Gutter Cost Guides

The next time somebody says, "Get your mind out of the gutter," maybe you should point out how essential quality gutters and downspouts are for your home. An effective gutter system moves water away from your home. A poor system can lead to roof rot, basement flooding and even a crumbling foundation.
  • Clean Gutters & Downspouts Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $106 - $197
    Average cost:
    $151
    Low cost:
    $70
     
    High cost:
    $340
  • Install Seamless Gutters Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $603 - $1,411
    Average cost:
    $968
    Low cost:
    $270
     
    High cost:
    $2,450
  • Install Gutters & Downspouts Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $569 - $1,422
    Average cost:
    $971
    Low cost:
    $200
     
    High cost:
    $10,000

The materials you use, the required length and whether you want gutter guards all impact the total cost. The different styles — sectional, fascia, seamless, half-round and K-style — refer to the shape of the gutter. You'll want to choose a style that fits your home's architecture; however, the style you chose has much less of an impact on the price than the materials you use.

Costs for installation vary depending on your location, the size of the job and the materials. Average installations cost from $548 to $1,303 (for labor and materials), with an average of $914. Large jobs using the most expensive guttering can cost as much as $10,000.

When you choose a type of guttering, you should also consider maintenance. How easy will they be to clean? Do they require regular treatments to preserve them? Do you need a professional cleaning service? The cost to clean gutters usually ranges from $101 to $189, but prices could be as low as $60 for small jobs or as much as $310 for big jobs. Using gutter guards and regular maintenance are ways to reduce these costs.

Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters are inexpensive, lightweight, easy to install and come in the widest range of colors. They are not as durable as other materials. They may become brittle or crack in hot weather.  Cracks, expansion, and twisting at the rubber joints eventually cause leaks between the sections. Vinyl is suitable for low-cost installations in locations that don't experience extreme weather conditions.

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Gutters

Pros

Cons

Low cost (the cheapest option)

Lightweight

Easy to install

Available in different colors

Lack of durability

Increased maintenance and replacement costs

Costs and Considerations for Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters range in price from $4 to $8 per linear foot, including the costs of hangers and other fittings. Vinyl downspout extensions range in price from $6 to $15 each.

The least expensive vinyl gutters are very thin, so they are susceptible to sagging and becoming brittle in extreme temperatures. If possible, use the highest quality within your budget to reduce the risk of such issues.

Bear in mind that leaks make it necessary to repair and replace vinyl guttering more frequently than other types, so while vinyl is a cost-effective option for the initial installation, there can be increased maintenance costs over time. Repairs cost an average of $326, and sometimes could cost as much as $900.

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Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are almost as inexpensive as vinyl. They're also lightweight, corrosion-resistant and easy to install, which is why they're so popular. Aluminum guttering is available with a baked-on enamel finish in a variety of colors, making it simple to pick something that matches your home's aesthetic.

On the downside, low-gauge aluminum is prone to buckling so it is not particularly suitable in areas where there are high winds and harsh weather conditions. Aluminum is an excellent option for low-cost installations, offering improved durability over vinyl without adding a significant cost.

Pros and Cons of Aluminum Gutters

Pros

Cons

Low cost

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

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

The overall installation cost works out to be more expensive than vinyl, but it's still less expensive than other types of metal guttering. Additionally, the improved durability reduces overall maintenance costs in the long term compared to vinyl.

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Steel Gutters

Steel gutters are stronger and more durable than aluminum, but they cost more, are harder to install due to the increase in weight and rigidity, and lack the color options available with vinyl and aluminum. Stainless steel kicks up the price even higher, but this material holds up to years of heavy rains without rusting. As steel is stronger and heavier than aluminum, it's a good option for homes in areas subject to persistent harsh weather conditions.

Pros and Cons of Steel Gutters

Pros

Cons

Durable and strong

Corrosion resistant

Low maintenance

Attractive steel finish

Increased cost compared to vinyl or aluminum

Difficult installation

Lack of color options

Costs and Considerations for Steel Gutters

Steel gutters range 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 is often a worthwhile investment in harsh climates, where weather can take its toll and may cause significant damage to weaker materials.

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Copper Gutters

Copper gutters are incredibly expensive. They're also fairly durable; however, durability is not the reason people choose them. Homeowners who install copper gutters are looking for elegance and beauty. Regularly treated with sealer, copper can keep its rich look for years. Alternatively, you can let the copper oxidize and develop an Old World patina over time.

Pros and Cons of Copper Gutters

Pros

Cons

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

Homeowners typically choose copper guttering for aesthetic reasons rather than durability, but maintenance costs are relatively low for those who let the copper develop a natural patina. Unfortunately, copper is a valuable metal, and the material can be attractive to thieves. Make sure your home insurance covers you for such thefts or you could face the expensive job of replacement later on.

