Gutter Materials for Every Home

Posted on: September 1st, 2020 by admin

Gutters are an element of your home that receive little to no attention.  From the style to the installation and maintenance, gutters are a very important overlooked aspect of your home. Generally speaking, little is known by the average homeowner how the style of gutter impacts their longevity and effectiveness.

Gutters can be constructed of a variety of materials. There are five common gutter materials we’ll cover here.   Each has its own set of good aspects and bad.  Ranging from aluminum to zinc, prices and durability vary widely.

gutter cleaning in Ocean County; triage of pictures showing gutters made of different materials

Aluminum

There is a range withing aluminum gutters depending on their thickness.  The thinner the gutter, the less expensive it is.  Less expensive isn’t always worth the price, however.  No matter your climate or budget, aluminum most likely has a solution that works.  It is a very common gutter material.  It resists rust, it comes in a variety of colors and can also be painted, and typically lasts up to 25 years.  The biggest downfall of aluminum is that it is subject to denting and bending which can completely negate the goal of the gutter.  This is a popular choice for DIY projects and can be found in most home improvement stores.

Copper

If aluminum is the most common material, copper is one of the least.  This is due highly to the price tag.  They can commonly cost up to five times what other gutters may cost.  If you can afford it though, copper is one of the most durable materials you can find to build a gutter.  While copper doesn’t rust, it does develop a lovely patina so there is no need to paint or alter the gutters in any way.  It can withstand extreme temperatures and may last up to 100 years!  Copper is a material that requires professional installation and welding which adds to its cost.

Steel

This is a very sturdy material in some respects, but one of the biggest drawbacks of steel gutters is their likelihood to rust.  When selecting steel gutters, you may have an option of galvanized or stainless. Stainless steel gutters will resist rust better that galvanized, but also cost a lot more.  Steel, like aluminum, can be modified with pain making them very customizable.  However, due to the weight, steel gutters are not right for every home or building.  They also require a professional to install them, but do hold up in weather conditions.  If you do opt for steel gutters, they come with an additional cost as well.  Due to their susceptibility of rusting, it is very important to have guards installed on them to avoid large masses of wet leaves.  No matter how often you have gutter cleaning in Ocean County done whether you call us to do it or you do it yourself, soggy leaves and debris hasten the rusting process.  So, unless you want to clean your gutters monthly or even more, we don’t recommend steel gutters.

Vinyl

One of the least expensive options, vinyl is a popular choice for people who want to install their own gutters. Vinyl is very lightweight, can be customized with color, and won’t corrode or rust.  The biggest drawback of vinyl as a material for gutters is that it cannot withstand extreme heat or cold.  In those conditions, vinyl gutters will crack causing leaks which easily lead to damage to your home. Also, leaning a ladder up against them can crack this material easily. So, when you have vinyl gutters, it may be a good idea to call us to take care of your gutter cleaning in Monmouth County.

Zinc

One of the rarest gutter materials, zinc is typically only used or found on high-end or historic homes and buildings.  One of the best qualities of using zinc is that they will last you almost a lifetime.  Zinc doesn’t rust, fade, or warp. That being said, salty air does tend to affect this material so it isn’t recommended for use in those areas. Therefore, you won’t find it in many places in Monmouth or Ocean County.  As far as looks, zinc, like copper, will develop a beautiful patina over time. For some people this is a plus.  For others, maybe not so much.

When it comes to gutter materials, there is a wide range. No matter what your budget, style preferences, or climate, there is a solution.  If you would like to discuss your gutters or need a professional inspection to check for damages, give us a call today!  We’ll treat your home as if was our own.

When it comes to gutter cleaning in Ocean County, gutter cleaning in Monmouth County, and gutter installation, TDM is there for you.

Be sure to check back next month when we discuss the different shapes of gutters!

Why Do Gutters Need Cleaning, Part 2

Posted on: August 1st, 2020 by admin

 

Gutter cleaning in Monmouth County

Last month, we covered a few risks of not neglecting gutter cleaning.  This month we’ll take a look at some other problems that can arise if you neglect gutter cleaning.  Last month, we learned that clogged gutters can lead to roof damage, foundation damage, and trouble in your landscape.  This month we’ll discuss further why it is so important to have a professional team perform gutter cleaning in Monmouth County. 

Leaks

This is a bit of a continuation from last month.  When your gutters are clogged and are unable to divert water away from your roof, lots of damage can occur to your roof and its parts.  Both gutters and your roof are designed to provide protection to your home. That protection is weakened when either or both sustain damage.  If you do end up with a leak in your roof and it goes unnoticed, that can turn into a major disaster.  A full roof collapse could be possible if you don’t perform this general maintenance task as needed based on your environment.  Depending on where you are, gutter cleaning in Monmouth County could need to be done every few months.  

