Keltom Gutter Service - gutter service for the rich & famous!!

Keltom Gutter Service has been around for 26 years providing service to the rich and famous who have either been born in Jersey, lived in Jersey or are proud to be living here now.    We have cleaned, repaired or installed gutters for football greats, talk show hosts,  best selling authors, actors and politicians.  People are people and the one thing they have in common is to maintain their homes.  Copper, aluminum or galvanized gutters with slate, cedar, tile or metal roofs, or homes over 10,000 square feet for us it is all in a day's work.    Regular maintenance of the gutter system is what we do....and will help to avoid costly repairs to windows, doors, foundations and expensive landscaping.

You don't think about gutters too often, really how many people walk around or drive down the street checking out other peoples gutters?   We do! Our techs can tell if a gutter is off pitch or needs to be re-secured just by looking at it!  When we perform a gutter cleaning we will check for repairs and let you know what is wrong. The leaders  and gutters are flushed,  all debris is removed by hand and taken away.  We do not leave messy trash bags for you to have to throw out.....or blow the debris all over the yard.  Need repairs or looking to replace the gutters?  We do that too...actually the only thing we do is gutters!

 


Don't lose your man!! Let Keltom Gutters clean your gutters!!!

 

Every fall the man of the house says he is going to clean the gutters because…well he thinks he can. Keltom Gutters knows they can. Don't lose your man.

It can be a  dangerous job and requires skilled professionals.  Keltom Gutter Services has been repairing, cleaning and installing gutters for over 23 years and that is all we do.  We’re not landscapers, gardeners, painters or pool cleaners.  We concentrate on just gutters, homes with asphalt shingle roofs, slate roofs, cedar roofs, Yankee gutters, copper gutters, seamless aluminum….I could go on but you get the picture. 

We are scheduling for the busy fall season NOW.  Call to make sure you have a spot….serving 13 counties in NJ our fleet is ready to come to your home and we are fully insured and carry NJ workers compensation.  Remember, an injury on your property may put you in a position of responsibility. 

According to the World Health Organization the US leads the world in ladder injuries. Each year there are more than 175,000 emergency room-related injuries and 300 ladder fatalities. All it takes is one little slip, over reach or a malfunctioning ladder and serious injury or death is possible.

Love the men in your life?  Make sure you get that special man a gift certificate so he doesn't fall off the roof or ladder!!!   Available for any size home in your choice of monetary value and we will mail or email it.

1-877-535-8660 or keltomgutters.com

$15 OFF Gutter Cleaning (First Time Customers Only)


BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE!! GUTTERS MAKE THE HOME!

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The biggest trend in remodeling or building a new home is installation of black gutters, it seems everywhere you look you see black gutters.  Keltom Gutter Services will order your black gutters based on the exact measurements provided to you with a written estimate.

Black gutters add a new modern look that add contrast to the look of your home.  Remember to work with the color of your roof, black gutters will not look right with a brown or light colored roof. You never want your gutters and downspouts to detract from the beauty of your home, but rather to enhance it. Coordinating with your roof color, may be the best choice to enhance the existing architecture.

Some people choose the safest route which is to coordinate the gutters to either the siding or trim of the home.  Below is some info to help you decide.

Rain gutters are a very important component of any exterior and so choosing the right style and color, will help you to enjoy the look of your gutters and make them a part of your exterior that you will find visually pleasing.

Coordinating with your trim color

If you are choosing to coordinate your gutters with you trim color, usually it’s because the body of your house is a material like brick or stone. If there is a chance to paint your trim color, then you can purchase gutters first, and then choose a trim color to match. Black or dark colored gutters will generally look better longer in rainy and wet weather but they will look far more pronounced so make sure it ties in well with your existing trim.

Match your siding

Choosing a gutter color to match your home’s siding is probably the safest color choice for your gutters. They are a significant feature of your exterior, and yet, sometimes the best color choice is when that makes it blend into the background. Homes with neutral colors can generally find a similar match in our variety of colored gutters.

