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Should You Replace Your Gutters With Every New Roof?


August 28, 2019

Gutter Removal During Roof Replacement

Keeping both your roof and your gutters in top shape is important, not only for the health of your home but also for curb appeal. When your roof and gutters are in their best possible condition, your home operates as it should and you have little risk of potentially costly problems arising out of nowhere.

But what happens if you would like to replace your gutters now, but your roof still has a few years of life left in it? Or, what if your roof is ready to be replaced but your gutters can go another couple years?

Is it more efficient or cost-effective to do both projects at once?

Should Gutters Be Removed When Replacing a Roof?

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Yes. This is essential for any roof installation, especially when the gutters are attached to the roof. Your roof installer needs to be able to ensure the seals along the edges are perfect. If gutters are in the way, this can’t be determined with 100% certainty.

Because of this, if you’re replacing a roof, you should probably consider replacing your gutters as well. Even if they still have a few years of life left in them, since you need to at least temporarily remove them in order to install the roof, it may be more cost-effective for you to install new gutters now and not have to go through an entire new project in a couple years.

Plus, by removing gutters during roof repair, you get a better look at all the gutter components, soffits, fascia and other areas of the roof that are normally obscured by gutters. 

Can Gutters Be Installed Without Replacing a Roof?

Yes. If you have the opposite of the above scenario, and your gutters need to be replaced but your roof still has some life left in it, you can remove your existing gutters and install new gutters without having to replace your roof.

If, however, your roof is close to the end of its lifespan, you may want to hold off on your gutter replacement until it’s time for the new roof. Because replacing a roof is much more expensive than replacing gutters, it usually makes financial sense to prioritize your roof over your gutters.

Don’t misunderstand, though: both the roof and gutters serve essential roles in protecting your home from potential problems. You should never let either fall into disrepair. While it may be ideal to replace both simultaneously, there are cases when that’s simply not possible. As always, it’s best to consult an expert to determine your options. We’re happy to answer your questions and give you everything you need to make the right decision.