The Cost of Installing Gutters and Downspouts
There are many factors that go into determining the cost of gutter and downspout installation. Keep in mind that the costs outlined here apply primarily to DIY homeowners that would like to install their own gutters and downspouts. A professional completing these tasks will tend to charge a bit more. Learn how to install gutters and replace them in this new article.
The prices here are estimated for the average home, which will use approximately 200-feet of gutters and six downspout installations.
Installing Gutters and Downspouts Breakdown of Costs
Materials used for Installing Gutters and Downspouts
Materials for installing gutters and downspouts vary. The most commonly used materials are PVC, vinyl, and aluminum. Copper, galvanized steel, and wood may also be used for gutters. Remember that each material comes with its own pros and cons, and may have their own individual challenges. If you’re looking for the gutter installation cost, read this article.
Cost of Materials
- Plastics: Typically cost from 3 to 5 dollars per foot
- Aluminum: Usually will cost about 4 to 9 dollars per foot
- Wood: Will cost approximately 16 dollars per foot
- Galvanized Steel: Range from 4 to 8 dollars per foot
- Copper: Is the most expensive, will cost an average of 20 dollars per foot
Also, you need to consider not only the costs of the gutters by linear foot but need to consider the cost for the downspout elbows, outlet tube, lower elbow, and all applicable connections. You will also need to purchase fastening straps at each six-foot interval.
If the downspout does not connect to a gutter drain, you should also get a splash block of some kind, to further redirect the drainage away from your home or building. Splash blocks can usually be purchased for under ten dollars but can cost as much as 70 dollars for decorative-cast aluminum blocks.
Once you decide on the materials you would like to use for your gutters and downspouts, it’s time to consider installation costs.
Installing Labor Costs
For most DIY homeowners, or anyone with good carpenter or handyman skills, the cost of labor on installing gutters and downspouts is minimal.
On average, a professional installation will take approximately seven hours to install a 50-foot section of gutters and downspouts. That considered, it would take approximately three days and a total of $2,200 to install completely.
Keep in mind that many professionals will prefer to use “seamless” aluminum gutters with their installation. This will actually help to keep costs closer to the DIY cost range.
The national average, with just the basic material and installation factors considered, is approximately $1,500 to $2,700.
Installing Gutters and Downspouts Other Costs to Consider
Removing and disposing
Removing and disposing of old downspouts and gutter sections will usually add to the costs of your project. This is unless you choose to uninstall the sections yourself and transport them to a recycling center, if appropriate. You can expect this to cost about $200.
Heat Tape can be installed as well. It can be draped across the roof of your home or building and can run along gutters and downspouts. The tapes will help to get rid of ice buildup or jams, which are frequently to blame for collapsing gutters and downspouts. During installation is the best time to add heat tape if you choose to.
Gutter guards and downspout screens
Gutter Guards and Downspout screens may also be installed. Installing either, or both, of these guards, will help to deflect debris from gutters and downspouts, which will allow continuous, uninterrupted flow.
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