As summer approaches (June 21st is the official date) many homeowners take this time to consider which exterior home improvement projects will take precedent over others. And with all the rain we’ve been having over the past few weeks due to hurricane season, now is a good time to consider what needs to be replaced, and what can wait a few more months. Usually around the 20-30 year mark on a home, many homeowners are in the market for new roofing, siding, windows, and gutters. Unfortunately, they need it all done at the same time, and for the budget friendly homeowner this means an empty wallet. We are constantly approached by homeowners asking, “Which project should I do first.” In our professional opinion we suggest doing your roof first, followed by the siding, windows and then gutters last. The reason for this is simple. Neglecting your roof can cause tremendous damage to the home.
Although inefficient windows and siding won’t typically cause any immediate damage to the home, it does make sense to do them before the gutters. Stripping a roof is a very strenuous job that often requires steps that may result in damage to your gutters. During installation exterior contractors have to take down the gutters to replace the soffit/fascia and siding that the gutters are attached to. Rather than spending money to have a gutter company install, uninstall and then reinstall your gutters, hire the roofing and siding company first. This way you’ll save money by preventing damage to your new gutters. With that being said, it all depends on the needs of your home. If the gutters are falling off and water is damaging your landscape, deck, and siding you may consider doing the gutters first. If not, the repair or replacement bill could be a lot higher. Use your best judgment.
If you do decided to have your gutters done first due to damage make sure to follow these tips to protect your investment. In the long run other contractors such as roofers will have to be much more careful. Therefore make sure to include in your contract that if there is any damage done to the gutters while they’re working, the company is responsible.
If you can, do the roof, then the siding and windows, and the gutters last. Also make sure to have your existing gutters cleaned after the roofing company finishes installation. There are a lot of nails, roof debris, and asphalt, which can clog the gutters and cause damage to your home. If you have trees around the home consider having Leaf Solution put on your new gutters. Not only will it prevent debris from entering into the gutters, but it will also extend the life of your gutters by about 30 years. Gutters without Leaf Solution can overflow and cause damage to your siding and especially any wood exterior. The wood will begin to rot, exposing your home to water damage and unwanted critters. It’s amazing what water can do your home when not properly channeled!
If you are in the market for various exterior contracting but are unsure of whom to hire, give us a call! We only refer companies that offer the same level of professionalism and quality client satisfaction as we do. 845-223-6111