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2016 Fix-It List: Bath

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Did you know that in your lifetime, you’ll spend about one and a half years in the bathroom? If you’re going to spend so much of your time in one place, we think it should be beautiful and up-to-date.

If your bathroom is old and outdated and you’ve been putting off a bathroom renovation, make 2016 the year to get it done. Our bath solutions team can easily transform your old shower or tub into one that adds value to your bathroom. Whether you want to replace it or want to convert it, we can have your renovation done in about one day.

Low Threshold and Walk-In Tubs

If you or someone you love has trouble climbing over the threshold of their tub or shower, we have the perfect solution. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we can transform their old bath or shower into one with a low-threshold or one that you can walk right into. These specialty pieces make bathing much easier and safer, and can also be installed quickly.

We offer tubs and showers in an array of colors to match any style and decor. No matter what look you choose, you can be sure it’ll be:

  • 100% acrylic
  • Crack-proof
  • Fade-proof
  • Resistant to mold and mildew
  • Low maintenance

With every bath renovation, you’ll get our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and our Lifetime Warranty, so you can enjoy your tub or shower with peace of mind. If you’re interested in a bath renovation, give us a call today.

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This Week’s Makeover Sweepstakes Winner

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Congratulations to the weekly winner of our Fall in Love with Your Home Makeover Sweepstakes!

John Carberry, of Paoli, Pennsylvania

  • Prize: $50 gift certificate to Cedar Hollow Inn

To enter our Fall in Love with Your Home Makeover Sweepstakes, fill out our short form! We pick winners every week, and we’ll pick one Grand Prize winner February 15th, 2016!

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This Week’s Makeover Sweepstakes Winner

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Congratulations to the weekly winner of our Fall in Love with Your Home Makeover Sweepstakes!

Raymond Flickenger, of New Castle, Delaware

  • Prize: Two University of Delaware basketball tickets

To enter our Fall in Love with Your Home Makeover Sweepstakes, fill out our short form! We pick winners every week, and we’ll pick one Grand Prize winner February 15th, 2016!

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2016 Fix-It List: Gutters

If you’ve been putting off getting new gutters, this year is a great year to do it. You may think of gutters as only a small part of your home, but they do a lot to protect it, so it’s important to keep them in good shape.

Your gutters help prevent water damage to your home. They collect rain water and melting snow that flows down your roof and direct it away from both your roof and your foundation. Without gutters, water would constantly run underneath your roof, down your siding, and collect at the base of your home, causing problems.

Over time (and depending on your gutters), rain and snow can wear down your gutters and cause them to rust. Once the rust eats through the metal, it’ll likely cause your gutters to leak, and leaky gutters mean water is able to penetrate places it shouldn’t. If you think you need new gutters, talk to one of our gutter experts. We offer high-quality gutter installations that can help save you thousands of dollars in home damage.

You can also opt for our Royal Guard Gutter Cap System, which can prevent debris accumulation and guarantee consistent water flow to protect your interior, exterior, basement, foundation, and roof. It even comes with a lifetime transferable warranty!

Don’t let your gutters go another year with rust and wear. Call P.J. Fitzpatrick today. We’ll help you protect your home.

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This Week’s Makeover Sweepstakes Winners

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Congratulations to the weekly winners of our Fall in Love with Your Home Makeover Sweepstakes!

Drew Thompson, of Wilmington Delaware

  • Prize: $25 Timothy’s Riverfront Grill gift card

Hollylynn Ford, of Dover Delaware

  • Prize: $25 Grotto’s gift card

Holly Atsu, of Glassboro, New Jersey

  • Prize: $25 Supercuts gift card

To enter our Fall in Love with Your Home Makeover Sweepstakes, fill out our short form! We pick winners every week, and we’ll pick one Grand Prize winner February 15th, 2016!

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2016 Fix-It List: Roofing

Make 2016 the year you check off all of your to-do home fixes! If you’ve been dealing with an old or damaged roof, we can help you repair or replace it and get your home back to its full strength.

