You’ve seen all the signs of roof deterioration and finally decided it’s time to invest in a new roof. Your gutter system is also considered a part of your roof, which raises a serious question: Should gutters also be replaced when replacing a roof?
If it Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It
Roof replacement and gutter replacement don’t always go hand in hand because it’s possible only your roof is in disrepair. If your gutter system is still in great condition and performing, it’s best to leave it alone.
This depends on the current age and status of both structures. For instance, if your gutters are as old as your aged roof, then it makes sense to replace both. However, if you had your gutters replaced a few years ago and they’re in good working condition, ask your roofing contractor to inspect your gutters and fix any issues.
When it Makes Sense to Get New Gutters With A New Roof
Considering how crucial gutters are to the longevity of your roof, you should be on the lookout for signs which may indicate the need for gutter replacement. Damaged, ineffective, and non-functioning gutters will cause damage to your roof, siding, and foundation.
Determining gutter dependability is as simple as walking around the perimeter of your house and inspecting your gutters. If you spot the following, you know it’s time to get a new gutter system:
- Dented or broken gutters
- Uneven and sagging gutters
- Cracking or leaking
- Formation of ice dams
- Moss or algae growth on your exterior walls
- Peeling paint and rust deposits
- Rotting fascia
- Pooled water around the foundation
- Fallen components of the gutter
If you’re getting your roof replaced due to damage caused by natural disasters or extreme weather, there’s a good chance your gutters are also damaged and unusable.
Some old roofs have the old style of hangers which are bolted on top of the roof. This was a common and improper installation method and has since been outdated. The new gutters won’t fit the old hanger, making gutter replacement alongside a roof replacement the best option. This will ensure your roof is secure and the curb appeal of your home is improved.
Choose Seamless New Gutters
If you decide to install new gutters, consider going seamless. Seamless gutters are made from one piece of metal in custom sizes to fit your home. They don’t have seams in the middle of a section, which means they have fewer weak areas. In addition, seamless gutters are easier to install, experience fewer clogs and backups, require little maintenance, are less likely to leak, and offer lasting appeal and beauty.
Our roofing experts at Moore and Sons Roofing can perform a thorough inspection of your roof and gutter and help you know if your gutters need to stay or go. Contact us today so we can help you determine what’s best for your Grand Rapids home!