Cost of Gutters Calculator

Don’t let your remodeling budget go over-board by hidden surprises – understand what the average installed costs for gutters is near you by using our simple to use gutters cost calculator.

As an experienced licensed home improvement contractor, I know first hand what it should cost for various levels — from Basic, Better, and of course the best.

This gutter cost estimator will provide you with up to date pricing for your area. Simply enter your zip code and the linear footage, next click update and you will see a breakdown on what it should cost to have gutters installed onto your home.

The average cost to install Gutters on your home varies upon what type of gutter material and the thickness of the material (gauge). Typically, most homes either use galvanized or aluminum gutters that cost on average between $5-$8 per linear ft. However, there’s also vinyl gutters that are less costly and easier to maintain that cost on average $4-6 per leaner foot.

So for a average ranch styled home measuring 48 ft. in length in the front and 48′ ft. in the back with four-down spouts measuring 10′ ft. would cost you around $680.00 – $1,088.00 for total of 136′ Linear ft. of gutter materials installed. Get a Free estimate from a professional gutter company near you.

Let’s take a further look into what drives the installation price of gutters and additional cost factors using the example above of 136′ ft.

Gutters contribute to the integrity of your home and need to be properly installed. A DIY effort can save you a few dollars, but because the cost of professional installation is relatively low compared to other home upgrades, there’s less to save and more to lose if you make an error or hurt yourself in the process.

Types of Gutters

Gutter Type Vinyl Aluminum Steel Copper
Linear feet of Gutter
120 linear ft.
$438
$3.65/ft.
$590
$4.92 per ft.
$882
$7.35 per ft.
$2,727
$22.73 per ft.
End Cap
QTY 4
$5.80
$1.45 each
$9.80
$2.45 each
$14.60
$3.65 each
$16
$4.00 each
10′ Downspout
QTY 4
$50
$1.25 per ft.
$74
$1.85 per ft.
$350
$8.75 per ft.
$690
$17.25 per ft.
Front Elbow
QTY 3
$13.05
$4.35 each
$20.25
$6.75 each
$37.50
$12.50 each
$18.00
$4.00 each
Life-Span 10 years 20 years 30 years 100+ years
Total $506.85 $694.05 $1,284.10 $3,499

Gutters come in two varieties — traditional sectional gutters and one-piece seamless gutters. The costs are similar for each type and depend on the type of material used.

Sectional gutters come in 5′, 10′, and 15-foot lengths that are factory-made and assembled on site. Seamless gutters are custom-made on site from a single coil. While sectional gutters are convenient for the DIY-er, seamless gutters have a functional advantage — they don’t leak. If a portion of seamless gutter requires replacement, however, you may need to pay for a longer run of it.

Gutter Prices

Gutters come in a wide range of materials — the cost depends on which you choose. Vinyl gutters cost $2 to $5 per linear foot. Metal gutters vary in price from $6 to $12 for aluminum and $9 to $20 for steel to $25 or more for high-end copper.
Two hundred feet of gutter can cost anywhere between $660 and $4,500. The national average is between $850 and $1,000.

Gutter Installation Cost

The cost of professional gutter installation varies geographically but averages $10 per linear foot. Materials and labor for 100 to 200 feet of gutter average $900–$2500. Expect to pay more for multi-level homes — $1150 for one-story homes and $2000 for two or more. Challenging installations and disposal fees for old gutters add to the cost.
Cost of Gutters and Downspouts

Downspouts prevent your gutters from overflowing — experts recommend one downspout for each 30—40 feet of gutter. The price is the same per linear foot as gutter based on material choice, but you may pay more for complementary accessories, including hardware, hangers, drains, flashing and splash blocks.

Cost of Copper Gutters and Downspouts

Copper is both functional and beautiful — it develops a rich patina over time — but at $25 to $40 or more per linear foot, it’s the most expensive gutter material.

Two-hundred linear feet of copper gutter plus five downspouts at an average of 10-feet each will set you back at least $6250.

Cost of Steel Gutters and Downspouts

At $8–$19 per linear foot, steel gutters and downspouts are as sturdy as copper for a moderate price. Galvanized versions are treated to resist corrosion. Heavier than aluminum, steel stand ups to inclement weather like a champ and can be painted to match your home.

Expect to pay an average of $300 for 200 feet of mid-range steel gutters plus downspouts.

Cost of Aluminum Gutters and Downspouts

Aluminum is the most popular choice for gutter material because it’s lightweight and durable. Prices range from $6–12 per linear foot for both gutters and downspouts. On average, two-hundred feet of gutter and 50 feet of downspout will cost approximately $2250.

Cost of Vinyl Gutters and Downspouts

Vinyl gutters are the most budget-friendly at $2 – $5 per linear foot. While not recommended for homes where temperatures reach hot or cold extremes, vinyl gutters and downspouts are suitable for most areas and can cost as little as $500.

Cost of Seamless Gutters and Downspouts

Most seamless gutters are made of metal — 80% are aluminum, so the price is higher than vinyl. And because they’re made on-site, labor can add to the cost. Depending on the material you choose and the complexity of the installation, seamless gutters average $870–$5000.

Average Gutter Replacement Cost By Type

Gutter replacement costs include the price of materials, removal of existing gutters, plus labor and fees — it’s a project. The labor cost to remove old gutters runs between $75–$150 with an added fee averaging $50 for disposal. Material prices are consistent nationally, but labor varies by market — and accessories always add to the total. From start to finish, the average homeowner will invest about $950.

