How Much Does It Cost to Install Wooden Gutters?

Average range: $4,000 - $5,200
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(200 linear feet of k-style gutters made of cypress and the removal of old gutter system)

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Wooden gutters don’t just keep water away from your home, they look great. Depending on the craftsmanship of the piece, a wooden gutter can become the kind of detail that makes your home stand out. Wooden gutters are designed to help maintain period integrity of a historic home, but that doesn’t mean they are not good at getting the job done. Wooden gutters are both charming and practical.

The average cost to install wooden gutters ranges between $4,000-$5,200, with the average homeowner paying $4,600 for 200 linear feet of k-style gutters made of cypress and the removal of the old gutter system​.

Wooden Gutters Cost

Wooden Gutter Installation
National Average Cost$4,600
Average Range​$4,000-$5,200
Minimum Cost$3,800
Maximum Cost$5,500

Wooden Gutters Cost by Project Range

Half-round gutters made of pine
Average Cost
200 linear feet of k-style gutters made of cypress and the removal of old gutter system
Rounded gutters made of cedar or redwood

Wood Rain Gutters Cost By Style

There certainly are a lot of decisions to make when choosing the right gutter style for your home. With multiple shapes and styles of gutters available, you may be having a hard time choosing. Let's take a quick look at the most popular wood gutter styles available.

Wood Gutter Price

Half-round$18 per linear foot
K-Style$23 per linear foot
V-Shaped$25 per linear foot

Half Round Wooden Gutter

This may be a basic style of gutter, but it remains one of the most popular among traditional homes due to its efficiency. Featuring a semicircular trough and a curled front lip, it supports a round downspout, which tends to handle a stronger water flow. The average cost for a half round gutter is $18 per linear foot 1 for materials and installation.

K-Style Wooden Gutters

One of the most common gutter shapes, the K-style features a flat bottom and a profiled face. It tends to be more popular due to its look, which resembles the kind of crown moldings 1 often found inside more traditional homes. The cost of this style of gutter averages $23 per linear foot 1 for materials and installation.

V-Shaped Wooden Gutters

One of the most popular styles for 18th century homes, the V-shaped gutter is simplistic in its design, but offers both practical function and an aesthetically pleasing look. Originally made by attaching two long boards together, or simply hollowing out a log, the v-shape allowed the water to pour out at the end of the run. Today, wooden gutters can be molded into a similar v-shape to increase water capacity. The average cost of this style is around $25 per linear foot 1 for materials and installation.

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Types of Wooden Gutters

Gutters can be made using any kind of water-resistant wood, but redwoods and cedar are usually best. Check out our guide below to see the pros and cons of different wood species to help make your gutter choice easier:

Pine Gutters

Pine Gutters are a good option if you are looking for something inexpensive and with more rustic charm. Unfortunately however, these gutters are structurally weak, can crack easily, and need more maintenance than other types.

Cypress Gutters

Cypress gutters have many advantages–they are water repellent, strong, and inexpensive. One downside is that this material may be difficult to find.

Fir Gutters

These gutters are ultra-strong and can be painted or stained, but they are somewhat bland and lack the curb appeal of varieties with a more pronounced grain.

Cedar Gutters

Cedar is an excellent option for gutters because it repels insects, resists rot, contains natural oils, and needs little maintenance. You should bear in mind, though, that its cost is higher and it changes color as it ages.

Redwood Gutters

Although redwood 2 gutters are the most expensive and the trees are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered, this material has many advantages. It is long lasting (up to 100 years), has low shrinkage, is very low maintenance, is rot- and termite-resistant, and rarely cracks or warps.

Wooden Gutters Pros and Cons

You may worry that wooden gutters won’t hold up to the elements, or that they will take too much work to maintain. These are all valid concerns, but there are a lot of positive aspects to installing this type of gutter system. Although wooden gutters are costly to install and require more maintenance, they are very effective. They are also aesthetic, architecturally appealing and have a high-end look, but wood will need to be treated to avoid rot. You should bear in mind that wooden gutters have shorter lifespan and are less effective than other types of gutters.

Wooden Gutters Cost Factors

There are a lot of things that can impact the overall price of a wooden gutter system. While one home may cost $18 a linear foot for materials and installation, another could run $28 or more. When looking to add wooden gutters to your home, be sure to consider these cost factors:

  • The location of your home. Your geographic location may play a big part in the final cost of your gutter project. If your home is easy to get to, the job will go faster and easier, and this will impact the final cost.
  • The availability of supplies. Again, location plays a part here. If you live in the middle of a city, it may be difficult to find the right supplies and you will be forced to have them shipped in. Those who live in areas where historic homes are abundant will likely have the easiest time finding quality craftsmen and supplies at the most reasonable price.
  • Finding an experienced installer. Not every gutter installer has the know-how to handle this type of job. If you cannot find one locally, you may have to pay a premium to have an experienced installer travel to you.
  • Size of the home. Gutters are sold by the linear foot. So, the larger your home, the higher the cost. Multi-story buildings also require additional gutter footage and more downspouts, which could boost the overall price tag.
  • Building specs. In most cases, the gutter system must be custom built to fit a specific home, which costs more. It is possible to find premade versions that work, however, and that can save you money.

