Do Gutters Increase Home Value?
Like any investment into your home, adding new gutters has a chance to increase its value. Just about all home upgrades, both interior and exterior, and even if not on a grand scale, will do nothing to harm a home’s value. What gutters do more than anything, though, is help preserve the value of your home. Without a functioning gutter system, homes in areas of Michigan that experience high precipitation— be it rainfall or snowfall—can succumb to a wide range of issues, many of which can be costly to fix. Gutters can help mitigate the chances your home is victimized by moisture-related issues.
Analyzing Gutter Installation Cost
Gutter installation is not listed among the top home remodeling projects tracked in Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs Value report, which analyzes some of the most common home improvements and how much homeowners are able to recoup from these projects in the event a home is later sold. However, the cost of installing new gutters pales in comparison to all of these projects analyzed in the Cost vs Value report, and gutter installation really is a rather modest home upgrade.
Based on national averages, the cost of adding a new residential gutter system can range from $3 to $25 per square foot, depending on the choice for material. Aluminum gutters and downspouts are considered the most popular choice today, especially in Michigan, though vinyl, steel, and copper are other materials commonly used in gutter manufacturing.
The True Value in New Gutters
The biggest value in a gutter system comes from the protection afforded to the home’s foundation. A gutter system properly channels water away from the home, catching rainfall or snowmelt in the trough and then directing it away from the foundation via downspouts. When water isn’t properly channeled away, it can pool around the home’s edges and cause the soil under and around the foundation to erode and shift. This can lead to vertical instability and potentially serious leveling issues. Even if the foundation shifting isn’t extensive, small cracks can occur due to prolonged moisture exposure, allowing water to seep into those areas and cause costly damage.
According to recent statistics available from HomeAdvisor, the average cost of a foundation repair is roughly $4,500, while major repairs typically cost in excess of $10,000. It’s a much better alternative to pay up front for gutters to keep your home protected.
Contact an Experienced Gutter Installation Specialist
If your home needs gutters or has a damaged or ineffective gutter system that needs to be replaced, contact the experts at LeafGuard of West Michigan. We offer a patented, one-piece seamless gutter system that eliminates gutter clogs and will ensure moisture is properly channeled away from your home’s foundation.