How Much Does It Cost to Install Gutters?

National Average Range:
$900 - $5,000
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Rain gutters direct water from your home’s foundation to avoid serious damage and soil erosion. Gutters come in a range of materials and styles, complementing your home’s appearance, matching specific details in your architecture, or investing in a low-maintenance material that is easy to install. While the cost of gutters is not expected to increase, inflation is impacting the cost of many materials and supplies. This could lead to an increase in costs of some gutters or gutter-related materials over 2023.

Because of this range in materials and style, there is a wide range of costs associated with new gutter installation. The national average range is $900 to $5,000, with most people paying around $1,409 for 150 linear feet of seamless aluminum box gutters with 4 downspouts, professionally installed. This project’s low cost is $510 for 100 linear feet of white PVC gutters with 3 downspouts, installed DIY. The high cost is $6,917 for 200 linear feet of K-style copper half-round gutters with 6 downspouts, professionally installed.

Cost to Install Gutters

Average Cost of Gutter Installation
National average cost$1,409
Average range$900-$5,000

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Gutter Installation Cost per Linear Foot

Gutters are sold and installed by the linear foot. The exact cost is influenced by several factors, including the material, type, and style, with some materials and shapes costing more than others. Gutters cost from $3 to $50 a linear foot installed, with vinyl being the least expensive and zinc costing the most.

The number of feet you need for gutters depends on several factors. They are only installed where rainwater needs to be directed, which can change based on the roof type and house location. The average home may need anywhere from 100 to 250 linear feet of gutters. Below are common gutter lengths and the average cost to install them.

Cost to install 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 linear feet of gutters

Cost to install 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 linear feet of gutters

SizeAverage Cost (Installed)
50 Linear Feet$150 - $2,500
100 Linear Feet$300 - $5,000
150 Linear Feet$450 - $7,500
200 Linear Feet$600 - $10,000
250 Linear Feet$750 - $12,500

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Average Cost to Install Gutters by House Size

Because gutters are sold and installed by the linear foot, the larger your home, the more gutters you have to install. Keep in mind that they are not installed around the perimeter of your home, but only on those areas where rainwater needs to be directed away from your foundation. The exact number of feet your home needs varies based on your architectural style and home placement. Larger homes often have more stories, which also means needing longer downspouts. The pitch of your roof, the hips, gables, and other features also play a role in how much your gutters cost. The dimensions of your home, and the angle of your roof can vary a lot even for one set of square footage. For example, an 800 sq.ft. home may need just 44 feet of gutters, or it may need more than 60 feet of gutters, depending on the shape of the roof. Below is the average price to install gutters from the least to most expensive based on varying house sizes:

Cost to install gutters in a 800, 1,000, 1,500, 1,750, 2,000, 2,500, and 3,000 sq.ft home

Cost to install gutters in a 800, 1,000, 1,500, 1,750, 2,000, 2,500, and 3,000 sq.ft home

House SizeAverage Cost (Installed)
800 sq.ft.$150 - $4,000
1,000 sq.ft.$240 - $5,000
1,500 sq.ft.$300 - $6,250
1,750 sq.ft.$360 - $7,500
2,000 sq.ft.$420 - $8,750
2,500 sq.ft.$450 - $10,000
3,000 sq.ft.$600 - $13,600

Cost to Install Rain Gutters by Number of Stories

The number of stories your home has may impact the total cost of the installation. Taller homes need longer downspouts than single-story homes. For this reason, a two or three-story home will have slightly higher costs than a single-story home. However, this will not be an enormous difference. The material, size and shape, and number of linear feet you need impact the price of the project much more than the number of stories your home has. Below are the average costs by number of stories, assuming a one story home between 800 and 1,500 sq.ft., a two story home between 1,500 and 2,500 sq.ft. and a three story home between 2,000 and 3,000sq.ft. Remember that your home can have different dimensions regardless of size, and keep in mind that there will be some overlap depending on the other factors involved.

Cost to install gutters in a 1, 2, and 3-story home

Cost to install gutters in a 1, 2, and 3-story home

Number of StoriesAverage Cost (Installed)
1 Story$150 - $6,250
2 Stories$300 - $10,000
3 Stories$420 - $13,600

Gutter Prices by Type

Gutters come in essentially two types - segmental, also known as seamed, and seamless, also known as continuous. Seamed gutters come in set lengths, so if you need more than one piece, they are joined on site. Seamless gutters are constructed at your home and are one piece with no seam, meaning the gutters have fewer leaks.

