Blog – PJ Fitzpatrick http://www.pjfitz.com Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:53:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 110400358 5 Signs Your Roof Is in Danger http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/roofing-installation/5-signs-your-roof-is-in-danger/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:05:43 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/?p=3074 Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home – it’s what protects you and your family from the elements of nature. If your roof has one of these danger signs, give P.J. Fitzpatrick a call. Our roofing installation is the best in the area and our experts can help you choose the perfect type.

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Don’t Wait to Fix Your Roof

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home – it’s what protects you and your family from the elements of nature. If your roof has one of these danger signs, give P.J. Fitzpatrick a call. Our roofing installation is the best in the area and our experts can help you choose the perfect type.

1. Damaged Shingles

If your shingles are cracked, loose, curled, or missing, they have reached the end of their life and aren’t the best option for protecting your home.

2. Changes in Energy Costs

Pay attention to your energy bill. If you notice that you’re paying more than usual, your roof could have a leak and could be letting in cold air during the winter and warm air during the summer.

3. Interior Water Damage

If you notice stains on your ceiling or walls or if your ceiling is sagging, your roof could be leaking. (It could also be a lack of or damaged insulation.)

4. Missing Granules

The granules on your shingles are what help protect them from the sun and weather. If you find that they’re missing a significant amount of granules (you’ll usually find them in your gutters), you may need to replace them.

5. Algae/Mold Growth

If algae or mold growth isn’t taken care of, it can spread. Algae and mold both hold moisture and over time, moisture can break down the integrity of your roof.
If you’ve noticed any of these danger signs, let our roofing experts help you get your roof back to looking great and sustaining the elements.

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8 Surprising Ways to Fix Common Home Issues http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/home-improvement/surprising-ways-to-fix-common-home-repairs/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:04:28 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/?p=9728 At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we always love finding new ways to fix common home issues - especially when they're fast and simple. Here are seven of our home improvement company's favorite quick-fixes for around your home.

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Repairs Are Easier Than You Think

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we always love finding new ways to fix common home issues – especially when they’re fast and simple. Here are seven of our home improvement company’s favorite quick-fixes for around your home:

Walnuts for scratched wood

If you have minor scratches in your wood table, floor, entertainment center, or another piece of wood furniture, don’t worry. They can easily be fixed… with a walnut. That’s right – rub a shelled walnut over the scratch in your wood and it will disappear!

White vinegar for hard water stains

There’s an easy way to get rid of those unsightly hard water stains around your faucet and chances are, you already have the solution in your home. Soak a few paper towels in some white vinegar and wrap them around the stained areas. Let them sit overnight and in the morning, the stains will be gone.

Painter’s tape for caulk lines

Messy lines of caulk not only look sloppy, but they also don’t seal as well. If your bathtub or shower is in need of new caulk, try using painter’s tape to make sure your caulk line is straight. Simply tape off above and below the line and fill in.

Car wax for patio furniture

If you have aluminum patio furniture that’s looking worn or faded, you can use car wax to revive it. Simply use soap and water to wash the aluminum and let dry. Then, use a cloth to spread a thin layer of wax onto the surface. Let dry until hazy, then use a clean cloth to wipe away.

Bicycle repair kit for an air mattress

Nothing’s worse than a hole in your air mattress, but there’s an easy way to fix it – with a bicycle inner tube repair kit that comes with a rubber patch and contact cement. Once you locate the hole, dab some cement around the area and onto the back of the patch. Let both dry, then press onto the mattress and rub firmly. To ensure it’s sealed, run a bead of cement along the perimeter of the patch.

Crayons to fill nail holes

Want a quick way to fill in the nail holes in your wall? Grab a crayon that’s the same color as your wall and rub the crayon over the hole to fill it in. If you get any around the outside of the hole, just wipe it clean with a dry cloth.

Baking soda to clean grout

If you’ve tried scrubbing your grout and it just won’t seem to come clean, try a mixture of baking soda and bleach. Mix until they form a paste, then apply it to your grout and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use a toothbrush to scrub the paste into the grout and let it sit for 15 minutes more, then just rinse off!

Foil and Diet Coke for rust

Instead of using steel wool to get rid of rust on your chrome or steel, reach for aluminum foil and Diet Coke. Not only does it work better, but chances are you have some on hand. Just pour Diet Coke over the rusted area and use a crumple up a piece foil to scrub the rust away.

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Improving the Style and Efficiency of Your Home http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/home-improvement/improving-the-style-and-efficiency-of-your-home/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:05:03 +0000 http://pjfitzblog.com/?p=735 Improving the aesthetic appeal of your home and making it more energy efficient doesn’t have to mean two separate home improvements. In fact, there are plenty of renovations that can not only make your home more efficient, but can also improve its architectural beauty - you just have to know which ones they are.

