How Much Does It Cost to Install Galvanized Steel Gutters?

Typical Range:

$1,800 - $4,500

Find out how much your project will cost.

Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated April 8, 2022

Reviewed by Eric Gonzalez, Founder of Regions Commercial Roofing, Inc.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

A gutter installation project covering 200 linear feet for a moderate-size home will cost $4,000 on average, with a typical range of $1,800 to $4,500.

Galvanized steel is one of the most expensive materials for gutters, but it has tremendous benefits, including the ability to carry a lot more water than vinyl or aluminum gutters. Steel gutters also require minimal maintenance, have a more sleek and stylish appearance, and don't leak as much as other materials.

Average Cost to Install Galvanized Steel Gutters

Average Cost $4,000
High Cost $4,500
Low Cost $1,800

Galvanized Steel Gutters Material Price

Gutters aren't the only thing you'll have to buy. There are also tools like lag screws, brackets, sealant, and a hacksaw or drill, which can cost up to $600. Here are the general prices for each of these items.

  • Steel gutters: $9–$20 per linear foot

  • Hacksaw: $10–$25

  • Drill: $40–$150

  • Screwdriver: $10–$20

  • Lag screws: $40–$60 for 100

  • Gutter hangers/brackets: $20–$40 for 10

  • Gutter sealant: $5–$20 for 10 oz.

Galvanized Steel Gutters Installation Cost

The rate is $75 an hour on average to hire a gutter installation professional, and this job will take about 10 to 12 hours to install 200 linear feet. So, about $1,000 of your project will go to labor, while the remaining $1,500 to $2,000 will go toward materials. 

Galvanized Steel Gutters Installation Cost Per Linear Foot

The biggest cost driver is going to be the total number of linear feet of gutters you need, which in turn is determined by the footprint of your home. You can generally expect to need 1 linear foot of gutters for every 10 to 12 square feet of home size. 

But if you have multiple floors in your home, a more accurate measurement would be to determine the length and width of your home. For example, if your home is 40 feet long and 30 feet wide, you would add up the four sides of your home to come up with 140 linear feet of gutters needed.

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Galvanized Steel Gutters Installation Cost Factors

Other than the size of your home and whether you hire a pro to do the job, gutter guards are the next biggest cost factor affecting the price you’ll ultimately pay to get your home outfitted with steel gutters.

Most homeowners choose to install gutter guards to keep out debris, which improves the flow of water and reduces the amount of maintenance needed, as the cost to clean gutters is about $160 on average. Considering that gutter guards cost $0.50 to $6.50 per linear foot, you may have to add anywhere from $100 to $1,300 to the overall cost of your steel gutter installation project. 

DIY vs. Hire a Gutter Installation Pro

We recommend you hire a professional to do this job, even if you're tempted to take it on as a weekend DIY project. Gutter installation is hard work, potentially dangerous since you're up on a ladder all day, and more complicated than you think.

For example, your home may have tricky angles for installing the gutters, and you'll have to properly cut the sections to fit—as well as put screws in the right places to ensure maximum support. Also, galvanized steel gutters are heavier than vinyl, which means they need more support and are more labor-intensive to install.

Improperly installing gutters could result in damage to your roof, and the cost of repairing your roof isn't insignificant. “Improperly installed gutters can also cause significant damage to your home’s foundation as well as your landscaping since improper drainage can cause flooding or ponding for a significant amount of days,” says Eric Gonzalez, Angi Expert Review Board member and president of Regions Commercial Roofing.

A pro can ensure you have the right type of gutters and that they're installed in the right places to maximize proper water flow during a rainstorm. If you're still on the fence, contact a gutter installation pro near you to get an estimate before making a decision. That way, you're at least armed with all the facts.


How much does it cost to put steel gutters on a 1,500-square foot house?

Based on a typical price range of $9 to $20 per linear foot for steel gutters and the fact that a 1,500-square foot house requires about 160 linear feet of gutters, you can expect to pay $1,440 to $3,200 to do the job, with an average price tag of $2,320.

Do I need gutters around my entire house?

You don't necessarily need gutters around your entire house, just where the roof slopes. If you have an unconventional roof that doesn't slope in all directions, you may be able to save on gutter installation.

Which is better: vinyl or steel gutters?

Steel gutters are more expensive than vinyl, but they last much longer and have a much more sleek and modern design. They can also handle a larger water flow.

Why are gutters so expensive?

Gutters cost a lot to install because it’s difficult to access the roof of a house. As a result, contractors may charge more to do the job if you have a particularly steep roof or it's harder to access certain parts of it.

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