If recent weather has left granules missing, shingles curled or cracked, hail dents, holes, flashing missing, or any other type of damage, don’t wait to fix it. Call our Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland roofing company for an appointment with an expert. We’ll help you determine what’s wrong and if it’s a minor repair, we’ll get it fixed fast.

If you have more serious roofing issues, like old age, leaks, or major damage, you may want to consider investing in a new roofing system. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we offer a variety of roofing options such as shingles, shake, or tiles and in many different colors to give your home the look you want. We also offer shingles in several different shapes and sizes to fit your style. No matter what you’re looking for, we can help you find it. After that, our roofing installation specialists can get rid of your old roof and install a brand new one in no time.

Don’t let another year go by with most important part of your home in jeopardy. Make an appointment with us today. We’ve been trusted by homeowners for more than 35 years!

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A New Bath for Dustin

In October of 2012, 15-year-old Dustin Bartow was involved in a serious car accident that not only took the life of his girlfriend Samantha, but left Dustin paralyzed. Because the family’s second-floor bathroom isn’t wheelchair-accessible, Dustin receives sponge baths from his mother, Christy, and hasn’t been able to have a real bath or shower in nearly two years.

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we decided the holidays were a good time to change that – with no cost to the family.

In order to make a bathroom fit for Dustin, our bath solutions experts transformed the shower into a walk-in shower that can easily accommodate a wheelchair. We also updated the shower head so that it can be used at various heights and installed grab bars to add stability. For a little touch of comfort, our team also gave the Bartows new towels, a carpet, and a few other accessories.

“I started crying, because I’d been trying to do this for so long,” says Christy in an article by the Cecil Whig.

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In addition to the shower, our director of business development, Almena Faux, wanted to make the day extra-special for the Bartow family, so she reached out to local businesses like the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina and Serenity Spa & Tanning. The businesses surprised Christy with a donated pedicure, massage, and lunch after the renovation.

While the shower helps improve Dustin’s situation, the Bartows still need to make a few changes to their home, including making the staircase and Dustin’s room wheelchair-accessible. To help do this, Christy and her family members set up a fundraiser page at www.youcaring.com called “Stay Strong Dustin Bartow.”

If you’d like to be part of the Bartow story, click here.

The P.J. Fitzpatrick members who happily volunteered (without pay) to make a new bath for Dustin possible include:

  • Al Smith and Ray Liczbinski (Expert Bath Installation Crew)
  • Tyler Faux-Dugan (Photographer for the day, though normally part of our Expert Bath Installation Crew)
  • Kelsey Faux-Dugan (Showroom and Event Staff, put finishing touches on bathroom)
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7 Home Projects for the New Year

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Well the new year is nearly here and you know what that means – a chance to make 2016 the year of home improvement accomplishments. Check off some of the projects on your to-do list so you can sit back and enjoy the things you’ve always dreamed of doing. Here are some projects to set your sights on.

Updated Lighting

Have you had the same lighting fixtures for years? Lighting fixtures are often overlooked by homeowners, but they can make a world of a difference. Today, there are plenty of lighting choices for any room, including track lighting, recessed lighting, sconces, pendants, suspended lighting, and more. Which you choose depends on the mood you want to evoke and the style you want to represent, but no matter what you decide, you’ll give your home a fresh new look.

Replacement Doors/Windows

Whether your doors or windows are old and inefficient or you just want to give your home some new character, we can help. Our New Jersey doors and windows experts can tell you everything you need to know when it comes to looks, colors, installation, warranties, repairs, and more. We have a wide variety of both windows and doors and can help you choose something that’s not only energy efficient, but looks great, too.

New Sink Fixtures

If your kitchen or bathroom needs an update, it can be as simple as replacing the sink fixtures. Sinks are more of a focal point than you think, and with a simple fixture replacement, you can add a classy, modern, vintage, or chic characteristic to the area.

Landscaping

One of the first things that visitors notice about your home is your outdoor landscaping, and while it may be a little too cold to be thinking about it now, you can always plan ahead for the spring. Choose trees, shrubs, bushes, and flowers that complement not only the shape of your home, but also your home’s colors and the design of your yard. If you’re not sure how to approach a new landscaping, talk to a professional for some tips.