Gutters and downspouts are a significant fixed feature on your home. When choosing colors for your new gutters, Keltom Gutters has a variety of color choices and you will be certain to find something perfect for your home.  Besides the color of your gutters the choice to go with K-Style or 1/2 round gutters is based on the look you are trying to achieve. Visit our website for more information on the various styles.

keltomgutters.com

1-877-535-8660


Insulate the attic.

SNOW, ICE, ICE DAMS AND YOUR MAIN INVESTMENT.......

Contrary to popular belief, gutters do not cause ice dams.

It is not your gutters fault that the ice dam has formed, it is your insulation.

Ice dams form when melted snow refreezes at roof edges. Anyone who has lived in cold climates has seen ice dams. We’ve enjoyed the sparkling beauty of ice formations built along roof eaves (of other people’s homes). However, most of us don’t stop to understand why these ice bands form until they damage our homes.

Three things are required for an ice dam to form: snow, heat to melt the snow and cold to refreeze the melted snow into solid ice. Ice dams can form when as little as 1 or 2 inches of snow accumulates on a roof – if the roof is poorly insulated and air sealed, and the snowfall is followed by several days of sub-freezing temperatures. Ice dams develop as snow on the upper part of the roof melts. Water runs down the roof slope under the blanket of snow and refreezes into a band of ice at the roof’s edge creating a “dam”. Additional snow-melt pools against the dam and eventually leaks into the building through the roof or roof trim.

The reason ice-dams form along the roof’s lower edge, usually above the overhang, is straight-forward. The upper roof surface (toward the ridgeline) is at a temperature that is above freezing. And the lower part of the roof surface (along the eaves) is below freezing. The upper roof surface is located directly above the living space. Heat lost from the house warms this section of the roof, melting snow in this area. During periods of sub-freezing temperature the lower regions of the roof deck remain at sub-freezing ambient temperatures. Roof overhangs are not warmed by indoor heat-loss.

Insulate the attic.
YOUR ATTIC NEEDS INSULATION!!

Below is an explanation of what an ice dam is and how to prevent them.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Figure 1 shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.

 

What causes ice dams?

There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32 degrees F while lower surfaces are below 32. For a portion of the roof to be below 32, outside temperatures must also be below 32. When we say temperatures above or below 32, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32 will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32 and freezes. Voila! - an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

Preventing and dealing with ice dams

In all Northeast communities it is possible to find homes that do not have ice dams. Ice dams can be prevented by controlling the heat loss from the home.

Immediate action

  • Remove snow from the roof. This eliminates one of the ingredients necessary for the formation of an ice dam. A "roof rake" and push broom can be used to remove snow, but be careful it may damage the roofing materials.
  • In an emergency situation where water is flowing into the house structure, making channels through the ice dam allows the water behind the dam to drain off the roof. Hosing with tap water on a warm day will do this job. Work upward from the lower edge of the dam. The channel will become ineffective within days and is only a temporary solution to ice dam damage.

Long-term action

  • First, make the ceiling air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space.
  • After sealing air leakage paths between the house and attic space, consider increasing the ceiling/roof insulation to cut down on heat loss by conduction.
    Any person on the roof during the winter or performing work on the roof from below is risking injury and risking damage to the roof and house. It is important to contact professionals to carry out this job

Snow, Ice and the extra weight

Ice -  One inch of ice weighs a little less than 5 pounds per square foot, and 1 foot of ice weighs approximately 57 pounds per square foot. Ice weighs significantly more than heavy, wet snow per inch depth. In part, this is why it is important to prevent ice buildup on a roof structure and gutters.  Ice dams are very heavy and dangerous.

This most recent snow fall is putting serious stress on your gutters and the fascia board that they are attached to.  Frozen debris  in gutters will add weight to the gutters increasing the stress, clean your gutters regularly to prevent additional damage. If your gutters are not properly secured or your fascia has begun to deteriorate due to the every day weather conditions your gutters can fall off.  A fallen gutter that is not damaged is not as  bad as a gutter that is hanging and bent.  Once the gutter is bent it can not be repaired.

