Cost of New Gutters

by The Carpenter

Cost of New Gutters

If you start seeing any puddles of water around the house or any water leaks in the basement, this might well be caused by damaged or clogged gutters. Once this happens, you should take action immediately since in the long run the seemingly small problem can cause great damage to your house, basement, or the driveway, which can be very costly to repair. In the case of clogged gutters, you can easily clean them yourself at no cost at all: all you need is a ladder, tool belt and some tools and gear that you most probably already have – a ladder, bucket, salad tongues, garden hose, and a towel are typically all you will need in order to unclog the gutter.

However, when your gutters are damaged and need to be replaced, then you will have to spend some money on new ones and you might have to pay for labor as well. Replacing the gutters of your house yourself is likely to save you roughly 50% of what a contractor would charge and is something that can be done fairly easily, as long as you are comfortable with heights. If you don’t think you’re up to the task you can get started by comparing contractor quotes here and find the best price on gutter replacement.

First, you will have to decide on what gutters to buy – the most popular ones are made of galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, vinyl, and stainless steel. Some of these are more expensive than the others, but what can add to the cost is the ease of installation as well – stainless steel gutters used to be the norm a few decades ago, but installing them requires skills and is also costly. The aluminum gutters, on the other hand, are what most people use today and for good number of reasons: they are much easier and therefore cheaper to install, can be easily painted in different colors in order to match the colors of your house, and, unlike the steel gutters, never rust.

The cost of replacing gutters on your house will also be influenced by their size: the aluminum gutters are typically either five or six inches and the latter are probably necessary only if you live in a rainy area or city. Keep in mind that replacing five inch gutters with six inch ones might require some planning and more work. The way the gutters are attached to the house also matters and using floating hangers instead of the more traditional ferrules and spikes might add to the cost, but will also improve the longevity of the gutter system. Another factor to keep in mind is that seamless gutters are typically pricier, but they aren’t as watertight as many salesmen would like you to believe – with time, they are just as likely to develop leaks and get damaged.

If you have to hire a contractor to install the gutters for you, you will once more have to use some common sense that can save you money – call three or more local contractors and let them give you an estimate, but keep in mind that the cheapest bid might not be the best. Always choose a contractor that has been around for a while, is known for his high quality work, and is likely to be around if any problems arise a few months or even a few years down the line.

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