Cost of New Gutters
Gutters are either seamless or sectional. Seamless gutters are made of metal. They are fabricated and installed only by professional companies. Meanwhile, sectional gutters are made either of metal or vinyl and can be installed either by professionals or by DIYers.
Nine out of 10 metal gutters are made from aluminum rather than steel because aluminum is rustproof and lightweight.
Seamless Aluminum Gutters
Seamless gutters, sometimes called continuous gutters, are metal gutters formed by extruding large coils of aluminum through a fabricating machine. The gutter can be created to the exact length needed without having to piece together gutter sections. The only joints are at the corners.
Seamless gutters are highly popular because leakage along the gutter mid-run is nearly eliminated. Since they can only be formed with a large, truck-mounted machine, seamless gutters are installed by professionals.
Coils of 600 feet of white-finish aluminum gutter coil cost around $2 to $3 per linear foot. The individual cost of materials for seamless gutters is never broken out in an estimate for homeowners.
- Aesthetically pleasing since no seams are visible
- Almost no chance of mid-run leakage
- More expensive than sectional gutters
- Cannot be installed by DIYers
Aluminum Sectional Gutters
Aluminum gutters in 8- or 10-foot premade sections can be pieced together on the house to the desired length. Sections are seamed with screws or rivets and with gutter sealant. At the ends, the sections are cut to length to fit into the corner pieces.
Aluminum sectional gutters can be installed by a professional gutter company, a contractor or a homeowner. One benefit of sectional gutters is individual sections can be removed and replaced in the event of damage. Meanwhile, seamless gutters require that the entire run be replaced.
An 8-foot section of white-finish aluminum gutter costs about $2.50 to $3 per linear foot, materials only. White is usually the cheapest color. Other colors can cost another $0.20 to $0.30 per linear foot.
- Sections can be removed and repaired
- Sections leak unless seamed well
- Corners prone to leaking
Vinyl Sectional Gutters
Vinyl sectional gutters are newer to the market than metal gutters. Vinyl gutters have the same size and side profile as metal gutters.
Vinyl sectional gutters are simple to install because the material is easy to cut and drill. Vinyl gutters are also far heavier than aluminum gutters, making them heavier on your house—especially when they are filled with water and leaves.
Vinyl gutters are the least expensive gutter at about $2 per linear foot, materials only.
- Easy to cut and drill
- Will not rust or chip
- Prone to bending and sagging