Replacing Home Gutters and Guards
The idea of water damage to a house can conjure thoughts of flooding or broken pipes, but the overlooked hero of safeguarding your home from rain storms or melting snow is your gutter system. Proper gutter installation can protect you from a waterfall of rain cascading down your roof when making the dash between car and front door, but most importantly it protects decks, the foundation, basements, and helps prevent water from seeping into your home and causing damage.
Gutter installation projects entail more than simply ensuring water has a place to travel from your roof, and the trusted professionals at Modernize are ready to connect you with local contractors that will help you make the best gutter-related decisions possible to protect your home. Whether it’s gutter repairs, replacement or installation on new builds, Modernize can help you understand your many options and what to ask a contractor when your project kicks off.
What to Expect
As with many home projects, the biggest question on a homeowner’s mind is typically, “What is this going to cost me?”
While the function and anatomy of a gutter system is mostly consistent across projects, homeowners have a range of material and style options to consider that impact the system’s longevity and cost.
Homeowners should also consider the installation of gutter guards. These protective filters help keep leaves and other debris out of gutter systems, while allowing water to flow with ease. Guards come at an additional cost, but can greatly improve the longevity of gutters and reduce the amount of time spent cleaning.
Selecting a Contractor for New Gutter Installation
The internet is filled with DIY gutter installation videos, but like many home improvement projects, the skills and knowledge of a professional can’t be replicated in tutorial videos. Professionals can identify potential problems — such as damage or wood rot in siding, framing and fascia boards — that might be overlooked otherwise.
Modernize can connect you with trusted contractors in your area, but we understand every homeowner’s needs and preferences are unique. That’s why we’ve also developed a Contractor Checklist to provide you with a step-by-step guide on what to look for in a potential contractor, and what questions you should ask.
Gutter installation can take one to several days, depending on the size of your home and materials being used. Discuss the timeline with potential contractors and be sure to plan ahead in case of any weather-related delays.
Developing an understanding of the different types of gutters, guards and their costs will also help you select contractors — although, keep in mind that skilled professionals will be able to provide the best insight on what gutter installation works best to protect your home.
Gutter Materials and Types
When comparing gutter types, there are two primary categories for homeowners to consider — material and type (or shape). These two factors will dictate the longevity and durability of your gutter system, its curb appeal and the overall cost.
New gutters typically come in materials such as aluminum, steel, copper, zinc, and vinyl. Each material indicates a different level of durability and strength, and of course, is priced differently. Learn about common gutter materials and find one that fits your home’s need and budget.
K-Style gutters are the most common gutter shape and can be found on most homes in the U.S. Their shape closely resembles the appearance of crown molding — an appealing choice with high curb appeal for many homeowners. K-styles can also hold more rainwater compared to other shapes of similar widths, making them an ideal choice for homes in rainy climates. These gutters come in a range of materials and colors, and are easy to install, creating a seamless end product that will protect most any home.
Half-Round Gutters are an inexpensive alternative to K-style gutters and can be a beautiful feature on many historic and traditional home styles. Half-rounds can move and drain water more efficiently than their K-style counterparts, but not handle as large a volume. For homeowners in areas with less frequent rain in search of a unique, traditional-style gutter, half-rounds might be an ideal solution.
The key to gutter longevity is proper care and cleaning — but cleaning gutters isn’t typically on the top of a homeowner’s weekend to-do list. It’s a messy chore that can present physical risks. Installing gutter guards is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of time spent cleaning gutters, while still avoiding clogs and reducing the risk of water damage to your home.
The three main types of gutter guards are screens, mesh, and surface tension (sometimes called “reverse curve”). There are also brush gutter guards and foam (or sponge) gutter guards, which are DIY solutions. Each has its own set of advantages and price differences, but all can help protect your gutters and improve their lifespan. Further explore gutter guards, including types, cost, and pros and cons.
Gutter Replacement Costs
The average cost of installing gutters is largely dependent on the size of your home, the anatomy of the gutter system needed and on the materials selected. Still, understanding how much these options can cost is important when planning your gutter installation or renovation project.
Cost by Home Size
- 800 sq. ft.: $180–$1,800
- 1,000 sq. ft.: $240–$2,400
- 1,500 sq. ft.: $300–$3,000
- 1,750 sq. ft.: $450–$4,500
- 2,000 sq. ft.: $600–$6,000
Cost by Gutter Material (per linear foot)
- Aluminum: $6–$14
- Vinyl: $3–$6
- Copper: $15–$30
- Zinc: $20–$25
- Galvanized: $8–$12
- Galvalume: $20–$30
Cost of Gutter Shapes (per linear foot)
- K-Style: $3–$23
- Half-Round: $4–$25
Cost of Gutter Guards (per linear foot)
- Screen: $0.30–$3.50
- Fine Mesh: $2.50–$4
- Surface Tension: $3.50–$6.50
While gutter installation costs can vary greatly and range from several hundred to several thousands of dollars, the national average range is $900–$5,000, with most homeowners spending around $1,225.
Let Modernize help you find a contractor by telling us more about your project and expectations. We can quickly connect you with trusted, local contractors to complete your gutter installation project. By using the information in this guide and by leveraging our handy Contractor Checklist, you’ll have the tools you need to select a contractor and move one step closer to a gutter system that protects your family — and your home — from the elements.
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