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Monmouth County Sealcoating Can Lengthen the Life of Your Driveway

Posted on: December 1st, 2020 by admin

Asphalt is one of the most common materials used for residential driveways and commercial parking lots. While asphalt is a good choice for many reasons, there are still a few factors that can affect the longevity of your driveway or asphalt surface. From installation errors to environmental impacts, the only way to protect your asphalt is with sealcoating. Applying this every few years can help protect your driveway from the severity of some of these forces. Our crew is available for all your Monmouth County sealcoating needs. Be sure to call us today to find out more.

Main Environmental Impacts

There are a few natural forces that can impact your asphalt surface. Some can be deflected a bit with some work. However, all of the negative effects can be greatly reduced with an application of sealcoating every three to five years.


Monmouth County sealcoating can protect asphalt against pounding rain like picturedPrimarily water run-off. For example, if your downspout and/or splash block are not directing water away from your driveway, the constant flow can eventually wear away the asphalt in that area. In addition to this, asphalt itself is a porous substance. Meaning, it will absorb a certain amount of water when it rains or is cleaned.  This can eventually soften the base and cause cracks under pressure. Another effect that water has on asphalt is that it hardens the bitumen. Bitumen is the element that gives asphalt its elasticity. When the elasticity is gone, asphalt can get dry and brittle and crack easily.

Freezing and Thawing

An additional impact that water retention can have on an asphalt surface is a freeze and thaw cycle. This can exacerbate even the smallest cracks making them increasingly larger over time. You might notice that potholes can be more frequent and larger in colder weather. This is due to the constant freezing and thawing, expanding and contracting, which creates cracks. These cracks lead to potholes. Small cracks and imperfections can be fixed and repaired. However, when you do not address them or the cause of them, they will become too severe for patching. At this point, the whole surface will need to be completely reconstructed.

Monmouth County Sealcoating Can Protect Against Sun Damage

Monmouth County selacoating protects against oxidation which leads to dry, gray colored, crakced asphaltMost driveways and asphalt surfaces are uncovered. Most do not have roofs or awnings to protect them from the damaging sun rays. Daily exposure to the sun can dry out the bitumen, similar to water exposure. Oxidation from the UV rays turns asphalt brittle. It is easy to see this process in action because oxidized bitumen turns asphalt gray. This means that any asphalt surface that has a faded appearance has already suffered the effects of sun damage.

Other Factors That Can Damage Your Asphalt

While the environment plays a huge factor in an asphalt surfaces longevity because there is little you can do to stop them. You can merely protect against them. However, there are other influences that can negatively impact your surface and make repairs and replacement a necessity.

Improper Installation

This can range from using the wrong grade of asphalt for the job or just simply doing a poor job at installing it. There are different grades of asphalt mixes for different uses. The mix used for a driveway, for example, will not hold up to the same use and weight as the mix used for an industrial parking lot.

Vehicles and Heavy Loads

There is typically a certain way you pull in and out of your driveway. This repetitive motion day after day can weaken that track in the asphalt causing sinking and ruts. In addition, asphalt can soften in the areas in contact with the tires when a vehicle is parked. This is particularly true in hot weather. High temperatures can soften asphalt making it vulnerable to distortion.


Monmouth County sealcoating protects against oil spills like shown on yellow lined parking spaceLiquids like petroleum and oil can cause asphalt to disintegrate. Just as water and oxidation can dry out the bitumen causing brittle asphalt, chemicals can cause similar damage. Luckily, this is an item that you can take steps to prevent. For one, it is imperative to clean up any spills on the asphalt. The clean-up process depends on the material spilled so be sure to check with the manufacturer on proper clean-up protocol. The longer a chemical is allowed to sit on the surface of the asphalt, the deeper it will begin to seep. The deeper the chemical gets, the deeper the damage goes as well. Second, if a leak is noticed in a vehicle, get it fixed immediately or park on something to protect your driveway from further damage. Lastly, the best way to protect against chemicals, and all negative forces is to sealcoat your asphalt surface.

Monmouth County Sealcoating is Here to Save the Asphalt

Sealcoating asphalt can protect the integrity of the surface for much longer than unprotected asphalt. It does as just what its name implies. It provides a sealant and coating to form a protective barrier against the harmful forces we just reviewed. Applying sealcoating every two to five years is recommended, depending on grade, usage, and exposure. This can be a laborious, difficult, and messy process. Plus, just like asphalt, sealcoating has different grades. Using the incorrect one could do more harm than good. When your asphalt is ready for a new protective layer, give us a call.

