A new roof provides decades of protection for your home. Your roof is your home’s first line of protection against rain, hail and snow, but it’s not the only feature working hard against Mother Nature. Your gutters also play an important role in directing precipitation away from your home. Should you get new gutters with a new roof? Let’s answer some important questions to find out.
Are Your Gutters Functioning Properly?
If your gutters are still in good shape, you may not need to replace them with your roof. This is one of those “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” situations. You might want new gutters for aesthetic reasons, but think first about the function of the guttering. If everything is in proper working order, you can wait a few more years before getting new gutters.
Will Your Insurance Cover New Gutters?
If you are getting a new roof due to storm damage, fire damage, or another insurance-related event, your insurance may cover new gutters as well. It depends on if the gutter damage is functional or cosmetic. Most homeowners insurance plans will not cover gutter replacement if the damage is cosmetic. Metal marring is considered wear and tear. If the gutters were operationally damaged though, your insurance should cover replacement gutters.
Does the Gutter Color Coordinate with the New Roofing?
This is a matter of aesthetics, not so much the function of your gutters. If your new roofing is not the same color as the old roofing, the gutter colors may clash with the shingles. You could get new gutters to modernize your home’s appearance, or you could leave them as they are and upgrade them later on.
You might be thinking, “Why can’t I just paint my gutters?” In most cases, that voids the warranty on the gutters. Painting is also difficult because gutters receive constant moisture exposure. You’ll have to deal with existing rust and ensure that the new paint can prevent rust. This is not a quick weekend project. It’s a big task that will likely yield less-than-ideal results. You’re better off saving for new gutters, rather than trying to rework your existing gutters.
Will Your Gutters Need to Be Replaced Soon Anyway?
If your gutters are past their prime, you might as well get new gutters with a new roof. Everything gets taken care of at the same time, and your home gets a beautiful facelift. This is a great selling point if you’re about to put your home on the market. A new roof and new gutters show potential buyers that you’ve kept up with the house, and they know they don’t have to make those big investments for quite a while.
Not sure if you need new gutters? We’re happy to do an inspection for you. McLean Roofing and Siding provides replacement gutters, roof repair, new roofing, siding services, and other home improvement solutions. Contact us at (248) 524-1111 to learn more about roofing and gutter replacement in Troy MI.