I feel that its time for my house to get new gutters. The current ones leak, don't drain completely, need very frequent cleaning, and the damn tree rats chewed through the leaf guards in many places.
I have gotten two estimates (from the same company) so far. These estimates include new seamless gutters, leaf guards, and wrapping my trim in vinyl. The first estimate included removing dental work and replacing it with composite then wrapping the other trim and reattaching the new composite dental work. The second estimate was just to wrap everything including the dental work. Both estimates are quite high, $7500 and $6000 respectively. This also includes wrapping the trim around my small (15x15) front porch. I think I can save a LOT of money by just painting and patching the wood trim instead of wrapping. That also lets me keep the small styling details I enjoy.
My question is what do I do about the wood trim? It needs painted in several areas and possibly replaced/repaired in a few spots. How do I determine if its more cost effective to maintain the wood or have it wrapped in vinyl?
Is the following list the correct order to take to complete this project?
- Remove old gutters myself
- Paint myself (or hire a contractor)
- Have new seamless gutters, downspouts, and leaf guards installed
What timing issues do I need to worry about? With 3 major tasks involved, the completion of one is dependent on the other.
Do I need to worry about weather? Obviously a rain with wet paint is bad. If my house goes without gutters for a week waiting on a contractor, will that be a significant problem?