The national average for gutter cleaning costs is $0.80 per linear foot, which works out to be $160 for a common house with 200 feet of gutters. On the low end, for single-story homes, the cost to clean gutters is around $0.40 per foot. For homes with multiple stories, the cost for a comprehensive gutter cleaning may exceed $2.00 per foot. Downspout cleaning may add $50 to $100 to the project.
Gutter Cleaning Prices
As a rule of thumb, the more stories a home has, the more it will cost to clean gutters. For a single-story home with 200 linear feet of gutters, the average national cost is in the range of $70 to $100. For a two-story home, that increases to $95 to $225 for 200 linear feet. For a home that is three or more stories, the average gutter cleaning cost is $170 to $425.
When determining gutting cleaning rates, the most important thing to consider is that not all homes are created equally. Even with similar amounts of linear footage for the gutters, some gutters in higher or hard-to-reach places may increase the final cost of the cleaning.
For example, if there are overhanging trees that could make it difficult for a professional to move around the exterior of the home while cleaning the gutters, there may be an additional fee.
Other factors that could affect the rate include how long it’s been since the gutters were last cleaned, whether you want to add downspout cleaning, or if removing or replacing gutter screens would be part of the process.
Downspout Installation Cost
Gutters conjoin with downspouts, which serve to funnel water away from the foundation of a home. The national average for installing four downspouts 12 feet in length is $480, which represents $100 on the low end for vinyl downspouts and $600 on the higher end for galvanized steel downspouts.
For premium, copper downspouts, the costs balloon to $1,800. The downspout material fee is the largest chunk of these figures while the labor costs are generally in the $50 to $200 range for downspout installation.
If a downspout ends at the foundation of the home without an extender, water that pools at the bottom of the home may cause leaking or more costly structural damage. The product cost for downspout extensions is in the $10 to $20 range per unit—and it’s a cost worth paying to save you from foundation structural damage.
Depending on the location of the downspout, you may opt to invest in professional installation. For example, if the downspout extension would cover a walkway, you can pay a professional to have the downspout extension covered by the concrete so it isn’t a tripping hazard.
Likewise, if you want a longer downspout extension to direct the water farther away from the house, the product and installation rates will be greater. On average, it costs $25 per linear foot to bury a downspout extension.
DIY vs. Finding a Professional
When it comes to cleaning gutters, the process is pretty simple. The objective is to clear leaves, twigs and other debris that could clog the gutters—so some good gloves, a bucket and a gutter scoop can help you do the job. However, there are other factors to take into account. Specifically, there is risk involved when working on tall ladders.
If you don’t have ladders that can reach as high as your gutters, this can greatly add to the DIY expense, too. The cost for extension ladders ranges from $100 to $500.
Hiring a professional gutter cleaning service is a minor expense that could save you time. Professionals have experience and skill working on ladders, whereas this can be hazardous for the average homeowner. Beyond cleaning debris, professionals can also help fix any damage to the gutters.
Getting your gutters cleaned is a relatively small expense that can save you time and money in the long run. The costs for professional gutter cleanings are affected by the number of stories in the house, the condition of the gutters and even the season. It is possible to DIY, but the advantages to hiring a professional are worth it for many homeowners.