What You Need To Know About Working On Gutters

Posted on: 3 January 2019

Taking on a gutter installation, repair, or replacement job may have you wondering whether you have a good understanding of what needs to be done. Before you move ahead with a project, take some time to think about these three concerns.

Is It a DIY Effort?

That depends on the situation you're trying to deal with. Presuming you have a fair level of confidence in your skills, simpler projects do, in fact, lend themselves to the do-it-yourself approach. For example, performing a gutter installation on a small porch may be a task you can knock out on a slow weekend during a nice stretch in the summer.

Generally speaking, the longer the run of gutters and the higher up they are, the more likely you'll want to bring in a professional. A good rule of thumb is that once a project calls for more than two people and two ladders, it's probably time to contact a contractor. Also, if you're dealing with a gutter replacement effort and you see signs of rot in the supporting wood structures, you may want to have a pro handle that mess.

Is This a Repair or Replacement Job?

One question many customers have is whether or not they'll need to do a complete replacement of a gutter system. This usually boils down to the overall state of the gutters. If you live in a northern region that gets a lot of ice, snow, and wind, you may have a system that was just put up by a gutter installation company. Something might happen to it during the first winter, and all you need to do is replace a section that was torn out by, say, a falling tree limb.

There will often be obvious signs of when it times to conduct a gutter replacement. First, a metal system may just be rusted to the point that it no longer serves its intended purpose. Second, the system may have leaky joints that need to be swapped out. Third, it might not appear to be properly draining. Unless the whole setup is physically compromised, there's always going to be a bit of a judgment call when it comes to the question of repairing or replacing.


Roughly speaking, vinyl gutters should cost about $3 to $5 per linear foot. Aluminum ones will cost around $4 to $9 per foot. Repair of supporting structures may add costs.

For more information, reach out to companies like A-1 Seamless Gutters Inc.