Gutter Type
Linear ft cost
Average Labor Cost
Vinyl
120′ linear ft.
$4 – $6 $605 – $920
Aluminum
120′ linear ft.
$5 – $8 $725 – $1,160
Steel
120′ linear ft.
$7 – $10+ $965 – $1,400
Copper
120′ linear ft.
$22 – $28+ $2,765 – $3,560

Gutter Enhancements & Accessories

Gutters work best when they’re paired with the right accessories — each home’s needs are different.

Consider what these add-ons cost and how they fit into your home’s drainage plan.

Downspout Extension

Downspout extensions are horizontal channels that direct water away from your home. Installed at the base of a downspout, extensions prevent splash damage to your siding, foundation or driveway.

The length extension needed will vary by circumstance — the cost average $10–$40 plus $25–$90 for installation for each. Not all downspouts require extensions.

Gutter Guards

Cleaning gutters is a hassle, and it’s not cheap — professionals charge up to $200. But you can eliminate most cleaning with the use of gutter guards — wire or mesh screens that fit over the top of your gutters, allowing rain to flow through while keeping out leaves and other debris.

The cost of Gutter guards run between $6 and $12 per linear foot. Downspout screens have a similar function and cost only $6 – $7 each.

Heat Tape

In cold climates, water in gutters can freeze, causing three problems. First, water expands as it freezes, causing gutters to pull apart at the seams and leak. Ice lingering in gutters can also cause water to overflow in a sudden winter rain, spilling over and creating a walking hazard wherever it refreezes. Worse, however, it can cause overflow to freeze at the eaves where it can build up. Called an ice dam, this accumulation of ice can eventually push up under asphalt shingles and cause your roof to leak.

The addition of heat tape to gutters solves these problems. For $65-$110 dollars, heat tape is available in 100-foot rolls and can installed with your gutter for years of worry-free performance.

Splash Blocks

Splash blocks are smaller versions of gutter extensions. Made of plastic or concrete, they fit under the downspout to keep water from collecting where it’s not wanted. Depending on the size and material, they cost $5–$15 each.

Gutter Flashing

Gutter flashing is a wide strip of metal that fits under the lowest tier of shingles at the end of a roof. It protects the wood underlayment from water damage if your gutters back up. For an additional $30–$40 for your entire roof, it’s a worthy investment.

Gutter Hangers

Gutter hangers are brackets that give gutter strength and support – it’s no place to skimp. Depending on the slope of your gutters, professionals recommend using one hanger for every 3 feet of gutter – more in rainy or snowy climates. At $2 each, hangers add an average of $50 to your gutter project.

FAQs

How long do gutters last?

Quality gutters can last up to 20 years if properly maintained. Weather conditions are a factor. Harsh sun and freezing temperatures, for example, are tough on vinyl. Metal gutter are more durable but should be painted regularly to ward away rust. Ask your installer about a warranty.

Do gutters add to a home’s value?

Good quality gutters are one of the few home improvements that regularly achieve a full return on investment. Choose a material that is proportionally comparable to the value of your home and consistent with its décor.

Are gutters necessary?

Gutters are essential. They move water away from your home so it can’t damage your driveway, landscaping or foundation. For many homes, they make the difference between a wet or dry basement. Long-term, they save far more money than they cost.

What size gutters do I need?

Gutters are available in different shapes, and they come in 4-, 5- and 6-inches sizes. The size you need depends on the volume of runoff they’re expected to handle. For average homes, 5-inch K Style or 6-inch round gutters are a good choice. Size up in wet climates or if a steep roof pitch will speed the downward flow of water.

Does Lowe’s do gutter installation?

Lowe’s sells gutters, and they work with independent installation experts that can handle the whole project. Pricing varies by location.

What does Home Depot charge to install gutters?

Home Depot sells a wide range of gutters and accessories, and delivery is available — but they do not offer installation services.

Gutter – Pricing and Installation Cost Checklist

  • Get at least 3-5 estimates before hiring a Gutter contractor — estimates are typically free, unless it’s a service call for a repair.
  • Expect the Gutter prices to fluctuate between various companies – each and every company have different operation expenses and over-head.
  • Try to get prices in late Fall, early winter – you should expect aggressive pricing discounts by waiting for a contractor’s down season.
  • Try to budget and additional 7-15% more on top of what our calculator gives out – I.e; difficult configurations, patterns, bump-outs, radius’s etc. The additional complexity of your gutter-line will add to the Gutter costs.
  • Visit every supply house that sell your particular brand of Gutter and try to negotiate a better price with each supplier – I save on average 20%.
  • Before having new Gutter’s installed onto your home, be sure to check to see whether or not your need to replace your roof. If your roof is in bad shape, or close to it, have your new Gutter’s installed after a new roof install so your gutter’s don’t get banged up.
  • Remember, there are multiple styled homes in the U.S – from: Contemporary, colonial, cape-cod style, ranch, bungalow, Victorian, etc. So keep that in mind and try to budget a little more, before starting your Gutter project.

Final Thoughts

Gutters are an easy and cost-effective upgrade that adds value to your home. Why spend thousands on unnecessary repairs when you can prevent them with gutters?

View More Gutter Prices, Styles & Accessories

  • PVC & Vinyl Gutters
  • Metal & Wood Gutters
  • Leaf Gutter Gaurds

External References:

  • This Old House: How to install gutters with installation costs
  • Estimating Building Costs: for the Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

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Author S Krone

A lawyer never retires. So I would just say that I am not as active as I used to be. Now I simply dedicate myself to fishing, my hobby, and my grandchildren. For Business Finance News I write about legal aspects of mortgage policies, mostly regarding the rights of policyholders. I also have articles about personal injuries.

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