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Install Downspout Cost

Install Downspout Cost

National average
$740 - $1,840
(installation of six, 12-foot galvanized steel downspouts)
Low: $316 - $560

(PVC/Plastic or vinyl downspouts)

High: $2,160 - $3,554

(copper seamless downspouts with screens and extensions)

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Install Downspout Cost

National average
$740 - $1,840
(installation of six, 12-foot galvanized steel downspouts)
Low: $316 - $560

(PVC/Plastic or vinyl downspouts)

High: $2,160 - $3,554

(copper seamless downspouts with screens and extensions)

Cost to install downspouts varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from gutter contractors in your city.

The average cost of installing downspouts is $740 - $1,840.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Downspouts?

Virtually all gutter systems have downspouts. In fact, it is required that most gutter systems have a downspout positioned every twenty feet. The gutters work with the downspouts to channel water away from the house. The correct installation of a downspout ensures that the water drains away from the home’s foundation.

To install six, 12-foot vinyl 1 downspouts on a 1200 sq.ft. home a homeowner can expect to pay $740-$1,840 for materials and labor.

Downspouts Installation

Downspouts installation costs
National average cost$1,290
Average range$740 - $1,840
Minimum cost$316
Maximum cost$3,554


Pros and Cons

If you think that your home’s gutter system needs new downspouts then please review the pros and cons. Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons. As with any home improvement project, downspouts do require yearly maintenance, but the benefits are valuable for your home’s long term wellbeing.

ProsCons

Channels water runoff where you want it to go

Keeps rain away from the sides of the house

Reduces runoff that can damage surrounding plants and shrubs

Continued maintenance required to keep the downspouts clear of debris


Downspout Materials

Downspouts are available in a variety of materials. Most people try to match the downspout material with that of their gutter system so it not only looks good, but also functions well. Below you’ll find information on the various downspout materials and their pros and cons.

MaterialProsCons

PVC/Plastic

($3-$5/linear foot 2)

White plastic downspout

Cheap

Easy to install

Cracks from weather

Breaks easily if hit by flying debris

Vinyl

($3-$5/linear foot 2)

White downspout

Cheap

Easy to install

Available in a variety of colors

Can crack from the sun or cold winter weather

Easily damaged by wind, hail, and debris

Colors can fade

Aluminum

($4-$7/linear foot 2)

Aluminum downspout installed in the roof

Affordable

Easy to install

Easily damaged by wind, hail, and debris

Galvanized steel

($7-$20/linear foot 2)

Metallic downspout

Lasts a lifetime

Easy to install

Requires maintenance to prevent weather damage such as rust

Can sustain dents from flying debris

Copper

($25-$40/linear foot 2)​

Copper downspout

Durable

Can last a lifetime

Unique, high-end decorative touch

Oxidizes over time, which many consider unattractive

Expensive

Takes longer to install


Installation Requirements

It is generally recommended that a downspout be installed every 20 feet. However, some will install a downspout every 30-35 feet. Spacing is largely dependent on local weather conditions, the overall design of the structure’s gutter system, and the drainage area. A downspout is positioned vertically and will extend all the way to the ground level 3. Most downspouts have a 70-degree bend at the bottom. The shape and position of the downspout are intended to ensure that water is directed away from the foundation to prevent damage. The water is either piped to a sewage system or allowed to flow onto the ground. If the gutter system or downspouts are not installed correctly then rainwater can pool at the base of the home and cause flooding or foundation damage.

Labor

A skilled handyman can easily install downspouts to a gutter system. Handymen charge $100-$300 per hour. They will usually charge a minimum of one hour and can install about three downspouts per hour. Aluminum, steel, and copper downspouts average about an hour per every three. PVC and vinyl 1 downspouts are the easiest to install and may take a skilled handyman less time. The handyman will use fastening 4 straps to hold the gutter in place. The straps are typically placed at six-foot intervals. Some downspouts also require splash blocks 5 if the downspout is not going to be connected directly to the gutter system.

Maintenance

You will want to regularly inspect and clean your downspouts and gutter system to make sure it has not become clogged with debris such as leaves, birds’ nests, or squirrels’ nests. If you have metal downspouts and you notice any rust then you’ll need to sand 6 off the rust and use metal paint to prevent the problem from getting worse. Watch for small holes or cracks so you can promptly repair the damaged areas. If the downspout is too damaged then you might have to replace it. You’ll want to clean both the downspouts and the gutter system at the same time to prevent the downspout from becoming re-clogged by the debris in the gutters. A basic gutter cleaning for 150 feet of gutters averages $150.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Downspout Screens

A downspout screen is usually fashioned from aluminum and fits into the downspout. The device prevents the downspout from becoming clogged. A downspout screen averages $2-$3 per piece.