A Deck/Patio

When it comes to home improvement projects that pay off, a deck or patio is near the top of the list. If you don’t already have one, consider installing one this coming year. You’ll not only add design appeal and square footage to your home, but you’ll also have a place to entertain or relax.

Organization

For many people, organization is almost always on their New Year’s resolution lists. If it’s on yours, too, make a point to tackle it. Whether it’s organizing the kitchen, the garage, the basement, or the office, do some research and find out where the best place to start is. These days, there are dozens of organization “hacks” that can help you get it done quickly and help you stick to your organization. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to breathe (and live) a little easier.

A New Tub/Shower

In addition to a deck or patio, a new tub or shower can make a big difference when it comes to resale value. If your tub or shower is old, outdated, or damaged, our bath solutions experts can replace it in as little as one day. We can even convert your tub into a shower or, if you live with an elderly or disabled individual, we can turn your tub or shower into one with a low threshold to make bathing easier. Our bath replacement options also include an array of add-ons like rails, seats, foot pedestals, and more.

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Troubleshooting Chimney Problems

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Chimneys are a great feature to have in your home – not only do they add charm, they also provide ventilation and give you a way to build a cozy fire to warm up a cold winter night. However, sometimes you may run into chimney a problem that can hamper its efficiency. For example:

Creosote

When you burn wood in your fireplace, the smoke travels up the chimney and deposits a mixture called creosote.  Creosote is made from black or brown tar and soot, and it settles along the lining of your chimney. If it is not cleaned out on a regular basis, creosote can catch fire and not only damage your chimney, but it can spread and damage other areas of your home. If you haven’t cleaned your chimney in awhile, have it inspected by a professional.

Lining Deterioration

Chimney linings are typically made from clay or metal and protect your chimney from heat transfer, corrosive combustion byproducts, and provide efficient ventilation. If your lining is deteriorated due to creosote buildup, old age, or erosion, it can leave your home susceptible to fire damage and your family susceptible to toxic fumes.

Water Damage

Chimneys are made from brick or stone not only because these materials can handle heat, but also because they absorb moisture and keep your chimney dry. If your chimney is old or damaged, moisture may not be absorbed as efficiently and this can lead to water damage.

Water damage can also occur when your chimney lacks flashing or if your flashing is damaged. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our Pennsylvania roofing experts can install or repair your chimney flashing to eliminate any possible water infiltration.

Cracked Flue

After years of fireplace use, your chimney flue has undergone a significant amount of stress, and that stress can lead to cracks. Just like with lining deterioration, a cracked flue can be dangerous and lead to fires or toxic fumes. It can be difficult to tell when a flue is cracked, so we recommend scheduling a professional inspection.

If you have any questions about your chimney or chimney problems, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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This Year, Give the Gift of Home Improvement

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With only a little more than a week until Christmas, you may still be struggling with what to get your parents this year. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we suggest giving them the gift of home improvement! Instead of giving them another gift card or appliance, why not help them keep their home in great shape? Here are some ideas you can invest in:

Gutter Cleaning

If your parents’ gutters are still full of leaves and debris from the fall season, don’t let them clog up during the winter. If snow and ice have nowhere to drain, they’ll accumulate in gutters and on the roof, forming ice dams. These dams can back up the flow of water and lead to a variety of water damage. Give our gutter cleaning specialists a call and set up an appointment.

Minor Repairs

Minor repairs can make all the difference when it comes to living comfortably, and you can help check one more thing off of your parents’ to-do list. As we get older, it gets tougher to climb up a ladder and make repairs, so whether your parents need a few shingles replaced, a new window installed, some new door locks, or another minor repair, we can get it done for them quickly and easily.

Updated Bath

Bathrooms are a big selling point in a home, so it’s always a good idea to keep them up to date – especially the master bathroom. If your parents could use a little help (maybe a new tub or a new shower), let our bath solutions team take care of it. We also offer low-threshold tubs and showers to make it easier and safer for elderly or disabled individuals to get in and out. And best of all – you can get a new bath for your parents in as little as one day!

Contact us today at 1-888-446-6492 to schedule a great gift for your parents this year!

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