How Much Does It Cost To Install Gutters & Downspouts?
Most homeowners spend between $649 to $950 nationally.
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Your gutters and downspouts are two of the most important, and yet most overlooked components of the home. Responsible for removing excess water from the home to prevent flooding, ignoring gutter issues could turn into a very expensive repair project. See the average gutter replacement costs and disregard that hefty repair bill.
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|National Average Cost||$851|
|Average Range||$649 to $950|
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Table of Contents
- Gutter Installation Cost
- Gutter Replacement Cost
- Gutter Cost Breakdown
- Gutter Material Costs
- Downspout Costs
- Gutter Guards Costs
- Other Gutter Prices
- Gutter Maintenance
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- How To Install Gutters
- Find A Gutter Contractor
Gutter Installation Cost
Just like your countertops or floors, you have plenty of options when it comes to gutter installation. Combined with the fact that many gutter professionals charge different amounts, the variety of options makes the average gutter installation cost quite volatile. Nevertheless, after analyzing over 12,000 gutter projects, the average cost to install gutters is $850. Bear in mind, we have seen gutter installation prices soar up to $2,000 for more extensive projects.
Gutter Replacement Cost
If you’re replacing your gutters, your gutter project cost should not change too much, but you keep the following in mind. First, to install new gutters, you or your pro will have to remove the current gutters. Many homeowners can handle this project without a pro. If you do hire a pro, expect to pay $150 for removal and disposal. Second, you may be able to save on your gutter installation price if you’re replacing since you can save on some materials. This of course assumes you’re adding the same type of gutter.
Finally, you may be able to get a discount if you hire the same gutter company to replace your gutters that installed them in the first place. Gutter pros love repeat customers and usually offer rebates to rope them back in.
Gutter Cost Breakdown
A majority of your gutter cost will come from materials and labor. When budgeting material costs to install gutters, it’s important to first have your contractor map out lengths and the location of downspouts. Gutters are generally sold in prefabricated lengths of five, 10 or 15 feet. Downspouts come in various sizes as well. While most of the gutter installation cost will come from labor, it’s still important to assess all possible material costs ahead of time. As we’ll get to later, gutter material costs range from $4 to $25 per linear foot.
Most of your gutter installation cost will come from labor (if you hire a pro). If you do hire a gutter contractor, expect to pay at least $400 in labor charges. While you can install gutters on your own, one mistake can lead to flooding or serious injury. Therefore, many homeowners bite the bullet and hire a local gutter contractor.
Gutter Material Costs
While materials don’t take up a majority of your gutter replacement cost, they can vastly alter your gutter budget. As such, it pays to know the average gutter material prices across the country:
Minimum Cost Per Linear Foot
Maximum Cost Per Linear Foot
If you want to keep costs down and try to install your gutters on your own, give vinyl a try. They’re affordable, light, easy to install and come in a variety of colors. However, that low price point does have one major drawback. Sadly, vinyl gutters and downspouts are not durable in cold weather. In fact, they can snap when temperatures get below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Steel, unlike vinyl, can hold a lot of weight. Therefore, if your house is surrounded by trees or sees a lot of rain, steel is perfect. As such, is also requires less cleaning than other gutter options. However, like all steel, it can rust. Therefore, you have to constantly check in.
Rain gutters direct water into a specific, safe location away from the home that won't do any damage. Rain gutters also prevent rain from damaging the landscaping outside of the house. Without rain gutters, your landscape would require a lot more maintenance than it does today.
Aluminum gutters are towards the middle of the cost spectrum, yet still bring a bunch of advantages with them. These gutters are durable, can be used as fascia boards, require minimal maintenance and can withstand hard temperatures. On the downside, aluminum gutters can clog easily and crack with rapid temperature changes.
Copper is the most durable gutter type. While they are more expensive, the long timelines makes their lifetime cost less than any other material. In addition, nearly 40% of all copper used in copper gutters is recycled from prior use. On the other hand, the installation price tends to scare homeowners away. Moreover, copper is a very hot material and thieves have been known to target homes with copper gutters.
Seamless gutters are gutters that come in one piece. There are no breaks or seams in the gutters where water and debris can seep in and lead to deterioration. They’re virtually maintenance free, but come with a hefty price. An $800 starting price is far more than any other gutter type.
