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How Much Do Gutters Cost?

The price of rain gutters depends on the material you choose. Vinyl gutters cost about $3 to $5 per linear foot. Metal gutters range in price: aluminum costs $6 to $12, steel $9 to $20, and copper $25 to $40 or more. Installing gutters for an entire home can cost anywhere between $600 and $2,400. The national average is between $850 and $1,000 for approximately 200 feet.

One of the eventualities of owning a home is the natural deterioration of its gutters. Well-maintained, high-quality systems can last up to 20 years. However, if you notice they start to sag or pull away from your home, it’s time to consider maintenance or replacing them altogether. The process may seem daunting, but a home without good drainage is much scarier--and costly.

On This Page:

  1. Cost to Install Gutters
  2. Gutter Prices by Type
    1. Copper
    2. Stainless Steel
    3. Aluminum
    4. Vinyl
  3. Downspout Costs
  4. Gutter Replacements
  5. Gutter Enhancements & Accessories
  6. Additional Considerations
  7. DIY vs. Hiring a Gutter Installer
  8. FAQs

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A constant flow of rainwater not only causes frustration for homeowners but also erodes the foundation of the house. Basement leaks, roof rot, and moldy attics are all consequences of failing gutters. If you suspect you need new gutters, you probably do.

Gutter Installation Cost

The estimate for an experienced contractor to install a home's gutters measuring 125 to 200 feet will cost between $1050 to $2400 depending on material and installation quotes. This estimate includes materials in addition to labor. You should expect to pay around $10 per linear foot for installation; however, pricing will depend on the cost of living in your area. Your roof pitch also impacts the estimate, and you can expect to pay more for a steeper incline.

Below is an estimate of the average cost of gutter installation (material not included) based on the type and scale of the work.

Gutter Installation or Replacement Costs
Project Average Price*
Add downspouts to existing gutters$160
Add gutters to existing gutter system$10 per linear foot
Install new gutters where there are none$1,750
Replace existing gutters$1,890

*Average costs are associated with seamless gutter installation projects which had a larger survey population than other materials. Other materials may differ in price. Prices are rounded to the nearest ten.

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Hiring a gutter contractor at an average rate of $75 an hour ensures the job will be done correctly and with minimal aggravation. A professional installer can complete around 50 linear feet in seven hours, which means the installation can take anywhere between one and three days depending on the home's needs. The downside is the added cost; paying someone for their services will add to the bottom line.

Average Cost to Install Gutters by House Size

StoriesPrice*
One story$1,200
Two or more stories$2,000

*Median seamless gutter installation prices will vary depending on material.

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Gutter Prices

The cost of gutter materials per linear foot depends a great deal on the type you select and the quality of the product. There are four major choices.

Type of Gutter MaterialAverage Cost Per Piece
Vinyl$3-$5
Aluminum$6-$12
Stainless Steel$9-$20
Copper*$25-$40 or more

*This material offers the highest quality of all and pricing depends on the manufacturer.

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Cost of Gutters & Downspouts

Gutters, which can run anywhere from $3 to over $40 per linear foot depending on the material, and downspouts, which cost between $5 and $25 or more per piece, are essential in helping preserve the foundations and walls of your home. They carry water away from your home's foundation and help prevent flooding. Without proper materials, you run the risk of foundation flooding, as well as premature crumbling or cracking. Gutters also prevent erosion of your property by directing water into the sidewalk rather than flooding your landscape.

The single largest factor in determining installation costs is the material you choose. Since professional gutter prices usually include the cost of installation, you can develop a good idea of your total costs by speaking to an installation professional. The following are the four major types listed from most expensive to least expensive.

Copper Gutters & Downspouts

Copper styles cost $25 to $40 or more per linear foot, and downspouts, which start at $17 per foot. They are effective in their function but are popular for their aesthetic.

Copper is more expensive than other gutter materials and homeowners choose them primarily for their beauty and charm. Keep in mind, copper develops a patina that will change the color over time, and you cannot always predict how the color will appear down the road.

IMPORTANT: Copper gutters may be targeted for theft in some areas because of the metal's value.