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Wood Gutters

Wood is another material often selected strictly for its looks. It's considerably less expensive than copper and is usually less expensive than steel, but it does require a good deal of maintenance to keep it water resistant. In the long run, expect a lot of headaches.

Wood has a beautiful aesthetic that is ideal for traditional and historic homes, but the level of maintenance involved makes it a time-consuming option. Expect regular maintenance bills or be prepared to ascend a ladder frequently to apply quality wood stain or paint on the outside and water-resistant oil on the inside.

Pros and Cons of Wood Gutters

Pros

Cons

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 gutters range in price from $18 to $27 per linear foot, including the costs of hangers and other fittings. Wood requires regular treatment every year. If you don't mind the work, then it's possible to keep costs down by treating the gutters yourself. In many cases, it's safer and more practical to hire a professional to complete the work. Failure to maintain the wood's finish may result in rotting, which means additional costs when the damaged sections need to be replaced.

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Gutter Guards or Covers and Other Accessories

During installation, you may have the choice of purchasing new gutter-and-cover units. Alternatively, it's possible to place covers over existing gutters. Gutter covers are sometimes more expensive than the gutters themselves. Their purpose is to keep leaves, twigs and other debris out. Well-made models work effectively, saving you hours of labor and reducing your overall maintenance bills.

With the costs of cleaning gutters averaging $145, finding ways to minimize the frequency and difficulty of cleaning is a good way to reduce household bills; however, few covers are 100 percent maintenance free. If you think installing covers means you never have to climb on the roof again, then you could be setting yourself up for more damage than if you'd never installed the covers.

Plastic Gutter Guards

Plastic gutter guards are meshes that snap-fit inside to prevent leaves and other debris from causing a blockage. They are relatively inexpensive — typically less than $1 per linear foot — and are easy to install on existing gutters. Some gutter guards are solid, with a single channel to allow water through, but they work in the same manner.

Steel Mesh

Steel micro-mesh is a more durable alternative to plastic guards. The mesh is capable of filtering out everything from leaves to grit to keep the gutters flowing freely. They are more expensive than plastic guards — approximately $2 per linear foot — but they are also stronger.

Gutter Foam

Gutter foam is a quick and simple solution for keeping your gutters free of debris. The foam sections sit inside the gutter, allowing water to soak through but keeping out leaves and other elements. The foam is not visible from ground level, and installation is rapid. The cost is around $1.50 per linear foot.

Rodent Guards

Rodent guards are plastic or metal meshes that fit over the end of your downspout. They usually screw into place to prevent rodents from climbing into the downspout to build a nest, and they have a snap-fit design for easy maintenance. Rodent guards cost approximately $5 each.

Downspout Screens

Downspout screens are wedge-shaped or dome-shaped meshes that sit in the top opening of the downspout. The mesh allows water through, while lifting dirt and debris so they blow away in the wind or fall over the side of the guttering. This prevents clogging, which reduces overall maintenance costs. Downspout screens cost around $8 each.

Heat Tape

In cold climates, ice is particularly damaging to gutters. Water in the pipes freezes and expands, weakening or cracking vinyl gutters and causing blockages. When the ice melts, the sudden deluge of water may overflow, causing slippery conditions below.

It's possible to minimize the impact of cold weather conditions by installing heat tape in your gutters. The tape has a heating element running through it, which prevents ice from forming, minimizes damage to the roof and ensures the water continues to flow. Installation is a simple DIY project, and the heat tape costs less than $1.50 per linear foot, making it a cost-effective way to keep your gutters in good working condition.

Gutter Flashing

Gutter flashing is a metal strip that runs behind the gutter and up underneath the eaves of the roof to create a waterproof barrier to prevent moisture damage. Installation is a relatively simple process, and considering that the flashing usually costs no more than $20 per length, it's a good way to reduce future maintenance bills for a small upfront expense.

Splash Blocks

Splash blocks direct water away from the building, reducing damage to the foundation. They cost up to $10 each.

Gutter and Flashing Replacement

When replacing your roof, inspect your flashing and gutters to see if you should bundle their replacement in.
Worn or corroded flashing is a common failure point. If they peel, corrode or crack, water can get under your shingles and into your ceiling. Since the leaks usually start small, molds build up in your attic. Some of these molds are toxic.
Failing gutters can spread mold by collecting water and wet debris along your roof line. Also, water can spill out of them and pool up by your foundation, which will lead to mold and to the deterioration of your walls and foundation.