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How to Do Both

Improving the aesthetic appeal of your home and making it more energy efficient doesn’t have to mean two separate home improvements. In fact, there are plenty of renovations that can not only make your home more efficient, but can also improve its architectural beauty – you just have to know which ones they are.

Windows

Everybody knows replacement windows can make a home look brand new, but what a lot of homeowners don’t realize is that replacing your windows is also one of the best ways to make it more efficient. Double pane, argon-filled windows help to form a barrier between your interior and the outdoors to keep your heat or air conditioning in and summer or winter winds out. Because of this, you’ll save energy while enjoying a beautiful, updated new look.

Roofing

One of the biggest investments you can make for your home is a new roofing system. With beautiful new asphalt shingles, you can improve your home’s curb appeal while also making it more energy efficient. We offer shingles with cool roof technology that can help absorb the heat from the sun’s UV rays and in turn, keep your home at an optimal temperature. With a new roof, you’ll also get our premium roofing insulation to provide even more energy efficiency. Plus, a new roof will provide dependable protection for you and your family from natural elements like wind, sleet, snow, hail, and more.

Insulation

Insulation directly affects the efficiency of your home. If your attic is improperly insulated, it can allow hot air to enter your home during the summer and cold air into your home during the winter. This means your HVAC system will work harder and use more energy to keep your home comfortable. An insulation replacement may not make your home look glamorous, but with the money you save every month on your energy bills, you could afford an aesthetic renovation like new kitchen appliances or a new bathroom floor.

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we love helping homeowners improve both the look and energy efficiency of their home. For more information on how we can help, contact us today and we’ll get started right away.

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The Advantages of Storm Doors http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/door-installation-repair/storm-doors-think/ Wed, 31 May 2017 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/?p=3176 Summer is nearly here and if you don't have a storm door on your home, you could be missing out on some savings (both in money and energy efficiency). Having a good-quality storm door professionally installed is money well spent.

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Summer is nearly here and if you don’t have a storm door on your home, you could be missing out on some savings (both in money and energy efficiency). Having a good-quality storm door installation is money well spent.

A storm door has a number of advantages:

  • A storm door helps reduce air leakage (both into and out from your house) through your entry door. It can also create an air pocket to keep your air conditioning inside your home.
  • A storm door with interchangeable screens or screens that are self-storing can be great for summertime – you can create a cross-breeze to help improve your home’s air flow.
  • A locking storm door installation can provide added security to your entry; you can let in natural light while still keeping the house locked. And if you’re not home, the added door may help deter thieves or at least make it harder for them to get in.
  • A storm door can enhance your home’s curb appeal. If your front door is plain, a storm door is a great way to dress it up.
  • A storm door can be used for other exterior doors in your home – not just your front door. And no matter where you install your storm door, you’ll enjoy its insulation, security, and design benefits.

If you’re interested in a new storm door, make sure you choose P.J. Fitzpatrick for professional storm door installation. Some homeowners choose to install the door themselves, however, they run the risk of not installing it correctly and depleting the energy efficiency and air sealing benefits of a quality storm door. There is also the chance of damaging your door during installation. Leave the job to a professional at P.J. Fitzpatrick – we’ll make sure your new door fits perfectly and looks great.

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Addressing Home Safety for Aging Parents http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/bath/address-home-safety-aging-parents/ Wed, 24 May 2017 20:30:50 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/?p=9611 Every year, at least 25% of elderly individuals take a fall and at an older age, falls can be dangerous - especially when they happen with no one else around. As your parents age, they'll likely want to stay in their own homes and as a loved one, it's important you talk to them about safety and how to improve it.

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Every year, at least 25% of elderly individuals take a fall and at an older age, falls can be dangerous – especially when they happen with no one else around. As your parents age, they’ll likely want to stay in their own homes and as a loved one, it’s important you talk to them about safety and how to improve it.

What to Look For

If you’re worried your parents are having trouble with balance or movement, here are some things to look for in their home:

  • Handprints on the walls that indicate they’re leaning on them for support
  • Strain when they climb the stairs
  • A reliance on objects for balance
  • Difficulty getting into or out of the shower or bathtub

What to Do

If you notice any of these signs, there are some things you can do to help keep your parents safe. One is install grab bars or railings in several parts of the house where they have trouble with balance or movement. Another is to convert their bathtub into a low-threshold shower or replace it with a walk-in bathtub to make it easier for them to bathe. The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house – especially when it comes to bathing. Elderly individuals have a greater chance of slipping and falling during this time, so it’s important to make this activity easier and safer for them.

For a beautiful tub-to-shower conversion or a walk-in bathtub, contact our bath experts today. We can have your new installation completed in a timely manner so your loved one can enjoy their bathroom safely.

