Gutter Guard Installation Cost 2021 – Are Leaf Guards Worth It?

Gutter guards (aka leaf covers for gutters) are an attractive idea to homeowners whose homes are surrounded by large trees. Plenty of marketing dollars go into promoting gutter guards, but are they really worth the money?

In this guide, we cover the cost to install gutter leaf guards, their pros and cons, and alternative approaches — to help you decide whether gutter guards make sense for your home.

Right off the bat: Gutter guards will not completely eliminate the need for gutter cleaning. That said, to have new gutter guards professionally installed, it will cost you between $7.50 and $12.50 per linear foot installed.

You should know a couple of realities from the start, though: Gutter covers WILL reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning, but they WON’T fully eliminate it.

Depending on how many trees are in your landscape or backyard surrounding your property, expect to clean your gutters about one-third to one-half as often as you did before.

It’s impossible to keep fine tree debris out of the gutters. The debris will build up over time. Seeds might sprout, and you’ll have significant clog issues if you don’t clean the gutters.

Did you know? When your gutters eventually need to be cleaned, the job will be more difficult and time-consuming because you’ll have to clean the gutter guards and the gutters.

Depending on the type of guards you install, removing them before cleaning the gutters might be a necessary extra step in the process.

Three Gutter Guard Installation Options

You’ve got three options for gutter guard installation:

DIY installation: You buy the product at your local Wall Mart, Lowe’s, or Home Depot and install it yourself ($-$$)

Pro installation of the product you buy or select: You hire a handyman service or gutter guard company to install the product of your choice ($$-$$$)

Pro installation of a proprietary product: You hire a company to install its own brand of gutter guards ($$$-$$$$)

How Much Do Gutter Guards Cost?

The features of the gutter cover types are listed below. First, here’s what you can expect to pay based on the three options for gutter guard installation we just listed. All costs are in linear feet:

Material Costs:

  • Plastic screen gutter guard: $.20-$.40 (20-40 cents)
  • Aluminum perforated gutter covers: $.50-$1.25
  • Steel screen gutter guard: $1.50-$3.00
  • Foam gutter guard: $2.00-$3.25
  • Micro-mesh steel gutter guard: $2.25-$4.00
  • Brush gutter guard: $3.15-$4.25
  • Solid-surface gutter guard (helmets): $3.50-$6.25

Professional installation cost when you purchase the materials: $2.25 to $4.75 per linear foot.

Full-service professional installation — materials supplied and installed by a gutter guard company: $7.50 to $12.50 per linear foot.

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Chimney Maintenance and Repair Costs: Chimney Flashing, Spalling

While the chimney is often ignored, it’s actually one of the most important structures of your home. Both its exterior and interior should be maintained.

Many people forget that the fireplace is only as good as the chimney above it. The moment you realize that your chimney is not working as well as it should, you must take action to have it fixed.

After all, a faulty chimney will not only negatively affect your fireplace, but it also compromises your safety. Being proactive beats being reactive. Keeping the chimney in good condition now will save you from costly repairs in the future and might save your life.

The general rule is to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore your chimney in between inspections. You need to always be on the lookout for potential problems with your chimney to avoid costly repairs and to prolong its lifespan.

Being knowledgeable about the parts of a chimney will help you identify problems. Here’s an overview.

Chimney Exterior

The exterior of your chimney is not just for appearance. It has many essential parts that contribute to the safety and performance of your chimney and fireplace.

The Bricks

The bricks are not only the facade, but they also provide stability to the chimney stack and allow for the performance of your fireplace. If the bricks are damaged, there’s the risk of water seeping into the cracks and freezing then thawing with temperature changes. This will cause spalling.

Brick chimney spalling

Spalling is deterioration of the mortar between the bricks causing the mortar to crack, crumble and fall out. Spalling will eventually cause the brick facade to become weak and the individual bricks to become loose.

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Skylight Installation Costs, Options, Pros & Cons: Velux, Farko, SolaTube

A skylight can be a much-welcomed addition to your home. It is a great source of natural light and a beautiful way to watch the stars at night.

Velux USA bedroom skylights
via Velux USA

Like a 3-seasons room, a skylight can provide extra warmth during the day. It can also act as a natural alarm clock in a bedroom every morning. Some skylights can open electrically or manually to provide an excellent source of ventilation into a room.

Costs in a Nutshell:

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,250 to $3,500 to have a new fixed or vented skylight installed. — This is the base cost which includes materials, professional installation, and warranty. It assumes the job is carried out as part of a roof replacement project.

Note: Installing a skylight as part of new construction will generally cost less that doing so during re-roofing.

Material Costs: base prices for most skylights range from $250 to $500 for a fixed unit, and from $350 to $1,250 for a vented skylight.

Cost of professional installation: $500 to $1,500 per skylight, or more, depending on the complexity of the roof, ease of access, and your home’s location.

What about installing a brand new skylight on the existing roof?

Cutting in a brand-new hole and installing a new skylight within the existing roof will involve additional re-shingling and re-flashing expenses. — This additional expense can add anywhere from $500 to $1,500 to the total cost of a project.

Thus, to install a new skylight within the existing roof (not during the roof replacement), your total cost can range from $1,700 to $4,500 on average, depending on the type of skylight, ease of access, and local real estate values.

Tip: When hiring a pro for the job, it’s important to get multiple bids from specialist installers. Your main concern when evaluating the bids should be the perception of quality and evidence of contractor’s expertise in installing skylights.

Did you know? Your home’s location and ease of access to the installation area on the roof will play a large role in determining the total cost of your project.

Needless to say, the total cost of the job should be a secondary consideration weighed against the perceived quality of installation.

Selecting the right company for the job is critical given the high cost associated with a potential premature failure of a poorly installed skylight.

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