Aluminum gutters are the most popular gutters in residential buildings. Most gutter companies sell aluminum gutters in different sizes and styles. Aluminum gutters have different thicknesses, referred to as the “gauge.” 0.032 inches is the highest gauge, which makes heavy-duty gutters.
Why Choose Aluminum Gutters?
- Material Cost: A linear foot of aluminum gutters costs between $4 and $13. It’s cheap, considering the gutters’ durability.
- Durability: Aluminum gutters have a lifespan of 20-30 years. They are rust and corrosion resistant. Aluminum gutters withstand harsh climates. Yet, aluminum is not suitable for guttering coastal regions.
- Aesthetics: Colored aluminum gutters complement your home’s design. Homeowners can repaint aluminum gutters every ten years to maintain their pristine appearance.
Cost of Installing Aluminum Gutters
Installing aluminum gutters costs between $6 and $20 per linear foot. Most homeowners pay $1,200- $4,000 to install aluminum gutters on a 2000-square-foot home. The costs vary depending on the size of gutters, type, gutter style, and house size.
Aluminum Gutters Cost by Type
There are different types of gutters in the market. Aluminum gutters are available in seamed or seamless types. Seamed gutters cost less than their seamless counterparts but have a shorter lifespan. Seamless gutters are continuous lengths, so there are fewer joints and fasteners.
Seamed Aluminum Gutters
Hardware stores sell seamed aluminum gutters in 10- and 20-feet sections. A linear foot of sectional aluminum gutters costs between $3 and $7. They are lightweight and easy to DIY.
Seamless Aluminum Gutters
Seamless gutters are custom-made to the linear footage of the roof. A linear foot of seamless aluminum gutters costs between $10 and $13. Since they are extruded on-site, these gutters need professional installation.
Aluminum Gutters Cost by Style
1. Half-Round Aluminum Gutters
Half-round aluminum gutters have a symmetrical U-shape. They have a smooth interior. Their design leaves little room to attach fasteners, so they need more brackets. A linear foot of half-round aluminum gutters costs $7 to $11.
2. K-Style Aluminum Gutters
K-style aluminum gutters are available in sectional and seamless designs. They are fit for homes with large and pitch roofs. A linear foot costs between $5 and $11.
Cost by Number of Stories
It costs more to install aluminum gutters on a two or three-story home. Multiple-story buildings need extended downspouts. You will also pay more labor fees than on a single-story house.
Assuming a single-story house with a square footage of 2000 feet, you would spend $800-$2,600 on aluminum guttering. You’ll spend $800-$5400 to install aluminum gutters on a multiple-story house.
Aluminum Gutters Cost by House Size
Large houses have extensive square footage and need more roof gutters. Linear footage of areas needing guttering determines the size and length of gutters. Installing gutters on a large home will also cost more in accessories and labor charges.
Aluminum gutters with 6-inch diameters can handle the water flow on large roofs. 6-inch gutters cost more per linear foot than 4- and 5-inch gutters. If you live in an area with low precipitation, 4- or 5-inch wide gutters will be adequate.
Cost of Replacing Aluminum Gutters
Aluminum gutters need replacement every 20-30 years. Homeowners pay $1 for the removal and disposal of old gutters. Aluminum gutters are recyclable, so they pose less risk to the environment. Material costs will still range between 4 and $13 and labor charges of $2 to $4 per linear foot installed.
Other Cost Factors
Aluminum reacts with other metals, which leads to corrosion. When installing aluminum gutters, you should get aluminum accessories and fasteners.
- Aluminum Downspouts: After every 40 feet of rain gutters, you will need a downspout. Aluminum downspouts cost around $5 to $8 per foot.
- Downspout Elbows: Gutter systems need both A and B downspout elbows. An elbow connects the gutter and downspout, while another directs water at the bottom of the downspout. One piece costs between $6 and $20.
- Hangers: K-style and half-round gutter hangers cost between $1 and $5 each.
- Downspout Screens: Screens collect debris to keep your downspouts from clogging. Each downspout screen costs around $5.
- Paint: Acrylic paints hold up well on aluminum gutters. You can spend $3 to $6 to paint a linear foot of gutters.
- Permits: You may need a local permit for your gutter installation project. Check with your contractor or public works office before the installation.
- Heat Tape: Installing a heat tape or cable prevents ice build-up in your gutters. It costs between $12 and $20 per linear foot.
- Gutter Guards: Gutter guards protect your gutters from leaves, seeds, and dirt. Aluminum gutters with guards need minimal maintenance.
Cost of Aluminum vs. Vinyl Gutters
Vinyl gutters are cheaper than aluminum gutters. A linear foot of vinyl gutters costs between $3 and $5. Aluminum gutters are sturdier but need painting, unlike vinyl gutters. Vinyl gutters come in various colors, including white, gray, brown, and more.
Vinyl gutters warp and break when they contract or expand. While both materials are not as strong as copper or steel, aluminum will last longer.
DIY vs. Professional Installation
DIY aluminum gutters sold in retail stores are cheap and easy to install. Yet, the thin aluminum gutters may not withstand heavy rains and harsh climates. These gutters need repairs often and may only last for 10 years.
Professional grade aluminum gutters are strong and durable. Professional installers use aluminum gutters with 0.027 or 0.032 gauges. Due to their seamless design, they are less likely to leak or break in severe climates.