How much does it cost to repair gutters and downspouts?
How much does it cost to repair gutters and downspouts?
$100 – $450 average total cost to repair
$6 – $17 cost per linear foot (replace sections)
Gutter repair cost
Gutter repair costs $100 to $450 on average, depending on the material, length, and damage. A gutter pitch adjustment costs $75 to $200 to realign. Sagging gutter repairs cost $75 to $300. Gutter leak repair costs $100 to $225. Downspout replacement costs $2 to $4 per linear foot.
The cost to replace built-in box gutters is $40 to $180 per linear foot.
The cost to line box gutters is $900 to $1,900.
|Repair linear feet||Average cost|
|10’||$75 – $170|
|20’||$120 – $350|
|30’||$180 – $500|
|40’||$240 – $680|
|50’||$300 – $850|
*Prices for replacing sections.
Alternatively, full gutter replacement costs $900 to $2,550 on average or $6 to $17 per linear foot.
Average cost of gutter repair
The following table shows the average cost of gutter repairs:
|National Average Cost||$275|
|Average Range||$100 to $450|
*Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Roof gutter repair costs by type
Gutter repair costs $75 to $300 on average for fixing a minor leak, sagging, or adjusting the pitch. Prices increase depending on the size of the damaged area and whether fascia board or soffits have rotted behind the gutters.
|Gutter pitch adjustment||$75 – $200|
|Sagging gutter repair||$75 – $300|
|Repair gutter leak||$100 – $225|
*Prices include minimum materials & labor costs for most 1-story homes.
Gutter realign and pitch adjustment cost
A gutter pitch adjustment costs $75 to $200 on average to realign. Re-sloping gutter repairs typically involve unscrewing the brackets, adjusting the gutter angle, and re-fastening the brackets into a new position.
Sagging gutter repair cost
Sagging gutter repair costs vary according to the extent of the damages:
Fixing a sagging gutter costs $75 to $300 minimum for new spikes or tightening gutter screws.
Hanger or bracket replacements cost $2 to $3 per hanger plus $50 to $150 per hour for labor.
Replacing the soffits or fascia costs $6 to $20 per linear foot when the front edge of the roof has rotted.
Cost to repair a gutter leak
The cost to repair a gutter leak depends on the repair method and severity of the issue:
Filling small holes with roofing cement costs $100 to $225 for most 1-story homes.
Applying sealant costs $1.50 to $6.50 per linear foot to waterproof seams.
Patching larger holes with metal flashing costs $1 to $2 per linear foot.
Downspout replacement cost
Gutter downspout replacement costs $30 to $75 per downspout or $2 to $4 per linear foot on average, depending on the material. Most homes have 4 to 5 downspouts that are 10’ to 15’ long on average.
|Material||Replacement cost per linear foot||Replacement cost per downspout*|
|Aluminum||$4 – $5||$40 – $75|
|Vinyl / PVC||$3 – $4||$30 – $60|
|Steel / metal||$6 – $12||$60 – $180|
|Copper||$15 – $35||$150 – $525|
|Seamless||$6 – $17||$60 – $255|
*Total cost per 10’ to 15’ long downspout.
Box gutter repair cost
Box gutter repair costs depend on the repair method and materials. These built-in gutters are part of the roof structure of historic homes, so they have higher labor fees for on-site custom design and construction.
|Replace / rebuild box gutters||$6,000 – $27,000|
|Lining box gutters with liquid rubber or epoxy||$1,000 – $2,200|
|Lining box gutters with metal||$2,000 – $8,000|
*For homes with up to 150 linear feet of gutters.
Cost to replace box gutters
The cost to replace box gutters is $6,000 to $27,000 on average or $40 to $180 per linear foot. The total price to replace box gutters depends on the materials, size, accessibility, and roof conditions. This custom work often requires a historic-roofing specialist.
Cost to line box gutters
The cost to line box gutters is $1,000 to $2,200 on average for cleaning, EPDM or epoxy patching, and repainting or sealing with elastomeric paint. Costs increase to $8,000 or more for lining with metal and replacing damaged sections.
Roofers charge extra for complex jobs that include:
Replacing rotted wood sections in the gutters or roof eaves
Relining with copper
Replacing old downspout connections built into the roof
Custom work on historic 2- to 3-story homes with gable roofs
Cost factors of fixing gutters
The cost of fixing gutters depends on the following factors:
Labor – Most gutter repair contractors charge $50 to $150 per hour.
Call-out charges – Minimum service fees are $75 to $200 on average and typically include one hour of work.
Number of stories – Two- and three-story homes need additional downspout sections and installation safety measures that increase labor costs.
Material prices – Thicker, high-quality materials cost more.
Downspout type & length – Some property slopes require longer downspouts that run more than 5’ away from the foundation.
Seamless vs. sectional – Sectional gutters cost less to repair since installers can replace one small, damaged section at a time. Since seamless gutters are one long piece, the entire gutter needs replacing even for small damages.
Removing old gutters – Disposing of old gutters costs $150 to $300 on average or $1 to $2 per linear foot.
