Have you ever said or thought the following: “I love climbing up on a ladder and cleaning the gutters!”? No? We didn’t think so, and it is why millions of other homeowners have installed gutter guards. Designed to block debris from getting into gutters, backing them up, and necessitating an unpleasant hour or two of cleaning, they are a great home improvement project. You will find them in an array of styles and designs, and all are meant to do the same thing – shield the gutters.
Some are a snap to put in place, while others take even a skilled expert a considerable amount of time. Materials are minimal and often limited to the guards and any connectors required. The rest of the price is the labor involved. Remember, this is all ladder work and may mean lots of measuring, climbing up and down, and cutting pieces to fit before attaching.
Gutter guard installation: 200 feet.
|Labor||$45 per hour|
Other considerations and costs
- Contact gutter companies to find out if they have fixed pricing regardless of the style selected. It is not unheard of for such firms to charge flat rates based on linear footage, for example, any type of gutter guard installation (except for micro mesh) for only $6 or $7 per linear foot is possible.
- Find out if your gutter guard installation can also include a full cleaning and inspection of the system. This is a great way to start with a new, blank slate. The guards will eliminate any future risk of blockages while the thorough cleaning ensures that any remaining clogs or debris are eliminated. Also, see if they do once yearly inspections to ensure proper gutter guard function.
- While you are having a gutter guard installation, don’t overlook the need to put screens or guards over the tops of the downspout. Many an excellent gutter guard installation has gone to waste because debris was still flooding into the wide-open mouth of the downspouts.
Any visit to a big box home improvement store might convince you that you can easily tackle this sort of project. Don’t be deceived. It is tiring, challenging, and often dangerous work that can be done incorrectly and lead to water or ice damage to the siding or roof. Instead, just get bids from local contractors and get the job done by an expert, and cut your home maintenance needs down substantially.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.