How Much Can Gutters and Downspouts Cost In Pittsburgh? The Answer May Surprise You.
When it rains, it pours, and when your home’s gutters aren’t working properly, you may have pouring water in places you don’t want it. For all gable-roofed homes, properly installed gutters migrate water away from your home and keep you dry, but what happens if you need replacement gutters?
How Much Does It Cost to Install Gutters and Downspouts?
For an average gutter replacement on a typical house expect to spend between $1,000-$2000. Of course, it depends on the size of your home among other factors. Gutter installation prices can range easily from the mid $500s to $9,000 or $10,000.
Replacing vs. Repairing Gutters and Downspouts
A complete gutter overhaul isn’t always necessary. Sometimes heavier materials like copper gutters can come loose from wind or weather wear. Keep an eye out for the signs below to not over-react to mild gutter issues:
Repair your gutters if:
- Gutters have concentrated damage in one area. For example, if a falling tree branch compromised the gutter in one section of the roofline, you could realistically expect to repair your gutter effectively.
- You notice one or two cracks or leaks in the gutter or downspout system.
- One or two gutters or downspouts are leaking, but can be fixed with added sealant or alignment.
Replace your gutters if:
- They’re detached from the roofline or each other. Most often, if gutters are detaching from themselves or the roof, it’s a sign of systemic gutter failure.
- Rust, cracks, and holes — for most gutter systems, if you can see rusting and decay, it means they’re simply too old or too worn to function properly.
- Sagging — If you notice gutters sagging anywhere this can also indicate complete system failure and will generally need replacing.
- Flooding — Whether it’s in your basement, driveway, sidewalk, or yard, standing water anywhere near your home can indicate gutter failure in one form or another.
Paint problems are a high-profile indicator that gutters are nearing the end of their useful life. Examine areas where you might be noticing fading or peeling paint along siding or the gutters themselves, and chances are you’ll find a compromised gutter or downspout.
If you have seamless gutters and you notice any of these issues, or something has happened to compromise part of the gutter, then it’s best to replace the entire system because of the way they’re constructed.
Types Of Gutters & Downspouts:
If you’re opting to completely overhaul your gutters, you have some options which will impact your bottom line, like material, shape, and other features.
- There are some new gutter types such as leaf guards and protective meshes that can be added to your gutters and eliminate the need to clean your gutters, especially if you’re in a leafy area.
- There are some different shaped gutters, like half-round, k-style, and box-style gutters. The former is the most expensive option.
- Gutter materials are varied and impact the price as well. Ranging from copper, to aluminum, to galvanized steel, to PVC.
Gutters protect your home from costly maintenance, and prevent the failure of everything from your roof to your foundation. If you have any questions about whether yours are functioning properly, or you know it’s time to replace them, contact our roofing and gutter professionals.
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