A yearly gutter maintenance check-up will alert you to any issues that may be going on with your gutters.  Check out the information on our website regarding gutter cleanings, repairs, installations and Service Agreements.

keltomgutters.com    1-877-535-8660


HUNTERDON COUNTY - FALL, FARMS, FIELDS, FESTIVALS, FUN

Yes, Keltom Gutter Service is located in NJ and services 13 counties, yes, we have a fleet of trucks that travel on all the major highways but once you pass Exit 22 on Route 78 you know your no longer in the main stream.  Hunterdon County is paradise compared to the immediate counties surrounding NYC.  The site of rolling fields, barns, silos and cows after exit 22  is a breath of fresh air.  Fairs, festivals, and  farmer markets abound during the Fall months.  Between watching balloons float through the skies (yes they are still flying), buying corn stalks, pumpkins and just driving the scenic roads checking the Fall foliage Hunterdon County is the best place to live in New Jersey. Not only is there is such a variety of things to do it is  # 1 ranked per capita income in the state and # 6 of the wealthiest counties in the country.

Now is the time to pre-schedule your gutter cleaning so you can take advantage of the sights, sounds and smell of Fall in the country!  To schedule call our office 908-464-3280 and with just a few questions we can provide a gutter cleaning quote over the phone. Our technicians are out 6 days a week cleaning all kinds of gutters - copper, aluminum, galvanized. Do you have a slate or wood roof? We don't walk on specialty roofs and all gutter cleanings are performed by hand - no mess from blowers.  Need a repair or gutter installation? We do that too...we only do gutters and have been for 25 years.

I wanted to share a few Fall happenings in Hunterdon so take a look at the short list of some of the highlights of things to do in the upcoming weeks.  Get out of the house and enjoy the weather before the miserable ice and snow come!

Red Mill Haunted Village
October Fri & Sat
The journey begins inside an 1810 wool mill with three stories of twists and turns. Outside, a vintage tractor awaits to take you through the forest of fright. Eventually, you arrive at a dark maze, where more horror is to be had.
Fri-Sat, 7-10 pm. $25-$100.
56 Main Street, Clinton (908-735-4101)
Schaefer’s Farm Fright Fest
October weekends
This excursion begins with a hair-raising, 45-minute hayride to the middle of nowhere. Abandoned, visitors must trek the trail of terror, outrun chainsaw-wielding zombies and ward off killer clowns.
Fri-Sat, 7-10 pm; Sun, 7-9 pm. $30.
1051 Flemington Whitehouse Road, Flemington (908-782-2705)
Melick’s Town Farm, Califon
Daily, 9 am-5 pm. Free. Weekend horse-drawn carriage rides, $4 adults; $2 kids.
472 County Road 513
Harvest Food Truck & Wine Festival
October 24-25
Sample dishes from award-winning food trucks while enjoying Alba Vineyard’s panoramic views. The event features live music; wine tastings available at an additional cost.
Noon to 5 PM. Adults, $10; ages 13-20, $5. Alba Vineyard, 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Milford (908-995-7800)

 

 

 

 

 

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PERFECT PITCH - GUTTER PITCH ADJUSTMENT IMPORTANCE

Winter weather can alter the gutter pitch causing problems.

 Now that the winter is winding down, your gutters may have shifted and the gutter pitch may need to be adjusted. The weight of snow and ice can easily cause the gutters to come away or drop from the fascia board which supports the gutters.  Too little gutter pitch and there's not enough flow to remove debris in the gutter and too much pitch makes the house look unbalanced. You may also loose some of the gutters holding capacity. An important factor when installing the gutter is to use a .32 gauge heavy aluminium.  A lesser gauge cannot support the weight of NJ winters.
Support for the gutter is also an important factor - All gutters are attached to your house by mounting system, and the hangers need to be carefully spaced close together. Without the correct support, the rain gutters will sag. Water will collect in the lower places, tugging at your gutter system, until eventually the whole system will be ripped off your home.

Below are the guidelines for the "perfect pitch".

Gutters may look perfectly even, but it’s a carefully crafted illusion. Gutters actually have a slight pitch that allows water to flow towards the downspouts.  It’s very gradual and not noticeable, but it helps sweep away debris and keeps your gutters clean, and allows water to flow to the downspouts without overwhelming them, thus backing up the system Gutter runs 30 feet long or more should have a downspout installed at each end, pitching the gutter from the center towards each downspout.

