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Solar Roof Gutter Replacement

Mar 1, 2021
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I had a solar roof put on, without removing the gutters.

Tesla damaged two of the gutters along the way, so they are replacing both of those at their cost.

If your gutters still work and you like the way they look, there's no reason to remove them.
 

wjgjr

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May 11, 2020
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I had a solar roof put on, without removing the gutters.

Tesla damaged two of the gutters along the way, so they are replacing both of those at their cost.

If your gutters still work and you like the way they look, there's no reason to remove them.
That is true in many but not all cases. The gutters we had were incompatible with the solar roof due to the way the gutter guards we had were attached. So, replacement was a necessary part of our project.
 
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Joesmoe3

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Jun 16, 2021
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@trautmane2 New guy here - near neighbor - roof work started Friday - PowerWall + and "standard" installed. I'm a bit frustrated by the different voices in and around Tesla - "you can't keep your gutters"; "you can keep your gutters but the gutter guards are incompatible with the roof"; and the crew Friday left it all intact. Glass has yet to be installed, so this may yet change. I saw a YouTube video of an installation in MD, and they said they went with a mesh guard. I wrote back that we had had poor performance from mesh, becoming totally clogged with maple seeds, to which he responded, he didn't know about maple seeds, and the mesh was effective against pine needles. I much prefer the more solid covers, and if we are forced to replace the covers, I would like to find which brand/model would be compatible. Very much appreciated your YouTube video - well done !
 

wjgjr

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May 11, 2020
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Silver Spring, MD
@trautmane2 New guy here - near neighbor - roof work started Friday - PowerWall + and "standard" installed. I'm a bit frustrated by the different voices in and around Tesla - "you can't keep your gutters"; "you can keep your gutters but the gutter guards are incompatible with the roof"; and the crew Friday left it all intact. Glass has yet to be installed, so this may yet change. I saw a YouTube video of an installation in MD, and they said they went with a mesh guard. I wrote back that we had had poor performance from mesh, becoming totally clogged with maple seeds, to which he responded, he didn't know about maple seeds, and the mesh was effective against pine needles. I much prefer the more solid covers, and if we are forced to replace the covers, I would like to find which brand/model would be compatible. Very much appreciated your YouTube video - well done !
The issue is that some gutter guards are attached directly to the roof under the end shingles or stick up too much even if attached to the gutter or fascia. This kind of setup is incompatible with the solar roof, and is why we had to have our gutters replaced. We did go with a mesh style (but don't have the same level of tree issues as we did when the gutters were put in as several older trees near our house have been removed.)

I have seen solid guards that attach to the outer edge of the gutter, and there may be ones that are designed to screw into the fascia that can fit below the shingles. The main thing for an install is that the guards cannot be secured by lifting the roof. Additionally, because the solar roof seems to shed water at a higher velocity than most other roofing materials, you may find that lowering gutters to accommodate the guards could cause water to over-shoot (even with wider gutters.) The related question would be whether this velocity is high enough to create a problem for the gutter guard mechanism, which relies on adhesion to get the water into the gutter.
 

trautmane2

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Jul 13, 2019
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@wjgjr 's response makes sense to me - particularly with regard to the glass roof shedding water. I don't have or need guards for my home since there aren't enough mature trees around to cause trouble. My parents live on a heavily wooded lot and have gone through several different types of guards and screens over the years. Nothing really solved the problem for them - so they've just resorted to leaving the gutters open and periodically cleaning them out.
 

Celt

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Jul 27, 2021
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The drainpipe for the lower roof gutter is at the opposite end of what you see in the picture (guessing that gutter runs for 30 feet). I quickly measured the drain pipe as 4'' x 2'', but when I look online I only see 4x3 and 3x2 options, so maybe it is 4x3.



Good to know - thanks. Any reason you chose 4'' over 6''? Cost or looks or ... ?
Any gutter installers recommended in the Austin, TX area?

Tesla Roof finished last week; now we need new gutters.
Thank you for advice.
 

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