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4 Reasons to Replace Your Bathtub http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/bath/9603/ Wed, 17 May 2017 19:35:07 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/?p=9603 If your bathtub is one that you’ve been contemplating replacing, it’s probably time to do so. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we love helping homeowners transform their bathrooms for the better and getting rid of an old, damaged, or unused bathtub is just one more step to a better space. Here are the top four reasons many people replace their tubs.

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Opt for Something Better

If your bathtub is one that you’ve been contemplating replacing, it’s probably time to do so. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we love helping homeowners transform their bathrooms for the better and getting rid of an old, damaged, or unused bathtub is just one more step to a better space. Here are the top four reasons many people replace their tubs:

It’s damaged

If your bathtub has major problems like cracks, chips, or holes, it may be time to replace it. Trying to repair an old bathtub can end up taking more time than you’d like and once it’s repaired, there’s always the possibility that more damage may occur in the future. Save yourself the trouble of fixing it and replace it with a beautiful tub from our bath experts. 

You’re remodeling

Bathrooms are a major selling point for potential home buyers and if you’re remodeling your home, you might as well tackle the bathrooms (or at least the master bathroom). While you can spruce up a remodeled bathroom with new flooring and new fixtures, we suggest opting for a new bathtub; if the tub is a major focal point in the room, you’ll be glad you did. 

It’s old and worn

Whether your bathtub suffers from mildew, is fashionably outdated, or has unsightly stains that you can’t remove no matter how hard you try, it’s probably for a new one. No one wants to bathe in a dirty-looking bathtub and replacing it can not only up the appeal of your bathroom, but it can also make the overall bath experience better. 

You don’t use it

One of the most popular reasons for replacing a bathtub is because you simply don’t use it. Instead of letting your tub sit in your bathroom and take up space, why not convert it into a sleek, space-saving shower? Our bath experts can help you choose a design that complements your style and your budget so you can get rid of what you don’t need.

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Roof Moss and Algae: 101 http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/roof-repair/roof-mossmildew-101/ Wed, 10 May 2017 19:33:38 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/?p=9569 If you've ever seen green, brown, or black streaks on your roof, it could be moss growth or algae growth and while it may seem harmless, these growths should be removed as soon as possible to prevent future damage to your shingles. Here, our roofing experts explain why the growth occurs, how to prevent it, and more.

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What to Know, from Our Roofing Experts

If you’ve ever seen green, brown, or black streaks on your roof, it could be moss growth or algae growth and while it may seem harmless, these growths should be removed as soon as possible to prevent future damage to your shingles. Here, our roofing experts explain why the growth occurs, how to prevent it, and more:

How Does It Happen?

Both moss and algae love damp conditions and can often be found in places like ponds, on trees, between pavers, underneath stones, and even on your roof. Because they love such damp conditions, shaded areas of your roof may be open to moss or algae growth. When an area is shaded, it can easily to hold onto moisture and therefore, encourage growth. Once moss or algae starts to grow, its spores can be spread through wind, which means it can easily spread across your (or even to a neighbor’s) rooftop.

Effects of Moss and Algae

When a roofing shingle is covered in moss or algae, it’s constantly exposed to moisture and can slowly loses its rigidity and strength. It may take awhile but over time, these growths can compromise the integrity of your shingles and can force you to prematurely replace them.

How to Prevent It

There are a few things you can do to prevent the growth of moss and algae. If you have trees that shade parts of your roofing system, trim back some of their branches to allow more sunlight to reach the area. In addition, make sure your gutters are clean so that they can promote water drainage off of the roof.

Roof Cleaning

We know how unsightly moss and algae growth can be on your roof, so if you do discover it, give our roofing experts a call. We offer roof cleanings that can get rid of your problem and restore your roof to its original look and strength. Don’t hesitate to call us – your moss or algae problem could cause even bigger problems if left unattended.

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When Choosing a Home Improvement Company… http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/home-improvement/how-to-choose-a-good-home-improvement-company/ Thu, 04 May 2017 19:30:22 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/?p=3063 At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we know how important your home is to you. That’s why it’s important to choose a home improvement company you can trust. Whether you’re looking for door installations, window replacement, siding repairs, or more, follow these guidelines to choosing someone reliable.

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Follow These Tips from Our Experts

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we know how important your home is to you. That’s why it’s important to choose a home improvement company you can trust. Whether you’re looking for door installations, window replacement, siding repairs, or more, follow these guidelines to choosing someone reliable:

Ask others.

Ask your friends, family members, and coworkers if they’ve had a good experience with a home improvement company. If they have, they’ll have no problem recommending them to you.

Check the BBB.

