If new gutters are in your plans for upcoming home improvements, you may be wondering when you should replace the gutters in relation to having other work done on your house and lawn. Here are three things you may want to consider when planning your new gutter installation.
1. Put A New Roof Or Siding On First If Possible
If you're getting a new roof or new siding, you may want those put on before you have new gutters installed. The roof and siding contractors will probably need to take the gutters off when doing their work, and that would eliminate handling and possibly damaging your new gutters if you put them on first. You may also want repairs or cleaning of your roof and siding done before putting on new gutters just so your gutters don't get harmed by the crew working on ladders.
You may need to talk to the contractors involved to see who will replace the fascia boards if they're rotted. Fascia boards have to be replaced before a new roof is put on, so the roofer may change them. However, a siding contractor or gutter contractor may be able to replace fascia boards too.
2. Leaky Gutters May Need To Be Replaced Fast
If your gutters are in bad shape and they spill water near your foundation every time it rains, you might not be able to wait for a new roof or new siding to be put on your house. It could take weeks for supplies to be ordered and work to begin on a new roof, and you might not want to wait that long on new gutters. Your roofer or siding contractor can remove the gutters and put them back up when finished to protect them from damage.
3. Landscaping Should Wait Until Last
You might be anxious to landscape your yard, especially if you have to wait very long for your gutters to be replaced. However, it's a good idea to have your gutters replaced before you landscape around your home. The contractor needs to work next to your house, and your plants could be damaged or get in the way. Plus, if you want your downspout to empty in an underground drain, the contractor has to dig a trench in your yard.
By waiting until the work on your house is complete whether you're power washing siding, painting, or having roof repairs done in addition to getting new gutters installed, you won't have to worry about damage to fragile plants or have to work around interruptions from contractors if you save the landscaping for last.