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:

Half-Round Gutters

With a half-round design, half-round gutters are available in 5- to 6-inch widths. Their downspouts are typically rectangular. Half-round gutters are commonly found in older homes built prior to 1960. It is common for local ordinances to require this style gutter for historic homes or neighborhoods.

K-Style Gutters

K-style gutters come in 5- to 6-inch widths with rectangular downspouts, similar to the half-round gutters. K-style gutters differ from half-round in that they feature a flat back and can be nailed directly to fascia boards without brackets. These gutters are the most common style of gutter.

Custom Fascia Gutters

Made from a custom piece of aluminum, custom fascia gutters provide a seamless contemporary look. The aluminum is custom-built according to your Pittsburgh home’s measurements and roof’s pitch. Because they are custom, this gutter option is likely to cost double that of k-style and half-round gutters.

Box-Style Gutters

It is common for commercial or industrial buildings to have box-style gutters; however they can also be used for residential homes. With 7 to 10 inch widths, box gutters are designed to handle heavy rainfall.

Gutter Materials

Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters are made from PVC and plastics and are the most common type of gutter material lasting between 10 to 20 years depending on climate.

Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are a lightweight, rust-resistant option with an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years.

Galvanized Steel Gutters

Galvanized Steel Gutters are durable and sturdy, as they are soldered to the home. If maintained to avoid rust, these gutters can last up to 30 years.

Copper Gutters Copper Gutters do not warp, bend or rust, making them a very durable option. The natural color of these gutters offer a unique look to any home.

Gutters and downspouts are crucial to protecting any home’s siding, roof and foundation. These components help homeowners avoid leaks, flooding, corrosion, and other water damage. Choosing the correct gutters and having them professionally installed can stand between your home’s safety and the headaches that come with water damage.

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