Seamless gutters can be a smart option for replacing the old gutters that have become an eyesore and are leaking and failing at the seams.
This guide covers costs, options, and pros and cons of seamless gutters. We also explain the importance of having a properly-functioning rainwater drainage system for protecting your home from costly damage.
Right off the bat: 80% of all seamless gutters installed are made of aluminum. That said, painted aluminum seamless gutters will cost between $10.00 and $14.00 per linear foot installed, depending on the project specifics such as the number of stories or your home’s height, ease of accessibility (3-story multi-family home’s roof edges might be more difficult to access than roof edges on a single-story home), overall project size, and your home’s location.
A typical project to install between 170 ft. to 225 ft. of seamless aluminum gutters and 6 downspouts on a single-story house will cost between $2,000 and $2,500.
Project pricing breakdown by material type:
|Material Type:||Average Cost||Low Cost||High Cost||Average home*|
|Aluminum||$11.00||$9.00||$14.00||$1,930 to $2,545|
|Coated steel||$9.00||$7.50||$12.00||$1,590 to $2,095|
|Copper||$24.00||$18.00||$40.00||$4,320 to $5,580|
|*Average home is 2,000 s.f. with garage: 170-225 feet of gutters and 6 downspouts|
The above costs include gutters, downspouts, hanging brackets, end caps and other accessories, plus the cost of professional installation and warranty.
Note: two story homes will normally cost $1.00 more per linear foot of seamless gutters installed than single story homes.
Did you know? The material you choose for your gutters is the biggest factor in their cost.
Thanks to their light-weight, flexibility, corrosion resistance and longevity, aluminum seamless gutters are known for providing great value and are by far the most popular choice for residential applications.
Galvanized or coated steel seamless gutters cost about $9.00 per linear foot installed, but have the lowest durability.
Copper gutters are costly, averaging about $24.00 per linear foot installed, but they are unsurpassed in beauty and durability.
What are Seamless Gutters Anyways?
Seamless gutters are custom-fit gutters made once the crew arrives at your home. Coiled metal and a gutter machine are used to form them.
Aluminum, galvanized steel and copper are the three materials available. Each gutter is extruded to the exact length needed for the run.
The only seams are at the corners, and they are screwed together and sealed with silicone when using aluminum or steel. Copper seams are soldered and/or riveted. End caps are attached and downspouts are connected.
Aluminum may be coated or have a baked-on powder-coat finish. Galvanized steel gutters typically have a vinyl coat, though Galvalume is used too.
Dozens of colors are available for aluminum and steel coatings. Copper develops a patina with time if not polished.