Gutter Costs

Gutters direct rainwater from the roof-edge to the ground. This may help reduce property damage, increase comfort, and influence curb-appeal.

The cost to install average gutters depends upon type, material and finish grade, finished total length and fittings count, building height, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

Material and cost summary

In the following table the Cost figure is based on the average type gutter installation: 150’ total length of 5” gutter with 4 corners and 4 downspouts on a single story home; includes costs for miscellaneous material, equipment, and waste.

MaterialProsConsCost
Aluminum

Low cost

Easy install

No rust

Painting

Easily dented

Easily marked

$984
Vinyl

Low cost

Easy install

No rust, no paint

Can break

May fade

Low curb appeal

$1,123
Steel

Durable galvanized

Moderate cost

No rust, no paint

Bright new finish

Tarnishing

Heavier

$1,343
Copper

Majestic

Long life

No rust, no paint

Costly material

Costly skills

Heavier

$3,357


Other considerations and costs

  • The gutter installation influences curb appeal and any flaws are glaring ones.
  • Typical upgrades and accessories are reviewed in the related Cost Guide.
  • Downspouts are typically placed every 35’ of horizontal gutter.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • These gutter examples do not include engineering attention to customization.

DIY considerations

  • This project may be suitable to an able and prepared DIY person with typical contractor’s tools.
  • Partial DYI is possible, leaving just the gutter replacement to a professional.
  • Installers will need to be working safely atop ladders or scaffolding. Normal hand tools are necessary, and a power drill will be useful for drilling and screwing. Metal and wood material installations will require other suitable tools and skills.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.     

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