Gutter Service Cost Guides

Gutter installations costs about $550 to $1,500 for labor and materials. The cost to clean gutters usually ranges from $105 to $190. Gutter repair costs an average of $330. Paying the cost of gutter guards is a good way to help reduce cleaning and upkeep fees. Your material type, location, the size of your job, and the shape and style (sectional, seamless, half-round) will all impact the total price.

Find out how much your project will cost.

Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl is the least expensive material. It’s lightweight and easy to install but isn’t as durable as other options. PVC is suitable for low-cost installations in locations without extreme weather conditions. Check out the pros and cons before you hire a pro to install your vinyl gutters.

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  • Clean Gutters & Downspouts
    National Average $159
    Typical Range $118 - $225
    Low End - High End $75 - $350
  • Install Seamless Gutters
    National Average $1,084
    Typical Range $609 - $1,561
    Low End - High End $275 - $2,800
  • Repair Gutters & Downspouts
    National Average $360
    Typical Range $178 - $545
    Low End - High End $90 - $1,146

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Pros and Cons of Vinyl Gutters
  • Low price (the cheapest option)
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to install
  • Available in different colors
  • Lack of durability
  • May become brittle or crack in hot weather
  • Increased maintenance and replacement costs

Costs and Considerations for Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl ranges in price from $4 to $8 per linear foot, including the price of hangers and other fittings. Vinyl downspout extensions are between $6 and $15 each. Be aware that the least expensive PVC gutters are thin and can sag or become brittle in extreme temperatures. Use the highest quality within your budget to reduce the risk of these issues.

Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum is a popular material that’s almost as inexpensive as vinyl. Professionals can install seamless gutters easily – they’re lightweight and corrosion-resistant. This material is available with a baked-on enamel finish in a variety of colors, so it’s easy to match your home's aesthetic.

On the downside, low-gauge aluminum is prone to buckling. Avoid this material in areas with high winds and harsh weather conditions. Choose aluminum for low-cost installations to get the improved durability over vinyl without adding significantly to the price.

Pros and Cons of Aluminium Gutters
  • Low price
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to install
  • Available in different colors
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Not as durable as other metals
  • Prone to bending
  • Increased replacement costs

Costs and Considerations for Aluminum Gutters

Seamless gutters cost from $6 to $12 per linear foot, including the price of hangers and other fittings. Aluminum downspout extensions range in price from $6 to $15 each.

Seamless is more expensive than vinyl to install upfront but saves money in the long term thanks to its durability. Because it is sturdier, aluminum reduces overall maintenance costs.

Steel Gutters

Galvanized steel is stronger and more durable than aluminum. But this material costs more, is harder to install and lacks the color options of vinyl and aluminum. Stainless steel is even more expensive but can withstand years of heavy rain without rusting. It’s a good idea to have a pro install steel gutters if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions.

Pros and Cons of Steel Gutters
  • Durable and strong
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Attractive steel finish
  • Increased price compared to vinyl or aluminum
  • Difficult installation
  • Lack of color options

Costs and Considerations for Steel Gutters

Steel ranges in price from $11 to $33 per linear foot, including the costs of hangers and other fittings. Steel downspout extensions range in price from $12 to $30 each.

The initial installation is considerably more expensive than aluminum or vinyl. But homes in harsh climates often find this to be a worthwhile investment, to avoid weather-related damage.

On the off-chance they do sustain storm damage, have a pro repair your galvanized gutters.

Copper Gutters

Copper is incredibly expensive. They're also fairly durable; but homeowners usually choose this material for its look rather than its function. When regularly treated with sealer, copper can keep its rich appearance for years. Or, you can let the copper oxidize and develop an Old World patina over time.

Pros and Cons of Copper Gutters
  • Attractive finish
  • Develops interesting patina over time
  • Durable
  • Very expensive
  • No color options
  • No guarantee what the patina will look like
  • Possibility of theft
  • Requires regular treatment with sealer to prevent oxidization (if preferred)

Costs and Considerations for Copper Gutters

Copper gutters cost from $40 to $100 per linear foot, including the price of hangers and other fittings. Copper downspout extensions are upwards of $90 each.

Maintenance costs are relatively low for those who let the copper develop a natural patina. But if you choose to treat it with sealer, upkeep can be more expensive. Also consider that this valuable metal can be attractive to thieves. Make sure your home insurance covers you for thefts or face the expensive job of replacement later on.

