Ideally, the gutters should be removed during the roofing process. According to roofing experts, removing gutters allows you to better understand the extent of potential problems with the roof. In addition, with the gutters removed, you can install the roof properly with tapings on the edges and seal the edges cleanly. Not having a professional inspect the gutters when the roof is replaced is like changing the oil and not having a professional inspect the brakes.
Why don't you do it all at once? Many gutter systems need to be removed before re-roofing, and even if they don't, this may be a good time to determine if they need to be repaired or replaced. While you're taking them off, you can inspect for water damage or rotting and consider repainting the fascia and molding. We live in a single-level, ranch-style house. I can't spend another winter in which frozen gutters, ice dams and water find a way into our house.
I would like to remove the gutters from the house. Would this solve any or all of these problems? Are there any drawbacks to removing them? Are there other solutions that aren't as expensive? PAUL, from Winchester A. It is possible to take off the gutters without harmful results, but the presence or lack of them does not cause ice prey. The only cause of ice dams (and their leaks) is a warm roof, although in some rare cases people who have raked their roofs so that there is no snow left claim that this stops ice buildup and leaks.
My house, almost 250 years old, has no gutters in the main part, but it has strong insulation on the attic floor, good ventilation through the ceiling ventilation grilles and high roof ventilation, which makes the roof cold, and I haven't had ice dams or leaks through ice dams in the 49 years that I've had I have lived in it. So, Paul, these are all considerations and caveats to think about before removing the gutters. Last month's New England Home Show at the World Trade Center had the usual episodes of everything to build with, but it was a revelation for Handyman's four days in the show, his 47th consecutive. Many of the stands presented kind games, which weren't trying to sell you anything, but rather to talk about new and interesting things to make your life more fun.
One area included a double corridor complete with carpenters who spoke easily about their work and the elegant furniture they produced. It was a fun show, more like a carnival. And there, at his well-known stand, was our friend Joe Cavallaro, the Bulkhead Man, with a new product called Generator Locker. With more and more power cuts in New England, Joe thought a steel locker or “cabin” would be good for keeping a home generator safe and secure.
So he built one, and sold it before the series ended, he said. Stay up to date with everything related to Boston. Get the latest news and breaking updates straight from our newsroom to your inbox. You'll need to know how to properly remove the gutters every time you need to replace a section, redo the entire system, or work on the fascia.
Gutters and downspouts serve an important purpose, since they control the amount of water that drains from the roof, directing it safely from the roof and away from the house. In view of all of this, whether you're planning to temporarily remove your gutters or replace them entirely, it's best to consider having your roofing contractor include it in your budget. Seamless gutters tend to leak less, require less maintenance, and increase the curb appeal of your home. Many roofing companies have an in-house gutter division or a gutter company to which they outsource their gutter work.
Roofing and gutters are two completely different art forms that require different skills and tools. Even if you're buying new gutters with your roof replacement, you don't need to remove the old ones until it's time to replace them. If water drips too close to the back of the gutter, the water will overflow, run down the wall, under the roof overhang, and enter the house. So what will your roofing contractor do with your gutters when they replace your roof? Always eager to educate about everything related to roofing, I'm going to answer that question and more.
Instead of dealing with multiple companies, you can request the replacement of your gutters and roofs through your roofing contractor. If you see these signs in the fascia or under the eaves, they may be due to leaks in the gutters or a faulty installation of the drip edge. As mentioned, any water damage or rot hidden by gutters will be revealed and can be remedied before replacing them. It doesn't make sense to replace an old, rusty or bent gutter system, with cracks, or doesn't work properly.
If you see water damage to the foundation or basement, ask your contractor to check if it's due to leaks in the gutter or downspouts. . .