Material and total cost per linear foot to install seamed and seamless gutters

Material and total cost per linear foot to install seamed and seamless gutters

TypeCost per Linear Foot (Materials Only)Cost per Linear Foot (Installed)
Seamed$2 - $31$3 - $35
Seamless$2 - $43$6 - $50

Seamed Gutters Cost

Seamed or sectional gutters cost $3 to $35 a linear foot installed. Materials average $1 to $31 a linear foot, depending on what they are made of. All gutters come in sectional or seamed styles. They are less expensive and readily available for DIY installations. They do not last as long because the seams fail over time, causing clogs and leaks. Materials that are difficult to create seamlessly, such as wood, are more likely to be found in a seamed gutter.

Seamless Gutters Cost

Seamless gutters average $6 to $50 a linear foot installed or $2 to $43 a linear foot for materials. Seamless gutters are more expensive because they are formed specifically to the measurements of your home. Each piece is longer, and therefore more difficult to install. However, they last longer with fewer leaks, so they are often worth it in the long term. Not all materials can be seamless. They are made on the jobsite to fit your home exactly. Some materials are unable to be forged this way, such as wood, so your options may be limited.

Cost of Gutters by Width

No matter which type or material your gutters are, they come in different widths or sizes. The common sizes for most gutters are 4”, 5”, and 6”. This refers to the width. The larger the gutter, the more rainfall it can hold and deal with. Most homes need 4” or 5” gutters for average rainfall. However, you may need 6” gutters to prevent them from overflowing if you live in an area with heavy rain. Because larger gutters require more material, they are more costly than smaller gutters. This is true regardless of the material or style. This means the cost to install 6 inch gutters is higher than the smaller sizes. Below are the average costs per linear foot for seamed and seamless gutters installed in different sizes.

Cost per linear foot to install 4, 5, and 6 inch seamed and seamless gutters

Cost per linear foot to install 4, 5, and 6 inch seamed and seamless gutters

Gutter SizeCost per Linear Foot Seamed (Installed)Cost per Linear Foot Seamless (Installed)
4 Inches$3 - $30$4 - $40
5 Inches$4 - $32$5 - $43
6 Inches$6 - $39$7 - $50

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Average Cost of Gutters by Material

Gutters come in a range of materials, each with a different price. When choosing the material, consider several things pertaining to your home, climate, and rainfall. For example, some homes with copper or zinc accents may look better with gutters to match, while more rustic homes may work best with wood gutters.

Other materials may offer different issues, depending on the location, with some materials fairing better in hot or cold climates and others doing better near the coasts. Each type also has different costs for the material and its installation. Below are the average costs per linear foot for the materials and final installation.

Material and total cost per linear foot to install gutters by material: vinyl (PVC), galvanized steel, aluminum, etc…

Material and total cost per linear foot to install gutters by material: vinyl (PVC), galvanized steel, aluminum, etc…

MaterialCost per Linear Foot (Materials Only)Cost per Linear Foot (Installed)
Vinyl (PVC)$2 - $6$3 - $11
Galvanized Steel$4 - $13$5 - $20
Aluminum$5 - $13$6 - $20
Wood$18 - $25$21 - $32
Galvalume$19 - $23$20 - $30
Copper$24 - $33$25 - $40
Zinc$29 - $43$30 - $50

Vinyl Gutters Cost

Vinyl or PVC gutters cost $2 to $6 a linear foot for the material and $3 to $11 a linear foot installed. Vinyl is an inexpensive material that is easy to install, making it a good choice for DIY. It is also highly durable and requires little maintenance. However, it is more susceptible to weather because the plastic can warp if it is regularly exposed to high temperatures. It comes in many styles and sizes and works for many homes. It becomes brittle in cold temperatures and softens in hot temperatures, so it is best in a moderate climate. It is available in sectional and seamless styles and different sizes.

Vinyl rain gutters don’t hold up well to changing temperatures. Both heat and cold will adversely affect the life of vinyl gutters because vinyl is essentially plastic. The cold will cause vinyl to be more brittle, so if a tree branch falls and hits a cold vinyl gutter, that gutter will easily crack. Vinyl gutters are sold in 10-foot lengths. If you have a 30-foot gutter, you will have two seams in that gutter connecting the three 10-foot sections. Because vinyl will expand with heat and contract with cold, these seams will eventually leak and need to be fixed on an ongoing basis. If you are a DIYer and want to install your rain gutters, a better alternative would be to get a seamless rain gutter company to come to your home and create seamless gutters to all lengths you need. They can also provide all hangers, end caps, etc. You then can install the gutters.