Downspout Extension

A downspout extension helps you better divert the runoff that pours down the downspout where you want it. The device is typically constructed from flexible plastic and slides onto the end of the downspout. You can also use the downspout extension to connect it to underground drain pipes to prevent a basement from flooding or avoid soggy grass. Downspout extension prices average $8-$9 per unit.

Gutter Guard

A gutter guard goes across the gutter system to prevent debris from filling the gutters and filling the downspout. The gutter guard can vary in material and design. Gutter guard prices are $7.50-$10 per linear foot 2.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Downspout colors. Many people choose downspouts in colors to match their gutter system. Vinyl 1, PVC, and aluminum gutters and downspouts are all available in a variety of colors. Some metal downspouts and gutter systems are also painted, but most are not. Copper downspouts are always left natural so the beauty of the copper shows.
  • Can this be a DIY project? Yes, downspout installation can be a DIY project. You’ll need to purchase downspouts that match your gutter system. They are relatively easy to put together. Once assembled, the downspout is affixed to the side of the home using fasteners 4 and to the gutter with a flange. However, to ensure that your downspouts are installed properly, it is recommended that you hire a skilled handyman.
  • Rainwater collection system. In many areas of the country, people collect rainwater. You can easily install a rainwater collection system that depends on the downspout to funnel water into a reservoir.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to install a downspout?

A 12-foot galvanized steel 7 downspout costs $84-$240. A handyman charges an average of $150 per hour. Most have a minimum one-hour requirement. So the cost to install a single 12-foot galvanized steel 7 downspout will average $234-$390. Most handymen can install three downspouts in an hour.

  • How do I install a new downspout?

You will assemble the length of the downspout, hook it to the side of the home using fasteners 4, and affix it to the gutter with a flange.

  • Is it OK to bury downspouts?

Yes, you can bury the end of a downspout. This is often necessary in certain areas of the snow belt to prevent freezing. The downspout will be buried below the frost line by 32 to 48 in. in some areas where the weather is especially fierce during the winter months. You can also extend the downspout into a dry well or drain line 8.

  • Where should gutter downspouts be placed?

Downspouts are usually placed every 20 feet. However, they can also be placed every 30 to 35 feet.

  • How much does it cost to install gutters and downspouts?

To install 40 feet of PVC gutters with downspouts located on all four corners will cost $9.56 per foot 2.

  • How much does Home Depot charge for gutter install?

Home Depot does not install gutters. They refer you to a local contractor who installs gutters in your area.

  • How much does it cost to install 6-inch gutters?

Handymen charge $100-$300 per hour to install gutters whether they are six inches or five inches. A six-inch gutter averages $8-$8.50 per foot 2.

  • How much do seamless gutters cost?

Seamless gutters in PVC/plastic average $5 per linear foot 2, vinyl 1 is $5 per linear foot 2, aluminum is $7 per linear foot 2, steel is $30 per linear foot 2, and copper is $40 per linear foot 2.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
glossary term picture Vinyl 1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
glossary term picture Footing 2 Foot: A support for the foundation of a house that also helps prevent settling. It is typically made of concrete reinforced with rebar, but can also be made of masonry or brick. It is usually built under a heavier part of the house like a wall or column, to distribute the weight of the house over a larger area.
3 Level: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
4 Fastening: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
glossary term picture Splash Block 5 Splash blocks: Portable channel placed underneath a downspout to receive roof drainage and guide water away from a home or building
glossary term picture Sanding 6 Sand: Process of removing the top surface of a material, such as wood, using sandpaper and/or a specialized sanding machine (for large surface areas)
glossary term picture Galvanized Steel 7 Galvanized steel: Steel that has had a protective zinc coating applied to it to make it resistant to rusting
8 Drain line: The pipe through which the condensation removed from your home by the AC unit drains out of the house

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Handyman installing a black downspout

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Alpharetta, GA
+9%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Ashland, NH
+22%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Coldwater, MI
-21%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Cypress, TX
+8%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Danville, CA
+45%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Edmond, OK
-8%
Flaxton, ND
-45%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Glendale, CA
+14%
Glenview, IL
+40%
Hampton, VA
-18%
Hartford, CT
+23%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
King City, CA
-2%
Laurel, MT
-12%
Louisburg, NC
-28%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Mcdonough, GA
-11%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
Newport News, VA
-12%
Ogden, UT
-20%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Peoria, IL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%
Reno, NV
0%
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