When selecting between seamless and traditional gutters, of course the cost of seamless gutters vs. traditional is a consideration. But cheap doesn’t always mean affordable in the long-term. Residential gutters are composed of horizontal gutter sections attached to your roof’s edge, and every seamless gutter needs vertical downspout sections that carry the water out of the gutter to the ground.
A typical home will need 125 to 200 feet of gutters with downspouts included for every 35 feet of gutter installed. It is also necessary to conduct water away from your house’s foundation at ground level.
How Much are Seamless Gutters?
Seamless aluminum gutter costs will vary from contractor to contractor with total gutter length needed, labor rates, your roofline’s height, and the number of corners, hangers, and downspouts you need.
A typical residential installation is of 140 feet of seamless aluminum gutter with four downspouts and four corners. The national average is about $5.88 per foot to be professionally supplied and installed. The seamless gutter material requires a special machine to create and cut the gutter the exact length needed for your house, and so is limited to a professional installation. You definitely can’t DIY seamless gutters.
The Total Cost typically includes 12 man-hours of work by a two-person professional crew (a 6 hour day for the crew). The seamless aluminum metal installation requires special equipment and skills that make it not suitable for DIY. To ensure safety, the installer will be working on ladders or scaffolding.
For homeowners, many other aspects of home upkeep usually get more attention and are more widely discussed, but gutters are very important. Most homeowners don’t think about gutters until there’s a problem such as mold, flooding, or debris buildup. It’s important to remember that installing new seamless gutters, especially when replacing traditional gutters, adds value to your home.
The Difference in Gutter Cost
There are two main types of gutters: seamless and traditional (or non-seamless).
Seamless gutters are less prone to mid-gutter leakage, offer better protection and are simpler and easier to maintain. While traditional gutters can be a challenging but doable DIY project, seamless gutters are not a DIY project. Each gutter must be cut from heavy material using a special machine. For this reason, installation should always be done by a professional.
Get Expertise. Don’t Go With the Lowest Price.
It is relatively simple for anyone to start up a business installing seamless gutters, which means there are a lot of inexperienced contractors who will install your gutters at a low cost. Make sure the contractor you hire has insurance and even better completion insurance which means that your gutters are still under warranty even if he ends up selling his business.
In general, the actual installation of your seamless gutters should only take one day after the materials have been purchased. Your seamless gutter installation should include the following:
- Labor: The labor cost generally includes planning, equipment needed for the job, material acquisition, area preparation, setup, and cleanup.
- Delivery: Many contractors include the cost of delivery in the estimate. Make sure to ask before assuming this is included and find out if there is a limit to the delivery (i.e. no more than 25 miles). Your delivery costs are included in our CNC Gutter bid.
- Materials/supplies: Some additional supplies that might be needed for installation include fasteners, underlayment, drip edges, and basic flashing that should be included in the estimate. These are included in CNC Gutter estimates.
- Warranty: Your installation should include a minimum one-year warranty on labor and at least a 20-year warranty on materials
Other Seamless Gutters Price Factors
- Permits: Usually, you do not need a permit for a gutter project since it’s not major construction, but in some rare cases because of local restrictions you may.
- Location: Certain cities see more snow or rainfall than others. We know Chicago gets more snow than we do in Fort Worth and Dallas. As such, Chicagoans need wider and thicker gutters then we do in DFW. Since we experience less rain or snow than average, you will not have to purchase wider seamless gutters that cost more than average anywhere in Texas.
- Pitch: Installing any type of gutter on a steep roof is more difficult than installing a gutter on a flat roof. More difficult and more dangerous jobs demand higher labor costs.
- House Size: Larger homes or complex designs can take up more space, which require more materials. Thus, your seamless gutter installation cost goes up.
- Season: Gutter contractors offer deals during the off-season. If you have time to spare, install your new gutters in late fall or early spring to save some cash.
Seamless Gutters Cost Comparison To Traditional Gutters
Seamless gutters bring many benefits compared to traditional gutters. They provide a continuous, beautiful look, are much easier to clean, require less maintenance and see less blockages which can cause flooding (the primary function of all gutters). Seamless gutters are more slightly more expensive than traditional gutters. On average, expect to pay between $1 and $3 more per foot for seamless gutters over traditional gutters of the same material.
But you will have a dramatically better product and function over the life of your gutters!
Other Seamless Gutter Costs
Once you get your gutters installed, you’ll want to keep them functioning at their optimal level to keep your home updated. Gutters are no different. While seamless gutters require little maintenance, they do need some care. Primarily, gutters require cleaning. Make sure to put aside a small amount to keep your gutters working at their best:
- Gutter Cleaner: All you’ll need is an afternoon, a ladder and gloves to maintain your gutters. Two or three times a year, clean your gutters. Remove branches, leaves, sludge and other debris that could cause a clog. If you’ve never cleaned your gutters, you’ll be shocked what you’ll find hanging around your roof and gutters. Of course you can hire a gutter contractor to do this for around $150 dollars if the task seems too daunting, but it really isn’t hard.
- Gutter Repairs: Gutters can experience rust, cracks and other breaks over the years. Seamless gutters last longer than traditional gutters. Seamless gutter repairs cost slightly more than traditional gutter repairs, but the good news is that you will need them MUCH less often.