Roof gutters, as we all know, are an important component of the roofing structure. What we hear the most from our clients looking to have a roof replacement is whether or not the gutters get replaced with the roof.

The short answer is No. It is by no means like your roof will only get replaced once you agree to replace the gutters. In fact, it depends on the condition of the roof gutters. If bad– replace them; if in shape– keep them.

Knowing the optimal timing and reasons for gutter replacement requires some expertise, though, and this is exactly why we are writing this article– To clear all of your confusion.

Let’s get into it.

Roof And Gutter Replacement

It is wise to get the roof sorted out before tackling the gutters. Why? It is all about alignment. A fresh roof sets the stage for gutters that fit just right.

Also, who wants the hassle of juggling gutter alignment after the fact? It is like putting on your socks after your shoes – it just does not make sense. 

Experts say that properly aligned gutters can prevent many water-related issues. So, when you are gearing up for home upgrades, remember: roof first, then gutters. 

Also, consider getting a roof replacement estimate to look at it financially: getting a new roof is much more expensive compared to getting new gutters. 

This is why you should consider replacing the roof first.

If your gutters need replacement and you want them to be replaced, you can have your roof contractors do it at the same time along with your roof replacement project.

Do Gutters Have To be Removed While Getting A New Roof?

Do not even consider removing those gutters until the new roof is up and the roofing experts have packed up. Gutters get cozy on the fascia board, and guess what? That board’s a no-go zone until the roof is all set.


Experienced contractors will make sure the gutters are safe and undamaged during the roof replacement, then inspect them thoroughly to check if repair is needed. 

Even if your gutters are to be replaced, it would only be done after the new roof has been installed. 

Can You Install New Gutters Without Replacing The Roof?

Yes. You can install new gutters without having to replace the roof because worn-out gutters don’t mean a worn-out roof.

If you have faulty gutters and you are waiting for your roof to deteriorate so you can have them replaced altogether, you need to stop because doing so can make it worse.

Before they cause you any more damage or financial burden by falling out during heavy rain or snow, have them replaced before it’s too late. 

Also, if you are pondering when you should replace your roof, we do hear many questions like, “Can we only get the gutters replaced for now because roof replacement is kind of very out of our budget?”

That’s silly, to be brutally honest. I mean, if you notice wear and tear, visible cracks, and water leaks in your roof and still decide not to replace it because you are short on budget, it is concerning. 

I recommend saving up first and prioritizing roof replacement over gutter replacement to ensure the safety and well-being of your house.

How Long Do Gutters Last?

The average lifespan of gutters is 20 years; that is how often they should be replaced. However, if your gutters are damaged, you need to get them replaced or repaired.

How do you know if gutters need replacement or repair?

For repairs, you should look for:

  • Small cracks
  • Minor leaks
  • Any blockages or clogs.
  • If the gutters have corroded.

For replacement, you should look for

  • Frequent repairs. Notice if it wasn’t long ago when you got the gutters repaired and now it’s time again.
  • Large cracks
  • Many leaks.
  • Standing water or overflow.

When To Replace Your Gutters?

Signs that your gutter needs replacing:


  • Standing Water

Standing water indicates an improper pitch of the gutter, which causes the water to stand for longer. You can notice this if your gutter paint has started to peel off.

You can also observe paint particles in the water downpipe, indicating stagnant water, which can cause damage to other things like the shingles. 

  • Multiple Cracks

While a crack or few are expected in gutters, multiple cracks should be addressed. If you notice large holes, breakages, and cracks, consider replacing your gutters.

  • Rust And Corrosion

Heavy rust on your gutters is a sign that it is time to repair them, as rust can indicate a vulnerability that can lead to holes in your gutters and allow water to flow through them and into your home.

In case of minor rust or corrosion, clean the damaged area and apply rust-resistant paint to prevent further damage.

  • Sagging 

Sagging of your gutters indicates a buildup of overwhelming water and flotsam and jetsam. This can further rot the fascia. If you notice sagging in your gutters, it’s time to get them replaced.

  • Frequent Repairs

If your roof requires frequent repairs, it is good to replace it once to avoid the extra everyday headache and save up money.

Here is how you can check for water leaks and other damages in your gutters:

  • Place the garden hose in your gutter and turn the tap on.
  • Notice any water dripping down.
  • Check if the water is flowing towards the downpipes smoothly or not.

Causes Of Gutter Leaks

Gutter leaks can be for many reasons. Like;

  • Clogged gutters
  • Improper slope
  • Loose gutters
  • Cracks
  • Holes
  • Loose fasteners
  • Separated joints.

Gutters are a vital source for driving off water. There are many common problems associated with them, though. And none of us are new to them.

Some of the common problems that can happen if routine maintenance is kept are blocked downspouts, ice dams during freezing temperatures, and leaks.

This is why it is important to keep a check on everything that is going off balance. 

Many people ask, “How can you keep the gutters from leaking?”

Well, the only way is routine cleaning. Make sure you clean your gutters at least once a month.

If you notice side flows and leaks, clean the guttering and remove anything that’s blocking the flow of water.

If leaks persist and you are considering the cost to replace roof shingles, that can indicate cracks in the gutter, for which you can use weather-proofing tape or gutter sealant.

Do Gutters Have To Be Changed When Replacing A Roof FAQs

Do Roofers Install Gutters?

Yes, not all of them, but many roofing companies have gutter services available.

Is It necessary to clean the gutter after roof replacement?

It is one big necessity to thoroughly clean the gutters after roof replacement as the debris and other stuff can cause blockage to the flow of water.

What happens if you don’t have gutters?

Without gutters, you can receive a great deal of property damage from water. The soil around your foundation can be eroded, and foundation cracks can be formed. Moisture from water can also cause molds and mildew to grow on your property.

Can you install a drip edge without removing the gutters?

Technically, yes, you can, but that will be challenging with the gutters on.

How often you should clean the gutter?

If you live in a shady area, you should clean them once every three months and twice a year normally.


In this article, we discussed whether gutters are or are not replaced along with the roof, what some common problems are associated with gutters, and how to keep them from leaking. 

We also provided signs that indicate the need for gutter replacement and how often one should be replaced.