The Costs of Seamless Gutters
Seamless models of gutter systems are increasing in popularity and use. Instead of the gutter coming and needing to be installed in sections that need to be joined together, these models of gutters are made from one single piece of metal or plastic that is installed all at once.
The only seams in a seamless gutter system are at the corners during the installation. These corners are screwed together and sealed with silicone when using steel or aluminum. When using copper, the corners are soldered or riveted instead.
Seamless gutters come in vinyl, aluminum, copper, and steel. The cost to install gutters and downspouts.
Costs and Materials
The most popular kind of seamless gutters are made of aluminum. 80 percent of all seamless gutters are made of aluminum. However, there are other types of seamless gutters, and the cost of these types vary.
The following prices are per linear foot of seamless gutter, including downspouts, hanging brackets, and end caps.:
- Aluminum: Costs range from $9 to $14
- Coated Steel: Prices range from $7.50 to $12
- Copper: This is the most expensive material, ranging from $18 to $40
Additionally, aluminum gutters may be paint coated, or may have a baked-on powder-coated finish. Galvanized steel gutters will usually have a vinyl or Galvalume coating. Aluminum and steel coatings can also come in a variety of colors to better match your home’s aesthetic.
Other Factors of Costs to Consider
When you go to estimate the cost of installing a new seamless gutter, there are several additional factors to consider.
Removal of old gutters should probably be the first thing you think to consider in your cost after the cost of materials. Removal and disposal of old gutters will, on average, cost you about fifty cents to a dollar per linear foot.
The size of the gutter will also play a role in the overall cost of the gutters. Gutters come in a range of widths from 3-inches to 7-inches. The most common width, however, is 5-inches. The wider or larger the gutter, the more costly. Keep in mind the climate you live in and the size of your roof when determining a gutter width.
Upper-story installation can also affect the cost of installation. This is because installing gutters on a second- or third-story can be more difficult. The cost will typically increase by about $1 to $1.50 per linear foot.
The number of corners on your home is the most time-consuming aspect of installing seamless gutters. Homes with more than six corners will push costs toward the higher end of the cost range and price spectrum.
Positive and Negative Aspects of Seamless Gutters
Pros of Seamless Gutters:
- They can be professionally measured and installed for a perfect fit for your home.
- Powder-coated gutter can be painted.
- There are up to 24 color choices for seamless gutters, so it is incredibly easy to find one that compliments or matches your home.
- One-piece gutters tend to be less prone to leaking.
- Aluminum, steel, and copper are all long-lasting material choices.
Cons of Seamless Gutters:
- Vinyl sectional gutters are cheaper than seamless metal gutters.
- Seamless gutters are not as DIY-friendly since they require large coils of material and an extruding gutter machine.
- If the gutter becomes damaged, the entire gutter run must be replaced.
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