The Better Business Bureau keeps track of unresolved complaints based on sales issues, billing issues, warranty issues, and more, so check to see if the company you’d like to use is BBB-accredited and if they have any complaints from customers.

Ask for references.

Don’t be afraid to ask your potential home improvement company for customer references. If they’re a good company, they shouldn’t have a problem giving them to you. You can then call their customers and ask how their experience was.

Make sure they’re licensed and insured.

Make sure the company has the proper license(s) and insurance. If not, you may get low-grade products or services and you’ll also be at risk for paying hefty insurance bills if an accident happens to occur on your property.

Visit their showroom.

Home improvement company showrooms (like ours) are there to show you the types of products that are available. Our windows, doors, siding, and more are available for you to look at and ask questions about so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Get quotes in writing.

If you call the home improvement company to get a quote, make sure you also get one in writing. This way, you’ll not only have their word in print, it’ll be easier to compare quotes between companies.

Note their longevity.

How long has the company been around? If they’re new, they may not have the experience you need or want.

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This Week’s Home Makeover Sweepstakes Winners http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/contest/weeks-home-makeover-sweepstakes-winners-3/ Wed, 03 May 2017 14:00:59 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/?p=9560 Congratulations to this week’s winners of our Fall in Love with Your Home Sweepstakes.

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Congratulations to this week’s winners of our Fall in Love with Your Home Sweepstakes:

Emily Degado-Bickel of Dover, DE!

  • Prize: $100 Sephora gift card

Darlene Jackson

  • Prize: $50 American Express gift card

Nicole Marone of Elkton, MD

  • Prize: Paint Night from Maisy’s Market in Delaware City

Shuneice Hinton of Camden, NJ

  • Prize: $25 Wawa gift card

To enter our Fall in Love with Your Home Sweepstakes, fill out our short form. You could win a grand prize of $5,000 and we pick winners every week!

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20 Ways to Reduce Your Water Use http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/green-renovation-ideas/20-ways-reduce-water-use/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:00:50 +0000 http://www.pjfitz.com/blog/?p=3424 At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our bath installation specialists have been asked how homeowners can save money on their utility bills. One thing we tell them is to use less water. Not only will you reduce the amount of money you spend, but you'll also be taking a step into a greener lifestyle.

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Save Money and Go Green

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our bath installation specialists have been asked how homeowners can save money on their utility bills. One thing we tell them is to use less water. Not only will you reduce the amount of money you spend, but you’ll also be taking a step into a greener lifestyle.

There are simple ways to use less water, just keep these things in mind:

1. Take showers instead of baths. A full bathtub can use up to 70 gallons of water.

2. Run your dishwasher and your clothes washer only when they’re full. Doing small loads wastes both water and electricity.

3. Fix leaky faucets. A drop of water may not seem like a lot, but if water is constantly dripping, it can mean several gallons of wasted water every day.

4. Water your lawn only when it needs watering. If you step on your grass and it springs back up, it doesn’t need watered. If it lays flat, however, you can break out the sprinkler.

5. Install a water-saving showerhead. “Low-flow” options can save you up to 2 1/2 gallons of water every minute.

6. Instead of running your garbage disposal, which uses water, try creating your own natural compost for your garden.

7. Insulate your water pipes. The better they’re insulated, the quicker your water will heat up, saving you from wasting water while you wait for it to get hot.

8. When washing your car, leave the hose off while you wash and use it only to rinse off the soap. You could save around 100 gallons of water every year.

9. Instead of letting the water run while you wash your dishes, fill your sink up with hot, soapy water. Then, rinse each item after you clean it.

10. Flush the toilet only when it’s necessary. If you’re getting rid of something (like a bug or cigarette butt), throw it in the trash can instead.

11. Install aerators on your faucets. They break the water flow into small droplets, so you’ll use up to 60% less water.

12. Recycle “used” water (like from a bathtub, sink, or clothes washer). Use it to water your plants or your lawn.

13. Instead of hosing down your driveway or sidewalk, use a broom and sweep it. You’ll save around 50 gallons of water per minute.

14. Water your lawn in the morning or evening, when it’s cooler out. Less water will evaporate and you won’t have to water as often.

15. Keep your shower to about 5 minutes and you’ll save nearly 1,000 gallons of water every month.

16. Designate one glass each day for drinking water. You’ll have fewer dishes to wash.

17. When you water your plants, pour the water deep into the soil instead of spraying them lightly. They’ll stay hydrated longer and you won’t have to water them as much.

18. Turn off the water while you shave or brush your teeth and you’ll save around 100 gallons every week.

19. Aim your gutters toward your lawn instead of driveway. Even better, aim them toward areas that need watered and you won’t have to water your lawn as often.

20. Don’t rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher and you’ll save 20 gallons of water every load.

 

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