Seamless Gutters Cost 2020: Pros & Cons, Options, ROI

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.

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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.

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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.

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Rain Chains Cost, Materials, DIY Options & Styles

Rain chains demonstrate a beautiful blend of decorative form and useful function. Instead of water traveling from your roof through a closed downspout, rain chains allow you to enjoy rainwater’s pleasing sound and aesthetics, like a babbling brook cascading downward.

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In Japan, where rain chains had their origin, they are a common element of traditional building design. Gutters are viewed as too utilitarian to use when the function can be handled by something that also enhances the beauty of the structure. — That view is spreading, and the popularity of rain chains is growing in North America and around the world.

This buying guide provides a comprehensive overview of rain chain styles, materials, options, installation methods, costs, and DIY options.

The Basics

If you’re unfamiliar with rain chains, or kusari doi in Japanese, lets discuss their anatomy.

  • An adapter or bracket is attached to the gutter in place of a downspout
  • The rain chain hangs from it
  • The chain is anchored by a basin, stake or weight

These three essential components might be sold separately, but many top manufacturers produce kits with everything included.


There is a wide range of rain chain prices, but they can be loosely grouped into these four categories that have some overlap:

  • $15-$50 | Cheap rain chains, fine chains, small design elements spaced widely, most often painted or coated steel or aluminum.
  • $45-$90 | Good-quality rain chains, larger and more design elements, most often copper, but some are brass, aluminum or stainless steel.
  • $80-$215 | High-quality rain chains, large, complex design elements, most often copper or stainless steel, a bottom bowl might be included.
  • $200-$700 | Best-quality rain chains, quite ornate, copper and stainless steel designs, often with a basin and stake included. The very finest rain chains are imported from Japan and cost in the upper end of this range.

How Much Do Accessories Cost?

The accessory options are weights, basins and stakes:

  • Rain chain stakes: $10-$16
  • Rain chain weights: $25-$50
  • Rain chain basins: $35-$150 depending on the size, material and whether they’ve been handcrafted

Most Popular Styles

  • Chain links are interspersed with artistically designed cups or other features such as birds, leaves or flowers at intervals of a few inches to as much as a foot apart.
  • Most rain chain cups have holes in the bottom to allow water to pass through. Other chains are produced with shallow cups, and the rainwater fills the cup and spills over into the cup below.
  • Single links or another type of connector are used to hold each cup to the one above it, so that the rain chain is really a series of cups with little or no chainwork.
  • The rain chain is a series of decoratively fashioned links or loops, often of varying size and artfully interwoven, with no cups at all.

Because of the artistic nature of rain chain design, these three basic styles are produced in nearly limitless variations and combinations.

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Traditionally, rain chains were crafted from metal, and most still are.

Most Popular Materials:

  • Copper: This is the traditional material choice of rain chain artisans. The copper must be polished regularly if you wish it to maintain its gleam. Most copper rain chains are allowed to develop an appealing patina finish that changes as the copper ages.
  • Steel: This is another traditional metal. Make sure any steel rain chain you consider is coated or painted to prevent rust, though corrosion is probably inevitable.
  • Stainless steel: This corrosion-resistant metal is often used by itself or in a rain chain design with copper.
  • Aluminum: More affordable than stainless, aluminum is durable and will develop a light patina too.
  • Brass: This material is a staple of plumbing fixtures because it resists corrosion. It’s an attractive choice for rain chains too.

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Seamless Gutters, Leaf Guards, Decorative Rain Chains, Downspouts, Cost, Options and More!

First and foremost, congratulations! I heard the great news that you are finally in the process of developing your brand new home and you have the opportunity to design your entire home – inside and out!


While that’s such a beautiful moment to be grateful for, some part of you might be a little on edge at the thought of all the thousands of parts, brands, designs, textures, equipment, or even colors that you have to pick from. But HEY! Stop it! It’s a blessing – remember! You should be jumping up and down as you are planning your home improvements – I mean it’s your home!

When it comes to building, improving and/or remodeling your home, whether with the help of a professional contractor or DIY style, there is one facet this is absolutely crucial and you can’t miss or fail here. This one facet protects your home and keeps your home safe and you dry. Do you know what we are talking about here? It’s Gutters!

Gutters are the protectorate that keeps your home, roof and you clean, mildew free and dry! Now, Gutters can be quite complex, but for you it’s easy! Why?

You’re here and we are going to break it all down for you in this Ultimate Buying Guide for Homeowners on Seamless Gutter Costs. We are going to talk about the best seamless gutters, costs, and the pros and the cons.

By the end, you will be dancing outside but this time, in front of your brand new beautiful home that has your favorite seamless gutters! Are you ready for this journey? Well, let’s go!

Why Seamless Gutters?

I am very excited to share all this amazing information with you. With that being said, you are probably wondering why I already decided that the gutters are Seamless.

The answer is simple: Seamless Gutters are the only way! While there are other options, in the real game of protecting your home, there is only one: Seamless Gutters.

Why? Well here’s the situation if you were to buy a regular and basic gutter, the reality is after a couple of years the risk of your gutter failing increases as weather will wear the joints and seams, which then in turn causes you to fork of the Benjamins to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.

If you were to put down a couple extra dollars and buy the higher quality gutter, you are investing in your home and future.

With Seamless Gutters, they are custom, have no joints and the material is built to last! So instead of the increasing risks, why not just by Seamless? The advantages are clear, evident and obvious!

Picking Out The Perfect Material

Now prior to getting into any anything, I am sure you are already thinking about costs and materials – that’s natural, it’s okay. With that being said, I figured I would give you a briefing on the different types of materials you can get your seamless gutters in.

Now with each of the materials I will provide you with, they all depend on your preferences and what you are willing to so spend.

Now let me give you a little heads up on pricing too. So the prices will vary depending upon where you make your purchases.

The numbers provided are the guides to what you should be expecting to pay. So if you are shopping somewhere and they are charging $20-$30 more than the price in this guide, you know what to do right?

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