Floods

When you neglect clearing your gutters of debris, not only does water cause issues above your home, it can lead to problems below also.  When the water isn’t led away from your foundation, flooding can occur in your landscape and cause foundation issues.  But what can also happen is a leak in your basement.  When the water is allowed to seep deep into your landscape and remain in contact with your basement walls, deterioration can happen.  As with your roof, any deterioration in an exterior wall can lead to water being able to enter your home.  Anytime moisture is in a place it shouldn’t be, mold and mildew won’t be far behind. These can cause serious health issues.  If you haven’t had your gutter cleaning in Ocean County done recently, give us a call. 

Hardscape Problems

We covered problems that can happen to your landscape if you don’t clean your gutters last month.  The extension of that is that clogged gutters can also ruin your hardscape installations.  Cracks, holes, and shifting can all occur to your driveway and walkway. You might be saying to yourself “So what?”  Any damage that happens to your hardscaping puts you and visitors to your home at risk of tripping, slipping, and falling.  How many times have you tripped on an uneven sidewalk? When gutters are unable to direct water away from vulnerable areas of your home, pooling and flooding happen under and on top of your hardscaping elements of your home. Not only can trips and falls happen, but if it is colder outside, ice build-up can really put y

our family and also your vehicle at risk of some major risks.  On the flip side, in warmer weather, algae and moss can also cling to moist surfaces and are slippery and dangerous.

Infestations

One of the last problems that you can experience with clogged gutters is pest, insect, and rodent infestations.  A build-up of dirt, debris, and leaves make an ideal home for many pests.  Insects like bees and wasps, rodents, and other pests like mosquitoes will think nothing of moving into your gutters. Once you have mosquitoes, you’ll start collecting things that eat mosquitoes.  Then, up the food chain you go.  Termites will also be attracted to clogged gutters and no one wants them anywhere near their home.

Gutter Cleaning in Monmouth and Ocean Counties is Important for Safety

Neglecting gutter cleaning is not only dangerous for your home.  It also is a risk for you and your families and visitor’s personal safety.  From allergies due to mold and mildew, leaks in your roof, floods in your basement, and trips and falls, clogged gutters can be a real pain.

We hope to be adding a lot more articles on home maintenance and other services that we perform.  Be sure to check back here often!

Why Do Gutters Need Cleaning

Posted on: July 1st, 2020 by admin

Gutters are one part of the home that homeowners like to neglect.  Even though gutters are a vital part of the security team for your home, people tend to forget all about them.  This can be a dangerous mindset.  If gutters were not that important, they would not be installed on almost every home.  Their job is a crucial one.  They carry water off of your roof, away from your home and your foundation.  The reason it is so important to keep your gutters clean is because a blocked gutter is an ineffective one.  And an ineffective gutter puts your home at risk of some major damage.

Gutter Cleaning Freehold, Gutter Cleaning East Brunsick, Back of green sided home with clean white gutters over patio with table, chairs, and grill

Roof Damage

When gutters are not maintained well, they can become blocked.  Things such as leaves and other tree castoffs, asphalt debris from shingles, and general dirt, mold, and mildew can all contribute to clogged gutters.  If the gutters get so dirty that water can no longer flow freely, the water will reach heights in the trough that it shouldn’t.  When water can’t be removed, the constant exposure to moisture can quickly lead to rotting and leaks. 

Secondly, the extra weight of the water and the debris in the gutters can cause damage to soffits and fascia.  The damage that occurs with this is normally cracks and holes.  This can obviously allow water to get into your home and cause major water damage.

One last way that unclean gutters that don’t remove water from your roof is early failure of your shingles.  Any shingles that are closest to your gutters that are allowing water to sit in the troughs are going to get water logged.  This will cause deterioration of the shingle whose job it is to protect your roof. When those shingles fail, leaks are right around the corner.

Foundation Damage

Besides protecting your roof and home from leaks and water damage, gutters also protect your foundation.  By directing water into your downspouts, it removes a majority of the water to an area away from your foundation.  The reason for this is because pooling water around your foundation can cause shifting.  The result of this shifting can be cracks in your foundation.  The most serious type of crack in our foundation is a horizontal crack.  If you haven’t had your gutters cleaned in a while, you might want to take a look at your foundation and make sure it’s free of any damage.

Landscape Erosion

This is certainly a case of too much of a good thing. As gutters fill up with castoff and water is unable to flow through the system, the rain water flows over the outer edge.  This causes a waterfall that pounds onto your landscape.  From washing away a protective layer of mulch from your garden to flooding of your lawn and gardens, clogged gutters can really wreak havoc on your curb appeal.   