Wood Gutters

Wood is another material often selected strictly for its looks – it’s particularly ideal for traditional and historic homes. It's considerably less expensive than copper and is usually less expensive than steel. Over time, expect to put in a good deal of maintenance to keep it water resistant.

Pros and Cons of Wood GuttersProsCons
  • Attractive finish
  • Elegant, traditional style
  • Difficult to install
  • No seamless option
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Prone to damage if not treated correctly
  • More expensive than vinyl and aluminum

Costs and Considerations for Wood Gutters

Wood ranges in price from $18 to $27 per linear foot, including the costs of hangers and other fittings. Wood requires regular treatment every year with quality wood stain or paint on the outside and water-resistant oil on the inside.

Though it’s possible to maintain wood gutters yourself, it’s often safer and more practical to hire a professional to complete the work. If the finish is not maintained correctly, it can result in rotting and additional costs to fix the damage.

Gutter Guards or Covers and Other Accessories

The cost to install gutter guards is about $760 total. They keep leaves, twigs and other debris out – and reduce the amount of maintenance you need to perform. You can purchase new gutter-and-cover units, or simply place covers over existing ducts. Keep in mind that covers can be more expensive than the pipes themselves.

Guards can help cut down on the frequency of duct cleaning, which averages $145 per session. But few covers are 100 percent maintenance free – you will still need to schedule occasional cleanings.

Plastic Gutter Guards

Plastic guards are typically less than $1 per linear foot and are easy to install on existing gutters. Made of mesh, they snap-fit inside of ducts to prevent leaves and other debris from causing a blockage. Other types are solid, with a single channel to allow water through, but they work in the same manner.

Steel Mesh

Steel micro-mesh guards are approximately $2 per linear foot – they’re more expensive than plastic guards but are also stronger. The mesh filters out everything from leaves to grit to keep ducts flowing freely.

Gutter Foam

Foam is around $1.50 per linear foot. It’s a quick and simple solution to help keep tubes free of debris. The foam sections sit inside, allowing water to soak through but keeping out leaves and other elements. The foam is not visible from ground level and is quick to install.

Rodent Guards

Rodent guards are approximately $5 each. Made of plastic or metal mesh, they fit over the end of your downspout. They screw into place to prevent rodents from nesting in the downspout and have a snap-fit design for easy maintenance.

Downspout Screens

Downspout screens are around $8 each. They are wedge-shaped or dome-shaped meshes that sit in the top opening of the downspout. The screens allow water through, while lifting dirt and debris so they blow away in the wind or fall over the side of the guttering.

Heat Tape

Heat tape is less than $1.50 per linear foot. The tape has a heating element running through it, which prevents ice from forming in your ducts in cold conditions. This prevents blockages and roof damage from ice.

Gutter Flashing

Flashing usually costs no more than $20 per length. It’s a metal strip that runs behind the duct and up underneath the eaves of the roof. Flashing creates a waterproof barrier and prevents moisture damage.

Splash Blocks

Splash blocks are up to $10 each. They direct water away from buildings and reduce damage to the foundation.

Gutter and Flashing Replacement

It’s a good idea to check your gutters and flashing to see if they need replacement. If left unchecked, they can become damaged and cause corrosion, peeling and mold. In extreme cases, water buildup can result in the deterioration of your walls and foundation.

If you’re looking for the right time for this project, have them inspected the next time you have work done on your roof. Whether you’re paying the cost to repair your roof or replacing it, you may be able to bundle the projects together.

Flashing Replacement

Having a professional replace flashing is $200 to $500 per project area, such as around a chimney or in a valley.

Checking your flashing is no easy DIY project – it’s best to leave it to a professional for the sake safety. But if you must take care if it yourself, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the roof tiles cautiously. Avoid damaging the flashing, you can reuse it if it’s in good shape.
  2. Pry the flashing up and set it aside.
  3. Take extra care with step flashing, which you can find abutting a wall like a chimney. It requires extra attention because it interweaves with shingles.
  4. If your roof features two angles that join and form a valley, expect flashing there as well. If removed, replace it with new materials. The removal process on this particular style can cause bends, warps and kinks.