Gutter Shapes

Posted on: October 1st, 2020 by admin

Last month we discussed the different materials used to make gutters.  This month we’re going to go over different shapes of gutters and all the parts of a gutter system.  This is an important time of year to stay current on your gutter cleaning.  If you need gutter cleaning in Sayreville, give us a call!  Have a Marlboro gutter cleaning job? We can do that too! If you are in Middlesex or Monmouth County, we are here to assist with your gutter cleaning needs.  No matter what shape or material your gutters are, they need to be thoroughly cleaned and inspected at least twice a year.  Now that fall is upon us, be sure to call soon to get on our schedule.  Gutters will clog up quickly with leaves and tree debris.  In order for gutters to do their jobs appropriately, they need to remain free from detritus.

Styles of Gutters

The shape of your gutters is probably not something you’ve ever given any thought to.  That is pretty standard.  Many people will never have the occasion to pick out their gutters.  Most of us are purchasing homes that already have gutters.  Custom homes and restoration projects are the two most common circumstances where gutter shapes can be decided upon.  While the shape of your gutters may not be a huge factor, if you live in a very rainy environment, there are shapes that help to handle larger amounts of water more efficiently.


This style gutter is what people imagine in their minds when someone says gutters.  Many people assume the name of this gutter comes from its shape.  However, it actually is just the fact that this gutter is option “K” in the national association catalog.  People now refer to it as the K-style gutter. 

This style is decorative and resembles crown molding.  While very functional, the popularity of this style gutter lies in how they look.  They add a nice finished look to the exterior home just as molding does in your interior.

A K-style gutter is a great option for people who live in rainy areas.  They are able to carry larger amounts of water than a rounded style gutter.  They are also easy to customize.  Homeowners can select what material they would like their gutters made from. In addition, there is the capability of making them on-site so they fit the home perfectly.  With their high level of functionality and wide options for customization, it is easy to see why so many homes have k-style gutters.

Monmouth County gutter cleaning is necessary no matter what shape of gutter your home has. Picture shows white half round gutter on dark gray-blue house

Half Round

Historic homes and restoration projects often use this style gutter.  While not as decorative as the K-style, they are decorative in their own right.  This shape has a very specific style and do add a historic touch to a home or building. 

While beautiful in their own way, half round gutters carry less water than other shapes.  That being said, the water they do transport is dealt with very efficiently.  In addition, there is less corrosion over time.  This is due to the decreased amount of water held in this style of gutter.


They can also be made from a variety of materials.  This also allows them to be made in a wide range of colors.  Furthermore, half round gutters now come in a selection of decorative front faces.  There are single bead gutters which have only one rounded edge on the trough, double beads which have both the front and rear edges rounded, reverse bead where the front edge is rounded, but inward, and many other options.  None of these options influence efficiency and are purely a selection due to preference of visual aesthetic.


The last shape we’ll cover in this post is box style gutters.  These are essentially the original style of gutter.  Found on many historic buildings, they were used widely in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.  One of the reasons they are not used any longer is that they are built using wood which is then covered in a thin metal sheet.  They do hold a very large capacity of rain water and are a great option for restoration projects.

The appeal of this style is that because they are made of wood, they often blend into the exterior of the building making them very visually appealing.  They are one of the most expensive options, installation does require a professional, and they do demand more care than other styles of gutters.

Ocean County Gutter Cleaning Frequency Depends on Things Other Than Style

Gutters need a certain amount of care no matter what style is installed on your home. Yes, particular styles may require more care than others, but each and every style of gutter requires care.  Whether you attempt to clean your gutters on your own or call us for help, be sure to do this at the very least twice a year. 

Middlesex County gutter cleaning reasons shows heavy rains in top half and fallen leaves covering ground in bottom halfIf it has been an exceptionally wet season, you may want to schedule your Monmouth County gutter cleaning simply to have your gutters inspected for wear and tear.  While gutters are meant to carry water, certain styles and materials are susceptible to corrosion due to water.  This is something you want to stay on top of because this can lead to leaks and damage.  The damage will not only be to your gutters, but to your home and landscape as well if your gutters begin to fail.

Also, if your property has a lot of trees, you will probably want to clean your gutters closer to four times a year, if not more.  Leaves and tree debris can clog up a gutter system in a matter of days or weeks.  If you let your gutters fill up and become blocked, you will very quickly regret it.  Not only does it make gutter cleaning in Middlesex County more difficult and, honestly, disgusting, it can lead directly to devastation to your home.

The more you stay on top of this chore, the easier it will be and your gutters will stay in great shape.  We not only clean your gutters thoroughly, out team will inspect them as well.  Our workers will look for signs of weaknesses, damage, wear and tear in order to fix these problems before they lead to larger issues.  If you think you are in need of gutter cleaning in Monmouth County or a gutter system inspection in Middlesex County, contact us today!

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. 


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.  


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.


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!

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.