Flashing Replacement

Having a professional replace flashing costs $200 to $500 per project area, such as around a chimney or in a valley.
As you remove your tiles, take care around the flashing. If it's in good shape, you can reuse it. Gently pry it up and set it aside somewhere safe. Take special care with step flashing, which is the type that abuts a wall such as around a chimney. It is interwoven with the shingles and has to be removed very carefully if it's in good shape. What you're looking for with flashing are:
  1. Rust. Rust is a sign of moisture such as rain getting through and corroding the metal. This weakens the flashing's' attachment and causes it to lift, taking any surrounding shingles with it.
  2. Cracking. Cracking is usually caused by stress, such as high winds. While the intact parts may still be securely attached, the crack itself can let water in.
  3. Excessive amount of sealant. Excessive sealer indicates that there was a past problem that wasn't repaired correctly. Ignoring this can only lead to bigger problems later on, so remove this flashing and throw it out.
If your roof features two angles that join and form a valley, there will be flashing here as well. This should be replaced regardless of what shape it's in. When it's removed, it is very susceptible to forming bends, warps and kinks. Replacing it correctly is more trouble than it's worth. Since it handles a constant flow of water during the rainy season, it probably has significant corrosion or cracks, and replacing it can only help.
Cost of Flashing:
Flashing usually costs about $1 to $5 per square foot when bought in sheets. These are commonly applied around vents. A 75-foot roll of fully-adhered flashing tape sells for about $25 and is normally used around odd angles or unusual shapes. Pre-shaped vent flashing will range from $10 to $20 each.
Replacing Gutters
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.
Gutters are a big sticking point for home maintenance in general. Keeping them clean is not a popular task, but it's a smart investment as cleaning gutters typically costs $100 to $200. They are a critical part of keeping your home as trouble-free as possible. They channel rainwater and runoff from ice and snow away from your walls and foundation. If you replace your roof without replacing them, you've only solved part of the problem.
Usually, by the time your roof needs replacing, the gutters need it as well. If they’re sagging, they can usually be re-hung. Vinyl gutter hangers are $2 to $5 each and help restore your them to their proper angle. This keeps runoff flowing in the correct direction.
Sometimes people try to “fix” sagging systems by drilling holes in the bottom to let the trapped water out. However, water that drips through these holes lands around the foundation rather than being directed away from the home as it should be. This section needs to be replaced entirely.
  • Vinyl gutters: $1 to $2 per linear foot
  • Vinyl end caps: $5 each
  • 10-foot vinyl downspout pipe: $10 to $15
  • Downspout elbow: $2 to $7
  • Downspout extension: $5 to $15
For more on the prices of various gutter materials, see our gutter installation guide.

Roof Fascia and Soffits

When it's time to replace your roof, take a look at the cost of replacing fascia and soffits. Fascia is the 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 is sometimes referred to as "gingerbread" when it features a decorative edge because it calls to mind gingerbread houses and other fairy-tale homes. It helps protect the beams from exposure to the elements. You should replace fascia that shows signs of cracking and splintering immediately. This not only helps it in its original job of protecting the beams, but it also helps prevent it from coming loose and falling on someone.
Because of the protected space, the fascia forms around the beams, insects and some birds also find it attractive as a place to build their own homes. Be careful when inspecting the fascia because the most common insects to occupy this space include hornets and black widows!

Replacing Fascia:

Replacing gingerbread fascia involves matching the decorative pattern. It may have to be custom cut. If you're a woodworker, this can be a reward unto itself. If you're not, you may have to replace the entire fascia with something less fancy.
Replacing fascia usually involves nailing cedar boards to the ends of the rafters. This replacement falls into two camps. One side of the argument is that 1x6 cedar boards contour to the normally uneven rafters. The other side of the argument says that the 2x6 cedar boards will not contour and will provide a more even appearance.
The problem with this second camp is that the straight board isn’t attached properly to the rafters. Therefore, your best bet is to install a wavy "sub-fascia" with a 1x6, then apply an "appearance-fascia" with a 2x6. If possible, replace your entire fascia to maintain a uniform appearance.
  • 1x6 inch x 8 foot cedar board: $7 to $15 each
  • 2x6 inch x 8 foot cedar board: $10 to $20 each

What are Soffits?

