On average, a gutter guard costs $1.50-$10 per linear foot to install. LeafGuard costs can vary depending on your home's size and other factors. For an accurate estimate, reach out to local gutter guard installation professionals.
Adding gutter and leaf guards to your home’s gutter system is a great way to improve its overall efficiency. Gutter guards can also reduce how often you need to clean your gutters — which in turn lowers your gutter cleaning costs. Several factors affect the cost of gutter guard installation. Keep reading to find out what they are.
What's in this cost guide?
One of the biggest factors that impacts On average, gutter guards installation costs range from $1.50-$10 per linear foot.
|Linear feet||Estimated starting cost||Mid-range cost||High-end cost|
Types of gutter guards
There are many different types of gutter guards you can choose from. If you're stuck, professional installers can offer advice on what type is best for a particular geographic region and your budget.
For example, Cliff Morris of Gutters Installed & Construction in Atlanta, Georgia, recommends and sells metal mesh gutter guards that snap on to the gutter’s edge close to the edge of the eave.
Here's a quick rundown of the various types available and the estimated materials costs:
|Type||Description & examples||Estimated cost per linear foot|
|Metal mesh gutter guards||Curved rust-resistant aluminum mesh. Ex: E-Z Gutter Guards||$0.80|
|Foam gutter guards||Fills gutters to block leaves but allow water passage. Ex: GutterStuff||$1|
|Nylon gutter guards||Convex, curved guard. Ex: Flo-Free||$2.50|
|Bottle brush gutter guards||Cylindrical brushes||$3|
Morris always cleans out gutters before installing guards. But if the gutters are especially full or in need of deep cleaning, it will add to the cost. Find out from your pro if they will charge you for gutter cleaning services if your gutters are heavily clogged.
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Second- or third-story gutters, unstable terrain and hard-to-reach locations can all have an affect on the cost of installing gutter guards. Morris charges extra when crews need to work on top of tall ladders. If a building is tall enough or situated in such a way that scaffolding or a basket lift is necessary for the installers to reach the gutters, the overall project fee will reflect those extra costs.
If an installer must work from a rooftop with a steep pitch, it could cost up to $250 more. Morris says the guards he most often installs clip onto the gutters and can be installed from ladders, so his crew can avoid the added risk of scaling a roof.
Additional height required
If an installer must rent and set up scaffolding to reach the highest points of the roof for gutter guard installation, the cost can increase by a few hundred dollars, depending on how much scaffolding is required and how long it takes to set up and take down.
If a basket lift is required, which is more common for taller commercial installation jobs, the cost is likely to be an additional $250-$300 to cover the daily rental cost.
Downspout screens redirect floating debris away from the downspout opening and allow water to head into the drain immediately. Adding these increase overall gutter guard installation costs by $5-$7 for each screen plus the additional labor required.
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Morris installs and repairs gutters and leaf guards and handles a variety of construction and remodeling jobs. He says LeafGuards offer an enormous advantage by helping keep gutters free of leaves, pine needles, acorns and other organic debris. Morris offers gutter guard installation starting at $5-$6 per linear foot for standard guards.
Upgraded guards that carry a manufacturer's lifetime guarantee and help keep pine needles out of gutters specifically cost $7-$8 a linear foot. If a building is more than three stories high, some contractors will charge more because the height requires crews to do more of the work from very tall ladders—or in some cases on scaffolding or in a basket lift, which also incurs additional costs. Morris estimates that the cost to install guards on a 1,500-square-foot home is about $1,000-$1,600.