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Galvanized Steel Gutters Cost

Galvanized steel gutters range from $4 to $13 a linear foot for the material or $5 to $20 a linear foot installed. Galvanized steel is a tough, durable material that holds up well over time. It resists dents and performs well in nearly all climates. The exception is in areas located beside the ocean because the saltwater could corrode it. It also comes in several sizes and styles and is seamed or seamless. Because it is heavier, it should always be professionally installed.

Aluminum Gutters Cost

Aluminum gutters average $5 to $13 a linear foot for the material or $6 to $20 a linear foot installed. Aluminum is one of the most popular materials for gutters. It is lightweight and inexpensive and can be installed seamlessly for better performance and fewer leaks. It is available with a factory finish in nearly any color, but it can also be painted. It comes in several sizes and styles, sectional and seamless. Aluminum is fairly long-lasting and can be installed DIY. It can be used in any climate or area because it is less likely to be impacted by weather or other conditions.

Wood Gutters Cost

Wood gutters average $18 to $25 per linear foot for the material. Installed, they range from $21 to $32 a linear foot. Wood may not be the most common material, but they make a beautiful statement. Wood gutters come in several styles and species. These include woods, such as cypress, that resist moisture and insect activity. Wood gutters are popular on rustic-style homes. Due to how these gutters are made, they cannot be seamless. Wood can be installed in any location, but it may require more maintenance in areas that are humid or see a lot of snow.

Galvalume Gutters Cost

Galvalume gutters cost between $19 and $23 a linear foot for the material or $20 to $30 a linear foot installed. Galvalume is a coating made of zinc, aluminum, and silicone. It is similar to galvanizing but protects the metal from corrosion more effectively. They do not rust, last longer, and perform better than galvanized steel and aluminum gutters. They are found in several styles and seamed and seamless types. Because of the coating, these gutters can be installed in any location or climate.

Copper Gutters Cost

Copper gutters range from $24 to $33 a linear foot for the material or $25 to $40 a linear foot installed. Copper is a beautiful material for gutters that works well on homes to provide an accent at the roofline. Copper offers a unique color which develops a patina, making it low maintenance and able to last for decades. However, this material is more expensive and can be difficult to install. Nevertheless, its durability makes it a good investment for many people. Copper gutters are available sectional and seamless and can be installed in any climate.

Zinc Gutters Cost

Zinc gutters cost $29 to $43 a linear foot for the material or $30 to $50 a linear foot installed. Zinc is popular for historic homes and homes where you want a low-maintenance option and an attractive gutter with a color that blends with your facade. They develop a variegated patina, protecting them from corrosion and damage, so they last for decades. Zinc gutters are less common but can be found in sectional and seamless styles. With their durability, they can be used in any climate or location.

New Gutters Cost by Style

Gutters come in several styles, accenting your exterior. Some styles work better with specific architectures, while others work with nearly any. Styles are sometimes named after the shape the gutter makes. The most common is the “K” shape gutter, which looks like the letter K when sliced open. This shape is popular because it holds a lot of water. “U” is another popular style, which may sometimes be called a half-pipe style. This is one of the earliest gutters and does not hold as much water as other types. If you like the U gutter, you can also request a European seamless gutter, which is larger than a traditional “U” but with a similar appearance. “V” is also popular in some areas but much less than in others. It does not hold as much water, but it is available in a wooden gutter, making it a popular shape for that gutter material.

Other styles may be more decorative, such as the ogee gutter, which has a frilled front. Other styles are named for how they are installed, like the fascia gutter. Fascia gutters act as the fascia board and gutter. They are more decorative than some gutters, but they are not very common because not all materials can be formed in this way. Not all materials are available in all styles, and each has a price range. Below are the average costs for the most popular styles.

