Replacing 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. Therefore, it’s important to understand how much it will cost to be prepared.
Perhaps you’re facing that stark reality now and are wondering, “how much does it cost to replace eavestroughs?” If so, the answer depends on the material of choice, the size of your home, and the 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 to $10 per linear foot. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, vinyl is only $2 to $5 per linear foot by comparison. For those on the hunt for pure aesthetics and rust-proof options, there are more expensive materials like copper and stainless steel, which are available at an average cost of $15 to $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. However, 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 increase the total cost include the pitch of the roof (a high-pitched roof comes with a premium), the number of storeys (more than one takes more time and materials), and if you need new downspouts to be included.
Adding More to Eavestroughs
During the installation of your eavestrough, other items, services, and features, can be added to make it more functional including the following:
A Redesigned Drainage System
If your current home has an eavestrough with a problematic system, then it may be better to redesign it. You’ll likely have to pay more for gutter installation if you do this.
When adding new gutters, old ones usually need to be replaced. This can be done as a DIY project, potentially saving you money. However, disposing of these parts can be challenging, which is why some organizations will include disposable charges. Of course, it’s safer to leave this kind of work to experienced gutter replacement professionals.
These are effective at eliminating the need to clean your gutters frequently, ultimately saving you money and time. In addition, they reduce the risk of falls and unwanted repairs.
This helps to prevent your downspouts from clogging and improves the performance of gutter guards. They divert dirt away and ensure that water flows smoothly.
Many are aware that the weather in Ontario can be harsh, regardless of the season. Heat tape can be helpful during the winter as it can stop ice from building up on the inside and/or on top of your gutters.
DIY vs. Professional Contractors
To save money, you might consider 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 onto your home.
Other Things to Consider
Other factors will contribute to the amount you pay when installing a gutter, such as location and the level of risk involved. The location of a drain will generally depend on the roof’s design as some may be in areas that are difficult to reach.
Removing gutters, especially in old homes, can lead to other damages and repairs if you’re not careful or experienced. Additionally, there’s a small chance that your downspout is difficult or even impossible to remove. Also, it is important to have a timeline of when the project will be completed. In certain cases, companies will charge extra if they are hired to work in inclement weather as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions you should ask yourself beforehaving your gutter installed:
Do I Need to Install a Drainage System?
Every property needs a drainage system to help maintain it. Without it, water will collect near the building’s foundation, resulting in the formation of cracks. In some cases, landscapes can even become visually unpleasing or possibly unstable due to erosion. Gutters and drainage systems are effective ways to protect your home and property from water-based damage, and they are cost-effective solutions that last for several years.
How Do I Select the Right Size of Gutter?
Typically, a gutter will come in two shapes, which are either half-rounds or K-style channels. Additionally, there are three standard sizes: size four is the smallest, five holds approximately 1.5 gallons, and size six holds approximately two gallons. Choosing the right size depends on the slope of your roof and the amount of rainfall your region receives.
What is the Lifespan of a Gutter?
The lifetime of this system will depend on the material used to design it, as well as whether it was installed correctly. For example, gutters that are made from steel will last for around 20 years, while copper will remain in ideal condition for as long as 50 years. In addition, weather conditions and maintenance contribute towards the longevity of your gutter system.
Looking for an affordable and professional option to replace your eavestrough? Our experts at Roofmaster are happy to work closely with you, offering advice and insights to help you choose the best option for your budget and needs. Our design team can also show you all of the choices that are available, providing you with a detailed quote. Contact us today to get started!