One home improvement project you may be looking into is to install new gutters on your house. While this may seem like a straightforward job, there are actually several factors that will affect how much it will cost you. If you're getting estimates from professional guttering services, here is what you need to know that can affect the cost.
One factor that will definitely affect the price is the kind of material that you end up using. While you can go with a cheap material, it may not last as long as you like. You'll end up paying more money to replace the material prematurely as a result. The cheapest material will be aluminum, and copper is on the very high end of the price spectrum.
You also have to decide if you want seamless or seamed gutters installed. Seamless gutters will cost more for the initial installation, but they require much less maintenance over the years. Seamed gutters are going to be cheaper, but you'll end up needing to clean out the gutters every year. If you have a tall house that makes you nervous to climb up on and clean the gutters, you'll need to pay a professional to clean them for you.
You must consider your roof's design and how it affects the design of the gutters. Having a simple V-shaped roof with two edges that need a straight line of gutters is going to be the easiest installation, cutting down on your initial costs for the gutters. However, having many eaves, peaks, and other elements that require curves or multiple pieces that need a custom length cut to size will result in more labor and a more expensive installation. While this is a factor you do not have control over, be aware of how it affects the estimate. Your gutter installation company should see your home to get an accurate idea of how much it will cost.
Your home's roofing material actually plays into the gutter installation. Wood shakes and asphalt shingles make it easy to install new gutters, since brackets can be installed through your roofing material to attach to the roof. Other roofing materials, like slate or ceramic tiles, make for a much harder installation. Definitely make your gutter installation company aware of what kind of material you have on your roof, since it will affect the price they quote you.