Replacing the eavestroughs can be an expensive but necessary endeavour. Considering you only need to do it every decade or two, it’s worth the cost. But often, more times than not, homeowners haven’t considered this or budgeted for an eavestrough replacement. So it’s important to understand how much it will cost to be prepared. If you’re facing that stark reality now and are wondering, “how much does it cost to replace eavestroughs?” the answer depends on the material of choice, size of your home and contractor you choose.
When Do You Need To Replace Eavestroughs?
In most cases, you can repair the gutter system a few times before you need a full replacement. To determine when that breaking point is, look for the following:
- the eavestrough is consistently overflowing
- rust has formed inside the eavestrough
- there are holes in the eavestrough
- there are numerous loose nails, screws, or hangers
- the eavestrough is covered in mold
- the paint is severely faded
- sections are hanging off the roof
How Much Does It Cost To Replace Eavestroughs?
The cost of materials and installation fees will vary, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $2 to $20 per linear foot for a new gutter system. The most popular choice is aluminum-based systems which range between $4-$10 per linear foot. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, vinyl is only $2 to $5 per linear foot in comparison. For those on the hunt for pure aesthetics and rust-proof options, there are more expensive materials like copper and stainless steel that are also available at an average cost of $15-$20 per linear foot.
You also need to factor in the cost of labour and removal of the existing gutters. Labour costs can vary depending on the roofing company that you use. But you can expect to pay somewhere between $1 to $15 per linear foot to have a professional properly install the gutters. Removal costs can range between $100 to $300 depending on the size and complexity.
Other factors that can also increase the total cost include the pitch of the roof (high pitched roof comes with a premium), the number of storeys (more than one takes more time and material), and if you need new downspouts to be included.
DIY vs Professional Contractor
To save money, you may be considering going the DIY route to cut down on labour costs. This is only advisable if you have experience working in roofing installation. Although eavestrough installation appears to be an easy task that you can do on your own, it can be complex and dangerous. First, you need to determine the right pitch that will allow the water to flow down the downspouts. Then the gutters need to be fastened properly and with the right materials. Otherwise, you could seriously damage your roof, costing you more money than planned. An improperly fastened gutter system can also lead to water damage, so it’s always best to put your trust in a professional when installing the eavestroughs to your home.
Looking for an affordable and professional option to replace your eavestrough? Contact us at Roofmaster today. Our expert team will work with you, offering advice and help you choose the best option that will work with your budget and home. Our design team will show you all the latest options available and provide you with a detailed quote so that you know exactly where every penny will be allocated. We make it easy and affordable to get a beautiful-looking roof system you need. Reach out today!