In What Sequence Should we do Fascia, Roofing, Painting, and Gutter Installations?

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Any professional will tell you that replacing the roof and guttering on your house is a delicate business. However, there are specific procedures that you should follow to make sure the process runs smoothly – by making sure you stick to a good sequence when replacing your roof, you can ensure that your new roof will stay intact without the need for repairs soon down the line.

By doing things in the incorrect order, you risk a host of problems cropping up about your roof in the future. However, there are several reasons why the order we lay out below is a tried and tested favorite by industry professionals. For instance, by installing your guttering before you replace the old fascia, there will be difficulties in installing the drip edge.

On top of this, there are certain practical and aesthetic reasons why you may want to adopt a specific order for your roofing needs. For example, if you get the painting out of the way before the roofing, you risk roofers messing up the paint job while they sort everything out.

If you’re stuck scratching your head on the order you should follow, we’re here to disillusion you on what seems to be a lengthy process so that you know the correct order to achieve things:

  • Fascia and Gutter Removal

The first thing you’re going to want to do before any roofing or painting is deal with your guttering and damaged fascia. It’s essential to remove your guttering first so you can expose where the rotting fascia is. This way, you’re going to get a clear sense of the project ahead of you and how much fascia you’re going to need to get your roof adequately replaced.

Some fascia may be perfectly intact and fine to carry on to the next roof, but you must identify all damaged and rotting fascia before moving forward with any other roofing steps. If you don’t, you will be setting up your roof on a poor foundation that is going to cause you trouble along the line!

Also, be sure to look for any moisture damage that may be susceptible to leaks, as well as mold, fungus, and algae which will slowly eat away at your fascia board.

If you have mold and fungus growing on your fascia, it may be wise to remove all the surrounding fascia board, even if it may look intact. Fungus can hide its roots within a material and worsen over time, increasing the risk that your new fascia may get infected by a dormant fascia board.

Fascia also acts as a stable mount for the gutters , so it’s essential to have your old guttering gone before replacing the fascia so that the new guttering has a strong foundation to rest on.

  • Roofing

Since your fascia boards run around the edge of your roof, you’re going to want to get all replacements completely out the way before you start roofing. Installing your roof before you have sufficiently replaced or repaired any damaged fascia boards is only going to make issues with your material harder to spot and make fascia boards harder to replace.

Roofers are also going to require that your fascia board is up to scratch before they continue with their work. Without proper fascia repairs, a roofer won’t be able to properly install the drip edge, which will either seriously delay your repair works or mean you get a shabby roof job completed for you!

So, once you’ve gotten your fascia board in order and the old guttering has been taken down, you can now move on with your roofing. Roofing with an intact fascia board will make the process much easier for roofers since the fascia acts to close the gap between the walls and the roof. It will also ensure that once the roofing is done, you will have an aesthetically pleasing result!

  • Painting

As we mentioned in the introduction, painting your tiles or fascia before the roofing is done opens you up to aesthetic risks of paint chips and damage, which can occur while roofers are installing everything. You don’t need to be forking out tons of money on replacing your roof just for it to end up looking ugly because you got the painting out of the way too early!

By painting your roof after the proper installation is done, you can ensure that everything is of consistent color and quality and allow apt time for your paint to dry. You’ll also want to prime and paint your fascia before the new guttering is in place. Guttering is going to reduce your access to the back of the fascia board.

If your fascia board isn’t primed all over, you are susceptible to increased rotting [4], which would be a total hassle to deal with, considering you are supposed to be installing a new roof! To reduce any further repairs necessary along the line, be sure your roof and fascia are completely painted to your satisfaction before the guttering.

  • Guttering

Congratulations, It’s time for the finishing step! Getting your guttering done as the last step is easily the most practical since it will make your painting process much easier. With all of the exterior exposed before the guttering, you’ll be able to get to all the spots that the gutters will cover.

So, once you’re painting is done, hire some experienced gutter installation professionals to install the new guttering! By following each steps in this guide in order, you will ensure that your professionals have the right setup to install your guttering – When the guttering professionals install your new gutters, you won’t have to be anxious about them covering any fascia board susceptible to rot, since it should have already been primed, and the professionals will have a firm and intact fascia board to work with!

You may even consider painting your gutters if they don’t match the color of the rest of the exterior, but you should still wait until everything else has been done. Let the roof completely dry, then install and paint your gutters with the colors you desire. That way, you can ensure the job is done properly with the best procedure possible.

Summary

If you want to avoid fascia rot, botched paint jobs, and repairs down the line, our sequence for roof repairs and installations is the best guide to follow! Using this order will ensure that roofers are working with a firm fascia board and won’t have to work around any fresh paint jobs while laying new tiles.

It will also mean that experienced gutter installation professionals will be able to install your new guttering on a firm fascia board that has been properly primed to reduce rot. While there’s no clear-cut order to repainting and repairing/installing a new roof, we think we’ve struck upon a way that will ensure the best results possible. By following the order of removing the existing gutter and repairing and replacing fascia, roofing, and guttering, you can ensure that your new roof will be installed stress-free for you and your roofers or guttering professionals!

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