Steel Gutters & Downspouts

Steel gutters range from $9 to $20 per linear foot, and downspouts average about $10 per foot. Though slightly more expensive than aluminum, they are not any more effective in their ability to move water away from your home's foundation. The chief advantages of steel include durability and longevity, while the primary disadvantage is, once again, the steeper cost. Consider steel if you live in a part of the country that experiences extreme weather conditions. Steel is stronger and heavier than aluminum, so it will withstand harsher environments and last longer.

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Aluminum Gutters & Downspouts

Homeowners commonly choose aluminum gutters, which cost $6 to $12 per linear foot, and downspouts, $5 to $8 per foot, because they are the best bang for your buck of all types. They are lightweight, easy to install, and able to carry water away from your home. However, because the material is lightweight, aluminum can incur more damage over time and therefore might need repair or replacement sooner than more durable materials.

Vinyl Gutters & Downspouts

If spending a thrifty $3 to $5 per linear foot for gutters and $5 to $8 per foot for downspouts sounds appealing to you, then choose vinyl. They are an affordable option for those who do not live in a climate that experiences extreme weather conditions, either hot or cold. 

When they are in good shape, vinyl gutters and downspouts are effective in moving water away from your foundation, but they lack the durability of more dependable materials. The primary reason to choose vinyl is the price. The negative is that vinyl is the cheapest material, which means they will require replacement sooner.

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Downspout Cost

When you purchase new gutters, you'll also need to buy downspouts, which are located roughly every 35 feet. As noted above, expect to pay between $5 and $8 per foot for vinyl and aluminum downspouts. Steel is from $9 to $12 and copper will cost $17 or more per foot. You might also have to pay for additional accessories, such as splash blocks, drains, flashing, and hangers.

Seamless Metal Gutters

All gutters fall into two categories: seamless and sectional.

Seamless styles consist of one continuous piece rather than multiple pieces tethered together. A professional installer measures the roof of your home, identifies the required length for the seamless gutter piece, and cuts it on-site using a special machine. This style sits perfectly on your roof. 

You can buy sectional gutters piecemeal in 5, 10 and 15-foot sections. Ten-foot is the most popular. Your pro will join them on-site. 

Between the two, seamless models have the advantage because they resist leaks. Since they lack the gaps that exist in sectional pieces, there are no divots where water can drip.

If you decide on seamless gutters, you could pay anywhere between $800 and $5,000, depending on the preferred material and square footage of your home's exterior. This price includes types like aluminum, copper, vinyl, and steel, so it's quite a range. Seamless gutter costs could also include extra labor, delivery, and materials depending on your situation, so ask what's covered in the quote from an installer when you call.

Galvanized Gutters

The median cost to install galvanized gutters is about $700. Metallic and durable, they present a cost-efficient option. However, these have the potential to crack or expand due to heat but can withstand harsh conditions and come in seamless styles.

Although they are silver and metallic, you can easily paint them. They can last up to two decades with proper attention and maintenance, making them an attractive mid-priced option.

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Gutter Replacement Cost

Expert gutter replacement charges will be around $100 for removal and disposal. You can try to save this money if you feel confident attempting the removal on your own. However, if you do something incorrectly, the professional installer will charge you for any extra work they have to perform. 

If you decide to DIY the project, expect to pay roughly $40 for the actual disposal, but keep in mind, this price is also area-dependent. Charges could reach $100 in some cities. You should request an estimate before proceeding. Of course, it's also possible that a professional can secure better disposal rates than you can on your own.

Gutter Enhancements & Accessories

Downspout Extension Cost

Above-ground downspout extensions range from $10 to $50 (add $30 to $100 for installation) depending on length and type. In many cases, you will need accessories for your downspout to work best. This could raise the price of your installation. Some installers might give you a deal and include these features in their estimate, but you should always clarify before you proceed with the project. 

You might need some additional accessories such as:

  • Splash blocks/drains: $5 and $10. Help to direct water away from the foundation and prevent damage.
  • Flashing: $10. Protects your roof underlayment and siding from potential moisture damage.
  • Hangers: $2 or more. Help keep gutters elevated, especially with excess wind or water draining during a storm. 

