I have a 30 year old house, which I have owned for the last five years. The gutters are getting old and I want to replace all. Other than being old and rusty they are working fine based on my observation. However, I am very confused by the following situation: I asked several gutter companies about this, but I get different answers, and I am not sure how I am going to hire the right contractor. I have attached an image from my house. As you can see there are wood blocks (1/2 inch thick) every ~16 inches between fascia and gutter (4 inch size). I am not sure why there is a gap between gutter and fascia board. Does it have any function?
So far the answers I got from the contractors:
- They do not know.
- It might be aesthetic.
- Gutters were too narrow, original installer needed extra space to extend the gutter relatively to the roof edge.
Proposed solutions I got so far:
- Remove the wood blocks and put an 5 inch gutter it will compensate for the gap. Gap is not needed.
- Remove the wood blocks and install same size 4 inch gutter, as gap is too small to make difference.
- Do not remove the blocks install same size gutter without any modification.
- Some wood blocks are old, needs to be replaced, but I do not want to cut them there are too many of them. Instead, I will put another half an inch thick Azek Fascia on the existing fascia to provide the same distance between the roof edge and the gutter (this proposal will remove the gap. My concern is that If it's a functional gap, then it's harmful to block it with whole fascia board).
I am not very experienced home owner. I thought that this should be very easy job for gutter companies. It's not a rocket science. On the other hand, I am getting many conflicting answers that shake my confidence in the contractor. I am ready to hire someone, I just do not know who to trust.