High Tech Gutters is fully licensed, insured, and bonded. We strive to provide our customers with an exceptional roofing experience and customer service that goes above and beyond. We are roofing experts specializing in both residential and commercial roofing. Our team of highly qualified and dedicated roofers are experts in the identification and repair of stubborn leak problems as well as offering a wide range of services to ensure that your roof is maintained to the highest standards in the industry.
Helpful Tips & Info
At High Tech Gutters we strongly believe that an educated and more informed consumer makes for a better customer. Click on a tab below to read important details on what every homeowner should know about Gutters, Roof, Chimney and Masonry work.
Most homeowners don’t think about their gutters very much. Too often the first thought about them occurs after a moisture issue arises in their home costing them money and inconvenience.
Faulty or clogged gutters can cause directly or indirectly the following problems:
- Basement flooding and water damage.
- Increased allergens in air from moldy interior walls, and mildewed basements and the gutters themselves.
- Breeding pools for house mosquitoes, and other pests.
- Homeowner Ladder Falls (from do-it-yourself maintenance).
A Couple of Facts you may not know:
- Two inches of rain can send 1,000 gallons of water down your drains and spouts.
- Rainwater runoff is the #1 cause of basement flooding.
- Downspouts should extend 6 ft. from your basement wall.
- Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.
- The National Association of Certified Inspectors suggests the key to mold control is moisture control.
- A recent study listed properly flowing gutter and downspouts as key tools to prevent moisture problems.
- The Department of Public Health suggests cleaning clogged gutters to control mosquito populations near your home.
- There are more than 164,000 ER-treated injuries from ladder falls in the US each year.
There are many home improvements your home will require over time. But the one task that may be less exciting to invest time and money into (but even more important) is roof repair. This area of your house deserves some extra attention because neglecting it can lead to high energy bills, extensive damage or worse, not to mention the costs to fix it.
To keep your roof in good standing for years to come, here are four things you should know about maintaining them:
- When to go pro. Do a visual inspection of your roof several times a year. Call a professional if you see streaking stains on the shingles, curled or buckled shingles, areas on the roof missing granules or rusted flashings. Water stains in the attic or moss or mold on the roof are also signs of potential problems. It may be time for a new roof if you are noticing higher than average energy bills, moisture or mold in the attic, or leaks after extreme weather.
- It’s all about maintenance. Once a year, you should clean the cobwebs and dust from your ventilation system and exhaust vents. Then, caulk with a high grade sealant around pipes and vents and paint any exposed metal to prevent rust. Also, remove leaves and other debris from the gutters so they don’t dam up and overflow.
- The right choice can make it last forever (almost). Asphalt shingle roofs tend to last approximately twenty years. Although, if a roof is installed correctly with the right components, it can last a lifetime.
- People do notice. Your roofing material can actually increase your home’s value. (On average, 40 percent of your home people see from the road is the roof!) And Realtor Mag includes roof replacement in the top ten valuable home improvement projects and reports that homeowners can expect to recoup 56.7 percent of these costs when selling.
Fall chimney maintenance and proper cleaning are key steps to keeping your family safe and warm as the temperatures drop. Neglected chimneys accumulate creosote, a combustible byproduct of charred wood, along their walls. Add to that a high internal flue temperature and you’ve got a potentially dangerous chimney fire on your hands.
The best way to avoid a house fire caused by the fireplace or chimney is to hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect for cracks and loose bricks. He’ll also clean your chimney. Chimney inspections are typically broken down into three categories:
- Level 1 is a standard, annual inspection for chimneys that have no major changes to investigate. The chimney inspector will examine the interior and exterior, as well as the chimney connection. The general soundness of the chimney will be examined, and any obstructions will be noted.
- Level 2 is an inspection that follows a change in fuel type or changes to the shape or materials in the flue.
- Level 3 is rare. These inspections are conducted when a hazard is suspected. Typically, part of the building or chimney is removed to examine the chimney thoroughly.
Once your chimney gets the all-clear, you should follow some basic safety tactics when it comes to your chimney and the vicinity of the fireplace or woodstove:
- Keep the area in front of the fireplace clear of paper and debris. It can be tempting during the holidays to place decorations close to the fireplace, but keep them at a safe distance.
- If your fireplace doesn’t have a glass door, use a wire mesh screen.
- Use seasoned hardwoods that have been split for six months to a year. “Green” wood creates more creosote. Don’t burn your Christmas tree (pine creates more creosote) or be tempted to throw wrapping paper, boxes, or trash into the fireplace.
- Keep the area near the chimney clear. If you have trees that hang over the house near the chimney, make sure branches and leaves are at least 15 feet away.
- Cap your chimney. A top that has wire mesh along the sides will keep out rain and snow, birds, and other critters that might be running around on the roof.
- Think small. If you try to burn too much wood, the chimney can crack and you run the risk of creosote build-up. Burn wood on a grate placed near the back of the fireplace.
Like fire, carbon monoxide can be a deadly threat. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible toxic gas that kills about 400 people per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and sickens many more.
