Home improvements, in general, can be intimidating- especially when it comes to money. When you have kids to feed, school fees, and braces to afford, it can be a daunting experience trying to plan your finances around a new roof. The first step to making a plan to replace your gutters is to answer this question: how much does a gutter replacement cost?
Rescue My Roof is not just made of roofing professionals. Our team members are parents, spouses, coaches, and, most importantly, humans. We understand how difficult it can be to pay for new gutters.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a set cost for new gutters. But we can tell you the average range and what circumstances can impact the price so that you can prepare financially. We’ve broken it all down for you here:
What is the Average Cost of New Gutters?
Until you get a professional estimate, there is no set answer to how much new gutters will cost. Especially because during the Covid-19 pandemic, prices of materials have increased drastically.
However, the national average of new gutters can run anywhere from $2000 to $5,000. When you break that down by cost per square foot, it ranges from $12-$33 per sq. ft.
Nationally, the average cost a homeowner can expect (based on a need of 150 linear feet of new gutters) is around $3,000. We will probably continue to see this number rise over the next few years, and it can be impacted by factors like roof complexity and types of materials.
How Will the Price of Materials Impact a New Gutter Installation?
There are a few different choices for materials when it comes to new gutters. Additionally, you may want to upsize or add downspouts, which will increase the price you will pay.
Here’s a breakdown:
4 Inch Gutters vs. 5 or 6 Inches
The average size of gutters is four inches. However, if you live in an area affected by heavy rainfalls, it may be wise to get larger gutters to handle the excess water.
However, choosing bigger gutters will increase the price of your gutter replacement. Five or six-inch gutters typically cost $14-17 per linear foot.
Aluminum gutters are some of the most common in the industry as they are inexpensive, lightweight, easy to install, and rust-resistant.
They have their downsides, as they are more likely to be damaged and warp over time.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, aluminum gutters cost around $12-15 per linear foot.
Copper gutters are heavy-duty and provide your home with extra protection.
However, despite their fancy appearance and charm, they are one of the most expensive options on the market.
Copper gutters can cost $25-30 per linear foot. If you’re looking for a high-end vibe for your home and have the room in your budget, these may be the perfect option for you.
If copper gutters aren’t in the cards, aluminum gutters may be the budget-friendly option you need.
Galvanized Steel Gutters
Steel gutters are the most durable gutters you can find. However, they come at a cost. They are very heavy and can be very expensive.
On average, steel gutters range from $6-10 per linear foot. However, these prices may be impacted by the current pandemic.
Vinyl gutters are another budget-friendly option for homeowners. But their low cost also means they are not as durable as other inexpensive options like aluminum.
Vinyl gutters cost around $3-6 per linear foot.
Downspouts are the vertical, pipe-like structures connected to your gutters. You typically see them installed along the sides of buildings to redirect water from the gutters.
Downspouts are an essential part of the gutter system, as they help keep water away from your home, preventing foundation damage.
To add downspouts to a gutter replacement, they are $12-15 per downspout. However, how many you will need depends on your home.
How Roof Complexity Affects the Cost of New Gutters
Some homes (like the one pictured below) have relatively simple roofs and gutter lines. They don’t have many angles, aren’t too steep, and have a lot of accessibility.
If your gutter line looks a lot different from this one, with a lot of twists and turns, then it is going to cost more because there will be more time and labor associated with it.
Need a Gutter Replacement?
If your gutters are rusty or leaking, it may be time for a replacement. Depending on the materials you choose and your home’s complexity, it can range anywhere from $2000 to $5,000.
Keep in mind that prices will always vary from company to company. That’s why we recommend getting several estimates to determine the right contractor for you.
Learn more about getting started with your gutter replacement with “3 Things to Compare When Looking at Multiple Roof Estimates” and “What to Expect At Your Roof Estimation Appointment.”
Are you looking for an estimate in the greater Milwaukee area? You’ve come to the right place. Rescue My Roof has dedicated a decade in the roofing industry to helping homeowners achieve their perfect roof and gutter combo.
You can contact us to receive a free inspection and estimate!