Rain gutters are really important for the protection of your home. They shuttle water away from the roof, siding, and home's foundation, preventing water damage over time. Having rain gutters installed professionally is the best way to go, but before your installers start working, they'll generally give you a quote. Here are a few key factors that they'll consider when generating that quote.
Number of gutters
Generally, you will need one gutter along each slope of your roof. If your roof has two sloped edges, you will need two gutters. If your roof has four sloped edges, then you need four gutters. The more gutters you need, the more your gutter company will have to charge you. Not only do more gutters require more materials, but they also take longer to install.
Length of the gutters
The longer your gutters, the more your installer will have to charge. It doesn't take a lot more effort to install a longer gutter in comparison to a short one. However, it does take more materials. So you'll usually pay more for a 50-foot gutter than for a 25-foot gutter. But you'll probably pay more for two 25-foot gutters than for one 50-foot gutter because the two 25-foot gutters take more effort to install.
Slope of your roof
The slope of your roof may seem like a strange factor to affect the cost of your gutters. However, it is harder to install gutters on a roof with a greater slope. Your installers may need more safety equipment. They might need someone to hold a ladder while they're on it, which adds to the necessary labor. The steeper your roof, the more you can expect to pay for gutter installation.
The cost of your gutters will also largely depend on what your gutters are made from. In many cases, your gutter installer will provide you with several quotes based on the use of various materials. For instance, they might give you one quote for aluminum gutters and another for copper gutters. Aluminum and vinyl gutters are typically the cheapest material, but they do not last as long as those made from copper or stainless steel. So, choose the material that offers the best balance between your budget and desired longevity.
Now you should have a better idea of the factors that affect the cost of your gutters. If you have any specific questions about the quotes you receive, talk to your rain gutter installation company.