Replacing your roof can be one of the momentous tasks in a homeowner’s life. Not only will you be investing a good amount of money, energy, time, and manpower on your roof, but you’ll also need to make preparations. One of the most challenging parts of replacing a roof is preparing for the process of replacing your roof.
Roof replacements will usually involve tearing off the whole roof to make way for newer and fresher building materials. As such, one of the most common questions that homeowners ask is “Do I have to remove some of my home’s exterior structures like gutters when replacing a roof?” In this article, we’ll be discussing that in detail.
But before we can give you a definitely answer and provide necessary measures for your gutters, we have to first look into the reasons on why we should remove our gutters.
Before or After Roof Replacement?
There are several reasons on why you should be installing a gutter system right after a roof replacement, mostly because gutters need to be removed right before a roof replacement is done.
When your roof is being replaced, there’s going to be different types of debris falling all over the place. There’s going to be wooden chips, dust particles, concrete, metal shavings and all kinds of materials. It’s going to be messy and most of these dirt and grime can cause your gutters to get clogged up.
If your gutter system’s mounting is fastened on your roof, then your gutter will bend and dent. It’s best to remove your whole gutter system first when tearing off your roof so that it won’t dent and bend. The main purpose of your gutter system is to redirect water towards the right places. If your gutters get dented, this will inadvertently cause more problems.
Holes will Form
Gutters are there to place a gap between your eaves and your roof so water will be disposed of far from your roof. Holes and leaks might form on your gutters if they are punctured by debris. If this is the case, then water will just leak out towards your eaves and might cause damages.
If you’re having a hard time dismantling and taking your gutter off, you can always have your local roofing contractor do it for you.
Protecting your Gutters when Replacing a Roof
Use Safety Equipment
Safety should always be the first priority. If you’re going to get on top of your roof, you need a sturdy and stable ladder and boots that will give you a good traction. Once you’re on top of your roof, tread lightly as most roofing materials are susceptible to weight and impacts. Stay clear from areas that you think are damaged.
Remove your Gutter’s Mounting
Once you’re now on your gutter’s mountings on your roof or on your eaves, take off the screws and other fasteners of your gutter before dismantling each part one by one.
Keep your Gutters in a Safe Place
Once you have all of the materials and nails, place them on large container. Be sure to separate the smaller parts from the larger ones so that they won’t be mixed up. The best place to store your gutter would be in a different house and away from your roof replacement. It’s also advised to keep them in a warm and dry place. Make sure your gutters won’t get wet so rusting can be mitigated.
A Proper Fit
At the end of the day, it will all depend on the changes that you’re making on your roof. Removing a gutter from your roof is necessary in making sure that your gutter system will fit well on the new roofing system that you’ll have. If you’re going to use different roofing materials, this will usually have different dimensions compared to your old gutters. If your gutters are not compatible with your new roof, then this will lead to several problems in leaks and water infiltration.
Additionally, contractors and manufacturers would say that removing gutters will help you retain the warranty associated with those gutters. Since gutters are one of the more important parts of a roof, the contractors and companies that install them will always have warranties available.
We’re aware that the process of replacing a roof can be stressful. Since the replacement process will usually take a week, it’s best to move out. We want you to take the precautionary measures and the necessary preparations needed. No worries, if the whole process is too overwhelming, you can always commission the services of a contractor.