Gutter Installation Cost Guide
Last modified: 2019/01/17 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
Whether looking to replace or to install new gutters (eavestroughs) on a house, the first thing people want to know is how much it’s going to cost. RenoQuotes.com has you covered with this gutter installation cost guide:
Please note that throughout the article, we will be referring to both gutters and eavestroughs, which are synonyms referring to the same thing.
The main purpose of gutters is to evacuate the water that comes from rain or melted snow, so it can’t accumulate around the foundation walls. By collecting the water and evacuating it properly, gutters help reduce the risk of water infiltrations and floods that could affect your house. They also protect the roof from excessive humidity. Gutters fill a crucial role in terms of building protection.
For this reason, it is important that you make sure that your house is equipped with a good gutter system. It is possible to complete the gutter installation process by one’s self; however, the person completing the task will have to read up a lot on the subject, as the risk of error is significant.
For example: errors can easily be made when calculating the inclination level. Any mistake, even a minor one, could generate a number of problems which could go on to affect the whole house. Therefore, unless you’re a seasoned handyman, it’s always better to hire a professional contractor to install or repair a gutter system
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Gutter installation price guide
Prices include labour costs and accessories (anchorings, gutter downspout)
Vinyl gutters are very affordable (from $2.5 to $4 per linear foot) but they come with many flaws, namely in terms of the quality of the product. Once they become damaged, they are impossible to repair and have to be replaced.
Many people opt for aluminum gutters. Light and durable, they generally cost between $3 and $5 per linear foot.
Galvanized steel gutters are both solid and long-lasting but they have a tendency to develop rust over time, especially once they pass the 20-25 year threshold. Their price generally ranges between $7 and $9 per linear foot.
Copper gutters are very popular due to the fact that they look very elegant. This option is more upscale than the others, making it the most expensive option. Also of note is the fact that this material is well adapted for Canadian winters. The price ranges from $15 to $25 per linear foot.
*Prices mentioned in this section are written on an indicative basis and are subject to change. Furthermore, certain factors could impact the final price that you will end up paying.
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Factors that cause price variations for eavestroughs
Each house is different, making it impossible to calculate the exact price of a gutter installation without getting a contractor to quote you on it. Here are a few factors that can influence the final price:
- The length of the gutter;
- The height at which the gutter is being installed;
- The architectural details that could create obstacles which will have to be circumvented;
- The time of the year at which the job is being completed; - The geographic location of the house (the distance that the contractor will have to travel to get to your house);
- Installing the gutter system yourself or getting it done by a professional;
- The types of anchorages and accessories that will be used to install the gutters (for example: adding integrated gutter protectors, which could cost an extra 4$/linear foot)
- The material that is chosen;
- Choosing a colour that is out of the ordinary.
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Once they have been installed, eavestroughs need to be cleaned and repaired from time to time. If your house is surrounded by trees, you’ll have to empty them two to three times per year. In other cases, the clean-up operation can be done on a biannual basis.
When completing this task, also take this opportunity to make a quick inspection. If you notice any leaks, try to find the source of the problem and make the proper repairs in order to solve this problem (if the material permits you to do so).
Summary table of the prices for gutter installation and maintenance
|Type of gutter project||Average price|
Vinyl gutter installation (incl. materials and labour):
$2.50 to $4 per linear foot
Aluminum gutter installation (incl. materials and labour):
$3 to $5 per linear foot
Galvanized steel gutter installation (incl. materials and labour):
$7 to $9 per linear foot
Copper gutter installation (incl. materials and labour):
$15 to $25 per linear foot
Gutter maintenance done by a pro:
approx. $50 to $100
To find out about the average prices of different home renovation projects, check out our Home renovation price guide.
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