Gutters, Roofing

Refresh Your Home’s Gutters With a New Roof

A fresh new roof looks amazing on your home. Not only does it increase your home’s value, but a new roof can also better protect your biggest investment from water damage. Have you ever considered a gutter update with your new roof? Read on to discover more about the important relationship between the roof and the gutter system, and why you should invest in both components at the same time.


The materials that make up your roof aim to protect and deflect. Above your attic, plywood decking reinforces the entire structure and provides a place for roofing nails to adhere to. Above this, a membrane layer separates resinous wood from the shingles. Additional materials such as flashing or joint covers keep water away from valleys, chimneys, plumbing vents, and roof vents.

Together, roofing layers and other materials prevent the entrance of moisture into your home. A well-built room can readily deflect water away from cracks and vents and downward toward the eaves.

But what happens to all that runoff as it leaves your roof? A system of gutters around the perimeter of the roof neatly captures rainwater, which then flows toward several downspouts. Each downspout is angled toward the ground to divert runoff away from the foundation of your home.


While an effective roof is an obvious necessity, gutters are often overlooked and understated. In reality, gutters are actually an important extension of your roof both literally and figuratively. While a roof easily repels water to protect the structure of your home, a well-designed gutter system does the following for your home:

  • Prevents a waterfall of rain over the edges of your roof
  • Pushes runoff safely away from your home in controlled streams
  • Eliminates erosion of soil around your home during heavy rains
  • Minimizes flooding in your flowerbeds near your foundation
  • Stops water damage to concrete foundations

Consider the condition of your home and property if your roof sports a gutter system that is not able to perform well because it is blocked, cracked, or missing portions. Pools of water can quickly form inside blocked gutters after a storm, which puts your roof at risk of real water damage.

Or water is forced to exit improperly due to a missing section. Runoff then channels into a deluge that erodes the ground in one or more portions of your yard. Despite a great roof, your home could still be at risk for water and runoff damage when the gutter system on your home is old or missing altogether.


If you feel your home is ready for a roof repair or replacement, don’t disregard the possibility of a gutter refresh too. Gutter installations offer many benefits when you arrange for one at the same time as a roof repair or replacement.


Many roofing companies perform both roof and gutter services. As you research roofers and ask friends and family for referrals, you can eliminate time and energy during the vetting process to locate one ideal contractor for your needs instead of two.

Furthermore, your roofing specialist can easily combine both jobs into one task, which shortens the amount of time necessary to complete your new roof and gutter. This benefit is especially helpful if you have difficulty scheduling with a contractor due to work, school, vacations, and inclement weather conflicts.



Many roofing companies are happy to find ways to help you save money when you request multiple jobs. You could save money on labor costs and trip charges. Definitely ask if any discounts are available when you add a gutter replacement with your new roof.

Don’t let New Jersey’s heavy rains harm your home and property. Contact the experts at iHome Designs to learn about the benefits of a roof and gutter replacement at the same time.