If you’re looking to install new gutters, factors like types of gutter materials, labor, and downspouts will impact the total cost. The national average for gutter installations costs about $900 for a typical 1,700 square foot sized house, but it depends on the types of materials you choose. While gutter installations can be a DIY-friendly home improvement project that can save you money, it's probably best to opt for a professional installation to avoid any future issues. Let’s break down gutter installation costs and see what’s right for you.
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- Types of gutters
- Gutter styles costs
- Material costs
- Labor costs
- Downspout costs
- Gutter guard costs
- In summary
Types of gutters
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Gutter prices: $3-$28 per linear foot
Sectional gutters are the standard type and are sold in several pieces about 10 or 20 feet in length. Snap-in connectors then join the gutters and end caps, corner pieces, and drop outlets connect the downspouts. While it is easier to buy sectional gutters at your local hardware store and install them yourself, they can separate over time, leading to costly repairs and leakage.
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Gutter prices: $6-$32
Seamless gutters feature long singular pieces which are cut using a machine to match the dimensions of your house. While seamless gutters cost more than sectional ones, they are more durable and leaks are incredibly uncommon.
Gutter styles costs
Average cost: $3 per linear foot (depending on the material)
Gutters come in a variety of different styles. The most common are K-style gutters, which are made mostly from PVC and are available for both sectional and seamless gutter systems. K-style gutters are available in different sizes, typically coming in either 5-inch or 6-inch diameters.
Average cost: $7 per linear foot (depending on the material)
Half-round gutters or U-style gutters are usually available in 6-inch diameters and are found more on older homes with rounded roof lines. While they may be more aesthetically pleasing, half-round gutters are more expensive than K-style gutters and can be more difficult to install.
Average cost: $5 per linear foot (depending on the material)
Fascia-style gutters are larger and are usually installed directly onto the framing which prevents water from spilling over the side. Although you won't have to have fascia boards installed before putting up the gutters, they're still more expensive than K-style ones.
Gutter material costs
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Average cost: $4 per linear foot
Vinyl is one of the cheaper and more DIY-friendly materials for installing sectional gutters. While vinyl gutters are one of the most common materials for sectional gutter systems, they are rarely used for seamless gutters. Vinyl also has a shorter lifespan than other materials because it can expand and contract over time due to warm or cool weather, which allows debris to clog and damage it. If you're on a tight budget and interested in something more temporary and easy to install, then vinyl is a solid option.
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Average cost: $6 per linear foot
Aluminum is the most popular material of metal gutters due to its reasonable price point, lifespan of 20 years, and customization. Available for both sectional and seamless gutter systems, aluminum gutters won't rust and are lightweight, making them easier to install. Despite aluminum's durability, it is prone to bending, warping, and cracking for homeowners in more volatile climates. You'll also still have the same risk for leakage and water damage with sectional aluminum rain gutters, but seamless aluminum gutters are still a durable, cost-effective option.
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Average cost: $9 per linear foot
Steel gutters are the strongest type of gutter systems available, able to withstand a variety of damage and debris. However, steel gutters don't perform well in wet or cold weather due to steel's proneness to rust. Steel is also a heavier material, adding pressure to the fascia boards, typically requiring hidden brackets or hangers to hold it together. So despite steel's durability, its higher price point and potential rust issues could result in a gutter replacement sooner than expected.
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Average cost: $27 per linear foot
Not only does copper have a striking appearance that helps boost curb appeal, but they are also incredibly durable and can last an average of 60 years with little maintenance. While copper does not rust, it does develop a form of corrosion called patina, which changes its color to a blue-green hue. But the biggest setback to high-end copper gutters is their cost. Copper is almost five times more expensive than aluminum and is more difficult and expensive to install as well.
If you do decide to hire a professional to install gutters for your home, you can typically expect to pay about $16 per hour. It's also important to keep in mind that you'll also have to pay for the removal of any old gutters and materials.
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Average cost: $13 per downspout
Downspouts should be installed every 35 linear feet of gutters and should be 10 feet long. Depending on if you have a one-story or two-story home, you may need to pay more for additional materials. For example, an average-sized home requires between 120 and 250 feet of gutters or 3-7 downspouts. If you want to direct water to a specific location to avoid damage to your home's foundation, consider installing downspout extensions. You can find typical 4-foot extensions at Home Depot for $9.
Gutter guard costs
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Average cost: $10 per linear foot of gutters
Gutter guards are completely optional but are designed to help direct water away from your home, with some even preventing anything from entering the gutters. Gutter guards come in a variety of different materials, from wire mesh screens, steel screens, and full covers. If you're concerned about paying for gutter cleaning or doing it yourself, gutter guards provide a great way of avoiding it.
Gutter installation cost: in summary
The cost of gutters can vary depending on multiple factors. Deciding to use cheaper materials and installing the gutters yourself will save you money but can also lead to potential issues down the road. Despite costing more, hiring a gutter company is the best way to lengthen your gutter system’s lifespan and keep your home safe from damage. Either way, remember to read up on your warranty for materials and labor before any installation in case any faulty issues occur.