How Much Does it Cost to Repair Gutters & Downspouts?
The gutters and downspouts attached to the roof of your home may seem trivial and are often overlooked. This is one of the worst things a homeowner can do. These seemingly unimportant components are responsible for removing all the water from your roof. When gutters and downspouts are not properly maintained, you run the high risk of ending up with a leaking roof that can cause thousands in damages to the inside and outside of your home.
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Material costs for gutters and downspouts are generally very reasonable. Constructed of either vinyl, PVC or sheet metal, gutters are normally sold in 10-foot lengths. Simple vinyl-constructed gutters can be purchased for as little as $50 a length. Keeping that in mind, the cost to repair broken gutters or downspouts can largely depend on the type of material you need to repair. If a section of your gutter is damaged, often the most cost-efficient way to repair is to simply replace the section or sections with matching ones.
While this can be an effective method for repairing gutters made of a plastic or sheet metal, it can prove much more costly in other cases. In certain circumstances gutters can be made of copper, increasing the cost of materials significantly. Often copper gutters are sold in smaller sections, allowing for a contractor to cut out damaged pieces and piece in new ones.
Labor will be the major cost to repair gutters & downspouts. Since they are not easily accessible due to their height, many contractors will increase costs just on this merit. On the other hand, most gutter repairs will take a day's work at most. In terms of labor costs, expect to pay a general contractor a few hundred dollars or a roofing specialist a bit more.
It is important to assess all the damages that need to be repaired on your gutters or downspouts. If the repair is extensive and the damage severe, it is sometimes more cost effective in the long run to replace rather than repair. Even if an overtly large repair is not needed, gutters do not last forever. If your existing gutters are damaged and old, the low cost of materials makes it more sensible as a long term investment to simply replace gutters and downspouts. This can prevent the need to pay for a contractor to scale your roof twice.
Last updated on May 19, 2016
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