Do Gutters Need to be Removed to Replace a Roof?

You’ve decided to finally replace your existing roof, and you’ve gone through the process of finding the right roofing company to fit your needs.  Whether it is someone local to Loganville, or someone a little bit farther from home, we trust that you’ve gone over the contract, and everything is to your satisfaction.  One question that you may want to ask your roofers is “Do gutters need to be removed to replace a roof?”  The answer as you might expect is yes, for a number of reasons.  Here are a few:

The Purpose of the Gutters

One of the main reasons why you’d want to removed the gutters prior to replacing your roof is based on what the gutters actually do.  Gutters help to keep rain, debris, and even snow and sleet away from your roof, and ultimately away from your home.  By removing the gutters, a qualified roofer can do two important things.  First, he or she will be able to make sure that your roof is properly installed.  Second, the roofers will be able to inspect the gutters themselves for holes, tears, or other signs indicating that the gutters need to be replaced as well.


Do Gutters Need to Be Remove to Replace a Roof? — Absolutely For a Proper Fit

Depending on what changes are being made to your roof, removing the gutter system in its entirety is important because a proper fit between the roof and gutters is necessary.  Different roofing materials have different dimensions, and the old gutter system may not fit as well as before.  This can lead to some serious water infiltration, and potential mold growth in the walls.  That can be a serious issue.  In fact, the Georgia Department of Public Health cites the reduction of mold in the walls as a key way to improve overall indoor air quality.

Another reason that removing the gutters prior to roof replacement is a good idea is that it may help to preserve the warranties associated with the gutter system.  Because the gutters perform such an important function, the companies that install them or manufacture them will often have warranties available, that are only good if the homeowner can guarantee that they are being used properly.  If you choose to remove the roof without removing the gutters first, these warranties are often made null and void.


Identify Problems Before They Become Big Headaches

Another important reason that the answer to the question of “Do gutters need to be removed to replace a roof?” is an emphatic “yes”, is because it gives you an opportunity to find small problems before they become big ones.  Animals such as raccoons, squirrels, or even wasps or bees can use small holes hidden behind your gutter system to get into the upper portion of your home and make it their home as well.  If the gutters aren’t removed prior to the roof replacement, you might never know that the holes are there.  By removing the gutters and doing a proper inspection, your roofing company can make sure you have fewer house related headaches in the future.

So when you are replacing your roof, make sure the company you use, even if it isn’t Sir Roofing, understands the importance of removing the gutters prior to replacing your roof.  And as always, if you have any questions, be sure to give us a call.  We’d love to hear from you.