How Much Does It Cost to Install Zinc Gutters?

Average range: $2,000 - $5,000
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(150 linear feet of European-style half-round seamless zinc gutters, installed)

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Zinc gutters complement many homes with a unique color and patina. These incredibly durable gutters last twice as long as aluminum because they form a layer of zinc carbonate over time, hiding scratches and resisting corrosion. Zinc gutters are popular in Europe and are now gaining popularity in the U.S. as people become familiar with their beauty, quality, and longevity.

Zinc gutters come in many forms and styles, which lead to a range of associated costs. The national average cost for installing zinc gutters ranges from $2,000 - $5,000, with most homeowners paying around $3,450 for 150 linear feet of installed European-style half-round seamless zinc gutters.

Zinc Gutters Cost

Zinc Gutters Costs
National average cost$3,450
Average range$2,000-$5,000
Minimum cost$1,200
Maximum cost$7,000

Zinc Gutters Cost by Project Range

100 linear feet of K-style seamed zinc gutters, installed
Average Cost
150 linear feet of European-style half-round seamless zinc gutters, installed
200 linear feet of European-style half-round seamless zinc gutters with heat tape and gutter guard

Zinc Gutters Cost by Type

Like many metal gutters, zinc is seamed or seamless. Each has unique advantages and prices, making one a better fit for your project. The price of your project varies based on location, linear feet of coverage needed, and whether you use seamed or seamless gutters:

Zinc Gutter Cost

Type of Zinc GutterAverage Price (material only)
Seamed$8 - $12 per linear foot
Seamless$20 - 25 per linear foot

Seamed Zinc Guttering

Seamed zinc guttering is referred to as traditional guttering. They come in set lengths that you piece together. Some lengths are available up to 18 or 20 feet, so if you need a longer run, you need to join two pieces.

Seamed gutters are 3 to 6-inches deep, depending on the shape and style. They require additional joining pieces, and the seams are visible and may leak over time. They are much less expensive at $8 - $12 a linear foot for the material.

Seamless Zinc Guttering

Seamless guttering is a continuous gutter. These do not come in pre-cut sizes pieced together with a seam. Rather, these sizable pieces have miters and joints in places where they must form to corners. These are typically formed on-site to fit specific measurements.

Seamless guttering is more expensive because of the custom machinery and the installation process. These gutters are less likely to leak and last longer. Seamless guttering typically costs about $20 - $25 per linear foot for the material.

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Zinc Gutter Prices by Design

Like many gutter materials, zinc is available in different styles. Traditionally, they were most often half-round pipes about 3-inches deep. Today, they are the more common K-style or European half-round.

Zinc Gutter Prices

Zinc Gutter DesignAverage Price (material only)
K-Style Gutters$8 - $18 per linear foot
Half-Round Gutters$12 - $25 per linear foot

K-Style Zinc Gutters

The K-style gutter became popular for heavy rainfall areas because they are 5 to 6-inches deep, handling more water than the older 3-inch half-round pipes. They are also more decorative and sometimes referred to as an ogee-style gutter. It is one of the more common styles across all materials, so it is frequently used. K-style gutters cost between $8 - and $18 a linear foot for the material and are seamed or seamless.

Half-Round Zinc Gutters

Half-round gutters are a semicircular, rounded guttering piece with an open top. This gutter type requires a visible hanging system to place the guttering into. The newer European-style of half-round gutters comes in sizes up to 6 and 7-inches deep, which means they handle heavy rainfall. More material is necessary to manufacture this style, however. They are more commonly found on historic homes for aesthetics, although they may be used on any style of architecture. Because of the extra material, they cost between $12 and $25 a linear foot for the material and are seamed or seamless.

Cost to Install Zinc Gutters

While some gutters have DIY options, zinc gutters need to be professionally installed because joints and ends must be welded to set and secure the zinc properly. Zinc guttering is most commonly used in historic and high-end homes because of the shape and color. The patina easily complements slate, zinc, and other high-end roofing, as well as traditional roofing materials.

Professionals charge $2 - $4 per linear foot for the installation process. Having 150 linear feet of zinc guttering installed by a professional costs about $300 to $600 for installation and labor, depending on whether the material is seamed or seamless. Seamless material is formed on-site and comes in longer lengths, so it has a higher labor cost.

In addition, many zinc gutters need to be installed on a membrane to allow for airflow and prevent corrosion. This increases the cost of labor slightly over the cost of other materials.

Seamed gutter installation costs around $2 a linear foot, and seamless gutters are closer to $4. For 150 linear feet, expect to pay $450 for labor on average for seamless half-round gutters with an additional $3,000 in materials, including the brackets and downspouts.

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Zinc Gutters and Downspouts

Your guttering needs multiple downspouts. The general rule of thumb is that a downspout should be installed every 30-40 linear feet of gutter. For 150 linear feet, you need up to 5 total downspouts.