Flashing repairs vs. sealing – Minor leaks filled with caulking or roofing cement cost less than larger leaks that require metal flashing.
Siding repair – Siding repair costs $2 to $14 per square foot. Repainting stained siding costs $1.00 to $5.50 per square foot.
Replacing rotted eaves – Fascia and soffit replacement costs $4 to $22 per linear foot each. Strong fascia board is essential to support the weight of new gutters.
Gutter repair prices by home height
Gutter repair prices increase according to the home height. Higher floors need extra safety equipment, more workers, and more labor.
|Number of stories||Average cost|
|One-story||$100 – $300|
|Two-stories||$135 – $450|
|Three or more stories||$165 – $750|
*Total prices for common gutter-repair jobs, excluding gutter replacements.
Seamless vs. sectional gutter repair cost
Most sectional gutter repairs cost $100 to $450 while repairs for seamless gutters cost $150 to $750 on average. Installers can easily replace small sections in traditional gutters, but the whole gutter run needs replacing for damaged seamless models.
|Type||Average repair cost|
|Sectional||$100 – $450|
|Seamless||$150 – $750|
Installed costs of other seamless gutter materials include:
Seamless copper gutters cost $30 to $50 per linear foot.
Seamless aluminum gutters cost $6 to $12 per linear foot.
Seamless steel gutters cost $8 to $20 per linear foot.
Yankee gutter repair cost
Yankee gutter repair costs $4 to $8 per linear foot for cleaning and then resealing with EPDM liquid rubber membrane. Rebuilding a Yankee gutter costs $150 to $200 per linear foot. Historic Yankee gutters are a metal-lined wooden ledge on top of the shingles inches above the roof edge.
Also known as “standing gutters”
Requires historic-home preservation builders to rebuild
On-roof, site-built gutter system
Needs downspout connections through the roof deck & eaves
Causes rotted soffits & fascia when these gutters fail
Full gutter replacement
A full gutter replacement costs $900 to $2,550 for 150 linear feet on average. Gutter repairs are worth it if only a few sections need replacing. Old and severely damaged gutters with frequent leaks benefit most from a replacement.
Gutter guards cost $570 to $1,500 installed on average or $4 to $12 per linear foot. Gutter guards protect against clogs from dirt and debris buildup while reducing the frequency of gutter cleaning.
Gutter cleaning costs $100 to $250 on average, or $0.50 to $2.50 per linear foot. Gutter cleaning includes removing dirt and debris, system flushing, and checking the drainage.
Gutter repair FAQs
How are gutters repaired?
Gutter repairs can include:
General inspections & leak checking
Unclogging & cleaning inside gutters
Tightening or replacing fasteners
Reinstalling missing parts
Sealing joints & holes
Installing new gutter guards & downspout screens
Coating rusted areas or exposed metal
Reinforcing loose downspouts
Re-attaching gutters to the fascia board
Replacing fascia boards due to water damage
Screwing corner pieces back together
Replacing gutter sections due to rust and corrosion
How long does gutter repair take?
Minor gutter repairs take 1 to 2 hours on average, or up to a full day for extensive work. The total repair time depends on the maintenance required, home size, site conditions, and the gutter type.
|Minor repair||1 – 2 hours|
|Partial replacements||2 – 4 hours|
|Full gutter replacement*||12 – 15 hours|
*For 150 to 200 linear feet.
Who fixes gutters?
Contractors who fix gutters and offer free quotes include:
Gutter installation, repair, and cleaning specialists
Exterior maintenance companies
When to replace gutters?
Gutters last 20 to 30 years for steel and aluminum or 50+ years for copper gutters.
Replace gutters when they are:
Sagging away from the roof
Getting many cracks, holes, or rust spots
Frequently separating from each other
Overflowing often & rotting the fascia boards
Eroding the landscaping below
Pooling water around the foundation
Should I paint or replace my gutters?
You should paint gutters if they only have cosmetic issues. The cost to paint gutters is $100 to $900 on average or $1 to $4 per linear foot. Replace gutters with heavy structural damages and leaks that are expensive to repair.
Getting gutter repair cost estimates
Before hiring a gutter repair service near you, be sure to:
Compare three or more in-person gutter repair cost estimates.
Verify that they have a valid contractor’s license.
Read their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
Select a licensed, insured, and bonded company with several years of experience.
Be wary of the cheapest quotes that may signal low-quality work standards.
Ask for detailed cost estimates to see what the price includes.
Avoid large upfront payments.
Questions to ask pros
How long have you been repairing gutters?
Which types do you work on most?
Do you have flat rates, or will you give me a free onsite estimate?
How much more does second-story work cost?
What can you do to help my gutters last longer?
Do you clean out mold inside the gutters also, or does that cost extra?
Will you also check for roof damages and make minor roof repairs?
Can I see a list of your job references?
Does your bid include all materials, labor, equipment, and site cleanup fees?
Would you recommend installing new gutter guards?
Will you need to change my downspout or re-slope gutters to promote drainage?
Does your company offer annual maintenance or roof cleaning?
What’s in your warranty?
How long will the project take?