Experienced gutter installers know how to pitch the gutters. Many times they will use a level to insure accuracy.  Sometimes the structure on which the gutters are installed, will determine the appropriate amount of pitch to have the gutters work efficiently.

Gutter cleaning and your gutters - if you do not maintain the gutters during the year and enter the heavy winter season with left-over debris in the gutters this will contribute to the loss of pitch on the gutters.
Keltom Gutter Service, Inc. services 13 counties in NJ and is a year-round company. We clean gutters year round not just during the heavy Fall season.  Call today for a written estimate on gutter repairs and installations. Gutter cleaning prices are provided right over the phone.

Why do my gutters look frozen??

 

 

 

Even though it is December the temperature seems more like January or February.  The leaves haven't even finished falling and already there is frost on the roof and frozen debris in the gutters.

If you are looking out the window wondering where that drip, drip, drip is coming from, it is likely caused by the build-up of water that froze inside your gutters — resembling ice cube trays.  Everything freezes including the debris in your gutters.  Clogged downspouts, improper gutter pitch and clogged underground drains can contribute to the cause of frozen gutters.

To clean out the gutters the debris needs to thaw a little bit. Yes, you could scrape out the debris but why take a chance of damaging the gutters?  A hole in the gutter is not good!   As the day warms  the debris softens and can be removed without to much trouble.

Below is some information on how to determine if your gutter is improperly pitched, downspouts are clogged or the underground drains are clogged.

Clogged downspouts:  

“Knock” on the side of the spouts beginning where the spouts connect with the gutter and work your way down to the base of the spout. If the knock returns a dull thud sound, then the spouts are clogged in that area. If the noise resonates like it’s hollow inside, then that area is okay. Test the full length of the downspout for clogs.  If you have older gutters that are not seamless check the seam that runs down the back of downspouts. If the seam has separated, then the downspout is clogged, no longer operational, and will need to be replaced.

Clogged underground drains:

Disconnect the downspout from the pipe and check for clogs. This is an area where leaves accumulate, and the drainage pipes will need to be cleaned out by hand, snaked, or the downspouts will need to be rerouted above ground depending on the scope of the problem.

Improperly pitched gutters:

If you were diligent about cleaning out your gutters, and water has frozen inside the gutters, call us to check to see if your gutters are pitched properly. Frankly, it doesn’t matter if your gutters are old or new, improperly pitched gutters are commonplace and will cause water to pool inside the gutters and freeze like ice cube trays.

Call - 1-877-535-8660

keltomgutters.com


ICE DAMS, GUTTERS, SNOW AND YOUR INVESTMENT

Lets start with ice dams.   It is not your gutters fault that the ice dam has formed, it is your insulation. Below is an explanation of what an ice dam is and how to prevent them.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Figure 1 shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.

 

What causes ice dams?

There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32 degrees F while lower surfaces are below 32. For a portion of the roof to be below 32, outside temperatures must also be below 32. When we say temperatures above or below 32, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32 will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32 and freezes. Voila! - an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

Preventing and dealing with ice dams

In all Minnesota communities it is possible to find homes that do not have ice dams. Ice dams can be prevented by controlling the heat loss from the home.

Immediate action

  • Remove snow from the roof. This eliminates one of the ingredients necessary for the formation of an ice dam. A "roof rake" and push broom can be used to remove snow, but be careful it may damage the roofing materials.
  • In an emergency situation where water is flowing into the house structure, making channels through the ice dam allows the water behind the dam to drain off the roof. Hosing with tap water on a warm day will do this job. Work upward from the lower edge of the dam. The channel will become ineffective within days and is only a temporary solution to ice dam damage.

