Accurately estimate the cost to install or replace gutters on your home or building.
Price quote includes all materials ( seamless aluminum gutters, downspouts, elbows, drain outlets, hangers and wall attachments) and labor.
How to use gutters prices calculator
1) Measure the length of your gutters (along the eaves of your roof), and plug in the number in the length field.
2) Count the number of downspouts (drain pipes) on your house/building, and enter the number in downspouts field.
3) Select gutter type:
5″ K is the most common type of gutters. It is used in 95% of all installations and works for all sloped roofing materials (shingles, metal, slate, wood, etc). 5″ gutters typically use 2×3 downspouts.
6″ K gutter is used for higher volume of water runoff to a single point (typically on flat roofs) or larger commercial buildings. 6″ gutters typically use 3×4 downspouts, to accommodate higher volume of water.
4) Choose the height of your home/building. This will affect the total prices, as more downspouts will be needed, and longer ladders will have to be used on higher buildings.
5) Select if you want to have a leaf-guard installed:
Budget option is for 4′ leaf guard sections sold in home improvement stores (while it sounds “bad”, it is actually my preferred option to use these – they cost significantly less than “premium” options, but work just as well, and are easy to remove, if you need to, unlike more expensive options
Expensive option is essentially the same thing as budget, made of aluminum in 10′ sections, and costs 3 times more.
6) Select you region: Prices vary greatly (+/- 15-20%) depending on your region, state and even city/town. However, we broke this down into groups of states (regions) with similar price levels, to represent more realistic local conditions. Note, that if you live in a major metropolitan area, your actual cost may be slightly higher that our estimates (within 5-10%).
How much does it cost to install new gutters?
Damaged or old gutters can cause a lot of expensive problems for your home. These include:
– eroding house foundation
– water damage in the basement
– mold in the attic
– rot on the roof
Dealing with even one of these issues can cost thousands of dollars, where as timely gutter replacement is not a very expensive home improvement project.
Most homeowners report spending an average of $950-1,200 to install 200 ln.ft. of gutters. On the high end, metal gutters can cost as much as $2,500, while budget friendly vinyl gutters can be as low as $500-600.
Installing new gutters should run about $10-12 per linear foot for a basic project (over 50 feet). If you get something like $18 per foot quote for a 5″ K gutter, you are being ripped off!
Your total cost for installing new gutters will vary depending on the contractor, their labor and overhead costs, and material prices.
Vinyl gutters are the cheapest, costing as little as $3-4 per linear foot. These are ideal for homes located in areas that don’t get any severe weather and drastic temperature fluctuations.
Another benefit is that they can be easily installed by a DIY savvy homeowners, which offers additional savings on the cost of professional installation. You can easily purchase vinyl gutters in your local Home Depot or Lowe’s
On the downside, its important to keep in mind that low price also means lower quality, and you will need to replace these gutters much sooner. Moreover, vinyl gutters are not seamless. They are sold in 10 foot sections, which means that areas of seams will be prone to leaks. This is the main reason why pros advice against installing vinyl gutters.
Aluminum gutters are a step up in both price and quality. They range in price from $5-15 per linear foot. There is such a wide price range because there are different thickness of metal (gauge) that are possible. Aluminum gutters are very popular because they offer the best value. They are light weight, durable, and easy to install.
On the downside, in heavy winds and snow storms these gutters are more likely to get damaged sooner compared to more heavy-duty gutters. They are also more prone to cracking in areas that experience extreme temperature fluctuations.
Steel gutters are a premium option in terms of durability and quality. Prices start at $16 and go all the way up to $26+ per linear foot. These gutters are more durable than aluminum and will last longer in regions that experience frequent inclement weather.
High cost is their biggest downside, but it may be offset by their longer service life. Keep in mind that because steel gutters are heavy and require soldering, the labor charges for installation will also be higher compared to aluminum.
Finally, the most high-end and beautiful option are copper gutters. These are typically installed on luxury properties and add a significant boost to the overall curb appeal of the home. Copper gutters are the most expensive, costing $30-40+ per linear foot.
Keep in mind that these gutters carry no additional value in terms of longevity and durability compared to less expensive metals. They are usually installed purely for the sake of aesthetic appeal. Installing copper gutters can also cost up to 15-20% more compared to other materials.
You will typically get better pricing on gutters from companies with their own roll-forming machine, where they make your gutters on the job-site. Usually, these companies will have lower cost of goods, since they manufacture gutters from aluminum coil, using their own equipment.
However, even when a contractor buys gutters from a distributor, the price difference is only about $0.50 per linear foot.
Accessories and enhancements
In addition to the gutters themselves, you also need to factor in the price of accessories.
Downspout extensions cost $6 for vinyl, $15 for aluminum, $30 for steel, and $90 for copper.
Splash blocks direct water away from the house foundation, and cost $5-10 each.
