Installing gutters and downspouts on your home is an important investment. Especially if you live in an area prone to heavy rain or snow, gutters help keep your home structurally sound and protect it from the ravages of inclement weather. Gutter systems are designed to divert water away from your house, which helps to safeguard your roof, walls, and home structure and keep your home protected from water damage. If your gutters are damaged from clogs or breakage, it is important to invest in a gutter replacement as soon as possible – and understand gutter installation costs.
Gutters that are separated from the roof or the downspouts
Noticeable rust spots, holes, or cracks
Gutters with collected pools of water inside of them
Ignoring these tell-tale signs of damage can result in costly repairs down the road; many times these repairs are more expensive than a full gutter replacement alone.
Continue reading to find out information on gutter replacement projects, including the cost of different types of gutters. In addition, you will find out about the importance of using gutter guards and how much extra they cost, as well as the cost to have gutters and downspouts cleaned professionally.
Average Cost for Gutter Replacement
The cost of a gutter installation can run between $880 to $4,400 on average, or $2.80 to $25 per linear foot. The national average cost to install gutters in the U.S. is $7 to $13 per linear foot, but higher end gutters like copper can run as high as $22 per linear foot on average.
Bear in mind that a gutter replacement is much more affordable than the cost to replace your roof, or fixing other problems caused by extensive water damage to your home. If they are damaged, it is important to replace your gutters before you end up incurring more damage and spending more money.
There are several factors that determine replacement gutter prices, including:
Your style of gutters
Square footage of your home
Number of stories of your home
Any gutter accessories you need
Labor and installation rates in your area
Note that a gutter replacement is generally more expensive than an initial gutter installation. This is because contractors may charge extra fees for removing your existing gutters and disposing of them. Also, if there is damage to your roof, it will add to the bottom line of this project.
Be sure to ask your contractor for a full quote before getting started, so you are not surprised by any costs that have been added on to the total project cost.
Gutter Installation Costs by Style
Gutter installation costs can vary slightly by thestyle of guttersyou are installing. K-style gutters are the most popular gutter style in the U.S. Their design makes them less likely to leak, they hold more water, have an attractive appearance, and are highly customizable. These gutters are available in a variety of materials, including copper, aluminum, and steel. Homeowners pay an average of $8.25 to $15 per linear foot for K-style gutters.
With an average cost per linear foot of $9.25 to $16.90, half-round gutters are a bit more expensive than K-style gutters. They are also less common among U.S. homes. These gutters are effective because their smooth design reduces the areas where pockets of water can accumulate. This makes them less likely to become corroded.
Gutter Installation Costs by Material
Your home’s type of gutter system plays a huge role in how much you can expect in terms of gutter installation costs. Affordable materials, such as vinyl gutters or aluminum gutters, can cost as little as $2.80 to $6.10 per linear foot. Higher end gutter materials, such as copper gutters or steel gutters, can cost $11 to 25 per linear foot or even more. Below you will find information on gutter replacement prices based on the gutter material and your home size.
Simple Gutter Material Cost
Cost range per linear ft.
National average cost per linear ft.
Cost for 200 linear ft.
$8.30 - $15.10
$1,660 - $3,020
$5 - $9
$1,000 - $1,800
$5.95 - $10.85
$1,190 - $2,170
$10 - $22
$2,000 - $4,400
$15.80 - $28.80
$3,160 - $5,760
Seamless Gutter Installation Costs
Seamless gutters, which are also called continuous gutters, are made from a coil of guttering that can be fabricated to the exact measurements of your home. Most homes in the U.S. have seamless gutters installed. However, some homeowners opt for cheaper, DIY sectional gutters. Seamless gutters generally cost between $8 and $28 per linear foot, depending on the material of gutters you choose.
How Many Linear Feet of Guttering Does My Home Need?
Because U.S. home sizes are usually described in square feet, it can be confusing to determine the amount of linear feet of guttering you will need. It is important to note that square feet is not equal to linear feet! Because gutters only line the roof of the home, the linear feet of guttering required is much lesser than your home’s total square footage.
Most U.S. homes will need 100 to 200 linear feet of guttering during a gutter installation. A contractor will be able to provide the exact number of linear feet when they write up your quote. However, you can calculate an estimate of the linear feet of gutters your home needs if you know your home’s square footage. Linear feet is equal to the length times the width of your home’s footprint.
