Do Gutters Need to be Removed During Roof Replacement?

It’s time for your roof to get replaced, which is a big project. With a big project, comes with a lot of questions, and we’ll be tackling a big one.

Do you need to remove your gutters during roof replacement?

During roof replacement, the contractor will need to remove your gutters so the roof can be replaced. The gutters need to be removed because they are attached to the fascia, a component of the roof that gets repaired during roof replacement. If your gutters need to be repaired or cleaned, most roof contractors will do that as well and will reinstall the gutters after the new roof is in place.

But that’s just the short answer, but we’ll go more in-depth about what happens to your gutters during a roof replacement.

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Do your Gutters Have to be Removed During a Roof Replacement?

During roof replacement, the gutters will need to be removed (and sometimes repaired).

The gutters are attached to the fascia, a part of the roof that will be replaced during a full roof replacement. The fascia is a wooden board that the gutter brackets get installed into to.

The fascia is responsible for protecting your home from water damage by keeping moisture out and away from the roof.

Along with the gutters, is the drip edge, a small piece of metal located between the roof and gutters. This component will need to be removed as well when the shingles are replaced.

The drip edge is responsible for making sure water flows from your roof and into your gutters, so naturally, it will need to removed as part of this process as well. It will usually be replaced with a new drip edge and installed before the new shingles are placed.

With these gutter parts removed, the contractor will be able to fully replace your roof. They will usually cover the gutters to avoid damaging them and avoid stepping on them during the removal process.

This way your gutters don’t suffer any damages such as chipped paint or denting.

Once they are done with the work, they will simply reinstall the drip edge and gutters to finish off the job.

Damaged Gutters Should Be Repaired During Roof Replacement

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If your gutters have any problems, the roof contractor will usually be able to do any necessary repairs. This way you don’t need to hire a second contractor just for the gutters.

But keep in mind, not all roof contractors will do gutters. But if they don’t do gutter work in-house, they will partner with a gutter contractor to do the job.

When you’re getting your roof replaced is an excellent time to get your gutters repaired. The gutters will already be removed from the house during roof repair, making it easier to fix them and install them.

It’s also a great time to update your gutters to hidden hanger brackets and a seamless gutter system. This way you don’t need to see your gutter brackets anymore and you can enjoy gutters that last longer and need less maintenance.

If you are missing any downspouts, this is also a good time to add additional ones.

Plus, if you have a fancy new roof installed, you’ll want to make sure your gutters are fully functional so they can protect the roof from any possible water damage.

Are Gutters Installed After the Shingles?

The gutters will get installed after the shingles are placed and the roof is complete. The gutters are typically the last step after your roof is replaced.

The gutters brackets will be installed into the new fascia. Before shingle replacement, however, the drip edge will usually be installed.

Gutters Maintenance During Roof Replacement

Your gutters are a vital part of your house and are on the frontlines in a war against water damage.

Their job is the catch any rainwater that falls off of your roof and escort it away from your home, protecting your foundation, siding, landscaping, and more.

If your gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, they’ll start to overflow. This water overflow will leak water onto your siding, fascia, and more.

If your fascia gets exposed to enough water, it will begin to rot. And because your gutters are attached to the fascia, if it starts to rot, the gutter brackets begin to slip out and your gutters will sag.

This can lead to other problems as well, such as water dripping behind your gutters. If water is getting behind your gutters, it’s possible water can enter your home and cause your ceilings to sag and turn yellow. In addition, water can make its way into your basement or begin chipping away at your foundation.

While all of that sounds scary, the good news is that gutter maintenance is relatively cheap and affordable.

Most gutters just need to be cleaned twice a year and they’ll stay in tip-top shape. Usually after about 25-35 years, the gutters will need to be replaced, which is a similar timeline for roof replacement as well.

Sometimes the gutter brackets will need to be reinstalled as well if your gutters are sagging or are misaligned. But that is also a cheap fix.

Get in Contact with a Contractor Today

If you need to get your roof repaired or just do simple gutter maintenance, it can be a good idea to speak with a contractor. They’ll come out to your home, assess your roof and gutters, and give you a quote on the project.

You will be able to decide if your roof even needs to be repaired, along with the state of your gutters. If you do need roof replacement, speaking with multiple contractors is an excellent idea to get a variety of quotes.

You can find the right contractor who you trust and will give you a competitive price for your project.

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