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Question DetailsAsked on 9/3/2015

When should I replace gutters?

I have two roofing bids, but only one specifies gutter and downspout replacement. How can I tell if the gutters should be replaced?

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How old is the home? How old are the gutters?

In what condition are they?

Are your downs the 2" by 3" or more modern 3" by 4"?

Are you in a city? Why? Code almost always requires tearing off all old shingles to the wood underlayment.

In an ideal world during roof replacement is premier time to remove all the old roof metal.

Valley flashing, roof flashing, & gutter apron. Gutter apron can not be replaced when installing new roof unless old gutters are removed and most will then replace them with brand new ones. See my blogs for ideas on installation,pitching the gutters, and yes maybe even Gutter Covers.

Jim Casper Gutter & Gutter Cover contractor,& AL Super Service Award winner

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Answered 4 years ago by jccasper


1) they are seriously corroded or failing in more than just a local spot or two

2) seriously damaged - buckled and falling apart

3) they are seamless and have to be taken down to replace the fascia covering trim, because it is tough to take those down without damaging and buckling them unless they are the heaviest gage metal, as opposed to the usual lightest gage available

4) they are commonly overflowing in rains due to excessive water as opposed to debris or ice blockage, though larger gutters can reduce overflowing in that case a bit too. In many cases, only the downspouts may be the issue if it is backing up from them. However, if overflowing without downspout backup repitching them a bit steeper might solve the problem too.

To be comparing apples to apples, ask both contractors to clarify if they HAVE to remove the gutters to do the roofing replacement, and if so (or not) ask the odd man out to modify his bid to add or delete the gutter replacement as appropriate, and depending on whether you want the gutters replaced or not. IF one will do the reroof without gutter replacement and the other won't and you don't want/need to replace them, then drop him from the bidding and get another bid or two without gutters.

I suspect this was an attempted upsell, unless you sepcified fascia trim replacement and the second bidder is assuming you will have the gutters removed and replaced, so you need to clarify in both cases.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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