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Question DetailsAsked on 7/24/2016

Should gutters come off before facia trim is installed

Contractor says he can install aluminum fascia trim leaving gutters that are already on the house.He also said hes using 10foot pieces of aluminum at a time as he installs piece for piece till compleat.

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I don't think I have ever seen a house where the fascia could be clad while the gutters were up - because the cladding (if done right) has to hook in at the top over the fascia top trim piece or under the roof sheathing, run uninterrupted down the fascia from top to bottom, and hook in under the bottom - plus be fastened in there. Doing that with a gutter in front of it is asking a lot - and how is he going to get 10' pieces of aluminum strip up behind the gutters when there are undoubtedly gutter fastening screws or nails going through the hangers into the fascia board, unless you have the rare type that goes through the roof sheathing from above and just rests against the fascia board below, POSSIBLY allowing a fascia cover to be slipped up behind it - only POSSIBLY. Does he intend to cut the fascia cover at every fastener to fit around it ? Which of course destroys the integrity of the cover and potentially lets water in behind the cover - image below -

I would also wonder why he is using 10' pieces (unless roll stock is not avaialable in your color - because usually these days this would be done with site-fabricated roll stock into seamless (for a given fascia run length) fascia trim, to avoid any mid-run seams - like this video of a sample field trim forming machine -

Sounds like time for some explanation of what he intends to do - and get more bids for price comparison and also to compare seamless to pieced covers.

BTW - I am wondering, since he is looking to use pieced trim - was this possibly a walk-up person who came to your door offering to do this, rather than him going to you - so he might be a somewhat (or totally) fly-by-night type planning on using Home Depot preformed sectional trim, which might or might not exactly fit your fascia in the first place ? [Also beware - there are a LOT of scammers including the traveling gypsy families who go around selling this type of product as well as siding and roofing, so do your reference and Angies List Review checking before signing up]. Granted, some siding and roofing and gutter companies use pieced facing trim because they do not have a roll-forming machine so pieced work lets them do it in-house rather than having to subcontract it out or lose the work to a roll-forming company.

One other thing - at least off-the-shelf, roll-formed product is usually readily available in a LOT more colors - typically 10-20 colors from a given manufacturer versus 3-4 for strip stock - plus some siding and roofing companies make roll material in colors to match their metal siding and/or roofing materials.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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