Gutters do not end on the 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. More often than not, your gutter material will extend to your downspout. Nevertheless, if you go with a different material, please refer to costs per linear feet above. If you’re buying by the piece, expect to pay:
- Vinyl: $4 - $8 per piece
- Aluminum: $6 - $11 per piece
- Steel: $11 to $33 per piece
- Copper: $40 to $100 per piece
Gutter Guards Costs
If you’d like to avoid a gutter repair bill, you should consider installing gutter guards. Gutter guards prevent debris from clogging your gutters. As said earlier, clogs can seriously damage your roof, landscaping or foundation. Repairs for all three are not small. Furthermore, gutter guards prevent ice dams. While they’re pretty to look at, they can take your gutters straight off your roof.
Basic guards ranges from $3 to $5 per 3-foot section. More complex gutter guards or guards used on intricate gutter systems start at $15 per 3-foot section.
Other Gutter Prices
Finally, there are four other gutter price ranges you should be aware of. The first is gutter cleaning. To prevent clogs and expensive repairs, homeowners should clean their gutters every two months (more often in summer and spring). As you might expect, cleaning is quite easy. All you need are gloves and a ladder. However, if you want to hire a handyman or gutter cleaning contractor, expect to pay $145.
The next cost consideration is repair. As you read above, most gutter types need casual maintenance. If you avoid it, your gutter could crack, rust or clog. While the cost to repair a gutter is only $315, it still adds to your overall gutter lifetime price.
If you live in colder climates, homeowners should also consider adding heat tape. This specialized tape prevents ice dams from forming. Instead, water will flow through your gutters how it was originally intended. Heat tapes start at $77 for 100 feet.
Finally, instead of gutter guards, you could buy mesh screens for as little as $1 per square foot. They not only keep leaves out, but animals as well. Again, if trees surround your home, you should consider installing gutter guards or mesh screens.
Unlike your kitchen floors, you don’t have to monitor your gutters every week. However, the occasional cleaning and checkup will do wonders for your checkbook. Therefore, consider the following gutter maintenance tasks:
- Monitoring: Take the time to look over all your gutters and make sure nothing could cause a clog. Also, make sure gutter supports are not loose, rusted or broken. Fix them right away if damaged.
- Cleaning: Clear out leaves and debris from the gutters each fall before rain season. Clean more often if your area sees a lot of rainfall.
- Check Downspouts: Blast debris out with a hose or use a plumbing snake.
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
Gutter installation or replacement should be performed by a general or roofing contractor. The complexity of the job often depends on the size of the home 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.
How To Install Gutters
If you’re adventurous enough to install your own gutters, you’ve come to the right place. The following steps should be used to install aluminum gutters. For more details, please see How To Install Gutters.
- Measure the distance needed for each gutter.
- Measure the trim board or fascia, which will be behind the gutter.
- Keep in mind, you will need multiple pieces around each corner.
- Make sure you have purchased long enough gutters to surround the entire roof. You will most likely have to cut a few pieces for the ends and corners.
- Moving over to your gutters, you must first install the end caps. You can buy an end cap at the store.
- Add some sealant to the end cap and gently hold against the gutter.
- For extra strength, use small nails or a crimping tool as well.
- Measure the length of your first gutter and cut it if you have to. The store can recommend the best cutting tool based on your material.
- Take your corner piece and put both together, but do not attach. Make sure the length of the two gutters match the length needed. The lengths do not have to be exact as the gutter will expand and contract due to weather.
- Add some sealant to the inside of your corner gutter and press the two together.
- Use a drill and drill a few small holes to connect the two pieces. You can use small nails or rivets, which are primarily used to hold two pieces of metal together.
- Drill a large hole in the trough or bottom of the gutter for the downspout. Some like to use a hole saw.
- Attach an outlet or metal surrounding to the hole using sealant and a few rivets.
To see how the pros do it, please watch the video below:
Find A Gutter Contractor
Your gutters play a significant role in preventing your home from flooding. If you haven’t maintained or monitored your gutters in months, it may be time to contact a local gutter contractor.