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Kate K

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I have extremely limited knowledge about gutters/siding, so this is probably a dumb question....I need to put gutters on my house because water pools around the foundation, but the soffit and facia is not completely finished, and probably won't be anytime soon. Would it be a terrible idea to put the gutters up and finish the soffit and facia in the future? (I need a metal break to finish the siding, and haven't mustered up the courage to call a contractor!)

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Kate, on most applications you need to get the facia up before the gutters, since most gutters are fastened to the facia. The soffit can wait.

If you are talking wood facia, you then also need to prime and paint the facia before putting up the gutters.

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Just an FYI, the correct process would be to put the soffit up first, then install the fascia. Make sure you use a gutter apron which replaces the drip edge/freeze board. Then install the gutters and downspouts. grin

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Gutters are cheap its the components that cost.

If its going to be some time before you get your soffit and fascia done and the pooling water is a problem you can put the gutters up and take them down to finish your work.

A gutter apron would be nice but for now slide them under the drip edge. Depending on the length of gutters(drop) the drip edge could be fine.

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IMHO it would be better to fix the grade around your house, no pooling water by foundation at all would be the best.

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IMHO it would be better to fix the grade around your house, no pooling water by foundation at all would be the best.

I agree and would recommend that before the gutters.

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