If it has been some time since you paid attention to your gutter system, you may need to take action. After all, if the gutters are not working as they should, you could face some considerable issues, and you may need to replace them altogether.
There is a lot that goes into determining the cost to install gutters from the gutter materials you choose to the linear feet of gutters that need attention and more. Add to that the costs of a gutter company and things can quickly get confusing.
So, what types of gutters should you consider, and how do you work out the cost to replace gutters anyway?
You should always have a working guttering system in place to avoid water damage and deal with the ever-present threat of rain. When the system works as it should, it will help divert the water away from your property as quickly as possible so you do not run into problems.
With an ineffective guttering system, water could run down the walls instead and pool around the base of your home. It will begin to loosen the soil and affect the slab and foundation. If any cracks develop, the water could get into the concrete, degrade the reinforcement, and lead to major issues.
Also, a system in poor condition could cause water to back up and pool in unwanted areas, eventually finding its way into ceilings and sidings. You may notice stains on interior walls and unwanted cracks as things progress.
Don’t underestimate how much value a quality guttering system can add to your home. Potential buyers will certainly want to check the system’s efficiency, and everything must appear to be in good shape if you want to protect that all-important curb appeal.
There are several different types of gutters on the market. Some people will choose half-round gutters, which look like pipes cut in half to create a trough. They will sit apart from the fascia boards, and you will need a bracketing system to keep them in place. These are the traditional style that you will find in older homes, and you will need leaf guards to protect from any accumulation.
A more modern approach involves the “K” style gutter. In contrast to the half-round version, these can be nailed directly to the fascia board without any brackets. As a result, they are more pleasing to look at, and some compare them to crown moldings.
However, they may not be as efficient at getting rid of water as the half-round design, which means debris can sometimes become trapped in the lower reaches.
Some guttering systems are custom-made to incorporate into the fascia design. However, they are more costly and not as easy to install as the other options.
You need to consider several factors as you determine the cost of replacing your guttering system. Firstly, figure out the style and whether you want a half-round, “K” style or something custom-made. You then need to select the material and determine how many accessories you may require.
For example, in addition to the primary parts, you may need downspout elbows, pipe cleats, end caps, hangers, and ferrules, which are all support, trim, or finishing components to help keep everything in its place.
Your calculations will be affected by the size of your place, whether you have a two story home, and (if you want to get your system professionally done by gutter installers) labor costs. Remember that your costs will generally be higher than if you were installing for the first time, as you will need to remove and dispose of the old system.
The installation cost will vary according to the style of gutter that you want to introduce. For example, if you choose the “K” style, this comes in various materials, from steel to aluminum gutters and copper gutters. You may expect to pay an average of $8.25 to $15 per linear foot of guttering if you go down this road.
The more traditional, half-round gutters are a little more expensive, with an average cost per linear foot of between $9.25 and $16.90. While they are far less common than they used to be, they may require less maintenance over the long haul. As they are separated from the structure, there are fewer areas for pockets of water to accumulate, and they may therefore be less vulnerable to corrosion.
Your choice of material can have a significant effect on your overall budget. The most inexpensive materials are aluminum or vinyl gutters, which can run from $5-$15 for a linear foot. Steel gutters will be in the range of $6-$11, depending on the style, but if you choose zinc, you may expect to pay between $10 and $20 per linear foot. Finally, at the very high end of the spectrum are copper gutters which could set you back between $16 and $29 per linear foot.
Bear in mind that seamless gutters tend to be the solution of choice for the average homeowner. Of course, they’re more expensive than sectional gutters, but as a rule of thumb, they should cost between $8 and $20 per linear foot, based on the material.
Keep in mind that all prices listed here are subject to change based on the global supply market and metal costs.
Don’t forget that in addition to gutters and downspouts, various fixtures and fittings may be required. You need to allocate a budget for downspouts and end caps, and once again, this will depend on your material of choice. As a guide, an individual downspout could cost from $25 to as much as $101, depending on whether you pick aluminum or copper. Expect to pay a couple of dollars for an aluminum end cap, but this could rise to as much as $16 if it’s copper.
It’s also worth budgeting for protective gutter guards. These can help keep debris like leaves and twigs out of your guttering and may also prevent rodents or birds from building nests inside. All of these risks could lead to clogging and subsequent damage, and without gutter guards, you may find yourself climbing up that ladder too often.
So, consider gutter guards an investment. Plus, there are many available types. For example, you can choose from screen, foam, mesh, aluminum, or vinyl, and the cost per linear foot can start at $.30 and go up to more than $6 per linear foot.
As you assess the work ahead, look closely at another critical part of your home protection system. Is the fascia in between the guttering and the roof in good condition, or do you need to take action here as well? Remember, the fascia boards prevent water from leaking into your home and damaging the woodwork.
If you need to know the cost to replace gutters and fascia, add these costs to your equation. Budget from $1 per linear foot for wood or composite to as much as $20 if you choose aluminum.
Don’t underestimate the scale of this job — it’s not for the fainthearted. After all, you may need to spend time on ladders or bring in some scaffolding and be okay with working high up. When hiring a professional, the cost will depend on the size of your home, the chosen method, and other factors.
Why not talk with the roofing experts at JET Contractors for professionally installed gutter systems? JET has been doing this work in northeast Georgia for over 20 years. Reach out to the experts on our team who will be delighted to give you a free consultation and evaluation.