Keeping up with exterior home maintenance is a non-stop job. From the windows to landscaping, to roofing, there’s a lot to keep up with.
And over time, as seasons change and the weather takes its toll on your home, gutter installation will surely be something you’ll need to consider.
But where do you even begin? It can be hard to determine the cost of gutter improvements and what to anticipate through the installation process.
Read on to learn about the details and costs of gutter installation.
When Do I Need New Gutters?
Knowing when you’ll need new gutters is challenging in and of itself. After all, you can’t exactly see up there!
Have no fear. You don’t have to climb a ladder.
Professionals can visit your home and do an evaluation. They’ll check for things like cracking, peeling, or sagging.
Having a professional eye on your gutters will help you avoid larger problems in the future. If you procrastinate repairing your gutters, they may deteriorate even further, increasing your overall costs.
The biggest factor in determining gutter installation cost is the type of material used. The following is a list of common gutter materials:
- Vinyl gutters are generally the least expensive, ranging in price from 3 to 5 dollars per foot. Many argue vinyl is the most economical choice, but beware, it will likely crack and erode over time.
- Aluminum gutters range from 4 to 9 dollars per foot. Be advised that aluminum may not be the best choice for extreme weather climates. It’s prone to denting and is easily weakened by the elements.
- Steel gutters are high in price at 9 to 20 dollars per foot. They are sturdy but may rust after 5 to 10 years.
- Copper is the most expensive and can cost 15 to 20 dollars per foot. It’s extremely tough and long-lasting.
- Wood costs about 12 to 20 dollars per foot, but it’s generally not recommended because it can easily rot and quickly depreciate.
There are also many different gutter designs and shapes to consider, as well.
Speak with your contractor about the best material for your home, budget, and location.
Breaking Down Labor Costs
The next step in configuring cost is considering the labor.
You can install gutters yourself, but it is not recommended according to Home Advisor as well as many industry professionals
Hiring a contractor is the safest and most trusted way to go.
Depending on the size of your home, it’s estimated that a contractor would take about seven hours to complete the installation of a 50-foot section.
You likely will pay per foot for your materials. So, the height and length of your home will affect your total cost.
On average, installing gutters with a contractor could cost anywhere from $1,600 to $2,175.
Bear in mind that each job is different and costs will vary due to the size of one’s home and the materials used.
Check Gutter Installation Off Your List
Whether you have a new home and need gutter installation, or you want to replace your current rain gutters, check this item off your to-do list!
Reach out to a professional who can guide you through the gutter installation process and ensure a job well done.
Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!