by Marie King
Seamless gutters are exceptionally popular. As compared to sectional gutters, seamless gutters require less maintenance because they don’t have elbows and are less likely to clog. Seamless gutters are constructed by extruding from a metal coil to fit perfectly to the size needed for each part of the gutter system. Sectional gutters are attached to each other to create a drainage system, but they may need adjustments to meet the desired specifications.
Recently Homewyse did an estimate of what it would cost to install seamless gutters. Homewyse used 160 feet for the installed length. Material was basic-contractor grade. Labor was computed on a 7.8 hour job. Roof was calculated on a low slope or common roof.
The figures for the seamless gutters were given in a range from low to high: For a length of 170 feet the numbers were from 266.94 to 328.13. Labor was estimated at between 243.78 to 728. 84.Supplies were tabulated at 37.81 and 43.01. The total added up to 548.53 to 1,099.97.The significant difference in the totals reflects the difference in salaries nationally.
Seamless gutters cost more than sectional gutters. The difference in price is because some do-it-yourselvers can install sectional gutters themselves. Seamless gutters require a professional to get the job done right.The fact that seamless gutters can reduce clogs is huge. Seamless gutters allow water to flow, and its lack of elbows eliminates some of the nooks and crannies, where debris can stow away.
Homewyse lays out the different tasks that you have to accomplish when you’re installing seamless gutters. You must do the following: “ Layout, fabricate and secure rain gutters to roof (rafter) framing. Achieve proper drainage slope. Seam and seal corners and edges.”
The type of roof is a major consideration when you’re installing a seamless. The estimate given above reflects simple roofs. In a number of cases,you will be hired to attach seamless gutters on houses that have complex roofs like Victorians or large houses with multiple roof plains. Homewyse explains how varied roof slopes and planes can be:
“Low slope roofs have less than 4″ rise per 12″ of run; high slope roofs have more than 4″ of rise per 12″ of run. Simple roof shapes have 6 or fewer distinct roof planes; common roof shapes have between 6 and 12 roof planes and complex roof shapes have 12+ roof planes.”
As you can see, there are many considerations that go into installing seamless gutters: wages, supplies, the style of the roof and cost. However, one factor that will also jack up the cost of seamless gutters is the material. If your client chooses a premium material that will raise the price of the project considerably.