Copper Gutters Installation Cost

The average cost of installing copper gutters is $3,110.

How much does it cost to install copper gutters?

Residential gutters are made up of horizontal gutter sections attached at the roof edge, and vertical downspout sections that carry the water to the ground. A typical home will need 125 to 200 feet of gutters with downspouts every 35 feet of gutter. It is further necessary to conduct water away from the foundation at ground level.

Innstalled average copper gutter costs will vary with total gutter length, building height, labor rate, and the number of corners, couplers, hangers, and downspouts.

A typical residential installation is of 140 feet of copper gutter with four downspouts and four corners. It will typically cost around $22.22 per foot to be professionally supplied and installed. The DIY Material Cost is around $17.17 per foot of gutter.

Cost breakdown

Gutter 5" Copper

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Gutter sections with anchors, hangers, couplers$11.33per foot140$1586
Mitered Corners and Outlets$18.32each8$147
Downspout sections$125.40per 10 feet4$502
Downspout ells, splash block 1, anchors$42.35per spout4$165
Material Cost$17.17per foot140$2400
+ Labor Cost$5.05per foot140$710
Total Cost$22.22per foot140$3110


The Total Cost includes 12 man-hours of work by an especially skilled sheet metal worker. The copper metal installation requires special metal and copper working tools and skills. The brave DIY homeowner should count on at least 16 man-hours of work between two persons (an 8 hour day for the crew), and will need to be working safely atop ladders or scaffolding 2. Normal hand tools are also necessary, and a power drill will be useful for drilling and screwing.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Gutter Guards - there are dozens of varieties of aluminum material gutter guards, with DIY and professionally installed options among them. The additional material costs for this example project can range from as little as $1.00 per foot for the simplest snap-on filter material to $3.00 per foot for an intermediate diamond stamped material, to $5.50 per foot for the deluxe hinged 3 type protection. Additional labor cost will be minimal during gutter installation, however if it is a separate project the labor cost could rise to $1.50 per foot or a minimum job-cost set by the installer.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Copper discolors with age in tones of blue and green, but does not rust.
  • No taxes or permit fees are included.
  • For a two-story home the cost will increase by downspout sections and any increase in installation preparation or equipment such as scaffolding 2 not included here.
  • Removal of old gutters by contractor will cost around $0.61 per foot.  
  • Professional gutter cleaning will cost approximately $75 for a single service. In most areas it is necessary to clean gutters at least three times each year.
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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 Splash block: Portable channel placed underneath a downspout to receive roof drainage and guide water away from a home or building
2 Scaffolding: A temporary structure used during construction/maintenance/painting projects to raise and support workers (or one worker), required materials, and equipment
3 Hinged: A type of joint that attaches two items together but allows one of them to swing back and forth, such as a door attached to a door frame

Cost to install copper gutters 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
Atchison, KS
-23%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Auburndale, MA
+41%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boise, ID
-11%
Boynton Beach, FL
-2%
Brentwood, NY
+17%
Broadview, IL
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Burlingame, CA
+59%
Cambridge, MA
+40%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Exton, PA
+18%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Hillsboro, OR
+15%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Katonah, NY
+11%
Katy, TX
+63%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
Lawrenceville, GA
+16%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Monticello, MN
-2%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
Newport News, VA
-12%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Pepperell, MA
+33%
Petersburg, VA
-29%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Portland, OR
+11%

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