Material and total cost per linear foot to install gutters by style: fascia, K-style, U-style. Victorian ogee, etc…

Material and total cost per linear foot to install gutters by style: fascia, K-style, U-style. Victorian ogee, etc…

StyleCost per Linear Foot (Materials Only)Cost per Linear Foot (Installed)
Fascia$2 - $13$4 - $20
K-Style$2 - $43$3 - $50
U-Style$2 - $43$4 - $50
Victorian Ogee$6 - $13$8 - $20
V-Style$7 - $25$9 - $25
European Seamless$10 - $43$12 - $50

Labor Cost to Install Gutters

Many professionals may install gutters. Some siding installers handle gutters, and some roofing companies install them. Other companies specialize in gutters and gutter installation. Because gutters may be replaced with siding, trim, or roofing, it is common to purchase them through the professional handling those other jobs unless you are only replacing the gutters, in which case you have other options. Because of the nature of the job, most installers charge per linear foot for gutter installation, including extruding seamless gutters if that is the style chosen and ensuring the fascia can support the new gutters and their installation. If you install your gutters with a new roof or siding, your installer may charge the same hourly rate as for other services, but gutters are generally priced by the foot. The average cost to install gutters is between $1 and $7 a linear foot. This is the average labor, and it varies by location and material. For example, a fascia gutter is installed where you normally have a fascia board, taking its place. This means it installs slightly differently than other types. It also has a slightly different installation cost than another gutter made of the same material and in the same length.

Seamless gutters generally cost more to install than seamed ones of the same materials. While seamed materials cost $1 to $4 a linear foot to install, a seamless gutter costs $4 to $7 a linear foot to install. This is because the seamless gutters must be extruded on-site, taking additional time and effort. The longer pieces are also unwieldy and can take more labor to install.

These and other factors impact the total cost to install your rain gutters. The material, size, and style are the biggest driving factors behind your total costs, with labor making up a small percentage. The costs of your downspouts, their style and length, and the height of your home determine your final costs. Below are the average labor costs for installing seamed and seamless gutters and the total average costs.

Labor and total cost per linear foot to install seamed and seamless gutters

Labor and total cost per linear foot to install seamed and seamless gutters

TypeLabor Cost per Linear FootTotal Cost per Linear Foot
Seamed$1 - $4$3 - $35
Seamless$4 - $7$6 - $50

Cost to Install Gutters and Downspouts

Downspouts are usually factored into the project’s cost, with most homes needing 3 to 5. Downspouts have varying costs based on the material, style, and shape. Most are round or rectangular, but decorative options are available. They are seamed or seamless, with the seamless downspouts costing slightly more than the seamed variety. Like the gutters, the seamless downspouts last longer and have fewer leaks and other issues than the sectional, but they cost more. The downspout’s cost is in linear feet like the gutters, so the taller your home, the more the downspouts cost. Expect material costs between $1.20 and $20 a linear foot, with total costs ranging from $2.20 to $25, including installation. Costs to install both range from $900 to $5,000 for the average home.

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Gutter Replacement Cost

Gutters are necessary to your home’s function, so if you notice signs that they need to be replaced, such as leaking at the seams, denting, cracking, or warping, it may be time to replace them. Gutters may also be replaced when you replace your trim, roof, or siding. This is because the gutters attach to the fascia or trim covering the front of your eaves, just below your roof line, and this area may be disturbed or replaced during siding or roofing work. If the eaves are disturbed during the process, you need to factor in gutter and fascia replacement costs or gutter and soffit replacement costs. Fascia and soffit replacement costs range from $15 to $30 a linear foot, plus the cost of gutters. To install new gutters on your home, the old ones need to be removed first. This is an easy but time-consuming job, which typically runs between $0.65 and $0.85 a linear foot to complete. This makes the average gutter replacement cost per linear foot $3.65 to $50.85. If your old gutters are hard to remove or made of a material that is difficult to dispose of or recycle, your costs may be higher - to as much as $1.50 per linear foot for removal. This makes the total cost range for 150 linear foot gutter and downspout replacement $550 to $7,600, encompassing all materials.

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Roof and Gutter Replacement Cost

It is common to replace your gutters when you replace your roof. Roofs and gutters work together to keep water out of your home and away from your home’s foundation. The average cost of a roof replacement is $9,500 to $20,000, depending on your roof’s type, size, pitch, and material. Combined with the cost of new gutters, this makes the total cost range of replacement $10,050 to $27,600 when using the cost range of all gutter materials from vinyl to zinc. However, some roofers offer discounts on the replacement of the gutters when done at the same time. This may be waiving the cost of removal or a discount on the labor. This is often on a case-by-case basis, so speak to your roofer about what discounts may be available when combining projects like this.

