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Your Guide To Gutter Installation And Repair

Gutter installation and repair doesn’t need to be complicated.

In fact it’s pretty straightforward.

Your gutters have a lifespan of 20-30 years if you install them correctly and maintain them properly.

This means regular gutter cleaning. 

When deciding to repair or totally replace your gutters, you need to gauge the wear and tear. A couple trouble spots are easy to fix, but if you’ve got more than that, or it looks to be a persisting problem, then you should look into replacing your gutters. 

Of course, getting a second opinion from a pro before you make that decision is an excellent idea. But be wary of companies or contractors that are just pitching new gutters for sales. If you’re confident you really only need repairs, it’s always a good idea to get several quotes and call around before you make any decision.

To make this process easier, use Home Professionals pro and quote finder below. It’s 100% free and we’ll connect you to your trustworthy local pros and the best deals in your area. 

Typical Gutter Problems You May Encounter

Prevention is the best medicine. Keep your gutters maintained and they’ll last you longer.
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  • Sagging: If your gutters sag anywhere or pull away from the house, there is probably build-up that needs to be cleared away. Additionally, if there are water marks/drips/pooling water around the foundation of your home, your gutters really need to be cleaned out. Water leakage like that can cause serious damage to your home over time. Don’t forget to clean the gutters both horizontally as well as vertically.
    Sagging can also sag from ladders being leaned against it, ice dams, and seasons of it not being cleaned out. If it’s permanent, you’re probably going to need to replace that part of your gutter system. 
  • Blockage: Blocked gutters are usually cluttered with leaves, twigs, and more like it. But sometimes it’s tennis balls and other toys. If you’re noticing water pooling, dripping, or leaks around your foundation, your gutters are overflowing and they should be cleaned out soon. 
  • Leaking: If they’re not blocked and water is still getting out then you probably have leaky gutters. These can be sealed or patched. Just keep an eye on them. Once you have a weak spot it usually stays a weak spot.
  • Installation Issues: Gutters need to be slightly slopes towards the downspout (1/8 to 1/16 inch/1 ft. If something went wrong in the installation, your gutters may have pooling and improper draining. A precise angle is necessary, which is why gutter installation may be easiest when left to the professionals. It’s important to fix the gutter so you prevent any water damage to your home.

The Cost Of Gutter Installation And Repair

The cost of your gutter installation and repair will vary depending on the task and material. PC: homedepot.com

There are many different types of materials when it comes to gutters. And they vary in their aesthetic, life-span, and weather-proof qualities. 

  • Aluminum Gutters: Aluminum is a popular choice since they are pretty weather-resistant, easy to install, vary in color, and are affordable. They come in at around $4-10/. Aluminum can fade easier than other options and are also prone to damage in high-winds/storms. 
  • Vinyl Gutters: Increasingly popular, vinyl gutters are easy to install and also have a wide variety of colors to choose from. They’re also quite affordable at $3-5/ft. Vinyl gutters are fade-resistant, but they don’t do as well in extreme weather. They can become brittle and get damaged easily during high-winds and storms. 
  • Copper Gutters: Usually seen on historic homes or homes with high-value, the curb appeal is high but comes with a cost. They’ve been known to be stolen off homes for the metal. If you want the patina look, don’t use sealants and let the weather do its job with the metal. However, if you want to keep the natural color, it’s going to be a lot more expensive to maintain. Copper gutters around $15-30/ft and is the most pricey of gutter material. 
  • Wood Gutters: The curb appeal is high for wood gutters, but it’s not a common material for most homeowners to use. Naturally, wood gutters need much more maintenance to keep it from rotting or cracking; and it’s not easy to install. Wood gutters come in around $12-20/ft. 
  • Stainless Steel Gutters: The cost and upkeep of stainless steel is high. They require frequent maintenance to prevent rust and corrosion.And the curb appeal of stainless steel gutters is generally low. However, it is very durable and can withstand most weather conditions. They can last a lifetime if you take care of them properly. Steel gutters come in around $8-12/ft.

Hire A Pro Vs. DIY

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It’s not rocket science, but gutter installation does require some tools and skill.
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Hanging gutters isn’t hard, but it does require some precision and skill. 

Curb appeal weighs heavily in this process. Mistakes made will be very obvious to those with street-view and may decrease your home value. 

In DIY, you’ll buy the material from a hardware shop and join them together on the edge of your roof. Some risks involve creating a wave effect/look over the long expansions of gutter. Even if it’s not noticeable to anyone, the wave effect can be an expensive mistake–a big oh-no in the homeowner world as it can cause expensive damages. 

When you gather the materials, make sure you budget properly (include the cost of elbows, spikes, and end caps as well as the time and manpower needed). This will be a two person job and you’ll need ladders that won’t damage your gutters as you install them. 

Once you have this cost in mind, call around for your quotes (at least 3). Naturally they’ll be higher than just the material cost. But then you can then easily decide if professional installation is worth the labor cost or not. 

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  1. Thanks for this advice for installing a gutter. I actually didn’t know that vinyl gutters are popular because they are easy to install and can come in different colors. This sounds really beneficial if you want the gutters to match the color scheme of a house.

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