Sometimes, the best way to upgrade your home is with new gutters. They’re an often necessary part of your humble abode and can add different layers in both style and functionality. If you’re considering new gutters as your next home improvement project, the number #1 project that’s in your head is probably: What is it all going to cost? It can be hard to budget for a project as extensive as this, but fear not! Read on to find out how much money to put away for your brand new gutters.
Types of Gutters
When looking for new gutters, the first choice you’ll come across is the type of material. There are many different materials that you have to choose from and they all have various pros and cons. Take a look down below to see some of the choices that you have.
- Vinyl: This material is one of the most popular around due to them being quite cheap. You can often get them from $4 to $8 dollars a foot. They are lightweight, which could make for an easy DIY gutter installation. But, even though they are lightweight, that can translate to being weak. They don’t last nearly as long as other more durable materials on this list (steel, copper, etc.) This leads to the material eventually cracking, and causing a ton of leaks down the road. If you live in a place that’s extremely rainy, then you’re probably going to need gutters that are a bit more durable.
- Aluminum: Aluminum gutters are often thought of as being the best of both worlds, being both lightweight and durable. If you’re looking to bring this material into your home, then it’ll probably be $4 to $7 per foot. They’re also rust-resistant, so they’ll be able to get you through many different types of weather. If you’re looking to personalize your gutters, then aluminum would be the perfect material to invest in. The paint will go over seamlessly. They aren’t completely indestructible though; they can still be dented from factors like debris and hail.
- Steel: Steel gutters come in two different types: galvanized and stainless. Galvanized is by far the most popular since it’s much less expensive than stainless. Also, they’re a lot sturdier than aluminum which makes them a great step up for people that are looking to upgrade to the next level of gutters. On the other hand, stainless steel is almost indestructible. But, of course, the high price point is going to show how durable they really are. You’ll probably be spending somewhere between $9 to $20 per foot of this material.
- Copper: Are you looking for the top tier of gutter materials? Then copper is definitely the material for you. First, they’re incredibly sturdy and will be able to withstand any weather that’s going to come your way. They don’t even rust. Also, their sturdiness doesn’t get in the way of their attractiveness. It’ll add another layer of beauty to your home. Of course, this material is going to make you dish out a pretty penny. You’ll spend somewhere between $15 to $30 per foot. It’s definitely going to be a high initial investment when it comes to copper gutters, but with proper maintenance, they’re going to last for generations.
Sectional and Seamless
The material is one thing, but construction is another. Often, you can choose to keep your gutters sectional or merge them so they become seamless. It all depends on what you prefer: durability or affordability.
Gutters come sectional by design, which comes with some obvious downsides. Sections lead to cracks, which lead to leaks. Due to these leaks, they won’t last as long as seamless gutters would. But, sectional gutters will often come at a lower cost to you.
With seamless gutters, there are far fewer leaks. No cracks mean that debris won’t get caught into your gutters. In turn, you won’t have to do as much maintenance on your home. They’re also going to be more attractive than sectional gutters. With this convenience comes a hefty price tag. You’re also going to have to enlist professional help since they’re very difficult to DIY.
If you’re ditching the DIY and choosing something a little more professional then there are a couple things that you should do to make sure that you’re getting the perfect price for your home and your budget. Just to make sure that you have all of your options available to you, you should try and get quotes from a wide variety of contractors in your area. This ensures that you’re aware of what you should be paying, and what you should stay away from.
Before you hire a licensed contractor for the job, do as much research on them as you can. If you can, get in contact with some of their previous client to ensure that they have a solid track record. Finding a quality contractor may take a while, but it’s definitely going to save you money in the long run. This ensures that they’ll do a quality job the first time, so you have a lower chance of dealing with complications in the near future.
It can be hard to estimate how much labor costs may be, but it would be best to put away a couple thousand dollars for potential labor costs. The cost is bound to go up if you’re looking to install a heavier material like copper or if you’re looking to input an enhancement or improvement into your gutters including gutter guards, downspout screens, or heat tape. Also, if your home is on the larger side, then you’re probably going to have to pay more for your installation since the contractor is installing more materials.
Fitting new gutters into your budget can be quite hard to do. The cost can vary drastically due to many different factors like house size, materials, and gutter enhancements. But, once you map out a plan for your future gutters, then it’ll be easier to estimate a possible cost. Once you do that, then you’ll be on your way to installing some fantastic gutters that’ll fit right into your budget.