How Much Does it Cost to Install Gutters & Downspouts?
The gutters and downspouts attached to your roof are one of the most important, and yet most frequently overlooked components of the home. Responsible for removing excess water from the peaks of your home, if they are improperly installed or become broken or clogged, you can be left with a very large repair to both the interior and exterior of your home. Preventative, regular maintenance will ensure fully functioning gutters and save from having potentially larger repair costs in the future.
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Gutters are the delivery system for the flow of water coming off your roof. Properly routed by the gutter system, downspouts create a controlled way to get the water to ground level and successfully direct it away from the home. This can prevent not only leaks in the roof but also into the bottom floor or basement.
When budgeting material costs to install gutters, it is important to first have your contractor map out lengths and the location of downspouts, so you know how much to purchase. Gutters are generally sold in prefabricated lengths of five, 10, or 15 feet. Downspouts come in various sizes as well. While most of the costs of gutter installation will come from labor, it is still important to assess all possible material costs ahead of time.
Galvanized steel and aluminum are the most popular metal applications for gutters. They stand up to the elements very well, can cost as little as $7 for a 10-foot section and do not sacrifice quality in any way. Vinyl gutters will cost much more to install. Although durable, they can cost five times more than metal per section. Copper gutters are very expensive due to copper's classification as a semi-precious metal.
Installation of gutters should be performed by a general contractor or roofing contractor. It often depends on the size of the job as well as the height of the roof. Often, if you have high roofs, a roofing contractor will not only have better and safer equipment but will also have more experience. Although their services may cost more than a general contractor or handyman, it may lead to a faster and more efficient job in the long run.
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