Cleaning

Gutter cleaning costs approximately $100 to $200. A cleaner attachment for your pressure washer costs as little as $25 and allows you to clean them any time you see fit. These devices are long enough that they require no ladder to perform the work.

Gutter Guards

Installing gutter guards costs between $7 and $12 per linear foot. This plastic mesh guard prevents leaves and other clutter from creating blockage. The better products don't rust or erode over time, making them ideal one-time purchases.

There are pre-assembled styles to help you save time. LeafGuard, one of many brands, designs their system so that water flows straight into the downspout while blocking leaves and debris.

Wire Mesh Screens

Wire mesh screens cost as little as $1 per linear foot and are an elegant, inexpensive solution to the problem of nature's pests. A swarm of insects represents one of the largest dangers to the integrity of your gutters and can undo all your hard work. Wire mesh screens fit on top of the channel or box and provide protection against anything that tries to enter.

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Heat Tape

You can purchase heat tape for as little as $77 for 100 feet, and is a solid investment for people who live in colder regions. Winter weather and freezing temperatures represent some of the biggest threats to your gutters. When ice thaws, overflow will spill to the ground, creating dangerous walking and driving conditions on the surface below. 

If you live in an area that experiences a lot of cold weather, heat tape will protect them from icing. The cabling runs through the channels, and during inclement climate conditions, you simply activate the cables. As a result, the water from melting ice will drain away naturally, as intended. 

Downspout Screens

Downspout screens, which redirect debris away from the downspout opening, cost around $8 each. These helpful accessories prevent clogging. The clever design accommodates the natural motion of water to elevate leaves and other objects above the slope of the gutters where the wind will eventually blow them away.

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Additional Considerations

When installing or replacing your gutters, consider their location. They may have been attached in a less-than-ideal area because of the house's design. This is especially true for older homes. In certain situations, moving the funnels might cause additional repairs including siding replacement or repainting the home’s exterior.

There might also be situations where you cannot move the downspout, in which case you need to keep the system flowing smoothly. Also consider the best season for the job, both for convenience and to save some money on professional help. Professionals will probably charge less for their services in spring than in summer or fall.

DIY vs. Hiring a Gutter Installer

Some people might want to save money by installing or replacing their gutters themselves. This option has its advantages and disadvantages. Doing the project yourself can save money and allow you to pursue the project on your own terms. However, if you are inexperienced and make a mistake, you could wind up with too little or too much material, a fall-related injury, or accidentally damaging your house.

Gutters are necessary for the defense of your roof, siding, and landscape. Without them, you could spend thousands on repairs every season from moisture damage. Depending on your budget and home's appearance, invest in the kind that complements the exterior appearance and requires the least amount of maintenance. Hire a local gutter installer and rest assured the job will get done quickly and correctly. 

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FAQs

How long do gutters last?

Durable gutters made of quality materials like copper and steel can last up to 20 years if they are properly kept up, fitted with appropriate accessories, and cleaned regularly. Weather conditions, material type, and maintenance are three factors that will determine how long they last.

Do gutters add value to a home?

They can absolutely add value to your home, especially if they consist of quality materials. If you are in the process of searching for a new home, pay attention to the age and upkeep of the property’s gutters and examine the landscape to make sure they are functioning properly and staving off erosion.

Are gutters really necessary?

Yes, gutters are a vital feature of any home. They keep water away from your foundation, preventing cracking and premature crumbling. They also channel rainwater toward the sidewalks and streets and into city drainage systems, keeping your soil from shifting and eroding over time. They are a smart investment if you want to prevent future structural problems to your property and can save you considerable cash over the long haul.

What size gutters do I need?

Gutters come in 4, 5 and 6 inches with two shapes, K style and half rounds, that are suitable for most residential homes. A 5-inch K-style gutter holds about 1.5 gallons of water while 6-inch half rounds hold 2.0 gallons of water. Houses with steep roofs in wetter climates will need wider channels with extra downspouts to help drain the water more quickly.

Does Lowe's do gutter installation?

Yes, they have professional independent installers to measure, deliver, install, and more. Costs and pricing will depend on your location and the scale of your project.

What does Home Depot charge to install gutters?

Home Depot sells and delivers gutters; however, they do not install them for you.

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