This is Just the Beginning

This article has only just skimmed the surface of damages your home can sustain if you neglect to clean your gutters.  Be sure the check back because we’ll cover some other risk factors of not having your gutters cleaned.  No matter if you need gutter cleaning in East Brunswick or Freehold, we can help you keep your gutters in tip-top shape. By giving your gutters the care they need, you are protecting your home from major damages.  If gutters weren’t important, homes wouldn’t have them. Let us help you care for your home by scheduling your gutter cleaning today!

Gutter Cleaning Facts and Myths

Posted on: May 12th, 2020 by admin

Middlesex county gutter cleaning, Monmouth county gutter cleaning, pair of red sneakers below words "Facts Myths" As a New Jersey homeowner, we’re sure you’ve had to deal with clogged gutters at some point in your home’s history.  Whether you have chosen to try to tackle this project yourself or hire a professional to do it, you are most likely aware that it is not as easy a job as people may assume.  There are many myths out there regarding gutter cleaning.  We’ll discuss some of them here, but if you have any questions about gutter cleaning in Middlesex or Monmouth County, give us a call anytime.  When you hire us to complete your gutter cleaning, you can be sure we do a thorough job from safety to clean-up.  We’ll make sure we leave your landscape and home in the same condition it was when we started.  The only difference is you’ll also have meticulously inspected and completely clean gutters!

Myth: Cleaning my gutters once a year is enough

Fact: Even if you don’t think your gutters are clogged, we recommend having your gutters cleaned and inspected at least twice a year.  If your home is surrounded by trees, it may be necessary for you to have it completed much more often.

Myth: Gutter cleaning is an easy task pretty much anybody can do

Fact: While the actual act of removing debris out of your gutters is simple enough, it is a task that requires a high level of safety for many reasons.  One, gutters are made of metal. If you are not wearing proper gloves you can easily get cut on a jagged edge.  Second, this task must be performed while standing on a ladder and handling a bucket or collection receptacle. Lastly, if your gutters are especially dirty, there is likely mold growth and animal feces in the gutters.  If you do not have appropriate safety gear such as gloves and safety goggles, you are putting your health at risk.

Myth: As long as my gutters aren’t hanging off my house, they’re fine

Fact: When you have a professional complete this job, they will thoroughly inspect your gutters for any damage or signs of a leak.  They will examine things like your fascia board for any signs of rotting indicating you may have a leak.  They will also look closely at all the joints of your gutters. The goal is to ensure they are still fully intact and there are no signs of leaking.  Even small leaks can lead to big problems if you have pooling water by the foundation of your home.

Myth: If I have gutter guards, I don’t need to have my gutters cleaned

Fact: Even with gutter guards, it is important to clean your gutters. While they do a good job of keeping out debris like sticks and leaves, other contaminants such as dirt, bugs, and pests may still be able to infest your gutters.  Having gutter guards does mean you may have to clean your gutters less often. However, it does not remove the necessity completely.

Myth: It’s not that big a deal if I don’t clean my gutters as soon as I see a problem

Fact: It is normally too late by the time that you are seeing evidence of your gutters being clogged. It is very important to clean your gutters immediately upon seeing signs of blockages.  The longer you wait to clean your gutters, the more clogged they will become.  This puts your home at risk of significant damage.  Clogged gutters allow water to remain in contact with your roof.  Prolonged water exposure will develop into a leak and may cause significant damage to your home.

If you are seeing puddles of water around the base of your home, it is imperative to have your gutters cleaned immediately.  Part of the job of gutters is to funnel water away from your home’s foundation. When you allow your gutters to remain clogged and create pools of water to sit by your foundation, it can lead to cracking.

Myth: Removing most of the big stuff is good enough

Fact: This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  If you don’t thoroughly clean your gutters, you may be doing more damage than good.  By not completely cleaning out the gutters, flushing out your downspouts, inspecting the gutters for leaks, and making sure your downspouts are directing the water far enough away from your home, you could be causing more issues for your home. 

Gutter Cleaning is an Important Task for the Care of Your Home

We get it, gutter cleaning seems an easy chore that doesn’t require much skill.  We hope that we’ve convinced you that gutter cleaning is a very important task to complete often.  Plus, it is not as simple as it seems.  Gutters are a very unassuming part of your home, but they serve such an important purpose.  Neglecting their care can put your home at risk of significant and costly damage.

If you haven’t had a professional clean your gutters in a significant amount of time, give us a call today. We’ll get you scheduled for a thorough cleaning and inspection of your entire gutter system.  Whether you are unable to complete the task yourself or just simply don’t want to, contact us! We’ll take great care of your home.