Copy of Gutter Sq Feet x Linear Feet
Home square feet
Home linear feet
Average gutter install cost
1,000 sq. ft.
126 linear feet
$880 - $2,770
1,600 sq. ft.
160 linear feet
$1,120 - $3,520
2,500 sq. ft.
200 linear feet
$1,400 - $4,400
3,600 sq. ft.
240 linear feet
$1,680 - $5,280
How Much Do Downspouts and End Caps Cost?
During a gutter replacement project, most homeowners will also need to have downspouts and end caps installed – in addition to the gutters themselves. Luckily, downspouts and end caps are often affordable add-ons to your gutters project. It is important to budget for them accurately, as they are often necessary to complete a well-functioning gutter system.
Gutter end caps are attachments that are installed to the end of each gutter on each side, closing off the gutter and sealing it. They prevent water from spilling over the end of the gutter and onto your home.
Downspoutsare the pipes that are attached to the gutters and run vertically down your home, directing rainwater safely away from your home. Without downspouts, gutters could not properly protect your home.
The downspout and end cap material your home needs depends on the gutter material you go with. For example, aluminum gutters will require aluminum downspouts and end caps.
The number of end caps and downspouts you need will depend on your home’s size, shape, and linear feet of guttering required. Most homes will require 4 to 8 downspouts, depending on how many sides of the home have gutters installed. A professional contractor will be able to assess your home and provide you with a quote that includes the cost for gutters, downspouts, and end caps. Below you can find an overview of the average costs you can expect to install downspouts and endcaps.
Gutter Downspouts Cost
Type of downspout
Cost range per downspout
National average cost per downspout
$25.30 - $46.10
$31.30 - $57.20
$55.60 - $101.40
$34.10 - $62.10
Gutter Endcaps Cost
Type of end cap
Cost range per end cap
National average cost per end cap
$2 - $3.60
$5.05 - $9.20
$8.65 - $15.80
$3.90 - $7.15
How Much Do Gutter Guards Cost?
Gutter guards help to extend the life of your gutters and help ensure they are not damaged by debris like twigs and leaves. They can be particularly useful during storms or in areas prone to inclement weather. In addition, gutter guards prevent animals—such as rodents and birds—from building nests inside gutters, which can clog them and result in damage to your gutters, roof, and even the inside of your home. This is why many homeowners opt to install gutter guards at the same time during their gutter installation project.
Gutter guards are a worthwhile investment, especially because of their very low cost. Gutter guards cost an average of $420 to $930 total to install in the U.S., which can be added on to your gutter replacement quote. Learn more about the cost of gutter guards by type and material.
Gutter and Downspout Cleaning Costs
Maintenance and cleaning is the key to keeping your gutters and downspouts in good condition so they continue protecting the structure and integrity of your home. Most homeowners should clean out the gutters at least twice per year. If the your home’s climate really puts your gutters to the test because of excess rain and snow, you may want to clean them up to three times a year.
Professionals will have safer and more robust cleaning equipment than the typical homeowner does. In addition, a contractor can fix any problems with your gutters as they complete the job. A trained professional can detect problems with your gutters that you do not recognize, thus preventing the damage from worsening and costing more to repair.
On average, having your gutters professionally cleaned costs $0.42 to $0.77 per linear foot of guttering. For a 1,600 square foot home, this would equate to about $96 for a professional gutter cleaning session on average. The size of your home will influence how much the cleaning job actually costs. The breakdown is generally:
$70 to $200 for a single-story home
$95 to $225 for a two-story home
$170 to $425 for three or more stories
In addition, a contractor may not include cleaning downspouts in the estimate for the job. If you are charged extra for downspouts, it can cost an additional $50 to $100. Be sure to get the details from your contractor about any charges for gutter cleaning.
Finding a Local Gutter Contractor
Hiring a professional contractor saves you both time and money on gutter installation costs. Contractors have the equipment needed to work in a timely and safe manner, as well as the experience needed to efficiently install gutters and downspouts without wasting materials.
Modernize can help you find an experienced gutter installer in your area. We provide information on trusted, local contractors that we have vetted based on their experience and the quality of their work. Feel free to use our Contractor Checklist to learn about how to hire the best professional for your home and needs.