If your flashing needs replacement, you’ll notice:

  1. Rust is a sign that moisture has gotten through and corroded the metal. This weakens the flashing's attachment and causes it to lift, taking any surrounding shingles with it.
  2. Stress and high winds can cause cracking. While the flashing may seem securely attached, cracks can let water in.
  3. Excessive amount of sealant. Excessive sealer indicates that a past problem wasn’t repaired correctly. Ignoring this can only lead to bigger problems later on, so remove this flashing and throw it out.

Cost of Flashing:

Flashing is about $1 to $5 per square foot when bought in sheets. A 75-foot roll of fully-adhered flashing tape sells for about $25. Professionals place sheets around vents and install tape around odd angles and unusual shapes. Pre-shaped vent flashing ranges from $10 to $20 each.

Replacing Gutters

the average cost of replacing gutters is $600 to $1,400

Replacing gutters costs $600 to $1,400. Materials alone could be $1 to $6 per linear foot. Materials and labor combined often comes out to $3 to $10 per linear foot. Usually, by the time your roof needs replacing, your ducts need it as well.

If your gutters need replacement, you’ll notice:

  1. Cracks or splits: Any kind of crack or split can eventually turn into a big one, eventually damaging fascia boards, shingles and maybe even the foundation.
  2. Paint peeling: Peeling paint or orange flecks could indicate that water isn’t being removed as quickly as it should be.
  3. Pools of water: If you notice pools of water or mildew around your home’s foundation, they may not be doing their job as well as they used to.
  4. Sagging: If they’re sagging or pulling away from the house, they should be repaired.

Roof Fascia and Soffits

The cost to replace your fascia and soffits is about $2,300. Fascia is vertical edging that conceals the edges of the trusses and rafters. Soffits are a ventilated feature that helps your attic space exhaust warm air.

What is Fascia?

Fascia helps protect beams from exposure to the elements and conceals the edges of trusses and rafters. When it has a decorative edge, it resembles gingerbread houses and other fairy-tale homes.

Be careful when inspecting fascia – birds, and insects like hornets and black widows, often make their homes in this protected space.

Replacing Fascia:

Replace fascia that shows signs of cracking and splintering immediately. Otherwise, this feature can’t do its job and could come loose and fall on someone. Replacing fascia usually involves nailing cedar boards to the ends of rafters.

Consult a pro to see what size of cedar board is best, as there are different opinions on each size. Most recommend either a 1x6 inch x 8 foot cedar board at $7 to $15 each, or a 2x6 inch x 8 foot cedar board at $10 to $20 each.

What are Soffits?

Soffits are ceiling-like features that sit under a roof's overhang. They usually have vents to help non-livable attic space move warm air and moisture. A good soffit takes in cooler air from the ground and circulates it into the attic while warm, moist air escapes through vents.

If clogged, it won’t work as effectively. Things that can clog a soffit vent include:

  • Dust
  • Debris
  • Felt
  • Insulation
  • Excessive paint
  • Insect nests

Also, be on the lookout for rotting wood, weakened aluminum or cracked vinyl on or around your soffits. These issues are caused by the constant exchange of warmth and moisture. And be sure you have enough vents! The recommended amount is one square foot of intake and exhaust for every 300 square feet of attic space.

A single soffit vent costs about $3 to $15. There are a few different styles that you can purchase:

  • Continuous: An entire ventilated strip rather than a series of panels. Sold in packs of 50 with each one measuring 2 inches by 8 feet. A pack of continuous aluminum soffits run from $150 to $200.
  • Individual panels: Individual panels with soffits in one end and solid support going to the wall. These are usually 12-foot-by-1-foot panels and are about $10 to $25 each.

DIY vs. Professional Gutter Service

Installing, cleaning or repairing your own guttering are not the easiest tasks. Cleaning your own gutters is a relatively easy task if you have a ladder and gloves, but it's often a neglected chore. You can save yourself the time and risk by hiring a service. Installation and repair are best left to a professional. This way you avoid over-purchasing materials or costly mistakes that lead to leaks or water damage in your home. Experienced pros often use seamless products so they can roll out the exact amount of material required. This reduces waste, so you only pay for what you need. And seamless products are less likely to leak than ones with joins. A professional can do the job quickly, correctly and with the ideal materials for your home.