With a Tile Roof, Rain Gutter Installation Is More Difficult

December 16, 2022
With a Tile Roof, Rain Gutter Installation Is More Difficult

Tile roofs are the only way to go for some homeowners. A tile roof offers a different kind of aesthetic. And when you choose quality tiles, a good roof can last a long time. The only downside is replacing the gutters. With a tile roof, rain gutter installation is more difficult.


Roofing materials of all types are designed to create a slight overhang so that water runs off the roof and into the gutters. When you are installing rain gutters on a home with a shingle roof, the shingles are flexible enough to work around them without having to be removed. With a tiled roof, not so much.


Tiles Have to Be Removed


In nearly every rain gutter installation involving a tiled roof, at least the first row of tiles needs to be removed. Sometimes two or three rows need to come off. This automatically adds more work to the job. Not Only that, but there is also always the danger of breaking tiles. Broken tiles mean a higher price tag.


Unfortunately, removing the first few rows of tiles can reveal underlying problems that, once exposed, need to be addressed. Dry rot isa good example. If exposed plywood shows signs of dry rot, it is not safe to simply put the tiles back over the top. The rotted wood needs to be cut out and replaced.


Then there's also flashing to deal with. A rain gutter installation on a tile roof almost always requires new flashing. It is yet another job the installation crew needs to do in order to button things up properly.


Working with Multiple Contractors


One of the benefits of letting Global Gutter Systems do the job is being able to work with a single contractor. We can handle every aspect of a new gutter installation on a tile roof, including removing and replacing tiles as necessary. We also handle dry rot, flashing, and any other repairs a job requires.


The thing is that not all gutter installers in the Livermore, California area offer one-stop services. There are plenty of installers that will not touch tile roofs. That means you need to hire a second contractor. The gutter contractor takes care of gutters and downspouts while the roofing contractor handles the tiles, flashing, etc.


Don't misunderstand. You still get the job done. But having to deal with multiple contractors only increases the chances of the job not being done to your satisfaction. Multiple contractors also mean multiple estimates, multiple payments, and more people to deal with.


Be Sure to Get Multiple Estimates


As we get ready to close this post, we just want to encourage you to get multiple estimates on any gutter job you need done. Whether you are looking at a new gutter installation, repairing existing gutters, or handling regular maintenance issues, estimates are an important tool for finding a reputable company that can do the job at a reasonable price.


We recommend a minimum of three estimates. We also recommend that you insist on detailed estimates that list every item the contractor intends to bill you for. Estimates don't always match the final price, but without an itemized estimate to approve, you may have no idea what you're actually paying for.


Estimates are especially important for new gutter installations with tile roofs. Working with a tile roof involves more labor,more materials, and greater risk. The last thing you want is a low-ballestimate on a job that ultimately cost you an arm or leg when it's done. If you are interested in getting an estimate from us, contact us at your leisure.

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