Average Cost Estimate
|Cost per Linear Foot||$0.35 – $0.75||$1.15 – $1.50||$2.75 – $4.50|
|Type of Guards||Vinyl / Mesh||Vinyl / Mesh / Insert||Aluminum / Brushes / Surface tension|
|Height of Home||1 Story||1-2 Stories||1 – 2 Stories|
|Gutters Cleaned First||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Clean Exterior of Gutter||N/A||No||Yes|
|Repairs Needed||None / Minimal||Minimal / Average||Minimal / Average|
|Time of Year||N/A||Spring / Fall||Spring / Fall|
|Installed By||Self / DIY||Handyman||Handyman|
|Cost of Tools & Supplies||$0 – $35||Usually Included||Usually Included|
|Permits, If Required||$0||$0||$0|
Rain gutters are an affordable part of a home’s exterior with excellent return on investment because they protect your house from damage caused by rainwater and the costly repairs that follow. Gutters must be kept in good condition, as discussed in our breakdown on gutter cleaning, maintenance and repair. There, we introduced the idea of gutter guards, and in this Costimate, we explore the cost of leaf and debris protection, to help your gutters stay clean and divert rain water and runoff as designed.
Well-designed and properly installed gutter guards keep debris from filling gutters, where it gets soaked with rain and causes clogs and overflows. In a worst case scenario, water can cause erosion issues and possibly foundation damage. Where trees combine with windy and rainy autumn weather, gutter guards reduce but do not eliminate the need to clean gutters. What you’re paying for with gutter guards is the convenience and cost savings of cleaning your gutters less frequently.
In this Costimate, you’ll learn about the cost to install gutter guards on your home. We’ll discuss options on materials and types of debris guards available, as well as the installation costs and added costs you may incur when cleaning each season. At the end, we’ll share estimated gutter guard costs from around the web, as well as prices paid by homeowners who have them installed.
There are just a few basic cost factors:
If you’re trying to decide which type is best for your home, Gutter Brothers has a good review of most of the common types available today.
While you may not need, or already own some of the supplies listed below, they’ll make the job of installing new guards on your gutters much easier.
Permits and Inspection Cost
Related Costs and Installation Time
So far, we’ve covered materials for DIY gutter guard installation. If you hire a handyman or gutter company to install a product you purchase, or hire a gutter guard company to install its proprietary product, labor and/or material costs must be considered.
Gutter Guard Install Time Schedule
Installation goes quickly without fasteners. It takes about twice as long when fasteners must be installed. Here are the likely installation times for a two-person crew:
Products without fasteners:
Products with fasteners:
As I’m not too fond of ladders, I will generally hire a job like this out to professionals since we have a second floor with a 24 foot drop to the ground. I’ll go up there if it’s an emergency, but prefer not to do much from extension ladders for my wife’s peace of mind and my own safety.
We had a plastic insert leaf guard system on our home when we moved in and I removed it, due to constant clogging. The inserts were well aged and constantly cracked, causing additional clogs in the downspouts when the plastic got wedged and clumped together.
If my home was a single level home, I’d be perfectly OK installing my own gutter guards. Your mileage may vary, but for myself, it’s worth the extra cost for peace of mind.
|Costimates||$1.50 / foot||$0.35 – $6.50 / foot|
|AngiesList||$8.75 / foot||$7.50 – $10 / foot|
|Family Handyman||$3.20 / foot||$0.10 – $6.00 / foot|
|HomeAdvisor||$4.50 / foot||$1.00 – $11.50 / foot|
|HomeWyse||$3.65 / foot||$2.85 – $4.45 / foot|
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