Wood Gutter Installation

Before installing wood gutters, a roof inspection should be performed. The inspection will take a look at the slope of the roof to determine how much water your gutters will need to manage as well as the condition of the fascia and current gutter system. From here, measurements will be taken and a design of the new wood gutter system will be created. Wood gutters are custom built to the specifications of the home. In most instances, wooden gutters will be installed on older homes to help retain architectural integrity. This means that installation will have to follow a specific order. Wooden gutters generally come in 10- or 20-foot sections, sometimes smaller to fit around turrets or angles in the architecture. There is a very specific joinery process that requires the installer to use beveled scarf joints 3. This practice will help to prevent leaking and decay. Once installed, wooden gutters need to be painted or sealed using a wood gutter sealant on the outside and oiled on the inside. A non-drying oil, such as mineral oil or shingle 4 oil, should be used.

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Cost to Install Wood Gutters

When it comes to installing wood gutters, experience reigns. Putting new wooden gutters on your home is not as simple as installing vinyl or aluminum ones. Wood gutters are usually customized, which means they must be installed in a certain way. There’s no pulling a standard piece out of the truck and hanging it when it comes to this unique style gutter system.

In addition, you need an experienced professional who understands the variants associated with wood gutter systems and is prepared to manage the unique concerns that may arise during the installation process. This is partly due to the fact that many historic homes also have a variety of unique shapes and features to work around (like turrets or towers), which tend to make the job more difficult.

Many people mistakenly believe that installing new wooden gutters is going to take several weeks. The reality is that an experienced professional usually needs about 10 work hours to complete the average home, as long as the weather remains pleasant and no unforeseen problems arise. So be prepared to have workmen at your home for two full work days to complete the job.

Keep in mind that, while gutter installation prices may vary slightly by geographic region, in most cases the cost is derived by the amount of gutter being installed (linear feet), not by location. Most homeowners can expect to pay between $50 and $200 per hour for installation labor fees.

Wood Gutter Sizes

Size, too, can have a big impact on a gutter’s efficiency. Standard gutters come in a 5- or 6-inch diameter. Wooden gutters, however, come in two basic channel sizes: 4x4 or 4x6, due to the milling process. This is a bit smaller than the average gutter made of vinyl 5, aluminum, or copper, which means that more outlets and downspouts are needed to handle the influx of water during a rainstorm. Standard lengths for wooden gutters are 10-feet and 20-feet. Choosing the size of the gutter will depend on two things: the amount of water you expect them to handle and the look you are after.

Wooden Gutters Maintenance

Wooden gutters are beautiful and add a period look to any older home. But let’s face it, they do need a bit more maintenance care than more modern gutter materials. The fact is, water can (and will) eventually damage any wood surface. Still, if cared for correctly, those new wood gutters you have installed can last at least a quarter of a century. So what needs to be done to ensure that your wooden gutters last? Here are a few must-have maintenance tips to follow:

  • Keep those gutters clean: Wooden gutters have the tendency to get clogged and dirty more often than aluminum, steel, or vinyl ones. This means that you need to clean them out seasonally, not only once a year. This will help free the gutters of rot-inducing materials and pests. Plus, it will showcase areas where water may be ponding so the problem can be fixed in a timely manner.
  • Be watchful for problems: Detecting problem areas early–and fixing them–can go a long way to prolonging the life of wooden gutters. Take time every season to check your gutters for pest infiltrations (because termites can eat away at gutters); leaks; cracks; splitting; and rotting. Damaged wood tends to deteriorate rather quickly, so keeping a sharp eye out for problems will help you avoid costly repairs and replacement down the line.
  • Oil the inside of wood gutters: No matter how water-resistant the wood, over time water can begin to infiltrate. One of the best ways to avoid this problem is to oil the insides of your gutters annually. This can be done by dipping a paintbrush into shingle 4 oil, motor oil, or raw linseed oil and simply slathering it on. If you are not sure which oil is best, start with shingle oil.
  • Line Wooden Gutters: Lining wooden gutters with aluminum or steel is another way to help preserve their integrity. Liners 6 are installed inside the gutter where they cannot be seen. Since they are sealed tightly, they do not allow water to ever touch the wood.
  • Paint the Exterior: Paint acts as a protective covering for wood, helping to make it more waterproof. Painting the exterior of wood gutters can help protect them from the elements so they last for years. Be sure to repaint them as soon as they show signs of peeling to keep them well waterproofed.

Wooden Gutter Replacement

Even when the best maintenance is performed, wooden gutters will eventually need to be replaced. If large areas of your wooden gutters appear cracked, are leaking, and/or have become disconnected from the house or downspouts, it is likely time to replace them. In some instances, the cost to remove, haul away, and dispose of old wooden gutters will be included in the new installation cost. If not, expect to add on $100 to $200 to the installation price.

