, the warmer it would stay. Once the cold subsided and the first warm day of spring emerged, families took the opportunity to drag everything in their home (furniture, rugs, decorations, etc.) outside and clean off all of the dust, dirt, and soot. Before they put everything back, they would also sweep out, scrub, and wash the inside of their homes and air out all of their linens.

Why Do We Do It?

Today, we live a little differently and don’t need to get rid of soot or dirt that’s collected on our possessions – we can do that with dusters and vacuum cleaners. We also enjoy central heating, so we don’t have to seal our homes quite as tightly to the winter temperatures. While some may practice spring cleaning for religious or ethnic reasons, many of us tend to stay indoors and become less active in the winter, so once spring rolls around, we have the urge to begin anew and we do so by cleaning.

Have you done your spring cleaning yet? If not, now is the perfect time! At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we have several spring cleaning home improvement specials going on, so don’t miss out!

Posted in Home Tips | Tagged , | Leave a comment

8 Window Treatment Ideas

Whether you’re decorating brand new windows or are creating a new look for your current ones, there are lots of treatments you can give your windows, from earthy to elegant to minimalist and more. Here are some ideas from our Maryland windows company:

Cafe Curtain

cafe curtain

If you love the natural light that comes through your kitchen window (or any window, really), create a cafe curtain that shades only the bottom half of the window. You’ll constantly have light and because it’s a smaller curtain, you can more freely play with bold colors or patterns.

 

Bamboo

bamboo shade

If you’re environmentally conscious (like our Maryland windows company), try dressing your windows with bamboo shades. Bamboo is not only eco-friendly and incredibly durable, but it also adds an ethnic ambiance to any room. Bamboo comes in a variety of styles and an array of browns, taupes, and tans to complement any color scheme.

 

 

Roman Waterfall Shade

waterfall shade

For a flowy look that’s still practical, try something called a Roman waterfall shade. It’ll give your windows a unique look when closed and when open, will create its own layered valance. You can stick with a neutral color to blend the windows or an artsy color or pattern to make them stand out.

 

Extra-Full Drapes

silk drapes

If you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to a room (perhaps a dining room or sitting room), an extra-full silk curtain is a great way to do it. Choose a rich color, like chocolate, teal, eggshell, or royal purple and make sure they’re a little too long so that they gather on the floor.

 

 

Lace

lace curtain

Lace curtains give any window a soft, sheer look and can dress up already-elegant window styles like bow or bay. On their own, these curtains are great for letting in natural light. They can also be layered on top of solid-colored curtains to create delicate character.

 

 

Tab Top Curtains

tab top curtains

For a more casual look, try tab top curtains, which are named for the fabric tabs by which they hang. You can have fun with the tabs by giving them buttons, tying them into long strands, adding tassels, or making them out of a different material. You can also change the way the curtains look by making the tabs thin or thick.

 

Shutters

shutters

If curtains or drapes aren’t your taste, go for the minimalist style of indoor shutters. Shutters can give your windows versatile looks, from country to modern to traditional to tropical, depending on your decor. They’re also great for blocking out light, are easy to clean, and won’t fade like fabric.

 

Cornices

cornice

Cornices can be used as a design element or to hide your window hardware to make your window look “complete.” They are very versatile and can add just the right amount of color or pattern to a window. Because cornices draw your eye upward, they can be used with simple blinds or sheer shades.

 

*Photos courtesy of:
hgtv.com
customwholesaleblinds.com

grassclothwallpaper.net
dreamdrapes.com
whistlerforum.com
ichatairfares.com

diynetwork.com
portlandinteriordesign.com

Posted in Windows | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Now Is the Perfect Time for a Roofing Upgrade

roofing2

If you’ve been putting off getting a new roof, now is the perfect time to make the upgrade. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we carry a variety of roofing styles including luxury shingles, architectural shingles, cool roof shingles, and more. You’ll also find a variety of colors that complement any home. And, as with every installation, our Maryland roofing company will be fast and professional.

Leak Prevention

April showers are already under way and if your roof is old or damaged, you may have noticed that you have a leak. Well, we hate to tell you, but the rain isn’t going to stop anytime soon and if you don’t fix your leak, it will only get worse and could lead to more serious damage. Upgrade your roof to a brand new one and you’ll protect your home from upcoming storms.

Spring Cleaning

Alright, we know a roofing upgrade isn’t exactly spring cleaning, but it’s a great way to give your home a boost for the upcoming year (and years after that).

Selling Point

Now that the housing market has bounced back after the recession, you may be thinking about selling your home and moving elsewhere. A new roofing system is a great selling point. When future potential buyers hear that a home has a new roof, they know they won’t have to worry about roofing maintenance or damage that they need to address.

Curb Appeal

Summer is a great time for entertaining – whether you’re hosting a Memorial Day barbecue, a graduation party, a 4th of July bash, or another summer event, you’ll want your home to look as attractive and inviting as possible. Why not invest in a new roofing system? A new roof can add to your home’s curb appeal and make it look great not only now, but for years to come.

If you’re interested in a new roofing system, give us a call today and set up an appointment!

Posted in Roofing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

deck staining

It looks like the cold of winter is finally over and we’re moving on to a bright warm spring. You may be getting ready by putting away your winter coats, planting some flowers, and dusting off those old rain boots, but don’t forget about your home. Here are some ways you can also get your home ready for the season:

Clean Off Your Air Conditioner

If your outdoor air conditioning unit isn’t covered, it has probably collected a good amount of dust and debris throughout the winter. Before you start using it, give it a good cleaning by washing the fins with a hose. You’ll not only extend its lifespan, you’ll increase its efficiency.

Check Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can be problematic. When spring rain comes around, a clogged gutter won’t efficiently redirect it away from your home. This could lead to water backups and leaks inside your home. If the problem isn’t addressed, (we suggest calling our gutter experts), you could face water damage and/or mold growth.

Replace Your HVAC Filter

Allergy season is coming, and it’s important to start the spring with a fresh HVAC filter. Invest in a good filter that traps as much dirt, dust, pollen, and allergens as possible to keep your HVAC system running well and your home’s air clean.

Check Your Screens

With every spring season comes bugs, so before you open your windows and let the cool breeze flow through, check to make sure your window screens don’t have any holes in them. If they do, patch them up or replace the screens. Also make sure your screens are tightly fastened. If they’re not, they can be ruined by strong winds.

Re-Stain Your Deck/Porch

Spring is a great time to re-stain your deck or porch. Cold temperatures, ice, and snow can make the wood’s color look drab and dreary, so put a little life back into it. Plus, a freshly stained deck or porch will look great with all of the bright colors of the season.

Inspect the Exterior

Chances are you didn’t spend a lot of time outside during the winter. Do your home a favor and inspect its exterior, including the foundation and the roof. This past winter was a rough one, and it’s possible it caused cracks, heaves, deterioration, missing shingles, or other issues. If you find a problem, don’t hesitate to call the experts at P.J. Fitzpatrick.

Posted in Home Tips | Tagged , | Leave a comment