How Much Does Gutter Maintenance Cost?

Paul Pogue
Written by Paul Pogue
Updated August 30, 2017
man on ladder cleaning gutter
If you prefer to not do the job yourself, consider hiring a handyman to clean inside and outside of gutters. (Photo by Patrick Herrera)

The cost of gutter installation, guards and gutter cleaning can vary by material.

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Gutters are among the least exciting parts of your home, but gutter repair, gutter cleaning and upkeep are crucial parts of home maintenance. A failing or clogged gutter can lead to expensive roof repairs, damage to your hard and even basement flooding.

Several different elements go into gutter costs, including gutter installation, gutter cleaning, and gutter guards. Here’s a rundown of the cost of some of the most common gutter repairs and maintenance. 

Gutter installation cost

The cost to install gutters varies greatly by your gutter material cost. The Angie's List guide to gutter material cost contains full details, but here's a brief roundup: 

Gutter cleaning cost

Gutter cleaning is an unexciting but vital part of home maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause everything from yard damage to basement flooding. Gutter cleaning cost generally runs between $75 and $125, but can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the height of your house and slant of your roof. However, due to the danger of unclean gutters, the cost of gutter cleaning is generally more than worthwhile. When hiring a gutter cleaning contractor, make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured in line with your municipality's requirements. Also ensure they have workers' compensation insurance — gutter cleaning is a particularly dangerous job because it requires ladders and roofs, and you don't want to be held personally liable for any injuries gutter cleaners may suffer on your property.

Cost of gutter guards

When looking at the cost and hassle of gutter cleaning, gutter guards may appear to be an attractive option. And indeed, they can lessen the requirement for regular gutter cleaning, but don't think of them as a permanent replacement for keeping clean gutters. Rather, they're an additional protection that keeps your gutters from getting clogged between cleanings and may allow you to go longer periods between cleanings -- but don't give up on cleaning entirely!

The cost of gutter guards varies based on the type of gutter guard you get. On average, gutter guards will cost you between $7.50 and $10 per linear foot installed. Gutter guards and covers can be purchased in a variety of formats, including screens, hoods and inverse curves. Talk to your gutter installation professional to learn the best options. 

Gutter repair cost

Some gutter problems don't require you to replace the gutters, but merely to repair them. In many cases, it's least expensive to just replace a segment of damaged gutter, but a skilled gutter repair professional can sometimes perform spot fixes to keep everything in good shape. 

Sagging gutters are sometimes caused by heavy debris buildup, weather impact or even just the weight of leaning a ladder against it the wrong way. In those cases, replacing hangers and spikes can fix the gutter problem at much less cost. However, if the gutter segment itself is bent or town, you're better off replacing the gutter section. It's still worth contacting a professional, however. An experienced gutter contractor can tell you if the sagging is a one-time problem or an indicator of a more serious systematic issue, such as your gutters not having capacity to handle your roof's water load. 

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