It is best to match your downspout material to your gutter material, meaning if you have zinc downspouts, you need to have zinc gutters for a cohesive appearance. Zinc gutters cost around $35 - $50, making 5 downspouts between $175 and $250 on average.

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Zinc vs Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are among the most affordable gutters when it comes to materials and installation. Aluminum is very common because it is less likely to corrode than steel, and it is lightweight and easy to install. It is also possible to find aluminum gutters powder-coated in nearly any color. So, it is possible to blend your gutters in with the rest of your home or leave them natural. Most aluminum gutters are white.

Zinc is a non-ferrous metal, meaning the natural elements layer it with patina. This natural process protects the gutters and prevents them from corroding, while also hiding scratches and wear. The patina also gives the gutters a slightly variegated appearance, blending with many roof and siding colors.

Aluminum gutters are more affordable for a single installation. The average cost of installing seamless aluminum guttering for 150 linear feet is $1,580, whereas the average cost of installing seamless zinc guttering for 150 linear feet is $3,450.

If you compare the costs over time, zinc gutters become more cost-effective. Aluminum gutters last an average of 20 years, while zinc gutters are known to last more than 80 years. Zinc is more easily recycled and is less likely to be damaged by high wind. Therefore, it is more sustainable than aluminum and lasts longer. Zinc also requires less maintenance and fewer repairs.

Zinc vs Copper Gutters

As far as overall durability, zinc and copper are far more comparable. These two materials are some of the most durable and long-lasting materials used for guttering.

Copper gutters are made with copper coil materials. Zinc gutters are made primarily with zinc but may include a small amount of copper. Copper gutters also develop a layer of patina. Zinc patina is a weathered gray that deepens the color of the gutter, while copper patina is a blue-green completely changing its color. This is something to note as some homeowners who elect copper do not realize this affects their gutters’ color and shine.

Copper gutters last for approximately 60 years, while zinc gutters last approximately 80 years. The average cost of copper gutters is $3,300 for seamed gutters compared with $3,450 for seamless zinc, so they are comparable in cost.

Zinc Gutter Maintenance

Zinc gutters develop a natural layer of patina over them. This is a protective carbonate layer that occurs naturally from the zinc materials. The patina develops due to natural weather elements, so rain, wind, and air help produce the layer. This helps protect the zinc gutters from corroding over time.

Because of the patina layer, there is very little required maintenance or cleaning that has to be completed for zinc gutters.

The best way to maintain zinc gutters is to clean them occasionally, although this is not required once they develop the patina layer.

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Enhancements and Improvement Costs

Gutter Guards Cost

Gutter guards are installed over the top of seamless guttering to keep them free of leaves and debris caught inside the gutters, potentially clogging them. Gutter guard materials vary, and the gutter guard type impacts the cost. There are metal screens, mesh screens, full surface covers, and foam inserts. Prices for gutter guards range from $4 to $16 per linear foot.

Heat Tape Cost

Heat tape is a heater cord installed and protected from the elements. This system keeps water in the gutters from freezing and is typically only placed in areas that cause concern. Heat tape costs from $12 to $25 per linear foot installed.

Wire Mesh Screens

Wire mesh screens are similar to gutter guards. They are placed over the gutter to keep leaves and twigs out. There are different types of wire mesh screens. Some snap directly onto the gutters, and others are fastened to the gutters using screws to keep them in place. Wire mesh screens cost about $2 to $10 per linear foot.

Rain Chains

Rain chains offer a stylish replacement to downspouts, turning the rain into an interesting waterfall feature. There are many different styles to choose from, and they cost anywhere from $15 to $44 per linear foot.

Removal of Old Gutters

If you need your old gutters removed before installing new ones, expect costs between $100 and $200. This includes the disposal charge.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Zinc does not come in as many colors as aluminum but has some shades available. These include a weathered blue/gray and some darker gray shades. Most zinc variegates as it develops a patina, giving it a natural appearance and richer color over time.
  • Zinc gutters may not last as long if you live near the ocean or anywhere with salty air. Salt or acid in the air is hard on any material because it decomposes the patina. Most experts recommend using copper, aluminum, or vinyl gutters for humid or salty environments.
  • Zinc may not be installed DIY. A professional should install these because zinc gutter installation requires welding throughout the process.


  • Do zinc gutters require painting or refinishing?

No, zinc develops a patina over time, hiding wear and protecting the gutters. This patina means that they do not need to be painted or refinished.

  • How long do zinc gutters last?

Zinc gutters last for 80+ years when they are properly installed and maintained. Minimal maintenance is required for zinc gutters, especially once the patina layer forms.

  • Can zinc gutters be repaired?

Zinc guttering is repaired by a professional. They might need to be repaired if they crack or break in some way. When repairs are necessary, the process requires welding to complete and needs a professional.

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

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