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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Removing Old Gutters

If you are replacing existing gutters, then you will need to factor in the cost of removing and disposing of the ones already there. The average cost of removing gutters is $12-$50 per hour. This includes removing one downspout per 30 linear feet of gutter, removing hardware and gutter sections as well as removing materials from the property. Removal costs billed separately will run $13-$15 for 25 feet of gutter materials.

Painting Gutters

Painting wooden gutters doesn’t just look nice, it can help protect them from harsh and wet weather. The cost of painting the exterior of your gutters will likely run $200-$500 for about 200 linear feet.

Gutter Guards Cost

Gutter guards are covers that help stop debris from clogging your gutter system. The average cost of these guards range from $7.50-$10 per linear foot, which means you will likely pay $1,500-$2,000 for the average sized home.

Gutter Heat Tape

Heat tape (or heat cables) help keep ice from jamming gutters in cold-weather climates. They can be easily installed in the gutters and turned on when needed. The average cost of heat cables is about $50 per 100 feet. Installation can cost another $25-$50 per hour.

Downspouts Cost

While most gutter installers do include one downspout per 30 feet of gutter, wooden gutters traditionally do not carry as much water as their more modern counterparts, which may mean more must be installed. The cost of additional downspouts averages about $160 each.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Special permits required: Most homeowners looking to install wooden gutters do so because they want to maintain the architectural integrity of an historic home. This, of course, may mean that you are required to obtain specialty permits from your municipality, county, or state, or even, if your home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, the federal government.
  • Historic districts: If your home is located within an historic district, check the rules and regulations of the district to see what specific types and styles of gutters are required, as well as any specialty hardware and/or paint colors. Properties listed with a local, state, or national historic registry must also comply with the individual rules set forth by the registry. In some cases, only specific materials or contractors may be used, which can significantly impact the total renovation cost.
  • General permits: Even if your home has not been established as an historic landmark, your municipality may issue other general regulations regarding construction and installation. Be sure to check with the local office for specifications and permit requirements.
  • Metal downspouts: Wooden gutters are often used with metal downspouts. Combining metal and wood can help decrease the cost, since metal downspouts are cheaper than individually milled wooden ones.
  • DIY Considerations: Vinyl, aluminum, steel, and copper gutters are made to fit standard runs, which makes them easier and quicker to install. Wood, on the other hand is individually milled, and must be fitted together in the right order. This can make the process more time consuming and experience oriented. Unless you have a lot of experience in the gutter installation business, it is probably best to hire a professional who has the training and experience required to guarantee the job is completed satisfactorily.
  • Repairing wood gutters: Wood gutters are prone to cracking and splitting, rotting, pulling away from the house, or enduring animal or pest damage. If you notice any problems, it is best to get them fixed right away. Rotted sections will need to be scraped out and wood putty put in; cracks will need to be sealed; joints may need to be filled with adhesive caulking 7; gutters may also need to be cleaned, sealed, and/or repainted. Expect to pay $50 to $100 per hour for wood gutter repair.


  • How much should I pay for seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters generally cost about $10 per linear foot. This price includes the gutters, downspouts, anchors, corners, outlets, and labor.

  • How much does guttering cost?

The cost of new gutters depends solely on the type of materials used. For instance, while aluminum gutters cost between $5 and $10 a linear foot, vinyl 5 ones only run between $3 and $6 a linear foot. Wooden varieties tend to cost $12 to $28 per linear foot, on average.

  • How long should gutters last?

The typical gutter system made of vinyl, steel, or aluminum lasts about 20-30 years. Copper ones can last twice as long, or about 50 years. Well-maintained wooden gutters are expected to last about 25 years; ones made of durable redwood 2 can last up to 50 years if taken care of properly.

  • Should I install gutters?

To determine if it is time to install new gutters, looks for signs of wear and tear such as cracks, holes, rust spots, rot, broken fasteners 8, signs of loose nails (or nails found on the ground), mold and mildew, sagging, separation (gutters that have pulled away from the roof), peeling paint, leaks, and/or eroding landscape under the edge of your roof.

  • What is the difference between seamless gutters and regular gutters?

Regular gutters are assembled in short sections, using fasteners and nails. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are usually formed on site into a continuous gutter that has no seams 3 or breaks. They are almost always made of aluminum, but can also be fashioned from steel and copper. Seamless gutters are made exclusively for your specific home and manufactured on site for the perfect fit. This, combined with the lack of breaks in the gutter, makes them more efficient; plus they tend to last longer.

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Crown Molding 1 Crown moldings: A decorative finish that adds interest to the area where the top of a window meets the wall, or lines the area where the wall meets the ceiling
2 Redwood: Tree with reddish colored timber
3 Joints: (Also known as Seams) A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together
glossary term picture Shingle 4 Shingle: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.
glossary term picture Vinyl 5 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 Liner 6 Liners: A covering, usually made of vinyl, for the walls and floor of a swimming pool, used to keep the water in and protect the pool's surface.
glossary term picture Caulking 7 Caulking: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant
8 Fasteners: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail

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