The two main types of gutters are sectional gutters and seamless gutters. Seamless gutters are installed by measuring out the entire perimeter of the roof and cutting out the metal gutter to fit exactly. They are also considered the more costly option compared to sectional gutters. However, they are a worthwhile investment that provides homeowners with good value for their money.
Here are four factors that affect the cost of installing seamless gutters.
Size of the Home
The bigger the home, the more materials are needed for the seamless gutters, which inevitably drives up the overall installation cost. Furthermore, local contractors likely bill by the hour, and since a larger home means the contractor will spend more time installing the gutters, this increases the bill. A home with many stories also costs more to install these gutters because it is more difficult to access the work area.
There are several materials available for the manufacture of gutters. For example, depending on your preference, you can choose vinyl, aluminum, steel, or copper. To begin with, vinyl is an inexpensive option, but it is likely to degrade faster than other materials. On the other hand, while aluminum gutters may seem costly upfront, they are extremely durable, making them a good longer-term investment.
Cost of Labor
Professional contractors charge based on several factors, one of which is the project's geographical area. This is noteworthy because some states have higher installation costs than others. Moreover, a large project requires more labor to finish on time. Another factor affecting the labor cost is the material the contractors are working with. Some materials are heavy and difficult to work with, leading contractors to charge more for the increased work.
Typically, gutters work well with accessories, including downspouts, fastenings, flashing, brackets, and underlayments. These components are necessary for directing water to flow to the drainage system unobstructed. Even so, these parts will likely drive up the overall cost of installing the gutters. In other cases, contractors may also clear any overhanging tree branches and limbs at an additional cost.
When considering seamless gutter installation, it is imperative that you contact a few local contractors to get an estimate of the project cost. Fortunately, some contractors provide a free estimate when you supply details on your project's scope. This research is necessary for enabling you to budget for your seamless gutter installation, ensuring quality results.