If you are reading this, you are already well aware that functioning gutters are critical to the long-term health of your home’s infrastructure and landscape. Leaky gutters can result in damage to your home’s foundation, basement leaks, landscape erosion, roof rot and moldy attic space. If your gutters are damaged beyond repair, then purchasing new gutters is necessary to protect your home.
How much will new gutters cost?
As is the case with most home improvements, cost is one of the first things you think about. When calculating the cost of gutters, the first thing to consider is whether you are installing the gutters yourself or hiring a contractor to install them for you. If you are installing gutters yourself, then your cost for new gutters will be derived simply from the quality and volume of materials you need to purchase. The following overview discusses the material cost of the different types of gutters that are commonly found on the market today.
Cost for Gutter Materials ONLY
Gutter materials – gutters and downspouts – vary quite a bit in cost depending on the quality of the material. Let’s take a look at the different gutter materials available, some pros and cons of each, and the associated costs you can expect to pay.
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Vinyl Gutters and Downspout Cost: $1 to $3 per linear foot
Vinyl is the least expensive material on the market, and the easiest to work with, making it a good fit for “do-it-yourself” (DIY) projects. The knock on vinyl is durability, as it weakens faster than other materials, especially in cold climates. The cost for vinyl gutters and downspouts would run you roughly $150-$450 in gutters and downspouts for a 150 linear foot project.
Aluminum Gutters and Downspout Cost: $5 to $15 per linear foot
Aluminum gutters and downspouts are a significant upgrade from vinyl. In addition, aluminum gutters are rust-resistant and come pre-applied with a non corrosive coating, making them last far longer than vinyl gutters. However, aluminum is still a malleable material that can easily be bent and damaged by ladders or large branches. Aluminum gutters and downspouts, which come in various sizes and thickness (gauge), can also be attached in various ways that affect the longevity and cost as well. Given all the various options on aluminum gutters, they will cost you roughly $750 – $2,300 for a 150 foot project, depending on the size of gutter, gauge and attachment method you choose for your home.
Steel Gutters and Downspout Costs: $16-$25 per linear foot
Galvanized steel gutters are simply more durable than aluminum and vinyl. They will stand up to more severe weather and do a better job of standing the test of time. However, they are heavier and more complicated to install, usually requiring soldering, so they are not the best choice for DIY projects. Material costs for steel gutters would run you $2,400-$3,800 for 150 feet of gutter and downspouts.
Copper Gutters and Downspouts Costs: $30-$40 per linear foot
The main reason you would choose copper gutters is for aesthetic purposes. While copper is a strong and durable material like steel, the exorbitant cost in material alone makes it prohibitively expensive for most homeowners. Expect materials to run in the $4,500-$6,000 range for a 150-foot project. Since copper is so expensive and hard to work with, only the most skilled gutter installers should take on the job. So, unless you are an experienced gutter installer, expect to pay a considerable labor cost on top of the already-pricey material costs plus the extra cost of hiring a security guard or system to watch over your gutters 24/7.
Gutter Guards: $.50 to $10 per linear foot DIY screens & filters; $15-$30 per linear foot on a professionally installed system
Once you have the gutters and downspouts, you may want to think about getting gutter guards to keep out leaves, pine needles, and other debris that can cause clogs. The least-expensive option is mesh screens (from box stores or online retailers) that attach across the top of the gutters, which may only set you back $100-$800 for a 150 to 200 linear foot project depending on quality that you choose. From the cheaper end of the gutter guard market, you can move up to a product such as a filter which can run you anywhere between $1,000-2,000 for a 150 foot project depending on quality you choose. There are also foam and brush products that sit inside the gutter and allow water to seep through them while repelling solid debris. They generally would run about $400 to $600 for a 150-foot project. For all store-bought gutter guards, add another $200 to $400 for the labor involved in installing them and note they do not come with a material or performance warranty like professionally installed systems.
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Hiring a Professional Gutter Installer: $3 to $10 per foot
If you choose to use a professional installer to install your gutters, the cost will obviously go up. Installers generally charge by the foot, but prices will vary from region to region. The type of gutter you use will also impact the cost; the more durable the material, the more difficult it will be to to manage and install. You should expect higher costs for more high-end gutters and downspouts, such as galvanized steel and copper. A good rule of thumb is that a professional installer will cost roughly three times the cost of materials.
When looking for a gutter installer, shop around. Look for the best price but don’t shop by price alone. There are a lot of so-called “professional gutter installers” out there without experience or the necessary skills to properly hang gutters. Check references. Check the Better Business Bureau. You’ll quickly find that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Gutter Helmet® by Harry Helmet™ gutter installers have a 30 year track record of professionally-installed gutters. For an estimate and references, speak with one of our installation teams in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Southern NJ, Northern NJ, Washington, D.C., Columbus OH, Northern Virginia, Seattle-Tacoma, Eastern OH, and Cleveland OH. Our gutter products include a material warranty for 20 years.
Protecting your Investment – Professionally Installed Gutter Guard Systems
If you think there is any merit to the cliche “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” then think long and hard about installing a professional gutter protection system to safeguard your new investment in gutters. After all, your home is your largest, most valuable investment and you are going to want protect it the best way possible with a guarantee and warranty that won’t have you climbing the ladder to adjust or clean your gutters. The Gutter Helmet® gutter protection system eliminates gutter damage in a number of ways: by preventing clogs, reinforcing the gutters’ strength and load-bearing capacity, reducing the buildup of snow & ice. Gutter Helmet® comes with lifetime manufacturer performance warranty that is good for as long as you live in the home and it is transferable if you decide to sell. Gutter Helmet® & new gutters installed by Harry Helmet’s professional team is a win-win for homeowners.
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