How Much Does It Cost to Install Vinyl Gutters?
$600 - $1,000
$600 - $1,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated April 8, 2022Reviewed by Eric Gonzalez, Founder of Regions Commercial Roofing, Inc.
Vinyl gutters cost $3 to $5 per square foot to install, meaning it’ll cost an average of $800 to install 200 feet of gutters, with a high cost of $1,000 and a low of $600. That price is heavily dependent on the square footage.
Vinyl gutters are a popular option because they’re durable, lightweight, don't require much maintenance, and are rust-resistant. If you're interested in getting vinyl gutters installed on your home but wonder about their costs, this guide will tell you everything you need to know.
Vinyl gutters cost about $0.50 per square foot, or about $100 for 200 linear feet. In addition to the gutters themselves, you’ll need materials like lag screws, a hacksaw, brackets, sealant, and more. Other materials like screws and brackets may cost you another $100 to $200.
Here's a price breakdown for these various materials:
Vinyl gutters: $0.50 per linear foot
Lag screws: $40–$60 for 100
Gutter hangers/brackets: $20–$40 for 10
Gutter sealant: $5–$20 for 10 oz.
It costs about $75 an hour for a gutter contractor to do the job, and they can install 200 linear feet in about 10 hours or so, or about $800 on average. This fee typically includes materials, so most of the job cost will be for labor.
You will need 1 linear foot of gutters for every 10 to 12 square feet of your home size, which means you'll need to spend about $0.05 to $0.06 for each square foot of home size. For example, you'd need 100 to 120 linear feet for a 1,000-square-foot house, and 150 to 180 linear feet for a 1,500-square-foot house. That ratio will decline as the home gets bigger, because these homes generally have multiple stories so don't have as large of a footprint despite higher square footage.
The price you’ll pay for your gutter installation depends on two factors: how big your home is and whether you choose to install gutter guards as well.
One of the most significant factors for the price tag is how many linear feet you need. The larger your home is, the more linear footage of gutters you’ll need, and therefore, the longer and more expensive it’ll be to install.
You can get inexpensive plastic screens for as little as $0.50 per linear foot, while you may pay up to $6.50 per linear foot for heavy-duty "gutter helmets," which use a design that pulls in water while letting debris slide off the side. Many homeowners buy gutter guards to keep their gutters unobstructed, which helps them work better and reduces the amount of cleaning needed.
The cost of gutter guard installation may be similar to the cost for installing the gutters themselves.
To make your gutter placement optimal, also pay attention to where the downspouts sit. “Make sure your downspouts are extended correctly so they serve the function of carrying water away from your foundation,” says Eric Gonzalez, Angi Expert Review Board member and president of Regions Commercial Roofing.
You could pay as little as $200 to $300 to do the job yourself. If you're installing gutters on a 2,000-square-foot home and you have the equipment necessary to do the job, you can expect to pay about $100 for the gutters and another $100 to $200 for materials such as lag screws, gutter hangers, downspouts, and so on. If you also need to buy tools, this may cost you another $60 to $200.
You can save quite a lot of money doing this job independently, as most of the costs come from labor.
If you like do-it-yourself projects, this might be the perfect job to take on. It's entirely doable even for a novice, and the cost for materials is relatively low.
However, there are a few good reasons to consider a professional anyway. For one, installing gutters means getting up on a ladder, which makes it potentially dangerous work. A pro has the experience working with heights. Also, improperly installing gutters could lead to roof damage if a strong storm causes them to collapse. On top of having to absorb the cost of repairing your roof, you’d have to install vinyl gutters all over again, whereas using a gutter installation professional near you ensures the job will be done correctly the first time.
Properly installed and maintained vinyl gutters should last up to 20 years, although their lives can be shortened if you live in an area that gets frequent severe weather. In that case, they may last only 10 years. If they get damaged, the average cost to repair gutters is $370.
You’ll need to clean out your gutters at least twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. If you live near pine trees, do it every three months because pine needles are particularly difficult to keep out of gutters and can result in major clogging. You can also hire someone to perform this service: The cost of gutter cleaning services is about $160 on average.
Yes, secure vinyl gutters with lag screws, which are better for load-bearing than other types of screws. Since gutters must carry a lot of water and can sometimes get loaded with debris, you need strong screws to ensure they don't collapse.
While vinyl gutters snap together, you'll want to use sealant to ensure the connection is waterproof so there’s no leakage. After applying the sealant, allow the gutter to dry for a few hours to ensure a watertight hold.
If you've run into problems with your vinyl gutters leaking, use plastic roofing cement to fill the holes and smooth them over with a putty knife. If you have large holes threatening the structural integrity of your gutter system, it may be time to replace the gutters.