When homeowners want a timeless classic look, especially for a historic home, there’s nothing quite like copper gutters to satisfy that desire. Not only are copper gutters incredibly elegant, but they are also strong and durable, and they will often last a century or more. Below, you can learn more about the installation costs associated with copper gutter systems as well as a few tips to save some money.
How Much Gutter Does a Standard Home Need?
Though individual homes will vary a great deal, the average amount of gutter required for an American home is anywhere from 125 to 200 feet, and this will ultimately determine the price for the materials needed to complete the job. However, it should be noted that copper gutters are typically installed on much larger homes that have more than one story, you could need as much as 350 feet of gutter along with the various accessories, including things like elbows and downspouts.
A Breakdown of Materials Costs
Copper gutters can range in price a great deal depending on factors like their weight, quality, and style. On average, homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $15 more per linear foot for their copper gutters – and that’s just for the materials. At the time of writing, scrap copper was selling for about $2 to $2.50 a pound, which goes to show just how high the demand for copper has become. Copper gutters, of course, cost much more than $2 a pound as they are made with higher quality copper that has been molded and shaped for its intended purpose. As such, a homeowner who requires 200 feet of copper gutter at $12 per linear foot will pay a total of $2,400 just for the gutters.
Accessories will also add to the cost. Homeowners will require things like mitered corners and outlets, downspout sections, splash blocks, elbows, hangers, and more. For 200 square feet of gutter, this will cost anywhere from $500 to $750 more depending on the specifics of the installation and what the homeowner wants.
What about Labor and Installation?
Next, homeowners will also need to think about the costs associated with installing their copper gutter systems. There are numerous factors that go into installation costs, including the number of stories and size of the house, which will ultimately determine how long it takes to get the installation done. There’s also the fact that copper gutters are much heavier than their aluminum or vinyl counterparts, making them far more difficult to lug up ladders and hold into place during installation, and this can add to homeowners’ costs, as well.
Most copper gutter installers will charge roughly $5 per foot to install copper gutters, so for a house that requires 200 feet of gutter, this means the installation will cost $1000. Of course, that price can and does fluctuate from one company to the next depending on special offers, and it could be different from one house to the next as well.
To put this into perspective using national averages, a homeowner requiring 200 feet of copper gutter would pay roughly $2,400 for the gutter, $650 for the accessories used to hang the gutter and complete the system, and another $1000 for the installation. The total cost for installing copper gutters, then, would be just over $4,000. Keep in mind this is only an average and your costs may be higher or lower depending on where you live and the size of your home.