If you're lacking gutters, a quick trip from your car to your front door can leave you soaked, even if the rain isn't coming down very hard. That's because when the rain hits your home's roof, it comes down the slope of the roof in thick sheets and streams. Gutters typically catch the rainfall and divert it, keeping you from having to cross a miniature waterfall to reach your home and protecting your home from water damage. Fortunately, gutters can be relatively inexpensive, as far as home improvements go.
What You Pay For
When you get gutters for your home, you're paying for the actual materials---the gutters and the downspouts, as well as the rivets needed to secure the gutters to your home. When you're installing a do-it-yourself project, all you pay for are the materials. However, if you're not handy, you'll also need an installer or contractor, which can dramatically raise the price of your project.
Amount of Material
A small home obviously requires fewer materials than a large one. However, some homeowners choose to install gutters only around the areas surrounding entrances and not necessarily around the home's perimeter. You also have the option of how many downspouts you use, which can decrease the amount of material you use, along with the project's overall cost.
Type of Material
There are various types of materials used for making gutters and downspouts. A 200 square foot project using vinyl gutters and downspouts will cost you between £65 and £130, according to Harry Helmet. The same project using aluminium gutters and downspouts will run you between £650 and £1,300, according to the site. Steel gutters will run you even more, while copper ones are the most expensive, at about £2,600 and £3,250 for the same square footage.
If you're not handy, you'll need an installer or contractor to do the job. They typically charge by the foot. Installation prices can vary greatly depending on where you live, the types of gutters you plan to use (generally, more durable materials are more difficult to install). However, Harry Helmet explains that a common rule of thumb for determining what your installation costs should be is to multiply the cost of materials times three.