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How Much Do Gutter Guards Cost?

Tired of cleaning your gutters? Gutter guards are a better solution. As the name suggests, they “guard” gutters by sitting on top of them, preventing debris from accumulating in your gutters. This also prevents mold, mildew and pests from flourishing in the debris.

If you’re curious about the average costs of gutter guards, you’re in the right place. Here, we’ve broken down the factors that go into the cost of gutter guards and why they’re a great addition to your home.

The Importance of Gutter Guards

Gutters with gutter guards at the edge of a white brick home with pale blue shutters.Gutter guards are a great addition to any home, particularly if you have overhanging tree branches. They’re mesh-style additions to gutters that let in rainwater but keep out leaves, brush, and twigs.

Some of the many benefits of gutter guards include:

  • Prevents debris buildup
  • Prevents water damage from clogged gutters
  • Reduces the need for frequent gutter cleaning
  • Helps protect your foundation from water damage
  • Prevents mold and mildew growth

Factors Influencing Gutter Guard Costs

To accurately price gutter guards, it’s important to understand the factors that go into the cost. These include:

  • Existing gutters and their condition
  • Gutter size (such as 4-, 5- or 6-inch gutters)
  • Roof pitch and accessibility
  • Type and brand of gutter guard
  • Climate and geographic location
  • Linear feet of gutter to cover
  • Average labor costs

Average Cost of Gutter Guards

If we look at national averages for gutter guard cost, we can see differences between the types of gutter guards, linear feet and labor costs.

  • Mesh: $1.17 to $4.68 per linear foot
  • Foam: $1.72 to $6.32 per linear foot
  • Brush: $1.86 to $4.75 per linear foot
  • Plastic PVC: $0.30 to $1.17 per linear foot
  • Steel screen: $2.82 to $6.56 per linear foot
  • Surface tension gutter helmet: $3.67 to $17.50 per linear foot
  • Aluminum perforated: $.072 to $4.00 per linear foot
  • Micro mesh screen: $1.65 to $5.31 per linear foot

The average labor cost for each one can run between $800 and $2,000.

For example: A two-story, 1,500–2,000 square foot traditional house can expect to spend between $4,000 and $5,500 on gutter guards. For a larger or more modern home, the costs may increase to range between $5,000 and $6,700.

The expense of gutter guards pays for itself in the cost and time savings over the gutter’s lifespan. If you pay for professional gutter cleaning twice a year, you can expect to pay around $1,000 for cleaning services. That doesn’t include repairs to your gutters, roof, or home if you have backed-up gutters.

If you live in your house for more than six years, you can recoup the costs of your gutter guard installation.

Why Homeowners Should Invest in Gutter Guards

Homeowners should invest in gutter guards to reduce the chance of their homes being damaged by snow melt and rainwater. Gutter guards can also help prevent ice dams in the winter by allowing melting snow to drain away from the roof before it can refreeze.

You’ll also save money on maintenance costs, cleaning costs and replacement costs over time. Your gutters stay in better condition with less maintenance with gutter guards, so your home is better protected from potential issues.

Making an Informed Decision

Now that you know the average costs of gutter guards, how do you decide whether to purchase them? Some tips for choosing the right gutter guards include:

  • Consideration of your budget for this project
  • The types of gutter guards available
  • How different gutter guards work
  • The amount of debris that lands on your roof
  • The future maintenance and cleaning of gutter guards

As with any home project, consider the benefits and how they outweigh the initial cost.

Get a quote today for gutter guards on your home. For a gutter guard quote in western New York, call Town Building Systems at 716-525-8910.  


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