While carbon monoxide poisoning can result from poorly functioning home appliances and heating systems, it can also come from poorly maintained chimneys. The chimney and chimney connector serve as a furnace’s exhaust system. If debris is blocking the chimney, carbon monoxide can accumulate inside the house.
Perhaps the most important rule of all when it comes to fall chimney maintenance is to install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors inside and outside of bedrooms. Replace the batteries each season and test the detectors regularly. If the detector is more than 10 years old, replace it.
Tips for Hiring a Masonry Contractor:
Determine the Project Specifics. Most masonry contractors specialize in certain types of projects or materials. Be sure to ask potential contractors about their expertise. Once you have determined the type of materials you want for your project, look for a contractor that has a vast experience in that area.
Request a written estimate that breaks down the individual cost of labor and materials. Don’t let price be the determining factor in your decision. If a contractors bid seems unusually low, the contractor may not be using quality materials or providing expert workmanship.
Check Credentials. Before you hire a contractor make sure they are licensed, insured, and bonded. Although a license with the state is not always required for masonry contractors, if the contractor has obtained a license it will protect you against poor craftsmanship. The contractor should hold liability and workers’ compensation insurance to protect all homeowners incase there is an injury on the job. When the contractor is bonded you will be financially protected from uncompleted work or unpaid subcontractors and suppliers. Be sure to get proof of all the documents before the contractor starts the job.
Request References. A reputable masonry contractor will provide a list of references you may contact where they have completed a similar job. Follow up with the references to ask if they were completely satisfied with the completed project. Ask if the job was completed within the timeframe and budget or if there were additional costs added. If possible, visit the references and check out the contractor’s work in person.
Discuss Pricing. Depending on the project, there are several ways a masonry contractor can charge. Ask if the contractor charges per brick or stone, by the hour, or by square foot. Remember don’t make the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the finished job.
Get Everything in Writing. Once you have chosen a masonry contractor put all the details in a written contract. Be sure the contract includes the itemized cost for labor and materials like the written estimate. The contract should also include the start and completion date and the payment schedule. Make sure the contract specifically states which party is responsible for cleaning up the materials and the job site once the project is completed.
Little Neck, NY
Project: Roof – I got a new roof a few months back, but I forgot to leave a review until now. The roof looks great and I haven’t noticed any leaks during this rainy season. They finished the work quickly and the process was painless for me.
Project: Front Steps – Owner was thorough, knowledgeable, helpful in explaining things to me. He completed all of the work the very day we called. We would definitely use him again. Thank you!”
Project: New Front Steps – I contacted High Tech Gutters for some basic stone and masonry repair work on the stairs in front of my home in April 2014. They completed the job on time and within budget, and the contractor who performed the work was courteous and professional. My 20-year old steps look brand new, and I’m very pleased with the results. I would highly recommend the services of this company.
Project: Gutters and Downspots – We found High Tech Gutters on Clipper Magazine for a small job – needed to replace a gutter and downspout. I called set an appointment for a free estimate and He gave me a very reasonable quote compared to another quote I received. They came out the next day and did a great job.
Project: Porch – I had a large remodel for my home and had 5 contractors bid the project. Tony from High Tech Gutters had, without a doubt, the best priced and most detailed bid we received. Therefore I hired him. He provided a detailed schedule and the only time we ran over on the schedule was when I had to change something. Which was finished in no time. We are extremely happy with his work and final product. if we have another project Tony will definitely be out first call.
Jackson Heights, NY
Project: Roof – I had a great experienced with this company. They explained everything they will do in details. I got a free estimate and hired them to do my roof. I needed a new roof and I got it. I am very satisfied with the results and the price. I checked several other companies and they were giving me high prices. I will not hesitate to call them again if I need to do more renovations in my home.
Project: Porch – I would like to take the opportunity to thank Tony and his team for another excellent job. I am a landlord with 6 houses and have used High Tech Gutters on several of my houses over the last few years and have always been completely satisfied with every aspect of the work.
St. Albans, Queens
Project: Chimney – When I started looking for a contractor to work on my chimney I was really worried that I might end up with one of those nightmare contractors you hear everyone talk about. On a friends recommendation I hired High Tech Gutters and all my fears were put to rest. Their work and management of the project was outstanding and everything was completed on time and in budget. I recommend High Tech Gutters To all of my friends and will definitely be hiring them for any future projects.
Fresh Meadows, Queens
Project: New Stoop – Thank you for the excellent work done by your crew. We get comments quite often on how nice our new stoop looks. Neighbors and guest always ask, “Who built your stoop?” I tell everyone who asks, High Tech Gutters! Thanks again and I am very satisfied with your work.
Project: Gutters – I highly recommend High Tech Gutters! I have met many contractors in the 15+ years of being a property owner and working with them was definitely a great experience. Professional, clear paperwork, follow-up phone calls, on schedule, no surprises, quality work, and cleaned-up after themselves.
Project: Roof – My wife and I appreciate the excellent job you did in reparing our roof. When we accepted your proposal we felt confident that we made an excellent choice. Now that the job is complete, we know we did. Your workmen were very competent and their performance throughout the project was outstanding. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone in need of roofing work.
Valley Stream, LI