Long-term action

  • First, make the ceiling air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space.
  • After sealing air leakage paths between the house and attic space, consider increasing the ceiling/roof insulation to cut down on heat loss by conduction.
    Any person on the roof during the winter or performing work on the roof from below is risking injury and risking damage to the roof and house. It is important to contact professionals to carry out this job

Snow, Ice and the extra weight

Ice -  One inch of ice weighs a little less than 5 pounds per square foot, and 1 foot of ice weighs approximately 57 pounds per square foot. Ice weighs significantly more than heavy, wet snow per inch depth. In part, this is why it is important to prevent ice buildup on a roof structure and gutters.  Ice dams are very heavy and dangerous.

This most recent snow fall is putting serious stress on your gutters and the fascia board that they are attached to.  Frozen debris  in gutters will add weight to the gutters increasing the stress, clean your gutters regularly to prevent additional damage. If your gutters are not properly secured or your fascia has begun to deteriorate due to the every day weather conditions your gutters can fall off.  A fallen gutter that is not damaged is not as  bad as a gutter that is hanging and bent.  Once the gutter is bent it can not be repaired.

A yearly gutter maintenance check-up will alert you to any issues that may be going on with your gutters.  Check out the information on our website regarding gutter cleanings, repairs, installations and Service Agreements.

keltomgutters.com    1-877-535-8660


Fall, Fun, Fairs, in Morris County

 Morris County Fall Fairs Fun…why stay home to do home maintenance?? We are scheduling gutter cleaning for the Fall - Pre-Schedule NOW!!

Home maintenance is necessary…we can agree on that, but do you have to stay home every week-end?  Below is a list of events happening in Morris County that we recommend:

Keltom Gutter Services will take care of at least one of the most hated chores that have to be done. Regular maintenance of your gutters is one of the most important chores you can do to protect your most valuable investment.  Water damage can be costly whether it’s damaged windows and doors or foundation damage – the worst you can have.  So if you didn’t clean your gutters last Fall or this Spring now is the time before snow and ice do more damage.

When we clean your gutters we will check for any gutter or fascia repairs that you may not even be aware of and provide a written estimate to fix the issue.  We like our customers so we send you an invoice and don’t require a credit card to schedule a gutter cleaning. Have a wood, metal, tile or slate roof?  We don’t walk on specialty roofs – at all.  Any special needs you have such as heating cables, solar panels or copper gutters we pay special attention and use the proper techniques and equipment to ensure that the job is completed to your satisfaction.

Thinking of installing new replacement gutters?  Not sure if your current configuration is appropriate for your home?  We will send our trained field estimator to work with you on determining the best solution and to provide information on seamless aluminum gutters, color choices for gutters and downspouts, gutter guards, and copper gutter information.

Call us if you have questions about our gutter cleaning maintenance agreements, immediate gutter cleaning estimates, repair procedures and pricing, advice on gutter installations or any other gutter related issues!!!

Call now to get an immediate price quote for your gutter cleaning or to schedule an estimate. We’re scheduling service in all of Morris County.

1-877-535-8660


Fall is coming quickly….Schedule your gutter cleaning NOW!!

 

 

 

 

gutter gleaning guards dirty screensDon’t wait too long….the trucks are filling up quickly. We are currently scheduling for the Fall and are here to help.  

Scheduling your gutter cleaning before the harsh winter is one of the most important chores you have to do.  A gutter cleaning will ensure the gutter is debris free.  Any debris when wet can add extra weight causing stress to the fascia board holding the gutters onto the house.  

Snow and ice are extremely heavy and the weight of it in your gutters can cause serious damage to your current gutter system which will allow your home to be subject to water damage once the weather clears and everything starts melting.  If your gutters are not properly secured or your fascia has begun to deteriorate due to the everyday weather conditions your gutters can fall off.  Once a gutter falls off and gets bent it cannot be repaired and must be replaced.  This type of repair can be expensive and easily avoided with regular maintenance of your gutters.

A yearly gutter maintenance check-up will alert you to any issues that may be going on with your gutters.  Keltom Gutter Service offers a maintenance plan to fit every home....if you have tons of leaves and debris all year long or if only in the Fall we have a maintenance plan to fit your home.  

Check out more information on the importance of regular gutter maintenance on our website; keltomgutters.com   

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A GUTTER CLEANING. 

1-877-535-8660