Did you just get the news that you need new gutters? If so, then you're probably searching your area for gutter companies and seeing roofing companies pop up. 

Are you wondering if a roofing company can really install gutters? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been offering high-quality roofing services to the residents of Nashville since 1990. Our workmanship ensures you get the most out of your roof. Whether you need roof repairs or a roof replacement, we’re here for you.

So, can a roofing contractor install your new gutters? Always eager to answer common questions about roofing, I’m going to answer that question and more. 

By the end of this article, you'll learn if a roofing contractor installs gutters and the other things a roofing company can do with them.  

Can your local roofing contractor install gutters?

Everyone wraps roofing and gutters together because they’re both right next to each other in the same area. However, roofing and gutters are two completely different art forms. 

While you can call a gutter company to install your gutters, your local roofing company can install your gutters. A lot of roofing companies either have a gutter division in house or a gutter company that they subcontract their gutter work out to. It all depends on how much gutter work the roofing contractor gets. 

So, why would you get your gutters from a roofing contractor instead of straight from a gutter company? 

One of the main reasons is because you usually replace your gutters when you replace your roof. Since a new roof is a large investment, most people will have to finance their roof and gutters.

Instead of dealing with multiple companies, you can just get it all through your roofing contractor into one monthly payment. This saves you from having multiple payments, and if there’s ever a problem, there’s only one company you have to deal with. 

What else can a roofing contractor do for your gutters? 

You just learned that a roofing contractor can install gutters. But can they do anything else with them? 

Continue reading to learn what else your roofing contractor can do for your gutters, such as cleaning and repairing a common roof leak. 

Inspect your gutters for potential problems

Your roofing contractor should always inspect your gutters and downspouts when performing a roof inspection. 

They’ll check the integrity of both of them by making sure there are no cracks or open seams. Then they’ll look for any blockages or restricted flow that could cause debris or vegetation to get backed up.

They’ll also look for standing water. If your gutters have standing water, the gutter is tilted in the wrong direction. 

Your gutters are just one thing your roofing contractor inspects when they’re on your roof. To learn more about the other areas they look at, read this article on the 10 things every contractor should look for during a roof inspection

Clean your gutters as part of annual roof maintenance

Roof maintenance is the periodical checking of all the vulnerable areas on a roof that could be susceptible to having a problem. Depending on the type of roof, whether it be residential or commercial, it will be annual, biannual, or quarterly maintenance.

With that in mind, it’s crucial to get your gutters cleaned out as part of regular roof maintenance. If debris, such as leaves and sticks, are left on your roof or gutters, it can create a dam. This will cause the water to back up under the shingles and create a leak. 

Leaves in gutters can clog the downspouts or slow the flow of water, which can cause the gutters to overflow and create unwanted moisture in the crawl space or basement.

It’s important to have at least annual maintenance on your gutters. To learn more about how crucial maintenance is to your roof and gutters, read this article on why roof maintenance is important

Repair a common roof leak associated with gutters 

A valley is when two roof slopes meet in a V shape that allows water to flow down a roof freely. When a valley stops in the middle of a roof, it will have a gutter that runs into it so the water can continue flowing down. 

gutter in the middle of a roof valley

When that gutter in the valley gets filled with leaves and other debris, one of the most common roof leaks happens. While the overflowing gutter is the water source of the leak, it’s more about the fascia (the board that runs along the lower edge of the roof that carries all the gutters). 

When there’s improperly installed flashing or no flashing at all applied to the fascia board, a leak will happen. This leak won’t happen under normal circumstances. It might be under extreme rain, but it’ll send water through the path of least resistance.

Once that water gets underneath the soffit (the finished underside of the lower edge of a sloped roof), behind the gutter, it can go anywhere it wants, causing all kinds of damage.

Your roofing contractor is able to repair this leak by popping the gutter loose and installing 3 pieces of flashing. The flashing is brought behind the gutter, onto the roof, and then the last piece is tucked under the valley.

Tired of cleaning out your gutters?

You just learned what a roofing contractor can do for your gutters from inspecting them to installing them. Remember, roofing and gutters are two different art forms. While you can call a gutter company, you now know a roofing company can take care of your gutters as well. 

Before getting new gutters, you need to ask yourself, "Do I really want to clean them out every year?" If the answer to that question is no, you should consider a gutter guard. 

But what is a gutter guard and which type should you choose? To help you make the right decision, we wrote another article breaking it down. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been providing high-quality roofing and gutter services to the residents of Nashville since 1990. We take pride in doing things the right way. That's why we say, "When you work with us, you’ll never worry about your roof again." 

To learn if gutter guards are a good option for you, check out this article on What are Gutter Guards? (Types, Cost, Installation, and More)

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