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Aluminum Trim Cost

How much does it cost to install aluminum trim?

Installing aluminum trim is an important element in protecting your home and roof structure. It is added underneath gutters to prevent water from seeping under the rafters. Common home footprints have 612 corners while complex home footprints have more than 12. Each corner increases the cost as each one needs to be cut, mitered and sealed.

This cost guide will look at installation aluminum trim on a 1,200 sq.ft. home, which averages $9,300.

Cost breakdown

  • Labor: a contractor will remove and dispose of any old trim, then install new ones. Contractors charge $35-$60 per hour. It should include planning the layout, cutting the trim, and attaching the aluminum trim. Also included should be the installation of appropriate channel molding 1 for each seam 2. Labor will be directly related to the size and style of your home:
    • Footprint 3 with 4-6 exterior corners on 1 story: 12 hours ($420-$720).
    • Footprint 3 with 6-12 exterior corners on 1 story: 14.5 hours ($507.50-$870).
    • Footprint 3 with more than 12 exterior corners on 1 story: 17 hours ($595-$1,020).
    • Footprint 3 with 4-6 exterior corners on 2 stories: 18.5 hours ($647.50-$1,110).
    • Footprint 3 with 6-12 exterior corners on 2 stories: 21 hours ($735-$1,260).
    • Footprint 3 with more than 12 exterior corners on 2 stories: 22.5 hours ($787.50-$1,350).
  • Material Costs:
    • Aluminum trim in 8"x12' sheets with a 50 year warranty that comes in up to 15 different colors: $2-$10 per linear foot. This can increase to $20 per linear foot  or more if the soffits 4 are wider than 12”-16”.
      • 200 linear feet costs between $350 and $2,000 to repair portions of a 1,200 sq.ft. home.
      • 400 linear feet costs between $800 and $8,000 to follow the eaves 5 of a basic style 1,200 sq.ft. home.
    • Channel molding 1, flashing 6 and sealant to hide and protect seams 2 in:
      • 200 linear feet of trim: $130-$160.
      • 400 linear feet of trim: $26-$320.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Replace gutters while installing roofing trim: $1050-$2,400 for 200 feet.
  • Paint trim for between $500-$1,000.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If a home has damaged trim, it’s possible to replace just the section that is damaged without replacing all of the aluminum trim. Be sure to always have any moisture issues fixed before making the repair.
  • Siding material does not influence the cost of installing aluminum trim.
  • If your trim paint tests positive for lead 7, special precautions need to be taken due to the protective screening required for the work. If the trim work is lead 7 contaminated, take care with the siding paint, as it may be contaminated too. This removal will cost $200-$400 per hour.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Channel molding: Molding that has 3 walls to create a channel, such as in a U or C shape. It is used to protect seams in aluminum trim and to protect edges and corners in drywall and other materials needing to be joined
2 Seam: A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together
glossary term picture Footprint 3 Footprint: The entire area of ground covered by a building, including the exterior walls and porch or patio areas
glossary term picture Soffit 4 Soffits: Construction material, typically composed of vinyl or aluminum, used to enclose the underside of eaves and ceilings
5 Eaves: The edge of a roof that connects with the wall of the building. Usually this part of the roof comes out further than the wall
glossary term picture Flashing 6 Flashing: Pieces of sheet metal used on roofs to cover joints, such as where the roof meets the wall, or around a chimney or skylight, to protect them and prevent water leaking through
glossary term picture Lead 7 Lead: A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications

Cost to install aluminum trim varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Ashburn, VA
+14%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Aurora, IL
+21%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boston, MA
+40%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chesnee, SC
-17%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbia, MO
-19%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Elmore, AL
-36%
Farmington, MI
+32%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Frankfort, KY
-25%
Germantown, MD
+27%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Granville, NY
-14%
Gulfport, MS
-3%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jermyn, PA
-9%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lancaster, KY
-35%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Lorton, VA
+24%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Monroe, GA
-17%
Naperville, IL
+47%
Nashville, TN
+21%
Natick, MA
+38%
New London, NC
-30%
New York, NY
+77%
Newport News, VA
-12%
Northford, CT
+21%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
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