How Do You Measure Gutter Size?

Rain gutters come in several widths, starting at around 3”. A depth of 4” to 6” is considered standard, but you can also purchase 7” or 8” deep gutters if you live in an area with high rainfall levels. However, these must be custom-made.

For most homes, a depth of 4” to 6” is adequate. Your needs may differ based on the average amount of rainfall you get, your roof’s pitch or slope, and how many trees are around your property. Roofs with a high pitch dump water into the gutters faster, while having many trees leads to more clogs, necessitating a larger gutter. If unsure, ask your installer to calculate the correct size based on your roof’s size and pitch and the average rainfall for your area. Because there are so many factors to consider, it is always best to perform this calculation by the installer because they may have more information about the project.

Professional installing PVC gutters on a roof

How Much Slope Should a Gutter Have?

To effectively drain water, your gutters need to slope toward the downspout. While most gutters appear to be parallel to your roofline, they are tilting downward slightly at roughly ¼” per 10’ of downspout. This means 20’ of gutter is ½” lower at the downspout than at the starting end. Not having this slope causes the water to pool rather than drain, causing leaks and damage. The exact slope of your gutters and how much they may need to vary from the ¼” per 10’ standard is something your installer calculates based on your roof line and gutter measurements.

Gutter Material Comparison

There are many popular materials on the market today for gutters. And each one can vary tremendously in terms of cost and how they perform long term, how much maintenance they need, and how easy or difficult they are to install. The most commonly installed materials include vinyl, galvanized steel, aluminum, and galvalume. We compared these gutter materials below on these different criteria so that you can make a more informed decision for your home.


All gutters require some maintenance, even if it is just keeping them clean and free from debris. However, some materials require more maintenance than others. For example, steel and aluminum require you to paint them periodically, while vinyl does not require painting. However, vinyl may warp more easily, which can require periodic replacement of sections. Aluminum is more easily dented, so you may need to spend more time on repairs. The various materials are ranked below in terms of how easy they are to maintain from easiest to hardest.

Comparison of the difficulty of maintenance of galvalume, vinyl, galvanized steel, and aluminum gutters

Comparison of the difficulty of maintenance of galvalume, vinyl, galvanized steel, and aluminum gutters

Galvanized SteelModerate-Low
All rain gutters will need maintenance from time to time, depending on the location you’re living in and how many trees are surrounding your home. Even rain gutters with covers will need maintenance. The reason rain gutters are installed is to move all water away from a house or building every time it rains. If gutters are not checked and cleaned in accordance, they will not perform properly. This can lead to water damage on the interior and exterior of a home, such as water seeping through windows to destroying basements and outdoor landscaping. This damage is insidious and not easily noticeable until the damage begins to become extreme.

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When choosing your gutter material, consider how durable it is. This includes its average lifespan, how many repairs it may require over time, and how many things can impact it. Steel and aluminum can corrode in some circumstances, which can shorten their lifespan. Vinyl may warp in hot weather or become brittle and crack in cold weather, which can also shorten its lifespan depending on the climate. Galvalume is much more durable than any of these materials, outlasting them by decades in many instances. The materials are ranked below from high to low in terms of how durable they are.

Comparison of the durability of galvalume, galvanized steel, aluminum, and vinyl gutters

Comparison of the durability of galvalume, galvanized steel, aluminum, and vinyl gutters

Galvanized SteelModerate

Ease of Installation

If you are considering installing the gutters yourself, think about how easy a specific material is to install. Some materials are more difficult to handle because they are heavier or require different fasteners. Of the various materials, vinyl is the easiest to install, followed by lightweight aluminum. Steel and galvalume are both heavier and require professional installation to ensure they are put up properly. Below are the different materials ranked in terms of how easy they are to install, from easy to difficult.

Comparison of the ease of installation of vinyl, aluminum, galvanized steel, and galvalume gutters

Comparison of the ease of installation of vinyl, aluminum, galvanized steel, and galvalume gutters

MaterialEase of Installation
Galvanized SteelModerate-Difficult


Not all materials are available in the full range of styles. And while some materials can be found in a wide range of colors and styles, others are extremely limited in the finishes and colors you can find them in. This can make it difficult to match certain exteriors or achieve specific looks. Aluminum is one of the most versatile materials, coming in a wide range of styles and colors. Vinyl is also available in several styles and colors, while galvalume comes in several different styles. Steel, however, is one of the most limited materials, only coming in a few styles and finishes. Below are the different materials ranked in order of how many options they have for appearance, from high to low.