Flashing protects roof underlayment from water damage, and can be purchased for about $10-12
Gutter hangers help hold up the gutters and provide additional strength. They are highly recommended in areas that get strong winds and heavy rain storms. Prices start at $2-3+
Heat tape is extremely useful if you need to protect your gutters against ice damming. There are many products and options available, but the average price is about $45-50 for a 6 ft roll of tape.
Leaf guards help prevent clogs and blockages in your gutters. I recommend using any type of leaf guard. I prefer to install solid plastic 4′ sections from Home Depot & Lowe’s – these are least expensive, and work just as well as premium guards.
The total price difference to have plastic leaf-guards installed is about $550. You may spend more than that to have your gutters cleaned just once.
Leaf guards also minimize ice dams in gutters!
Finally, I don’t recommend integrated leaf guards (where guard is built into the gutter), as well as Mesh, Foam or Filter type guards.
The reason is that they all get clogged with leaves and pine needles, and are a pain to clean. Moreover, an integrated solution is A) very expensive and B) if it gets clogged (although it’s “guaranteed” not to), you will never be able to clean it out.
Sectional vs seamless gutters
When looking at different gutter options and materials, the most important consideration is whether you want your gutters to be sectional or seamless.
Seamless gutters are the best when it comes to durability and leak protection. Since there are no seams, there are also no places where water would be able to seep through the gutter. Seams exists only at the corners – here they are carefully screwed together and sealed with silicone to prevent any leaks.
Essentially, seamless gutters consist of one giant strip of metal, which has been custom – made for your home. This is accomplished by using a coiled metal and a gutter machine to extrude the gutter to the exact length of the run. Such customization comes with a much higher price tag, compared to sectional gutters.
Typically, professionally installed aluminum seamless gutters cost $10-12 per linear foot. So if you need to install 150 ln.ft. of gutters and downspouts, you will be spending about $1,500-1,800.
In terms of material options, most seamless gutters (roughly 80% of all installs) are made from aluminum. These can also be painted to complement the color of your roof and siding. More expensive seamless gutters are made from either galvanized steel or copper.
Sectional gutters are manufactured in either 5, 10, or 15 foot sections. 10 foot gutters are the most common and popular. Their biggest advantage is the low cost and the possibility of a DIY install. The obvious problem is that there are unavoidable seams in multiple areas, which makes the entire gutter system prone to leaks.
Sectional gutters come in the following materials: vinyl, wood and aluminum. Aluminum sectional gutters have about 25 different colors to choose from, which gives you a lot of design options for your home. Vinyl sectional gutters are usually white, beige or brown – but they are also the cheapest option.
As will all home improvement projects, professional labor costs at least 50-60% of the total price. A licensed roofing contractor will charge $5-7 per linear foot to install seamless gutters. If your home is more than 1 storey high, there will be an extra charge on labor, because the install will be difficult and more time consuming.
Hiring a handy man would be a lot cheaper. You can find people who will install your gutters for about $4-5 per linear foot, but you run the risk of poor installation.
You can expect two installers to finish the job on an average size house (100-150 ln.ft.) in about 4 hours. This will include putting up gutters, downspouts, elbows, leaf guards, etc.
Removal of old gutters
Estimates do not include the cost to remove existing gutters. You can budget $100-150 for Aluminum and $250-300 for plastic gutters.
Removing wood gutters can start at $1000+. In addition, you will likely have to put in new fascia boards, to cover up the holes that will be left. This can average about $7-10 per linear foot.
You should get multiple quotes from local installers – at least 3.
Select a pro you are most comfortable with or a mid-range price. Its best to work with an owner operated company – even if others offer a lower price. Trust is a big issue when hiring contractors.
Bottom line – it’s pretty hard to screw up a gutter install, but it is possible. Here is what you need to know:
It’s important that your contractor installs gutters with proper slope. If drains are above the low point of your gutters, water will stand, and eventually you will get a small garden growing in there. Usually long runs of gutters have two downspouts on each end, and center slightly raised compared to the edges (even 0.5″ to 1″ difference is enough for water to drain properly).
You should replace any rotted fascia boards (wood behind your gutters), as these are your nailing surface and must be in good condition to hold gutters in place.
Use concealed hangers with screws to attach your gutters and NOT long aluminum nails. Nails tend to come out, as they split the wood, when installed. Also, nails cannot be re-adjusted vertically.
Gutter cleaning costs
Keeping your gutters clean and free of leafs, sticks, etc is essential to their longevity. Its very easy to clean the gutters by yourself. All you need is a pressure washer and a special extension for cleaning gutters. These extensions are not expensive; you can get one on Amazon for about $25-30.
Alternatively, you can have your gutters professionally cleaned. This will cost $125-250 depending on the scope of work and local contractor prices.
Its best to clean your gutters at least three times a year. This may need to be more frequent depending on local weather conditions, presence of trees over your roof, etc.
One good idea is to periodically monitor your gutters to make sure that they are not clogged and the supports are not loose or broken. Downspouts should also be checked for any stuck debris.
Best of luck with your project – please let me know in the comments below how much you ended up spending on your gutters per ln.ft.
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