Soffits are ceiling-like features 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. A well-ventilated attic is often 30 percent cooler than a non-ventilated one, which helps lower utility bills because you use your air conditioning less.
Dust and debris often clog soffit vents, but more frequently it’s insects building their nests over them that clogs and damages them. Excessive painting also restricts the airflow through a specific vent. Some soffits are wood, while others aluminum or vinyl. The constant exchange of warmth and moisture can cause the wood to rot, the aluminum to weaken, or the vinyl to crack.
Aside from wood rot, the failure point of most soffit vents is improper installation or an inadequate number of vents. During your project, be sure that felt or insulation doesn't cover the vents. This is also a good time to make sure you have enough vents. The recommended amount is one square foot of intake and exhaust for every 300 square feet of attic space.

Cost of Soffits:

A soffit vent itself costs very little -- about $3 to $15 each. Some soffits are continuous, meaning that instead of a series of panels with a vent every few feet, they form an entire ventilated strip. These "continuous soffits" usually sell in packs of 50 with each one measuring 2 inches by 8 feet. A pack of continuous aluminum soffits can run from $150 to $200. Soffits are also sold as individual panels with soffits in one end and solid support going to the wall. These are usually 12-foot by one-foot panels and are about $10 to $25 each.

DIY vs. Professional Installation

Choosing to install your own guttering may seem like a cost-effective way to improve your home, but it's not a simple process. To start, you must measure your property to determine how much material you need. Guttering for DIY projects is usually available in 10-foot lengths, and where the sections join, there is an increased risk of leaks. Buying pre-cut sections increases the amount of waste, and you may end up buying a lot more than you actually use.

Professionals often use seamless guttering. To do this, they measure your property and roll out the exact amount of material required to get the job done. This reduces waste, ensuring you only pay for what you need. In addition, the job is done quickly. Seamless guttering is less likely to leak as there are no joins to weaken over time. Fortunately, professionals have years of experience to draw on and are in a good position to tell you which type of guttering is most suitable for your home.

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Vicky Seals More than 1 year ago
US Energy Savers was absolutely top notch.  From the owner of the company to all of the installers they go that extra mile.  Our gutters needed cleaned and they willingly cleaned them out before applying the leaf guard.  We are getting older and do not need to be on ladders and it was costing us two or three times a year about 300.00 to having the gutters cleaned.  Our gutter guards have 
taken one less worry of home ownership.  Thank you for the great customer service.
More than 1 year ago
Hi Vicky, We're glad to hear you had a good experience with this pro! If you would recommend them to a friend, please feel free to leave them a review by following this link http://www.homeadvisor.com/write-a-review/ or send a review to ratings@homeadvisor.com. -HASupport
Alan Sherman More than 1 year ago
Very helpful site and service!  I intend to revisit and re-read and very soon make calls to the pros that have been recommended, looking forward to building upon a good experience.
laura alvez 3 months ago
very helpful site 
Vicky Seals More than 1 year ago
US Energy Savers was absolutely top notch.  From the owner of the company to all of the installers they go that extra mile.  Our gutters needed cleaned and they willingly cleaned them out before applying the leaf guard.  We are getting older and do not need to be on ladders and it was costing us two or three times a year about 300.00 to having the gutters cleaned.  Our gutter guards have 
taken one less worry of home ownership.  Thank you for the great customer service.
John Corrado More than 1 year ago
Honey Do Lists requires 50% deposit. They also demand a contract that has no start date. Their business acumen concludes a deal you don't want. Just another example of a person that owns a pickup truck and a hammer and claims to be a contractor. Right!
William McClung More than 1 year ago
Good morning;
 
Recently, we had a paver company install pavers along both sides of our driveway in front of the garage.  When using their forklift to shift pallets of pavers around, they dented and damaged a 10-12 ft section of gutter over the garage door.  We would like to have this section replaced and repaired.  Could you give us an estimate regarding the cost of this repair, as well as how long it would take to finish?
 
Thanks!
 
William H. McClung

More than 1 year ago
Hi William, Thanks for reaching out, we would be happy to connect you with a gutter pro. You can submit a service request on our website: http://www.homeadvisor.com/, or browse reviews for local pros here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html. We can also have a project advisor reach out to assist you if you send your contact information to emailus@homeadvisor.com. –HASupport
ORLANDO LOPEZ More than 1 year ago
I just need to put gutter on the screens for sheet protection ,
What is the cost and when are they available  Orlando.

Graciela Flores More than 1 year ago
Excellent tips; very professional. I am waiting for your call.
Dan Cox More than 1 year ago
The most important reason for gutter is to protect the homes foundation! Seamless gutter actually enhances the look of your home while giving you maximum protection and durability. Seamless aluminum gutter is absolutely the best value for your money and comes in 29 different colors. 
Margaret Hicks More than 1 year ago
I need the existing Aluminum gutters cleaned , then add gutter shields to roughly 133 lineal feet..
Small house one level. Three  inside corner.