Cost to Install Gutter Guards – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 605

$ 300

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 46% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Install Gutter Guards noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much are gutter guards? A handyman charges $605 to install gutter guards vs. doing it yourself for $300. 

Just do it. Install mesh screens in your gutters and you’ll never have the unpleasant task of cleaning your gutters to remove pine needles, leaves, and debris. At about a buck for a 3-foot section of mesh, the total sum adds up, but not having to make the trek up the ladder twice a year is worth the investment. But, before you install the mesh screens, you should thoroughly clean the gutters.

Carefully position a ladder against the house and then, wearing heavy gloves, scoop out the dirt and debris that has settled in the gutters. To keep the lawn tidy, put the debris in a bucket and then transfer it to a garbage bag when the bucket fills up. You can scoop out the debris and throw it to the ground, but that creates more cleanup work. Work your way around the perimeter of the house moving the ladder every few feet. Use a garden hose to flush out the gutters and clean them before installing the guards.

A handyman will charge $605 to install 200 feet of aluminum guards which includes labor and material. You can buy the guards for $300 and do it yourself and pocket a 50 percent savings. The sections connect by clipping or snapping them together. To cut them to size use a tin snips or heavy scissors.

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Wrapping up, given the average cost to install gutter guards you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. 

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