Nationwide Gutter Services
25 Jul 2016

Gutter Installation Cost

How much does it cost to install gutters?

The average cost to install galvanized or aluminum gutters is approximately $4 to $9 per linear foot. There are also vinyl gutters which are much easier to install, and which run at roughly $3 to $5 per linear foot. Therefore, installing from 125 to 200 feet of gutters will cost $1050-$2400.

These prices, however, tend to apply strictly to the DIY homeowners. When a professional gutter company is hired for the work the prices will climb a bit with averages ranging from $1050 and $2400, and with separate prices assigned to downspout installations.

For the purpose of this discussion we will look at the price and requirements to install 200 feet of gutters.

Cost breakdown

For the gutter installation, the typical costs include:

  • Materials – costs for gutters range widely with PVC and vinyl being the least expensive. There are also aluminum gutters (which dent very easily and which become brittle with prolonged exposure to the elements), wood gutters, galvanized steel gutters, and even copper gutters. Plastics range from $3 to $5 per foot, aluminum average $4 to $9, wood are around $16 per foot, steel are from $4 to $8, and copper will be the most expensive with an average price of $20 per foot; and
  • Labor – when the homeowner decides to have the job done by a professional, they will have to add more to the budget for this part of the work. A good carpenter or “handyman” can usually handle a gutter guard installation in a very short period of time. According to it would require the average contractor around seven hours to install a 50 foot section, which means that the project described here would require three days of work and a total of $2200 to complete.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Gutter Drainage – according to it will usually require no more than $160 to pay a professional to design and install a system for the drainage of gutter water away from the house or foundation;
  • Removal and Disposal – removing old gutters and disposing of them will usually add to the total cost of the project. To pay a professional for the work will usually demand around $100;
  • Cleaning – the average cost for a professional gutter cleaning is approximately $90 for a single service. In most areas it is necessary to clean gutters at least three times each year;
  • Gutter Guards – there are dozens of varieties of gutter guards, with DIY and professionally installed options among them. The costs for a system can range from as little as $200 (DIY) up to $3600 for a professional installation;
  • Downspout Screens – in addition to using gutter guards, a homeowner may want to consider installing downspout screens. These redirect floating debris away from the downspout opening and allow water to drain away immediately; and
  • Heat Tape – there are many heating elements that are impervious to the effects of freezing temperatures, ice, and water and these will help to prevent ice from forming on top of, or inside a gutter. While a homeowner is installing gutters, or having them installed professionally, they may want to consider installing heating elements wherever icing occurs.



15 Jul 2016

Hiring the Best Gutter Installation Contractor

When installing gutters, choose a replacement company with the right reputation and information.
Replacing gutters is one area where hiring a professional is always the best way to go. However, most homeowners can see the obvious signs when they need to replace gutters.

Weather can wreak havoc on your gutter system. Winter storms and ice buildup can cause your gutters to sag or pull away from your home. Sagging gutters or improperly angled gutters create low spots that overflow during storms, resulting in landscaping damage. Over time, it also brings the potential for water to enter your foundation, basement or behind the walls.

Professional vs. DIY gutter replacement
Contractors who do this job every day can spot problem areas homeowners might overlook during a DIY gutter replacement. There could be damage to your existing fascia boards from your old gutters, leaks behind the siding or wood rot in the fascia or framing.

If you have any areas where water overflows from the gutters or pools at the downspout exits, gutter experts are adept at finding the proper solution. They can suggest ways to reconfigure the gutters and downspouts to carry water more effectively off your roof and away from your home.

What to look for in a gutter contractor

When contacting gutter replacement contractors, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, research reputable contractors. You don’t want to hire a fly-by-night company with no solid online reviews from customers. Read online reviews for the companies you’re considering, and ask friends and neighbors for recommendations.

Obtain detailed written estimates from each gutter contractor that visits your home. The contract should include a detailed description of the work to be performed, information on how long the project will take and payment specifics. You should obtain information on who to contact if any problems arise with the installation or materials.

The company should be bonded, insured and properly licensed if necessary in your area. Also, any reputable contractor should offer a warranty or guarantee on the project, as well as happily provide client references.

Consider each gutter company’s products

Another decision when replacing gutters is what type to get. Typical builder-grade gutters consist of a five-inch open gutter trough. Most homes really benefit from six-inch gutter troughs, especially if they have a steep roof pitch or gutters on both the first and second stories.

Some gutter companies offer the option of installing a gutter screen or guard on top of the gutters. These can be made of wire mesh or nylon.

While they can prevent larger leaves and sticks from entering your gutters, smaller debris such as tree flower buds or pine needles can still enter. This will make it necessary to clean out your gutters on a regular basis. They can also lead to greater snow and ice buildup during winter storms, potentially damaging your gutters.

Gutter guards and enclosed gutters

Some gutter companies manufacture a completely enclosed gutter system. They consist of a hood attached to the gutter itself. Typically, water flows over the edge of the hood, keeping out leaves and debris both large and small. Some manufacturers even tout these gutters will remain clog free and offer a lifetime warranty.

While the cost of these types of gutter systems can be higher than traditional open gutters, you’ll never have to pay for gutter cleaning. As mentioned before, talk to friends and neighbors to gauge their experience with different types of gutter systems, and read online reviews of the company’s products.

The best gutter installation company

When undertaking any home improvement project, it pays to do your homework. Research the gutter companies you’re considering. Make sure their contracts include all of the necessary information.

If you’re having water problems in certain areas, discuss this with the gutter company so they can reconfigure your system to work more efficiently. And research which type of gutter system will work best for your home and budget, taking into consideration the long-term gutter maintenance costs of uncovered versus covered gutters.


05 Jul 2016

Why is Gutter Cleaning So Important?

A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.

But when neglected, experts say gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Contractors say gunked-up gutters also make nice homes for pests, rodents, mold and honeycombs from bee infestations.

“If you let gutter cleaning go by the wayside, it can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars,” says Jeff Lambert, a supervisor with The Gutter Man in Houston.

“Gutters are a potential bomb above your head full of insects and critters, if you let them stay out of sight, out of mind,” Lambert added.

How often should they be cleaned?
It depends largely on where you live and, most importantly, how many trees are in your yard. Bob Vecchio, owner of The House Doctors in Cleveland, recommends having gutters maintained in the spring and fall.

“I recommend people calling me in the fall when all of their leaves are down or almost down, Vecchio says. “In the springtime, maple trees get those little helicopters that go everywhere, including into your gutter.”

Vecchio says it’s important to have a professional clean the downspouts as well because a clogged downspout “makes it hard for the rain to go down and that causes them to back up and overflow the gutter, which can cause damage to your home.”

You can judge how often to clean your gutters based on how often leaves in your area fall and the types of leaves, Lambert says.

“It should be on everyone’s to-do list about every four months, depending on the tree climate,” he says. “In a high-yield environment, leaves fall all year-round. You can’t wait until the last leaf falls.”