Comparison of the appearance options of aluminum, vinyl, galvalume, and galvanized steel gutters

Comparison of the appearance options of aluminum, vinyl, galvalume, and galvanized steel gutters

MaterialAppearance Options
Galvanized SteelLow

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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Cost to Install Leaf Guard Gutters

If you live in an area with many trees, install gutter guards. These keep leaves and other debris out of your gutter so they stay cleaner. Adding gutter guards cuts down on the maintenance of your gutters and saves on regular cleaning. They cost $1,200 to $2,000.


It is important to have your gutters cleaned regularly to prevent clogs, which shortens their lifespan and can cause a leaky roof or water damage. You may be able to contract with the same person who did the installation to come back regularly to clean the gutters, or they may be able to recommend someone for the job. Gutter cleaning costs $200 to $400.


Painting gutters is a cheap alternative to replacement. However, some gutters can be painted to improve their appearance. Not all types are painted, and types with a factory finish are not usually meant to be painted. However, if you choose to paint yours, the average cost is around $1 to $4 a linear foot. Many painters can include gutters in other exterior painting jobs to keep the area looking its best.

Heat Tape

If you live in an area that sees snow and ice, install heat tape to prevent your gutters from freezing in the winter. This is an electrical wire placed inside. It costs between $500 and $650 for most homes. Heat tape is easy to install with the gutters, which may save on labor if you were to add it after.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Garage. If you have a separate garage, you may want to install gutters on it as well. They move water away from the garage’s foundation, so it is more likely to last longer. Garage gutter installation is identical to gutter installation on the rest of your home. The only difference is that you need fewer gutters overall.
  • Repairs. They can develop issues that cause leaks, including cracks and corrosion. The average cost to repair your gutters is $100 to $250.
  • Color. Consider your gutters’ color and how they blend or contrast with your home. Many people choose neutral colors because they work well with most exteriors. You can also find some types of gutters, such as aluminum, powder-coated in bright colors. This helps your gutters stand out and make a statement but make sure they follow HOA guidelines.
  • Recycling. Many recycling centers accept metal gutters. While some vinyl gutters are recyclable, not all centers accept them.
  • Permits. In most areas, you do not need a permit to install new gutters.
  • Fascia. Fascia board is what the gutters are installed on. In some cases, you may need to have this replaced or repaired before installing new gutters. Check with your installer to find out if yours is salvageable.
  • Installation timing. Summer is the best time of the year to install new gutters because fall and winter tend to bring higher levels of rain and snow that need management.
  • Warranty. Many gutters have a warranty with their purchase in case of structural failure. Speak to your installer about what that may cover.
  • New construction. The cost of adding gutters to new construction is generally less than replacement because there are no existing gutters to remove. Expect costs of between $450 and $7,500, depending on the material, with low costs using vinyl and high costs using zinc gutters for the material.


  • Do I need gutters around my entire house?

No, you do not usually need gutters around your entire house. This depends on your roof, pitch, and gables, so every home is different. Generally, they will be installed where you need the rainwater to be directed.

  • Are wider gutters better?

Deeper gutters handle more rainwater than more shallow gutters so that they may perform better in high-rain areas. Sometimes, this means you may want a wider gutter, too, but its depth is generally most important.

  • What can I use instead of gutters?

Gutters do not really have a replacement. They are designed to help direct rainwater away from your home. In some scenarios, a French drain may help, but they are generally necessary.

  • What happens if you do not have gutters on your house?

Gutters direct rain away from your foundation by catching it and funneling it to areas that can better withstand the water. Without them, you might experience foundation problems and soil erosion.

  • How long do gutters usually last on a house?

This depends largely on the gutter material. Vinyl may crack or warp after 10 years, but copper gutters could last more than 100 years with proper maintenance. In some cases, the gutters outlast the fascia board they are installed on. If this happens, you may be able to replace the fascia and reinstall the gutters.

  • Do gutters increase home value?

In most cases, gutters help your home maintain its value. Gutters that are working properly direct water from your foundation, which could damage it and lower your home value. When gutters are installed and working, they prevent this damage and help your home hold its value and structural integrity.


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